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  • Love in Idleness Cast Announced!

    Date posted: 20 Jan 2019

    Oliva Brown - Graine Harling; Polton - Margie Barrass; Miss Dell - Jan Corby; Sir John Fletcher - Tim Harling; Michael Brown - Sam Wimbush; Diana Fletcher - Jemima Pettifer; Miss Celia Wentworth - Trudy Hathaway. Director - JennaMarie Smith; Stage Manager - Guy Gilkes.

  • Brassed off cast announced!

    Date posted: 22 Aug 2018

    Andy - Adam Bell; Gloria - Michela Evans; Danny - Richard Evans; Jim - Mike Fields; Harry - Mick Harris; Vera - Liz Keens; Rita - Jenny Sakal; Phil - Charlie McMann; Sandra - Sabrina McMann; Older Shane - Aaron Cook; Younger Shane - Freddie Formon; Melody - Louise Cook; Harmony - Sally Wheeler; Nurse Trudy - Trudy Hartwell (and just as importantly - makes the coffee!); Nurse Louise - Louise Hemming; Bailiffs - Jenny Haywood, Richard Chambers; Announcers - Tanya Beeton, Tony Allerton


    Date posted: June 2018

    Brassed Off ....Ian Head will be directing this, and we are delighted to have the Marlow Brass Band with us (as many of them as we can get on the Kenton stage, anyway). The play is a poignant comedy drama dealing with the gradual shutdown of the British caolmining industry and the effects on the mining communities. The play centres on the local brass band, drawn from the pit and the local town, and its entry for a national competition at the Albert Hall, set against the background of picket lines, redundancies and the closure of the pit: the show is full of humour, drama, pathos and music, a celebration of human endeavour, and will be a great show to be involved with...plenty of acting roles, and a very different venture for us.There will be two readings, on June 19th and June 26th, and auditions on 3rd. July. If anyone wants to audition at the second reading because of summer commitments, let us know and we can arrange that. Other than that, we have the band, the music stands, the miners' helmets and we are good to go!


    Date posted: May 2018

    News of awards..... we have three NODA District Winners......Harry Petrie as Edward Ferrars in Sense and Sensibility ( Charles Sumner Award for best male in a play), Sense and Sensibility (Pat Redheard Award for Best Drama) and Alek Auton (Sybil Conway Award for best female in a play) many congratulations to Harry and Alek, to the directors, Julie Huntington and Darrel Poulos, and to the casts and crews of the two plays. Details of the NODA AGM and awards cermonies etc will be sent round separately : we hope that we will be well-represented after such successes and there is always the chance that one of the District Winners might well win the overall award for the whole area...Congratulations also to Vanessa Clayton of HAODS for her award as best female in a musical for "Diana" in "A Chorus Line".Also congratulations to Julie Huntington , who won the Best Actress award for HAODS for her role as Effie in Effie's Burning at the Henley Drama Festival at the Kenton Theatre (AND the Magic Moment Award!) a very successful season all round.

  • Last chance to be part of this classic production!

    Date posted: 31 May 2017

    Sense and Sensibility is now well on the way to being cast, but there are still some roles unfilled. There will be one further audition session on Wednesday 31st May at Harpsden Hall, from 8.00p.m., to complete the casting. Roles still not cast are Sir John Middleton (bluff hearty squire) Elinor and Marianne Dashwood (the heroines), Mr. Palmer (young and henpecked), Lucy Steele (snake in the grass) and two "Gossips" (society ladies exchanging gossip at a ball....a few witty lines and a good dress each!): we know that there are several people interested, but we need more!!

  • 2017 Henley Drama Festival Success!

    Date posted: 8-9 June 2017

    Our Festival entry, Seagulls, by Caryl Churchill, was rewarded at the Henley Drama Festival at the Kenton Theatre with a Best Supporting Actor Award for George Petrie as Cliff, so many congratulations to George. Flushed with success, we are now looking forward to performing SEAGULLS again at the ODN festival at the Unicorn Theatre in Abingdon, on Thursday 8th June (yes, election night, so if you want to escape it, come and support us!!) We will also be performing the play on Friday 9th. June by invitation, to replace HAODS, who have had to drop out, so there's another chance to see us then.

  • Autumn 2017 Production Auditions!

    Date posted: 9, 11 and 16 and 18 May 2017

    A reminder that readings and auditions for our Autumn 2107 production, Sense and Sensibility, to be directed by Julie Huntington, start as soon as the Henley Drama Festival is over. Readings are on 9th and 11th. May and auditions 16th. and 18th. May, all in Harpsden Hall and all starting at 8.00p.m. The character list can be found here, and audition pieces are available here, as well as being available at the readings. There is a big cast, so do come along and give the panel plenty to agonise over!

  • Readings and Auditions for 'After the Dance'

    Date posted: Readings 19 and 25 October

    Our March 2017 production will be 'After the Dance’ by Terence Rattigan, author of ‘The Browning Version’, ‘The Deep Blue Sea’ and ‘The Winslow Boy’. Directed by Rachel Head. Venue for readings and auditions: Harpsden Hall, 8:00 pm.

    There are five female roles, and eight male, of which two double as party guests, across a range of acting ages.

    Auditions to follow on 26th and 27th October, same time, same place. Rachel's synopsis can be accessed here. Audition pieces can be accessed here.

  • Box office and NODA success: The Constant Wife

    Date posted: 29 April 2016

    We are happy to say that not only did our spring 2016 play attract good houses and excellent reviews, but it made a profit! So congratulations to director Kate Lindsey and all concerned. The GLOWING NODA report can be accessed here.

  • Henley Players Kenton Theatre Festival Entry

    Date posted: Event taking place: Friday 6 May

    Our Kenton Theatre Festival entry is MYSTIC MANDY AND HER LITTLE PEOPLE. Written by our own talented Ronnie Gunn, this show is now doing well in rehearsal...the little people are working their socks off...your support will be much appreciated by first-tme director Charlie McMann and his cast.

  • Autumn 2016 production events

    Date posted: Event taking place: 26 May 2016

    The readings for Comic Potential, our Autumn 2016 production, to be directed by Mike Huntington, have been arranged for 26th. and 31st. May at Harpsden Hall, beginning at 8.00p.m. These will be followed by two auditions, one on 2nd June and the other on 7th.June, both again in Harpsden Hall from 8.00p.m. This is a very funny play (and a little off-the wall, if Mike has his way!), so do come along to the readings and auditions and give Mike every support. The character list and synopsis can be accessed here.


    Date posted: 31 May 2015

    Fresh upon our successes at the Henley Drama Festival at the Kenton Theatre.....the award for the Best Original Play (thanks, Ronnie!) and two nominations for Charlie...Best Supporting Actor and Magic Moment, we now have received two nominations for the main NODA awards for our production of The Accrington Pals. One is for the Pat Redhead Drama Award for the best play (whole NODA London and South area), for which we won the runner-up prize last year for Quartet, and the other is for the Sybil Conway award for Best Actress for Hannah Roberts for her performance as May Hassal....Andy Marlow and Jenny Haywood had the equivalent for their performances in Quartet last year, and it is lovely to see Hannah and the Pals carrying on the tradition. Long may it continue!

  • Readings and Auditions for MASKERADE

    Date posted: 2 June 2015

    The readings for MASKERADE will be held on 16th. and 18th June, and the auditions on 25th June, all at Harpsden Village Hall, and all starting at 8.00p.m. This is a big-cast comedy, so please give director Steve Atkins and Assistant Krysia Blake your support.

  • Cast announced for 'The LadyKillers'

    Date posted: 8 February 2015

    The Henley Players’ spring (11-14 March 2015) production will be The LadyKillers, adapted from the film version, by Graham Lineham and directed by Jill Richardson.

    The casting was very difficult, but we are thrilled to have the winning combination of:
    Mrs Wilberforce - Margie Barrass
    Constable Macdonald - Ian Beyts
    Professor Marcus - Frank Augur
    Major Courtney.......Tim Green
    Harry Robinson - Jude Mawbey
    One-Round - Darrel Poulos
    Louis Harvey - Bruce Smith
    Mrs Tromleyton - Liz Mcewen
    Mrs Wilberforce's guests - Wendy Huntley, Marilyn Shah and Nansi Diamond

    Do come along to this cracking production and bring your friends! Buy ten tickets and get one free!

  • Cast announced for 'Accrington Pals'

    Date posted: 7 August 2014

    The Henley Players’ autumn (15-18 October 2014) production will be The Accrington Pals, by Peter Whelan and directed by Jan Corby.

    Director Jan Corby describes this play, as follows: The play is set in Accrington, Lancashire. The play's main focus is on the lives of those who were left behind, especially the women, but also the brave male volunteers, which led to the creation of 'Pals' regiments from towns and regions in the U.K. In this particular play The Accrington Pals, the men that faced the horror that was the Battle of the Somme (whose battalion's formal name was The 11th Battalion and whose names are commemorated on the cenotaph which stands in Oak Hill Park, Accrington). The play is poignant and harrowing but often has comic vignettes which portray the everyday life of a town bereft of men. Cast:
    'Eva' - Sabrina Fawcett
    'Sarah' - Janice Selkirk
    'Bertha' - Aimee McGoldrick
    'Annie' - Pam Pitts
    'May' - Hannah Roberts
    'Tom' - Harry Petrie
    'Ralph' - Charlie McMann
    'Reggie' - Jude Mawbey
    'Company Sergeant Major Rivers' - Steve Baxter
    'Arthur' - Andy Marlow
    Jan says: "If you would like to help out with this show, please get in touch with me" Jan Corby. We would love to have you involved!"

  • Quartet Cast & Crew Announced

    Date posted: 2 February 2014

    We are thrilled to have on board for our Spring 2014 production of Ronald Harwood's Quartet, the following cast and crew (full crew TBC):
    Cecily Robson (Cissy) – Jenny Haywood
    Reginald Paget – Frank Augur
    Wilfred Bond – Andy Marlow
    Jean Horton – Caroline Bowder
    (Voice of) Bobby Swanson – Geoffrey Atkinson
    Director – Bill Bowder
    Director's Assistant/Prompt – Angela Pengilley
    Stage Manager – Jerry Anderson
    Lighting – Derek Gilbert
    Sound – Bruce Smith
    Set Design – Bill Bowder/Jerry Anderson/Bruce Smith
    Set Painting – Steve Allender
    Props – Kate Lindsey, Jo Hunt
    Costume – Hannah Roberts
    Make-up – Lucia Ercolani
    Photography – Ioan Havard
    Publicity – Rowena McMenamin, Bill Bowder, Grainne Harling, Kate Lindsey, Jenny Haywood

  • Giuseppe Verdi. Master of the Human Voice

    Date posted: 2 February 2014

    Georg Briner has kindly written us an absolutely cracking piece on Verdi. Did you know that Verdi was THE superstar composer of his day? Here's a taster from Georg's piece: "In the world of opera, Giuseppe Verdi stands as a giant. His works are known and loved all over the world. They were HUGE hits in his own lifetime, as they still are today: Wikipedia counted 2,586 performances of 28 different Verdi operas worldwide in the last 5 years alone, putting him comfortably at the head of the ‘most performed’ league table." To read more about the life of this fascinating artist, please access Georg's full write-up. A translation of the famous Quartet scene is conveniently included.

  • Summer Sensation

    Date posted: August 2013

    Thanks again to Darrel and Suri Poulos and their family for making us all so welcome at their wonderful home, for The Henley Players Annual Summer Picnic on 30th June. The weather was perfect, and several brave souls took a dip in the lake whilst the less adventurous of us played lawn tennis, croquet or just lolled around under the pagoda making witty observations. Those of you who didn't make it, you really missed out! Hope to see you at next year's Summer Picnic. Rowena

  • Great Cast, Great Expectations!

    Date posted: August 2013

    Our Autumn production Great Expectations, is now completely cast and reheasals are well underway. The cast is as follows:
    Herbert Pocket......Harry Petrie
    Adult Pip..............Toby Marlow
    Young Pip............Guillaume Gougeon and Seamus Bringmann
    Adult Estella.......Sally Rowlandson
    Young Estella.....Olivia Dunning and Annabel Marlow
    Jo Gargery.........Peter O'Sullivan
    Magwitch...........Frank Augur
    Mrs Joe.............Liz McEwen
    Biddy................Jenny Haywood
    Mr. Pumblechook...Ian Beyts
    Miss Havisham.....Janice Selkirk
    Jaggers...............Tim Green
    Wemmick............Andy Marlow
    Molly...................Nansi Diamond
    Aged Parent.........Bill Port
    Young Herbert....Charles Washbourn
    Miss Skiffins (non-speaking walk-on)...Ann Jenkins
    There was a good turnout for the auditions, and suppementary auditions and the panel had some verfy difficult cholices to make. The directors are Kate Lindsey and Jill Richardson: Jill is working on set design with Bruce Smith. The Stage Manager will be Jerry Anderson, with Liz Cope and Jo Hunt covering props: Jenny Haywood will be dealing with costume, assisted by Angie Green: Hayley Williams will be attending to the hairstyles and Lucia Ercolani to the make-up (to be confirmed). Other details to shoiuld be a great show.


    Date posted: 12 May 2013

    For his performance in the Henley Players' production of "Say Something Happened", Frank Augur won the Diamond Shield award for 'Magic Moment'. This is a discretionary prize given by the adjudicator for something he considers rather special. It could be for anything - lighting, sound, music, a particular effect, etc. David Henson. the adjudicator this year, gave this unique award to Frank for stepping into the role of Dad in 'Say Something Happened' when Geoff Atkinson, due to ill health, regretfully had to pull out of the play at the last moment. Frank had just five days notice and effectively two full rehearsals before giving a first class performance on Friday. In the adjudicator's own words, "he acted his socks off". So many congratulations, Frank, and to Sally, Wendy, Kate, Ann and the team for a charming play, well-performed and directed. The support from a good number of Players was much appreciated by the cast...nice to see so many friendly faces! Many congratulations to HAODS, who won two prestigious acting awards, Richard Evans as Best Actor and Angharad Jones as Best Actress, for their performances in "World without Memory"... another tear-jerking performance from Richard. HAODS also picked up the Best Runner-up award, so well done to director Samantha Fields.The overall runaway winners of the festival were the Oxford Theatre Guild (B) with their entry 'Moving Scenes'. This won 4 prestigious awards, Best Play, Best Original Play, Best Director and Best Supporting Actor...tour de force for them!Jenny


    Date posted: 29 April 2013

    GREAT EXPECTATIONS Our Autumn 2103 production is to be GREAT EXPECTATIONS, Hugh Leonard's capable adaptation of the well-loved Dickens novel. This will be directed jointly by Kate Lindsey and Jill Richardson, and the Stage Manager will be Jerry Anderson: readings have been arranged for 14th. and 16th. May, and auditions for 20th and 21st May, all at Harpsden Hall, and all starting at 8.00p.m. If you can't make either audition and would like to be considered for a particular role, please contact Kate A summary of the roles is below ..... GREAT EXPECTATIONS Cast Young Pip: Age in the play is 14/15. This part calls for an experienced young actor as he is on stage during much of the action both as the young Pip, and then later takes over as narrator when the older Pip appears. The scene where he meets with the convict Magwitch is iconic as it determines the rest of Pip’s life. A super role. Older Pip: 25-30 ish. As the early narrator and main protagonist, this is a huge and demanding role. Pip has had a troubled and abused childhood, brought up by his brutal older sister. He meets the young Estella at Miss Havisham’s house and falls hopelessly and obsessively in love with her. He is painfully aware of being lower class and becomes ashamed of his humble origins. He loses sight of his moral compass in his quest to become a gentleman. From then on his life is in turmoil until he finally comes to realise the true values of love and friendship. Miss Havisham: 40-45 ish. She is very wealthy and eccentric, to the point of being insane. She is an embittered woman after being jilted by her fiancé on her wedding day and has sought revenge on all men ever since. She raises and grooms her adopted daughter, Estella, to break men’s hearts. A powerful role. Young Estella: Age in the play is 14/15. Again we are looking for a teenager to play Estella in the first part of the play. She is beautiful but spoilt and has been brought up to be cold-hearted and cruel, especially to young Pip who has been invited by Miss Havisham to play with her. They eventually go their separate ways. Older Estella: 25-30 ish. Estella has grown into a very beautiful woman and has lost nothing of her cold aloofness. She repeatedly tells Pip that she has no heart and announces that she is to marry Bentley Drummle. Pip meets her several years later. Like Pip, her adult life contained many tribulations. Finally her feelings soften towards him. Joe Gargery: 40-50 ish. Joe, the village blacksmith, “He was a mild, good-natured, sweet-tempered, easy-going, foolish, dear fellow, - a sort of Hercules in strength, and also in weakness”. He, like Pip, constantly falls foul of his wife’s sharp tongue. His love and tenderness towards Pip never diminishes even when the ‘young gentleman’ turns his back on him. In the end Pip is made aware of the debt he owes Joe and seeks forgiveness and reconciliation. They are once more “ever the best of friends”. Herbert Pocket: 25-30 ish – the same age as Pip. He is a distant relative of Miss Havisham and first encounters young Pip at Satis house. Many years later they meet up again in London and share the same lodgings. He is charged with teaching Pip the ways of being ‘a gentleman’. Herbert is a delightful young man and he and Pip become firm friends. This role brings a lot of lightness and humour to the play. A super character role. Magwitch: A fearsome criminal and escaped convict who terrorizes Pip when he pounces on him in the cemetery. Magwitch never forgets Pip’s kindness to him in bringing food and drink and many years later, after making his fortune, he tries to repay Pip with money to raise him up out of his lowly roots and to make him ‘a gentleman’. This is a superb character role. Age 50-60ish. Mrs Joe Gargery: Age 35-40ish. She is a bony, stern, spiteful figure and frequently menaces her husband and her young brother with her cane. She’s ambitious and resents her lowly station of being a mere blacksmith’s wife. She fawns shamelessly upon Mr Pumblechook who she regards as being of a much better class. A strong character part. Mr Jaggers: Age 50/60 ish. Is lawyer to both Miss Havisham and Magwitch. He is a powerful, foreboding character feared by criminals but not above doing business of a questionable nature with them. He supervises the allowance left by Pip’s benefactor but refuses to reveal who that is. He constantly washes his hands and uses a scented handkerchief – perhaps in an attempt to rid himself of the taint of corruption. Biddy: A kind-hearted village girl who befriends Pip when as children they attend the local school together and helps Pip with his writing. Although a little older than Pip he thought that if he was never going to marry Estella then Biddy would be the one. She is the opposite to Estella being plain, kind and moral. She nurses Mrs Joe for many years and finally after her death, marries Joe. Age in her 30s (ish) Mr Pumblechook: He is Joe Gargery’s uncle and therefore uncle-in law to Pip. He’s pompous and arrogant. A corn merchant with his own chaise cart! An avaricious man who shamelessly tries to take the credit for Pip’s rise in fortune and social status because he initially introduced him to Miss Havisham. This is a typical, over the top, Dickensian character. Another great, humorous role. Age over 50. Wemmick: Clerk to Jaggers. An interesting and demanding role. He has two quite different sides to his character. When in chambers in London he is cold ,severe and businesslike, obsessed with ‘portable property’. At home where he lives with his Aged Parent he changes into a jovial, tender and caring son. He befriends Pip in one of his darkest moments. Age anything between 30-50. Aged Parent: Age 60 upwards. This is a super cameo role of a kindly, almost totally deaf old man who considers his home as his castle and indeed it is made to look as such with turrets, cannon a mock drawbridge and the flag flying. The scenes with Aged P are among the most amusing of the play. Molly/Miss Skiffins: These are very small parts. Molly has one line and Miss Skiffins has just a walk-on role Molly is housekeeper to Jaggers and is revealed as Estella’s mother. Miss Skiffins is Wemmick’s lady friend. Molly aged 40ish, Miss Skiffins 20-30ish.Kate has asked me to say that, apart from the teenage Pip and Estella, all ages are very approximate!

  • FESTIVALS for 2013

    Date posted: 6 January 2013

    We are now considering possible festival entries. We've already read one of Mike Rowbottom's plays, the very intriguing The Zombies and the Morseline and are happy to look at any other suggestions before we make a final decision.....anyone itching to direct, please let the committee know!!

  • Cast Announced for Communicating Doors

    Date posted: 6 January 2013

    SPRING 2013 PRODUCTION: COMMUNICATING DOORS by Alan Ayckbourn (March 5th-9th., 2013), directed by our very own Pantomime Dame, Darrel Poulos, fresh from his triumph for the Remenham Thespians! Casting Communicating Doors has taken some time: there were several strong contenders for the various roles, some of which require actors to portray the same character at several different ages, and it has taken time to sort it out. The cast is as follows:
    Reece....Mike Rowbottom
    Julian.....James Gwynne
    Poopay....Sally Rowlands
    Ruella....Grainne Harling
    Harold....Michael Mungarvan
    Jessica....Claire Taylor
    We are very pleased to welcome newcomer Sally Rowlands, fresh from her triumph as 'Adelaide' in HAODS' production of Guys and Dolls, and to welcome back Claire and Mike M, both of whom have only done one show with us before. And of course we are delighted to have the roles of Julian, Reece and Ruella in the experienced hands of James, Mike R, and Grainne. Rehearsals will begin this week. This is a very challenging play, with some gloriously funny scenes, so we wish Darrel and his cast and crew every success!

  • Club Night News - Change of Venue

    Date posted: September 2012 onwards

    We have decided to hold club nights at a new venue: the back bar (The Stable Bar) of The Three Tuns, in Market Place, Henley. This space is better lit and more comfortable for our needs. Please also note that we will now hold our monthly club nights on the first Tuesday of each month. This is to allow more folk to participate. Feedback always welcome. Get in touch with any of the committee members. Remember, Club Nights take place every month throughout the year, except August and December. All suggestions welcome, and please do consider hosting one yourself - just get in touch with Kate Lindsey. Friends who want to learn more about The Henley Players will be warmly welcomed.

  • Fanfare and Farewell to Roger Redfern

    Date posted: 16 June 2012

    Roger Redfern very much enjoyed his leaving party on 11 June at Zizzis, and also the phone calls and messages from those who were not able to attend.....he has asked for the follwoing message to be circulated.... "Thank you for the splendid party last night and the wonderful picture of the "dead King"...almost appropriate! all those who came to thank them from me. It made my day! Good luck in all future ventures, and much love, Roger".

  • Calendar Girls Casting News

    Date posted: 4 June 2012

    News from Director David Parsonson: Thank you to everybody for the hard work put into the auditions. It has been a very time consuming and difficult task to complete casting, taking in to account vocal colour, clarity, visual depth, colouring, height variation, commanding security and visual group eccentricities, that would play with the audiences emotions and ensure their acceptance. I look forward to seeing the "sunflowers grow".

    Chris - Margie Barrass; Annie - Jan Corby; Jessie - Julie Huntington; Celia - Claire Hewitt; Ruth - Karen du Plessis; Marie - Jan Beyts; Brenda Hulse - Carol Lynch; John - Richard Evans; Rod - Gareth Saunders; Lady Cravenshire - Caroline Hopkins; Lawrence - to be confirmed; Elaine - Claire Taylor; Liam - to be confirmed

    With the Voices of:
    WI Conference Chairperson - Kate Lindsey; American Radio Commentary - Darrel Poulos; English Television Commentary - Tim Green; French Radio Commentary - Christine Naughton

    Stage and Technical Personnel:
    Stage Manager - Jerry Anderson; Lighting Designer - Kim Hollamby; Sound Designer - Bruce Smith; Costume Supervisor - to be confirmed; Costume Assistant - Angie Green; Scenic Artists - to be confirmed; Properties - Kim Agostino; Dialogue Coach - Jeni Wood; Prompt - Jill Richardson; Hair - Hayley Wilkinson; Make-Up - to be c; onfirmed; Stage Crew - to be confirmedDressers - to be confirmed

  • NODA report for The Browning Version and Harlequinade

    Date posted: 7 May 2012

    NODA representative Henry Hawes has given a very positive appraisal of our spring 2012 productions. Read the NODA report here

  • And the Winner Is...!!!

    Date posted: 13 May 2012

    2012 Henley Drama Festival Awards

    Class I – Open (i.e. best play) goes to THE TRAIN OUT OF CLOON, written and directed by Caroline Bowder and performed by The Henley Players

    Class V – Best Original play goes to THE TRAIN OUT OF CLOON

    Nominations: Best Actress – Liz McEwen; Best Actor – Tim Green; Best Supporting Actor – Bill Port

    Caroline Bowder richly deserved these awards. It was her first experience of directing a play and considering the enormous, last minute problems she had she did an amazing job. Our heartfelt congratulations got to her, her cast and crew and once again The Henley Players can be proud of a great achievement at this year's festival.

    We all wish her similar success at Wallingford, on Wednesday 13 June.

    Kate Lindsey, Chair, The Henley Players


    Date posted: October 2011

    SPRING PRODUCTION 2012.....THE BROWNING VERSION and HARLEQUINADE by Terence Rattigan, directed by Graham Fyffe, 13th -17th March, 2012. Please see 'Events' page for readings and audititions. This will be a SPARKLING duo of plays, with GREAT parts of folk of all ages, so please don't miss out!

  • 'Bedroom Farce' nomimated for NODA award!

    Date posted: 30 August 2011

    Great news! The Henley Players have been nominated by the regional NODA representative for the Redhead Drama Award for their production of Bedroom Farce. Congratulations all round...another accolade for this very successful show!
    The winner of the award and the runner-up will be announced at the London Regional Conference on Sepember 18th: this is at the Wyllyots Theatre, Potters Bar. Please contact Jenny Haywood if you are interested in attending the ceremony.
    If you would like to read the NODA report for this show, please click here.

  • 'Pack of Lies' is Pack of Talent!

    Date posted: 7 June 2011

    Director Kate Lindsey and the committee of The Henley Players are thrilled to have a top-flight cast for our autumn production of Pack of Lies.

    Bob Jackson - Peter O'Sullivan
    Barbara Jackson - Jenny Haywood
    Julie Jackson - Grace Plant
    Helen Kroger - Margie Barrass
    Peter Kroger - James Taylor
    Stewart - Richard Evans
    Thelma - Morna Towers
    Sally - Marilyn Shah

  • Kenton Kudos for our Festival Play

    Date posted: 10 May 2011

    Our festival offering Roman Fever picked up one of the most prestigious prizes – that of best actress. This rather modest play, in comparison with some of the entries, certainly won the heart of the adjudicator for its acting, so much so that she felt she couldn’t separate the award between Liz McEwen and Jenny Haywood and therefore, and extremely unusually, nominated both of them to jointly share the award. So, we are doubly delighted. As director of the play I can’t tell you how proud I was on Saturday watching Liz and Jenny step up onto the stage to receive their prize. They had both worked their socks off in a very short space of time – just seven rehearsals. And let’s not forget Peter Dayton, whose lovely cameo appearance, also drew words of praise from the adjudicator for looking so smart and convincing as the head waiter. Kate Lindsey, director. Do come along and support this production at the Wallingford Corn Exchange, 13-17 June.

  • Festival Fever - Roman Fever!

    Date posted: 2 May 2011

    Our festival entry, Roman Fever, by Hugh Leonard has been cast and rehearsals are proceeding apace. We have a very experienced cast as follows:
    Mrs Slade - Liz McEwen
    Mrs Ansley - Jenny Haywood
    Head Waiter - Peter Dayton
    This is a lovely short piece based on an Edith Wharton short story; it has a real twist that will really keep you guessing! Come along and support this production at The Kenton Drama Festival and the Wallingford Corn Exchange Drama Festival.
    The 40th Kenton Drama Festival runs from 4-7 May 2011
    The Wallingford Corn Exchange Drama Festival runs from 13-17 June
    Good luck to all involved!

  • Pack of Lies

    Date posted: 2 May 2011

    Two readings will be held for our autumn production of Hugh Whitemore's Pack of Lies. The first will be held on our regular monthly club night at Zizzis on Monday 9th May, the second at Harpsden Hall on Thursday 26th May. Auditions to follow on Thursday 2nd June, also at Harpsden Hall. All meetings to start at 8 pm. For more information, please contact contact Kate Lindsey.

    Also, if you'd like to get involved in helping out with this production in any non-acting way, we'd love to hear from you!

  • Pizza, Pasta, Pints, Playreadings, Poetry!

    Date posted: 1 January 2011

    In order to involve members in regular social get-togethers, The Henley Players will hold Club Nights on the second Monday of each month excepting August and December. These will take place at Zizzi's, in Hart Street, Henley, starting at 8 pm. Arrive from 7:30 pm to grab a drink or coffee (avoid the rush), or why not come at 6:30 pm to take advantage of a discounted meal before the events begin in the front room? Playreadings will form the back-bone of these evenings, but other activities are welcomed. See 'Events' page for details of individual Club Nights. Dates for 2011 are as follows:
    January 10th
    February 14th
    March 14th
    April 11th
    May 9th
    June 13th
    July 11th
    September 12th
    October 10th
    November 14th

    If you'd like to host one of these evenings, or have ideas for a play you wish to read, please contact contact Kate Lindsey. Suggestions for playreadings or similar activities are most welcome!

  • Spring 2011 production cast!

    Date posted: 1 January 2011

    Our spring production (15-19 March) is Alan Ayckbourn's riotous comedy Bedroom Farce. Director Darrel Poulos is delighted to have assembled an excellent cast for this production. There were some tough choices to be made as many people read very well for a number of the roles. It gave the casting committee pause for thought about how to choose the final members of the cast. Casting is as follows:

    Earnest: Geoff Atkinson
    Delia: Jan Beyts
    Trevor: Ioan Harvard
    Susannah: Grainne Harling
    Malcolm: James Gwynne
    Kate: Karen Du Plessis
    Nick: Tim Harling
    Jan: Jan Corby
    Lighting: Derek Gilbert
    Stage Manager: To be finalised

    If you want to help out with this show in any non-acting capacity, please contact Darrel Poulos or Kate Lindsey, who would be delighted to hear from you.

  • Triumph at the Didcot Drama Festival!

    Date posted: 19 June 2010

    Congratulations to Alex Rogers, Sue Baxter and cast and crew for doing so well at the Didcot Drama Festival in May. Alex Rogers’ ‘For Thine is the Kingdom’ won Best Play, Alice Evans won Best Actress, Jan Beyts won Best Supporting role, and Alex narrowly missed out on the Best Actor award. A wonderful result of which we are very proud.

    We are also proud to acknowledge the kudos gained at the Wallingford Corn Exchange Festival in early June, where 'Kingdom' won the Punters' (Audience) Prize for Best Play, and Alice Evans was awarded the Adjudicator's Award.

    As you may know, this year we entered a record four (!) theatre festivals: Maidenhead Drama Festival, Kenton Drama Festival, Didcot Drama Festival, and the Wallingford Corn Exchange Festival. 'For Thine is the Kingdom' was written by Alex Rogers, and is a savage black comedy about fear, prejudice and the dangers of playing God. Our guest director for this show was Sue Baxter, Head of Drama at St Gabriel's, Newbury. Alex Rogers and Alison Evans played the challenging lead roles, ably supported by Jan Beyts and Dominic Walker. Thanks to various other members of THP for providing stage management and other support.


    Date posted: Updated 21 October 2010

    After a long gestation period, The Henley Players Writers' Group met for the first time on 28 July 2010, at the Hot Gossip cafe in Friday Street. A small but dedicated group enjoyed vigorous discussion about the nature of playwriting, and everyone read excerpts of their own work. The date of the next meeting is yet to be announced, so watch this space!

    Contact Mike Rowbottom for more information, or read the article that appeared in the 18 January issue of The Henley Standard

Next production: Love in Idleness

20-23 March 2019, 7:30 pm; Sat Matinee 2:30 pm

Advance Bookings: 01491 575 698

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Past Productions

  • The Browning Version by Terence Rattigan

  • Calendar Girls by Tim Firth

  • Bedroom Farce by Alan Ayckbourn

  • A Voyage Round My Father by John Mortimer

  • The Country Wife by William Wycherley

  • The Vortex by Noel Coward

  • Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett

  • Lady Windermere's Fan by Oscar Wild

  • The Entertainer by John Osbourne