History Of The Players
The King’s Cliffe Players were born out of a local choir group and out first production was a Music Hall evening, “An Evening of Edwardiana”, in 1986. This was followed by our first Pantomime, “Dick Whittington” in 1987. Since that time, the group has typically put on 2 productions a year - one in February (usually a pantomime or musical) and sometimes one in October (a play).
We are an enthusiastic and vibrant group, forming a strong connection with the surrounding area and absorbing a proportion of it - particularly during a pantomime!
Our pantomimes vary from the traditional to the unusual and children from the local area play a key role in these productions, where they learn a wide variety of skills. Some of our longer-standing Players started out life as a “tweeny-weeny” in a panto and we are proud to say that some have gone on to make the theatre their career.
A wide variety of plays or musicals have also been performed, depending on that particular director’s choice.
We encourage people to try out different roles within a production; from directing or producing, being on stage, assisting backstage, joining the technical crew and front of house team and assisting with vital roles such as publicity, sponsorship and of course making sure that the bar works effectively. Putting on any production involves a well-coordinated team but it needs to be reinvigorated and rejuvenated. Bringing new people in and changing people's roles ensure the group stays vibrant and open to new ideas.
We strive to bring the best to each production and are continually seeking to improve all areas of our productions.
We encourage interaction with other theatre groups and have held workshops to learn new skills.
Where to see the Players
Our productions take place in the King’s Cliffe Memorial Hall, behind the King’s Cliffe Londis on Eagle Lane (off West Street).
Audiences are restricted to about 100 people per performance (by fire regulations) and its not unusual for tickets to sell-out very quickly, which is testament to everyone involved.
The Players usually use a cabaret style of seating with the audience around tables with drinks being brought to them by waiter service in the intervals, along with our now famous baskets of ‘salty smackers’.