THE HOSPITAL PLAYERS 

Scunthorpe's Oldest Amateur Dramatics Group - Established 1943

THE HOSPITAL PLAYERS:
A POTTED HISTORY

Milestones

1943

We performed our first production, 'The Admirable Crichton' on 19th June.

 

1950

Having rehearsed at the hospital since our formation, we moved to a Nissen hut on East Common Lane.

 

1958

We performed ‘The Reluctant Debutante,’ our first production at the newly opened Civic Theatre.

 

1963

We moved to rehearsal rooms at the old Library on High Street East.

1978

We performed 'Two and Two Make Sex' as part of a festival of plays marking the Civic Theatre's 20th birthday.

1979

We presented our 100th full-length production, ‘Canterbury Tales,’ directed by Phil Partridge. This year also marked the 21st anniversary of the opening of the Civic Theatre.

The Hospital Players mark their 100th production in 1979.

1982
We moved to rehearsal rooms at the Activity Centre on John Street.

1983

We hosted a Drama Federation production of ‘Lark Rise’ to mark the 25th Anniversary of the opening of the Civic Theatre.

 

1993

Reg Mitchell O.B.E. directed Alan Ayckbourn’s ‘Season’s Greetings’ for our 50th anniversary production. We had previously performed the play in 1986.

 

Also this year, The Civic Theatre was renovated and renamed The Plowright Theatre.

 

1995

We marked our 150th full-length production by performing Noel Coward’s ‘Blithe Spirit.’ The play was previously performed by the Players in 1950 and 1962.

The Hospital Players in 2003, the group's 60th anniversary year.

2003

Our 60th Anniversary season was marred when a fire destroyed most of our sets and costumes. Through the determination of our members and the prompt and generous help of our fellow groups and members of the public, we were able to carry on.

 

The following year we staged ‘The Importance of Being Earnest,’ directed by professional director, Roberta Morrell.

 

2008

We co-hosted a Drama Federation production of ‘Canterbury Tales’ to mark the 50th anniversary of the opening of The Plowright Theatre.

 

2012

We marked our 200th full-length production by performing our first-ever Shakespeare play, ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream,’ adapted and directed by Jan Gregory.

 

2013

We celebrated our 70th Anniversary with a Platinum Ball (more details can be found here). We donated the proceeds of the Ball to the Hospital League of Friends and enlisted one of our original members from 1943, Keith Nuttall, to help present the cheque.

The Hospital Players celebrate their 70th anniversary in 2013.

2018

Members of The Hospital Players took part in a Drama Federation production of "Underneath the Arches," directed by Darren Johnson, to mark 60 years of The Plowright Theatre.

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