Our own - our very own - Jan Hunt, Creative Director
Originally formed in 1927, the Players' Theatre is one of the oldest extant music halls. It staged its first Victorian Music Hall show on December 6th 1937, and shows continued more or less uninterrupted for 66 years, until severe problems were encountered in 2002 and the theatre was forced to leave its theatre space beneath Charing Cross station.
Although we no longer have our own theatre, we continue to put on public music hall shows throughout the year at the Museum of Comedy. We also have members-only evenings at the Roebuck pub in Great Dover Street.
The late Johnny Dennis - a regular Chairman at the Players'
In addition, we hold biennial parties at the Royal Air Force club in Piccadilly, where the traditional “Interval for refreshments” is extended to enable our guests to enjoy a two-course supper, before settling down to the second half of a full-scale music hall entertainment.
We are always ready to accept invitations to provide bespoke music hall events for any organisation or individual who can provide the venue and audience while we (for a modest fee) provide the artistes.
Membership of the Players' is a tradition going back several decades and to this day our supporters are drawn from all corners of the globe and from all walks of life. For just £10 a year, Associates enjoy a number of benefits, including discounted tickets, regular updates and the chance to mingle with music hall artistes at our private events.
Close your eyes and travel back in time to listen to two wonderfully atmospheric recordings of live Players' shows. Players' Joys was recorded in 1997 and features a galaxy of stars including Chairman Dominic Le Foe, 'Orchestra' Geoffrey Brawn, Peter Sutherland, Pat Lancaster, John Rutland, Sheila Bernette and more. Late Joys takes us further back to the 1960s, with a programme featuring household names such as Hattie Jacques, Stella Moray, Clive Dunn and Bill Owen.