Diplomatic Relations, by Geoff Bamber
27th June - 1st July, 8pm curtain up, Players Theatre, Hurstpierpoint
Our summer production is a typical farce set in the fictional republic of Guaranguay. (To call it a banana republic is to give bananas a bad name!) The action takes place in the office of H.M.G’s Ambassador, who is trying to make the most of her posting to a South American backwater. She's expecting a diplomatic bigwig, to celebrate the 150th anniversary of one of the local revolutions (the glorious one, apparently), but what she actually gets is a Foreign Office investigator, looking for evidence of extravagance. At the same time, she has to deal with a corrupt politician trying to elope with her husband, the local security chief chasing her around her office and one of her husband's previous liaisons turning-up with less clothing than is customary in diplomatic circles. And, oh yes, there's a German anarchist on the loose...
Diplomatic Relations will be directed by Richard Coney, ably assisted by Josie Porter for whom this will be her directoring debut.
Tickets can also be purchased at Richward's Estate Agents, 133 High Street, Hurstpierpoint. Preorder by calling 01273 830433 or just drop in and they will be more than happy to help.
Hobson's Choice, by Harold Brighouse
Hurst Festival 2017 Production: 19th - 23rd September 2017
12th - 15th October
Twenty years ago, the Players needed to raise funds for essential roof repairs, and so the idea was born to stage a non-stop reading of the complete works of William Shakespeare - 24 hours a day, without break, until finished! It was a tremendous achievement and was warmly supported by those who watched (whatever the hour) and the celebrities who kindly donated their time to come down and read some of the Bard's works.
Fast forward to the current day and the Players are again raising funds - this time for the building renovations project (see the news page for more details). It was decided to revisit the success of the non-stop Shakespeare readthrough by doing it all again! And so, from 7:30pm on Thursday 12th October until some time on Sunday 15th, we will once again bring the Bard's verse to life, without stopping, until the last line of the last play has been spoken. Keep checking this page where further details will be published as soon as they are known. We hope you are excited as we are!
National Theatre Live is the National Theatre’s groundbreaking project to broadcast world-class theatre to cinemas in the UK and internationally. The Players Theatre is proud to be able to show screenings as part of a joint venture between the Hurst Players and the Hurst Village Cinema. Details of upcoming shows can be found on the film club website.
Cuckfield Dramatic Society
CDS present 'Bridge to Farce' - a comedy by Richard Willis and Paul Ruse
Queen's Hall, Cuckfield; 31st May - 3rd June
Info and tickets here