Players Theatre

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Founded in 1936, the Players’ Theatre is one of the oldest extant music halls. 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.

However, following a considerable amount of reorganisation and the founding of the Players’ Theatre Restoration Committee, Autumn 2003 saw a triumphant return to the London stage with a six-show mini season at The Venue theatre, just off Leicester Square. Chaired until his retirement by the late, incomparable Chairman Dominic Le Foe, the weekly performances provided the traditional mixture of wit, musical talent and showmanship that had delighted audiences for over 65 years.

After a long run at The Venue we briefly went to the Arts Theatre, when our old friend and supporter, Parry, hit hard times – eventually being forced to close. However, Martin Witts, who had taken us on at the Arts Theatre, has acquired, re-furbished and re-opened the Venue theatre, re-naming it the Leicester Square theatre.
Since then we have been staging shows there, and have brought in that equally well-known Chairman (and Cricket fanatic) Johnny Dennis.

We have since taken shows to the Drill Hall in Chenies Street. This is an interesting theatre, having been in its time the headquarters of the Bloomsbury Rifles. Its appeal to us is that we don’t have to rush off (as was often the case at the Leicester Square theatre, where the auditorium is in constant use) and the bar stays open until late!

We have also put on two shows at the superb, but crumbling Wilton’s theatre, for two Livery Companies, and in April 2012, we mounted a show in the magnificent Stationers’ Hall for the Freemen’s Society of the Worshipful Company of Stationers.

A highly successful innovation was the celebration (a Players’ tradition) of Queen Victoria’s birthday in our own studio in Craven Street, an experiment that was repeated to celebrate Trafalgar Day in 2011.

In December 2011 we staged a show at Wilton’s to help raise funds and in January2012 visited Hoxton Hall, claimed to be the oldest purpose-built Music Hall


Connected mandy members:

Lena Hill
Lena Hill
Singer
2019, New Faces Music Hall, Music Hall singer
Concert Artistes Association, Covent Garden
Lena Richardson
2019, New Faces Music Hall, Music Hall singer
Concert Artistes Association, Covent Garden
Faye Maughan
Faye Maughan
Actor
2018, Victorian Music Hall, Solo Singer
CAA Covent Garden
Steven Finley
2018, Rhinoceros, Jean
Alice Readie
Alice Readie
Dancer
2018, Player’s Theatre Victorian Music Hall Show, Dancer and singer
The Feast of St George, Trafalgar Square, London
Marie Wilson
Marie Wilson
Actor
2018, New Faces of Music Hall, Music Hall Cabaret Artist
Concert Artistes' Association
Rachael Schefrin
2018, Belguim Has Fallen, Mary
The Players Theatre
Wendy JT Simeon
2017, The Rise And Fall of Donald The 1/5th, Princess And Georgina
Windsor fringe festival
Rick Calvo
Rick Calvo
Actor
2017, In the Boom Boom Room, Ralphie
Kathy Thomas
Kathy Thomas
Stage Manager
2017, Guys and Dolls, run crew
Angelo Leal
Angelo Leal
Actor
2017, (Off-Broadway) Come Back, Burt Lancaster, John
The Players Theatre - NYC,NY
Chris Huntley
Chris Huntley
Musical Director
2016, The Player's Theatre, Musical Director
Museum of Comedy
Chris Huntley
Chris Huntley
Musical Director
2016, Old and New Faces (New Artistes), Musical Director
Museum of Comedy
Marie Wilson
Marie Wilson
Actor
2016, New Faces of Music Hall, Music Hall Cabaret Artist
Museum of Comedy
Tom Franck
Tom Franck
Actor
2016, Late joys, Billy Muggins
Museum of Comedy
Cole Lamison
Cole Lamison
Actor
2016, FEARS, Lead
The Players Theatre
Daniel Austin-Boyd
2016, Dinner, Lighting Designer
Eleanor Grace
Eleanor Grace
Child Actor
2016, Babes in the wood, Child Lead
Jon Parry
Jon Parry
Actor
2015, The Player's Music Hall, Bill / Uncle Charlie
Museum of Comedy
Chris Huntley
Chris Huntley
Musical Director
2015, Old and New Faces (New Artistes), Musical Director
Museum of Comedy

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Alternative Company Names

The Players, The Players' Theatre