Our History

Great things from little acorns grow……and thus it was with Players.

stacks_image_3111920Originally founded in the 1920s,and for want of a home of its own, Players Dramatic Society first began by performing in Cheadle Hulme Parish Hall and even in members’ homes.

1947However it had always harboured a dream of having its own theatre and to this end, in 1947, purchased an old army hut cum army depot in Sharston. It was dismantled  and put it into storage until such time as they could find a suitable site for its re-erection.Several years went by, with various sites coming under consideration but all were rejected  for one reason or another.

1950Until one day they came upon its current site which was bought and  where the hut was erected  in 1950. This hut was optimistically named The Playhouse.

This basic wooden structure was used for meetings and socials but plays were still presented in the Parish Hall,until in typical Players fashion, a bunch of enthusiastic members rolled up their sleeves and set to work,constructing a stage and fairly primitive dressing room facilities. Such dressing room facilities involved the use of a caravan parked behind the theatre and accessed through an open window on the back wall! Not exactly the height of luxury but at last, Players had a theatre they could call their own!

1955- The first three-act play presented at the Playhouse was Count Your Blessings in 1955.  This was a great step forward and all well and good but the building was still only viewed as a temporary construction by the Council. The only solution to combat the constant threat of demolition hanging over it, was to make the building into a permanent fixture by putting a brick shell around the wooden structure. Thus began another building project. This time one which included the provision of such theatrical mod cons as a  lighting and sound perch.  Making the Green Room into a permanent fixture.  Plus further improving the foyer and updating the kitchen and toilets facilities.

1965-The new theatre, looking externally very much like it does today, opened in 1965.PDS 3

In the ensuing years, the Society has continued to improve its both onstage and offstage facilities-    further developing the foyer, kitchen and toilets and additionally constructing the lounge and bar at the front of the theatre. Next came the building dubbed ‘The Tower’ at the rear of the theatre, invaluable for storing scenery, props etc. Provision of new toilets and a washroom for the actors followed.. The car park too was surfaced and at last we were able to drive in without putting our car’s suspension at serious risk.

1980-The seating too has undergone a transformation. Up until the early 1980,  it had been composed of stacking chairs which had to be clipped together, numbered and laid out on the stillages before each production.. These stillages were a set of boxes which created different seating levels which had to be removed and stacked under a tarpaulin in the corner of the car park after each play. An ardous task. Hardly surprising then that  the Committee’s proposal to improve the auditorium, with a proper stepped floor and real tip-up theatre seating along with central heating, carpets and other creature comforts was warmly approved.  So plans were drawn up, together with a budget, and at the end of the 1984-85 season work commenced  and carried on at a frantic pace throughout the summer.

1985-The new theatre inside, more or less as we know it today, was unveiled in 1985.

PDS STAGE 1To Present Day-The work of course goes on. The bar has now moved upstairs and we have a large bar area to accommodate our social events. We also have a coffee lounge downstairs for our patrons also providing extra space for meetings. The kitchen too has a new range and fitted out to cope with catering needs. In addition, a stairlift has been installed plus a disabled toilet. A small band of inhouse workers rallied round and redecorated the foyer relatively recently too, giving the premises a brand new lick of paint and smart new look. In short, thanks to the constant achievements of its loyal members-past and present- we have a theatre to be proud of and long may it flourish!

 Past Productions

2010s
May 2017Lost In Yonkers
March 2017Hobsons Choice
November 2016The Anniversary
October 2016Touch And Go
April 2016Our Day Out
November, 2015Iron
September, 2015The Weekend
July, 2015The Heist
May, 2015Bedroom Farce
March, 2015The Importance of Being Earnest
November, 2014Barefoot in the Park
September, 2014Cash on Delivery
May, 2014Kindly Keep It Covered
March, 2014Confusions
November, 2013The 39 Steps
Sep-Oct, 2013Secondary Cause Of Death
May, 2013Pygmalion
March, 2013The Retreat from Moscow
January, 2013Out of Order
November, 2012My Boy Jack
September, 2012Shakers
May, 2012Ladies’ Day
March, 2012Thérèse Raquin
January, 2012Black Comedy
November, 2011Snake in the Grass
October, 2011Zack
May, 2011Flat Spin
March, 2011The Caretaker
January, 2011I Ought To Be in Pictures
November, 2010We Love You, Arthur
October, 2010Table Manners
May, 2010Blue Remembered Hills
March, 2010Murder by Misadventure
January, 2010Something Blue
2000s
January, 2000Blithe Spirit  
March, 2000House Guest  
May, 2000Rosencrantz and Guildernstern Are Dead  
October, 2000Educating Rita  Winner, Best Production for All England Theatre Festival
November, 2000 Arms and the Man  Winner of Best Production for All-England Theatre Festival
January, 2001 Once A Catholic G.M.D.F. Natwest Trophy winners
March, 2001Gasping  
May, 2001Dancing At Lughnasa  
October, 2001The Things We Do For Love  
November, 2001Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime  
January, 2002Rumours  
March, 2002Love On The Dole  
May, 2002Stepping Out  
October, 2002Hard Times  
November, 2002My Three Angels  
January, 2003How The Other Half Loves  
March, 2003Bold Girls  
May, 2003When We Are Married 
September, 2003Mr. Wonderful  
November, 2003Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me  
January, 2004A Midsummer Night’s Dream  
March, 2004Uncle Vanya  
May, 2004Ten Times Table  
September, 2004Holiday Snap  
November, 2004Bazaar and Rummage  
January, 2005Absurd Person Singular  
March, 2005Abigail’s Party  
May, 2005Neville’s Island  
October, 2005Run For Your Wife  
November, 2005The Beauty Queen of Leenane  
January, 2006The Steamie  
March, 2006Dangerous Obsession  
May, 2006Absent Friends  
October, 2006Quartet  
November, 2006Season’s Greetings  
January, 2007Blood Brothers  
March, 2007The Mysterious Mr. Love  
May, 2007The Woman in White 
October, 2007Deathtrap  
November, 2007Play On  
January, 2008Billy Liar  
March, 2008Rattle of a Simple Man  
May, 2008The Curious Savage  
October, 2008Albert Nobbs  
November, 2008Cat’s Cradle  
January, 2009The Prisoner of Second Avenue  
March, 2009Twelfth Night  
May, 2009Murdered to Death  
October, 2009The End of the Food Chain  
November, 2009And A Nightingale Sang  
1990s
March, 1990Death of a Salesman  
May, 1990Daisy Pulls It Off  
June, 199084, Charing Cross Road  
September, 1990A Night on the Tiles  
November, 1990The Canterbury Tales  
January, 1991Laburnum Grove  
March, 1991Juno and the Paycock  
May, 1991Quartermaine’s Terms  
June, 1991Bazaar and Rummage  
October, 1991A Month of Sundays  
November, 1991A Pack of Lies  
March, 1992The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society Murder Mystery 
May, 1992Journey’s End  
October, 1992Under Milk Wood  
November, 1992The Poker Session  
March, 1993The Sunshine Boys  
May, 1993She Stoops to Conquer  
October, 1993Round and Round the Garden  
November, 1993 Abelard and Heloise  Winner of M.D.D.F Shield
January, 1994A Bedfull of Foreigners  
March, 1994A Voyage Round My Father  
May, 1994Steel Magnolias  
October, 1994Outside Edge  
November, 1994Veronica’s Room 
January, 1995Our Day Out  
March, 1995The Long and the Short and the Tall  
May, 1995The Odd Couple (Female Version)  
October, 1995On Golden Pond  
November, 1995The Exorcism  
January, 1996Broadway Bound  
March, 1996Out of Order  
May, 1996The Taming of the Shrew  
October, 1996Straight and Narrow  
November, 1996The Winslow Boy 
January, 1997The Gingerbread Lady  
March, 1997Tons of Money  
May, 1997The Birthday Party  
October, 1997Hindle Wakes  
November, 1997Children of the Wolf  
January, 1998Arsenic and Old Lace  
March, 1998Butterflies Are Free  
May, 1998Salt of the Earth  
October, 1998Last of the Red Hot Lovers  
November, 1998My Mother Said I Never Should  
January, 1999 The Fosdyke Saga  Winner, Best Production of All England Theatre Festival
March, 1999Shadowlands  
May, 1999The Cemetery Club  
October, 1999The Dresser  
November, 1999Sylvia’s Wedding  
1980s
1980 Table Manners  Manx Drama Federation winners
1980Murder Deferred  
1980The Dark Horse  
1980 Rookery Nook  M.D.D.F Shield Runners Up
1981The Odd Couple  
1981Traveller Without Luggage  
1981All My Sons  
1981Pygmalion  
1982Breath of Spring  
1982As You Like It  
1982The Real Inspector Hound  
1982The Importance of Being Earnest  
1982Saturday, Sunday, Monday  
1983Two and Two Make Sex  
1983Lock Up Your Daughters  
1983The Linden Tree  
1983The Accrington Pals  
1984Everybody Loves Opal  
1984Rashomon  
1984Stage Struck  
1984Barefoot in the Park  
1985And A Nightingale Sang  
1985 The Comedy of Errors  Natwest Trophy winner
1985Wind in the Branches of the Sassafras 
November, 1985Wait Until Dark 
March, 1986The Playboy of the Western World  
May, 1986Charley’s Aunt  
October, 1986Andy Capp  
November, 1986Trap For a Lonely Man  
March, 1987A Doll’s House  
May, 1987Pardon Me, Prime Minister  
September, 1987A Tomb With a View  
November, 1987The Winter’s Tale 
March, 1988A Streetcar Named Desire  
May, 1988Hay Fever  
October, 1988Relatively Speaking  
November, 1988Breezeblock Park  
March, 1989Born in the Gardens  
May, 1989Habeas Corpus  
September, 1989Whose Life Is It, Anyway? 
November, 1989A Chorus of Disapproval  
1970s
1970Love’s A Luxury  
1970Our Town  
1970Dear Octopus  
1970The Odd Couple  
1971The Happy Marriage  
1971Epitaph for George Dillon  
1971The Late Edwina Black  
1971Waltz of the Toreadors 
1972The Thwarting of Baron Bolligrew  
1972Collapse of Stout Party  
1972See How They Run  
1972The Winslow Boy 
1973Under Milk Wood  
1973Angels in Love  
1973How’s the World Treating You?  
1973When We Are Married 
1974Devil May Care  
1974 Pillars of Society  M.D.D.F. Shield winner
1974The Big Killing  
1974Woman in A Dressing Gown 
1975How The Other Half Loves  
1975Ring Round the Moon  
1975The Curious Savage  
1976Separate Tables  
1976A Midsummer Night’s Dream  
1976Hobson’s Choice  
1976The Day After the Fair  
1977 Becket  M.D.D.F. Shield winners
1977Move Over, Mrs. Markham  
1977Children’s Day  
1977A View From the Bridge 
1978Twelfth Night  
1978Plaza Suite  
1978All Things Bright and Beautiful  
1978And So To Bed  
1979The Heiress  
1979The Hostage  
1979Semi-Detached  
1979The Servant of Two Masters  
1960s
1960South Sea Bubble  
1960Deep Are the Roots  
1960The Little Hut  
1960Shadow of Doubt  
1961The Housemaster  
1961Nude With Violin  
1961Roar Like A Dove  
1961The Whole Truth 
1962The Girl Who Couldn’t Quite  
1962 Romanoff and Juliet  M.D.D.F Shield Winners
1962The Rape of the Belt  
1962The Grass is Greener  
1963The Glass Menagerie  
1963 Morning Star  M.D.D.F Shield Runners-Up
1963The Amorous Prawn  
1963The Gazebo  
1964A Letter from the General  
1964Mrs. Willie  
1964Brush With A Body  
1964Doctor At Sea  
1965A Man About the House 
1965I Capture the Castle  
1965Blithe Spirit  
1965 His Excellency  M.D.D.F. Shield winner
1966The Willow and I 
1966The Sleeping Prince  
1966The Wisdom of Eve  
1966A Question of Fact  
1967The Brides of March  
1967A Man For All Seasons 
1967The Marriage-Go-Round  
1967The Far-Off Hills  
 1968Arms and the Man  
1968Chase Me, Comrade!  
1968Deadly Record  
1968Say Who You Are  
1969Bitter Sanctuary  
1969 Present Laughter  M.D.D.F Shield winner
1969Never Too Late  
1969Hindle Wakes  
1950s
1950Wishing Well 
1950The Passing of the Third Floor Back  
1951Jupiter Laughs  
1951The Happiest Days of Your Life  
1952The Heiress  
1952Worm’s Eye View 
1952Quiet Night  
1953When Knights Were Bold 
1954The White Sheep of the Family 
1954The Wise Children 
1955The Listening Hills  
 The final play to be performed by Players’ Dramatic Society at the Parish Hall, Church Road 
1955Count Your Blessings  
 First play to be performed at the new Playhouse, Anfield Road 
1955Busman’s Holiday  
1956 The Hasty Heart  
1956The Feminine Touch  
1956Dear Charles  
1957The Secret Tent  
1957 The Love of Four Colonels  M.D.D.F. Shield Runners-Up
1957 Haul For the Shore  M.D.D.F.Shield Winner
1958The Night of January 16th  
1958The Teahouse of the August Moon  
1958The Gentle Arm  
1959The Moon is Blue  
1959Dry Rot  
1959 The Diary of Anne Frank  M.D.D.F. Shield Winner
1959The Bride and the Bachelor  
1959Something to Hide  
1946 - 1949
1946Blue Goose  
1946 George and Margaret  M.D.D.F. Shield Winner
1947Give Me Yesterday  
1947To Kill a Cat  
1948Dear Octopus 
1948Arsenic and Old Lace 
1949 The Winslow Boy M.D.D.F. Shield Winner
1949 No Medals M.D.D.F. Shield Winner
1940 - 1945
Between 1940 and 1945, the activities of the Society were suspended, and no plays were performed.
1930s
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1931Baa Baa Black Sheep
1932Yellow Sands
1933The Creaking Chair 
1934Pleasure Cruise 
1935The Best People 
1936Deadlock 
1937The Professor’s Love Story 
1938Barnet’s Folly 
1939Square Pegs 
1920s
1926The Idler 
1927Polly with a Past 
1928Tons of Money 
1929Vanity

Hire of Players Theatre

If you are interested in hiring Players Theatre, please email your details to info@playersdramatic.co.uk.

If you could please include the date/s you are looking to hire, the facilities you would require and the nature of your event, this would be most helpful.

 

Costume Hire

We have a wonderful wardrobe at Players Theatre. We particularly have a very fine collection of period costumes.

If you would like to discuss hire, please contact Pam Lambert on 483 9796 or email info@playersdramatic.co.uk.

 

The Hundred Club

Roll up, roll up!

We would really like to reach 100 members of the club this season - ideally more!
Remember, the more members we have,  the bigger the prizes!
Three draws take place throughout the season and three prizes are awarded at each draw.
If you would like to join, please email info@playersdramatic.co.uk