Welcome to the Hurst Players theatre company!

Some 40 years ago Hurst Players bought an old building and converted it into the theatre you know and love. Now it has gone 'dark' and the builders have moved in to carry out the long-awaited refurbishment of the auditorium, bringing it up to the same high standard as the Box Office was a year ago. The old seats were dismantled and the auditorium stripped by a Hurst Players working party the weekend before the contractor arrived.

Photo of auditorium with seats removed
Photo: Alan Needham

A week later and the floor has been removed, the walls stripped and relined, and the relining of the ceiling is well under way. Openings are appearing for the new air vents and various electrical cables are being run in.

Photo of auditorium with new wall linings
Photo: Hurst Players

Wall and ceiling linings built - now the plastering begins. And can you spot the new Row-C step?

Photo of auditorium with plastering begun
Photo: Hurst Players

Plastering finished. Now the new floor begins to take shape.

Photo of newly plastered auditorium
Photo: Hurst Players

The new heating and ventilation system will run on renewable energy, saving a whopping 60% on operating costs, as well as being ecologically responsible.

As a charity we must be very prudent with our limited funds, and you can still play an important part in helping us to put the finishing touches to the auditorium. There are several things in the category of "Wouldn't it be nice if...", but which we could manage without if we had to. One of these is new low-level lighting of the edges of the aisle which would make it safer to negotiate if someone needed to enter or leave during a performance. Yes, we could manage without this, but wouldn't it be fantastic if we could include it? A gift of £500 is not a lot of money these days, but a wonderful way to be remembered by literally thousands of grateful visitors to the Theatre. Please contact us if you would like to have a no-obligation chat about this.

Next Production

January 2020 will see the newly refurbished auditorium relaunched with Mother Goose, our annual family fun-packed pantomime.

Mother Goose poster

Mother Goose, by Norman Robbins

Click on the Future Shows tab for further details.


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Hurst Players Committee for 2019-20

  • Annette Squire - Chairman
  • Jo Porter - Hon. Treasurer
  • Marilyn Somers - Hon. Secretary
  • Sam Hile
  • Anne Hopper
  • Jo Kearns
  • Bob Sampson
  • Sue Wicks


  • Michael Squire