Our own - our very own - Jan Hunt, Creative Director
Welcome to the website of the Players’ Theatre Club. Originally formed in 1927, it staged its first Victorian Music Hall show on December 6th 1937. By a happy coincidence the club performed in the same room, at 43 King Street, as its direct predecessors Mr Joy, and his successor Mr Evans, who called his events “Evans’s, Late Joy’s”.
By staging their own “Late Joys”, Peter Ridgeway and his colleague Leonard Sachs launched the Players’ Theatre Club which quickly became one of the best-known music halls in the world, with a membership of thousands and attracting artistes of the calibre of Peter Ustinov, Hattie Jacques, Clive Dunn and many, many more.
The Players' continued putting on shows for several decades, until eventually, in 2002, it finally closed its doors and reinvented itself as a new club, putting on occasional shows and working to preserve the wonderful traditions of Victorian music hall.
The late Johnny Dennis - a regular Chairman at the Players'
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.
In addition, we hold biennial parties at the Royal Air Force club in Piccadilly, where the traditional “Interval for refreshments” is extended somewhat 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.
Regular Players’ guest artiste Andy Eastwood has just published his tour dates for the next few months on his website, including several of his own productions. Of particular interest might be ‘Those Were The Days’ at the Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch …More …
Marie Lloyd, the ‘Queen of the Music Hall’, was born Matilda Alice Victoria Wood in London on 12 February 1870. She first appeared at the Eagle Tavern in London aged 15 as Bella Delmare, singing ‘My Soldier Laddie’. By 1885 …More …