THE HOSPITAL PLAYERS: A POTTED HISTORY
We performed our first production, 'The Admirable Crichton' on 19th June.
Having rehearsed at the hospital since our formation, we moved to a Nissen hut on East Common Lane.
We performed ‘The Reluctant Debutante,’ our first production at the newly opened Civic Theatre.
We moved to rehearsal rooms at the old Library on High Street East.
The Hospital Players mark their 100th production in 1979.
We hosted a Drama Federation production of ‘Lark Rise’ to mark the 25th Anniversary of the opening of the Civic Theatre.
Also this year, The Civic Theatre was renovated and renamed The Plowright Theatre.
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.
We moved to our current rehearsal rooms at the Grange Farm Hobbies Centre.
The Hospital Players in 2003, the group's 60th anniversary year.
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.
We co-hosted a Drama Federation production of ‘Canterbury Tales’ to mark the 50th anniversary of the opening of The Plowright Theatre.
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.
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.
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.