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Congratulations Sheila!

Congratulation to Sheila Bernette who, at our 85th anniversary show, won the luck prize draw of a meal for two at Oslo Court Restaurant! Sheila has performed many times at The Players over the years. In the 1966 video clip at The Players (‘A little of what you fancy’ documentary which actually came out in […]
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Next Members Evening

WEDNESDAY 23rd MARCH at 7pm Do join us for another marvellous evening of music, merriment and mayhem at The Roebuck, 50 Great Dover Street, London SE1 4EG  BEN STOCK and West End leading lady JESSICA MARTIN will be performing for us! Admission: £12.50 on the door (includes interval snackettes!)
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We are 'back home' at the Charing Cross Theatre!

We are delighted to let you know that we are ‘back home at the Charing Cross Theatre ! Please join us on Sunday, November 28th 2021 for a star studded anniversary music hall extravaganza, celebrating 85 glorious years!
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Eve of the Eve party - December 30th

We are delighted to resume our traditional ‘Eve of the Eve’ parties. The format will be as always. Bill Halson will assemble a galaxy of Music Hall artistes who will perform in the splendid Sovereign’s room at the Royal Air Force club (128 Piccadilly). Guests assemble c 6.30 and have half an hour in the […]
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Recent sad losses: Jenny Wren and Doreen Hermitage

In recent months two of the most influential and loved Players artistes, Jenny Wren and Doreen Hermitage, have passed away. Jenny was an absolute favourite of The Players' Theatre. She was beautiful and with a glorious soprano voice to match. Jenny had a very successful and varied career which included many West End appearances and, […]
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Our “Eve of Eve“ party was, as usual, a great success

Mr Laurence Payne was, as always, in fine form leading the orchestra, with Mr David Graham proving a very worthy chairman. We were delighted to see New Faces Misses Alice Ellen Wright and Maria Lara as well as Mr Philip Day, Miss Linda Watts, Mr Peter John, Mr Andrew Robley and Miss Faye Presto. It was, indeed a feast of festive fun!
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Our December show proved to be a real 'Christmas cracker'!

Under the commanding presence of our chairman Mr Kevin Gauntlett, with the orchestral accompaniment provided by Players’ favourite Mr Paul Smith, the show included one of our New Faces, Miss Alice Ellen Wright, who took us down Lambeth Way and reminded us of some of our favourite carols and got us into a Christmas mood!
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Don't miss Jan Hunt at the Ally Pally!

Our very own Jan Hunt is starring at the Alexandra Palace in 'The Magnificent Music Hall' on Wednesday October 30th at 2.30pm.
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Report on our September 22nd show

Our last show was, as usual a true feast of talent. Headlined by newcomers to the Players Ferris and Milnes, who had some of the audience on their feet with their superb harmonies . 30 Gershwin numbers in 6 minutes took our breath away! Before they took to the stage our wonderful “orchestra “ Paul […]
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Silver Sunday 2019

Councillor Christabel Flight, Westminster City Council's Older People's Champion, initiated the idea of Silver Sunday, which is now a special day in the national calendar when everyone can come together to celebrate older people: a day in the nation’s hearts where older people feel valued and are given new opportunities to get out of the […]
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Eve of the Eve

The idea of an Eve of the Eve event was conceived before the Players lost their theatre in the Arch beneath Charing Cross Station. The club had tried a New Year's Eve party in its old theatre, but a combination of demands for treble time wages, and the challenge of getting home, led to the […]
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Martin Milnes and Dominic Ferris to headline our September 22 show

We are delighted to announce that headlining our September show will be FERRIS and MILNES! Martin Milnes has royally entertained us in the past, often giving G & S a new slant! With the very talented Dominic Ferris at the piano they have a wide repertoire and a flavour of Flanders and Swann! They appeared […]
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New date for Jan Hunt at the Alexandra Palace

Please note that Jan Hunt's show 'The Magnificent Music Hall' has been moved to October 30th.
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Jan Hunt and Clive Greenwood updates

Our Creative Director, Jan Hunt, is embarking on her very own Spring Tour around the country and our regular Chairman, Clive Greenwood, is also touring with "Hancock's Half Hour".
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BMHS Day By The Sea 2019

The British Music Hall Society pays its annual all-day visit to the Seaside on Saturday June 1st Its star-spangled list of over 20 artistes includes our very own Peter John and Julia Sutton.
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Andy Eastwood update

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 on 22 March and 'The Magnificent Music Hall' at London's Alexandra Palace Theatre on 10 […]
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On this day: 12th February - Marie Lloyd's birthday

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 she had become Marie Lloyd with her hit song 'The Boy I Love is Up […]
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British Music Hall: An Illustrated History

Music Hall lies at the root of all modern popular entertainment. With stars such as Marie Lloyd, Harry Lauder and Dan Leno, it reached its glorious, brassy height between 1890 and the First World War. In the first book on this subject for many years, Richard Anthony Baker whisks us off on a colourful and nostalgic tour of the rise and fall of British music hall.
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Players' members say a fond farewell to the Royal Oak

With the retirement of Frank Taylor in December, our long association with the Royal Oak in Borough came to an end. We said farewell to this wonderful Victorian pub with a real Christmas Shebang! Laurence Payne got proceedings under way with a singalong, providing us with a terrific song sheet! He was later joined by […]
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The Cramped Old Days

A fascinating article describing the life of Players' artistes when contributing to The Good Old Days, the long-running BBC music hall show, with which the Players' was closely connected.
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Players' winter party 2018

This year’s end of year Players' Theatre music hall party will be held at the Royal Air Force Club at 128 Piccadilly and include a two-course supper and a two-half traditional Music Hall show. Artistes include Peter John, Eloise Irving and Martin Miles.
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Old time music hall in Sherborne, Dorset

Our forthcoming show on September 7th is attracting plenty of attention and we've been placing a few adverts here and there to help maximise the audience. Fire Radio and The Breeze Radio ads Old Time Music Hall in Sherborne  On September 7th, we, (the Players’ Theatre Club) have been invited to pay a return visit […]
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Geoffrey Brawn - 1935-2018

It was with great sadness that we learned of the departing of Geoffrey Brawn in May. He had a long association with the Players and was, for a number of years its director. There is a detailed appreciation in the current edition of The Call Boy and his Telegraph obituary is attached.
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Don't miss Miles Jenner in 'If I Catch Alphonso Tonight !'

If I catch Alphonso, Tonight! is a play about music hall star Billy Merson. Our very own Miles Jenner plays Billy Merson and Roger Roser is on the piano. Billy Merson commenced his theatrical career as an acrobat and circus clown before going solo as a comedian. He composed and performed many songs – including […]
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Don't miss the Players' Theatre at the Feast of St George - 21 April 2018

Fairs, fetes, fun-days and festivals are an integral part of English culture, and Feast of St George perfectly fits the bill. On Saturday 21 April, there's no better excuse to wave a flag, enjoy tea, cake and great entertainment, all in the surrounds of iconic Trafalgar Square. The event promises a strong and varied live […]
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The Good Old Days

The Good Old Days is a BBC television light entertainment programme produced by Barney Colehan which ran from 1953 to 1983. It was inspired by the success of the "Ridgeway's Late Joys" at the Players' Theatre Club in London and was performed at the Leeds City Varieties, rereating an authentic atmosphere of the Victorian–Edwardian music […]
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Ellie Bamber: My Donmar debut will be relief after months of filming and modelling

Ellie Bamber – the talented young actress who memorably sang Father Dear Father at the Players’ 75th anniversary show, was featured in this week’s Evening Standard: Rising star Ellie Bamber is to make her Donmar Theatre debut in Ibsen’s The Lady From The Sea. The actress and model, 20, says the role will be a […]
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Next members' evening - change of date

Please note that the next members’ evening has been brought forward to Monday, 23rd October at The Royal Oak, 44 Tabard Street, SE1 4JU 7pm to 9pm (note slightly later start time).   The evening had previously been scheduled for October 31st.    
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'East meets west' - another great success!

On Sunday afternoon 2nd July, aficionados of the Players attended their version of Sunday service in the crypt of the great Victorian church, St George’s, Bloomsbury. The crypt has been transformed into the Museum of Comedy, with fascinating artifacts, elegant seating and a lovely small theatre. Oh, and a bar where Players’ Members enjoyed a […]
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British Music Hall Society

Founded in 1963 by Ray Mackender and Gerald Glover, the British Music Hall Society, a registered charity, is for everyone who is a fan of Music Hall and Variety. The Society has all sorts of events, shows and talks as well as a Celebrity Lunch and an Annual Ball. It publishes a 36 page magazine, […]
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MEET ROY AND DEBBIE HUDD AT THE PLAYERS SHOW – 2nd July 2017

Roy & Debbie Hudd will be in the audience with us at the East meets West Show on 2nd July 2017. This will also be an opportunity for Roy to ‘officially open’ Johnny’s Corner at the MOC after the Show The Show commences at 4:00pm. To further ‘whet your appetite’ the artistes will include: Julia […]
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The Players' Theatre visits Dorset!

The Players' Theatre is putting on a special show in Sherborne, Dorset, on Saturday 22 April 2017 at 7.00pm. Produced by: Jan Hunt Venue: Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne Raffle & Bar Tickets: £12 from Sherborne Tourist Information - 01935 815341 In aid of: Sherborne ArtsLink & WDDC Chairman’s Charities Sponsored by: Cllr T Farmer […]
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Oct 29th - Players' theatre show at Bearsted Parish Council

From the Bearsted Parish council website: The long and the short and the tall ... they were all there, as were almost 100 older members of the Bearsted community. The parish council rolled out the red carpet and hung up the bunting at the WI Hall for its over 60s, treating them to a free […]
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Players' Theatre Club

We have re-created the Players’ Theatre Club, and have merged our charitable company (The Players’ Joys) into a charity to provide a wider range of interests in the Entertainment and Educational field,  the resulting company  being renamed Entertainment Heritage. The revived club intends not only to present shows at regular intervals (see ‘Our shows’, but […]
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The Boy Friend

     
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New Museum of Comedy

Martin Witts, proprietor of the Leicester Square Theatre, and a longstanding friend of the Players' Theatre, has just opened an exciting Museum of Comedy in Bloomsbury, London.
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Song and supper event on 23rd October - sold out!

Our joint song and supper event with the CAA on 23rd October has already sold out. Please visit our Shows page for other forthcoming events.
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