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Beauty and the Beast, by Stuart Paterson
- Friday November 30th, 7.30pm
- Saturday December 1st, 1.30pm & 5:30pm
- Sunday December 2nd, 1:30pm & 5:30pm
- Friday December 7th, 7:30pm
- Saturday December 8th, 7:30pm
- Sunday December 9th, 1:30pm & 5:30pm
A merchant who has fallen on hard times stumbles upon a castle and angers the Beast who lives within. He is duty-bound to return or send another in his place and, though she’s scared, brave Beauty vows to honour her father’s word and face the terrible monster. As the pair gradually overcome their differences and become friends, the malevolent witch Crackjaw plots and schemes to defeat all that is good and pure. Can Beauty and the Beast stop her evil plan, and prove that love really does conquer all?
Tickets on sale Monday 22nd October (members only) and Thursday 1st November (everyone else). The Box Office at the Theatre will be open each Saturday between 10am and 1pm from 3rd November until 8th December (inclusive), where payment may be made by card or cash. Tickets will also be available from the Hurst Players Online Box Office.
It has been apparent for a while now that the theatre building is in need of some significant maintenance and refurbishment work. The committee embarked on an exploratory discussion of this in 2015 and, following consultation with construction industry professionals, a proposed schedule of works was arrived at. This would involve a major overhaul of the auditorium area, including replacing the aging seating, revamping the LX & SFX systems, and removing the two columns which partially obstruct the view of the stage from the seats behind them. (The full proposal can be accessed on the "News" page).
On Thursday 13th October 2016, an EGM took place at the Players Theatre and a motion was put to a membership vote. This motion asked the membership whether they consented to the proposed works and the budget outlined. In an historic display of enthusiasm, the decision to pass the motion was unanimous by all those eligible to vote. As such, the motion has been adopted and the renovations will take place according to the schedule laid out. The committee are extremely grateful to all those who attended, took part in the discussion, and voted to permit the works to go ahead. This is an exciting opportunity to inject new vigour into the theatre and future-proof it for many decades to come.
The Players are now in the process of raising the necessary funds for this landmark 'building refreshment'. As such, we are now gratefully accepting donations to help us realise our dream. Clicking the button below will take you to our online donations page, where you can help us make this project a success! Any amount you are able to give will make a real difference to the future of quality theatre in Hurstpierpoint. Thank you.
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Hurst Players Committee
- Steve Somers - Chairman
- Jo Porter - Hon. Treasurer
- Marilyn Somers - Hon. Secretary
- Annette Squire
- Anne Hopper
- Jo Kearns
- Chrys Tarr
- Bob Sampson
- Mike Squire