Interested in getting behind the Coffee Bar?

We spoke to Gill Gray, our Coffee Bar manager, to find our more.

What is involved in your department?

Our Coffee Bar is a relaxed and slow-paced space where our audiences can sit, relax and enjoy! It involves making teas and coffees for our audience, selling deliciously flavoured ice creams and kit kats, setting out pre-ordered interval refreshments, setting up coffee and ice creams in the downstairs studio for self-service sales, clearing the tables and stacking the dishwashers so all the cups and saucers are fresh and clean for the next day’s crew. However, the most important part is interacting with our audience before the show, and during the interval, making them feel welcome and comfortable. It is very satisfying to know that you have enhanced an audience’s enjoyment of every production!

Why do you love being behind the Coffee Bar at the GWT?

I love getting to know the regular attendees and welcoming those who have not been before. And, once the dishwashers are on and the cash is in the safe, you are free to go before the end of the second half! So, volunteering behind the Coffee Bar is perfect for anyone who prefers earlier nights.

What is your best GWT Coffee Bar memory or experience?

Getting positive feedback on the quality of our products, helping the audience to choose an interesting new flavour of ice cream and sharing their excitement as they anticipate the play they are about to see!

What would you say to anyone wanting to get involved behind the GWT Coffee Bar?

You will never be left alone to work through the process of coffee making and serving and will be initially paired with an experienced team member. It’s a great way to spend an evening; working with a friend, enjoying a coffee and a quiet natter before the interval service.  After clearing away, you can go home knowing you have enhanced the audience enjoyment of another evening at the GWT. OR stay a while longer and enjoy a drink at the bar with the bar staff during Act 2!

16 Coffee Bar volunteers are required for every show! Could you be one of them? Let us know here.


"The sun comes up. I think about you. The coffee cup. I think about you."

'Follies', Stephen Sondheim and James Goldman