Past Shows

The Hurstpierpoint Players have been consistently busy over the years, always looking forward to the next challenge. Nowadays the company conducts an average of four productions a year, spanning the full range of theatrical styles. In addition to the usual comedies and dramas, The Players have also produced cabarets, musicals, evenings of one-act plays, and more. One of the more daring ventures took place in 1999, when a three-day, non-stop Shakespeare marathon was organised to raise funds for repairs to the theatre building. Guest readers in this extraordinary endeavour included Des Lynam, Jimmy Hill, Greta Scacchi, and Gwyneth Powell!

The archive on this page attempts to catalogue every show performed by the company since its inception. Scroll down to view the full list or use the links on the left to jump to a specific decade.


1937 - 1946
BIRD IN HAND Jan. 1937
HAPPY ENDING Nov. 1937
ENCHANTED COTTAGE Jan. 1938
BIRD IN HAND (revival) Nov. 1938
INTERFERENCE Feb. 1939
MILESTONES Apr. 1940
OUTWARD BOUND Nov. 1944
FRESH FIELDS May 1945
BUSMAN’S HONEYMOON Feb. 1946
QUIET WEEK-END Nov. 1946
1947 - 1956
BLITHE SPIRIT Feb. 1947
WINTER SUNSHINE Apr. 1947
QUIET WEDDING Nov. 1947
PINK STRING AND SEALING WAX Mar. 1948
THEY CAME TO A CITY Nov. 1948
GREAT DAY Mar. 1949
FLY AWAY PETER Nov. 1949
RAIN ON THE JUST Mar. 1950
HEAVEN AND CHARRING CROSS Nov. 1950
EASY MONEY Apr. 1951
THE GIACONDA SMILE Nov. 1951
THREE ONE-ACT PLAYS Mar. 1952
THE CHILTERN HUNDREDS Nov. 1952
SEE HOW THEY RUN Jan. 1953
CANDIED PEEL Apr. 1953
THE HAPPIEST DAYS OF YOUR LIFE Nov. 1953
LADIES IN RETIREMENT Jan. 1954
CHARITY BEGINS Apr. 1954
RELATIVE VALUES Nov. 1954
TEN LITTLE NIGGERS Mar. 1955
THE LIGHT OF HEART Nov. 1955
FOR BETTER FOR WORSE Mar. 1956
HIGH TEMPERATURE Nov. 1956
1957 - 1966
MURDER IN MOTLEY Nov. 1957
HARLEQUINADE Jan. 1958
DEATH OF A SALESMAN Nov. 1958
SIMON AND LAURA Mar. 1959
TIGER AT THE GATES Nov. 1959
QUEEN ELIZABETH SLEPT HERE Mar. 1960
THE CONFIDENTIAL CLERK Oct. 1960
RING ROUND THE MOON Mar. 1961
SEPARATE TABLES Nov. 1961
THE MORTIMER TOUCH Mar. 1962
TRESPASS Nov. 1962
THE LADY’S NOT FOR BURNING Mar. 1963
THE LOVE OF FOUR COLONELS Nov. 1963
WATERS OF THE MOON Apr. 1964
AS YOU LIKE IT Jun. 1964
THE LIVING ROOM Nov. 1964
YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU Feb. 1965
MURDER MISTAKEN May 1965
THE WINTERS TALE Jul. 1965
THE HOLLY AND THE IVY Dec. 1965
THE GLASS MENAGERIE Apr. 1966
PRESENT LAUGHTER Nov. 1966
1967 - 1976
PEER GYNT Jul. 1967
ALL THINGS BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL Nov. 1967
THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST Apr. 1968
SIX CHARACTERS IN SEARCH OF AN AUTHOR Nov. 1968
SWEENEY TODD Apr. 1969
LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST Summer 1969
YOU NEVER CAN TELL Autumn 1969
DUET FOR TWO HANDS Spring 1970
THEATRICAL GARDEN PARTY Summer 1970
THE CRUCIBLE Dec. 1970
AN ITALIAN STRAW HAT Summer 1971
RELATIVELY SPEAKING Oct. 1971
LADIES IN RETIREMENT Apr. 1972
COME BACK LITTLE SHEBA Oct. 1972
DICK WHITTINGTON Jan. 1973
THE CHERRY ORCHARD Jul. 1973
LITTLE BELLE Jan. 1974
THE PARTY Apr. 1974
BABES IN THE WOOD Jan. 1975
HAY FEVER Apr. 1975
THE RIVALS Jul. 1975
PINK STRING AND SEALING WAX Nov. 1975
A GHOST STORY FOR CHRISTMAS Jan. 1976
COME BLOW YOUR HORN Apr. 1976
CAT AMONG THE PIGEONS Jul. 1976
GREASE Jul. 1976
THE CIRCLE Nov. 1976
1977 - 1986
DANDELION TIME Jan. 1977
SPRING AND PORT WINE Apr. 1977
NOAH Jul. 1977
AFTER SOME CONSIDERATION Jan. 1978
BLYTHE SPIRIT Apr. 1978
HOW THE OTHER HALF LOVES Nov. 1978
THE WIZARD OF WOBBLING ROCK Jan. 1979
BUSMAN’S HONEYMOON Apr. 1979
A DAY IN THE DEATH OF JOE EGG Jul. 1979
THE OLD BACHELOR Sep. 1979
WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION Oct. 1979
BABES IN THE WOOD Jan. 1980
CAPTAIN BLACKBOOT’S ISLAND Feb. 1980
THE REAL INSPECTOR HOUND and FAINT SOUND OF A BELL Apr. 1980
THE RING BARKED TREE Jun. 1980
FRANKENSTEIN Nov. 1980
THE OWL AND THE PUSSYCAT WENT TO SEE Jan. 1981
HOBSON’S CHOICE Apr. 1981
THE CAUCASIAN CHALK CIRCLE Sep. 1981
THARK Jan. 1982
THE HOLLOW Apr. 1982
ROUND AND ROUND THE GARDEN Jul. 1982
THE HEIRESS Nov. 1982
QUEST FOR THE GOLDEN KEY Jan. 1983
THE GHOST TRAIN Apr. 1983
NUDE WITH VIOLIN Jul. 1983
OUTSIDE EDGE Oct. 1983
QUEEN OF HEARTS Jan. 1984
ANGELS IN LOVE Mar. 1984
ON MONDAY NEXT Jul. 1984
THE GIACONDA SMILE
Oct. 1984
EBENEEZER SCROOGE Jan. 1985
MEASURE FOR MEASURE Mar. 1985
CONFUSIONS Jul. 1985
THE MUSIC BIRDS Oct. 1985
ROBINSON CRUSOE Jan. 1986
HABEAS CORPUS Mar. 1986
THE PUBLIC EYE and A FISHY BUSINESS
May 1986
SOMETHING’S AFOOT Jul. 1986
THE UNDERSTANDING Nov. 1986
DICK WHITTINGTON Dec. 1986
1987 - 1996
LOOT Apr. 1987
A KIND OF ALASKA May 1987
THE WINSLOW BOY
Jul. 1987
SHUT YOUR EYES AND THINK OF ENGLAND. Oct. 1987
RED RIDING HOOD Dec. 1987
ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL Apr. 1988
WIFE REQUIRED May 1988
LOCK UP YOUR DAUGHTERS Jul. 1988
SEASON’S GREETINGS Oct. 1988
JACK AND THE BEANSTALK Dec. 1988
WHOSE LIFE IS IT ANYWAY Apr. 1989
ALPHABETICAL ORDER Jul. 1989
BLITHE SPIRIT Oct. 1989
CINDERELLA Dec. 1989
EDUCATING RITA Apr. 1990
OUR MAN
May 1990
A PIECE OF MY MIND Jul. 1990
A LITTLE HOTEL ON THE SIDE Oct. 1990
ALADDIN Dec. 1990
MURDER BY APPOINTMENT Mar. 1991
TOP GIRLS May 1991
KING LEAR Jul. 1991
HENCEFORWARD Sep. 1991
ONCE A CATHOLIC Oct. 1991
SLEEPING BEAUTY Dec. 1991
ACCIDENTAL DEATH OF AN ANARCHIST Mar. 1992
BLACK COMEDY and THE ACTOR’S NIGHTMARE May 1992
THE TWO OF US Jul. 1992
THE RESISTIBLE RISE OF ARTURO UI Oct. 1992
SANTA IN SPACE Jan. 1993
MURDER IN COMPANY Mar. 1993
AFTER MAGRITTE May 1993
THE MERCHANT OF VENICE Jul. 1993
DAISY PULLS IT OFF Oct. 1993
MOTHER GOOSE Jan. 1994
THE LESSON May 1994
AN EVENING WITH GARY LINEKER Jul. 1994
HOW THE OTHER HALF LOVES Oct. 1994
DICK WHITTINGTON Jan. 1995
SHIRLEY VALENTINE Mar. 1995
MONSIEUR PERRICHON GOES ABROAD Jul. 1995
ARMS AND THE MAN Oct. 1995
THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE Jan. 1996
SILLY COW Mar. 1996
THE BESPOKE OVERCOAT May 1996
THE MURDER OF MARIA MARTEN or THE RED BARN Jul. 1996
NATURAL CAUSES Oct. 1996
1997 - 2006
CINDERELLA Jan. 1997
IN PRAISE OF LOVE and BEFORE DAWN Apr. 1997
RELATIVELY SPEAKING Jul. 1997
THE DEVIL’S DISCIPLE Oct. 1997
BABES IN THE WOOD Jan. 1998
PERMISSION TO CRY May 1998
FLINT Jul. 1998
NO LOVE LOST Oct. 1998
ALADDIN Jan. 1999
ABSENT FRIENDS Mar. 1999
RELICS May 1999
MURDER BY MISADVENTURE Jul. 1999
ABIGAIL’S PARTY Oct. 1999
MR MACARONI’S EXPLODING PIZZA PIE Jan. 2000
THE SEAGULL Mar. 2000
TEECHERS Jun. 2000
MORT Jul. & Sep. 2000
A MONTH OF SUNDAYS Oct. 2000
RED RIDING HOOD Jan. 2001
THE TEMPEST Mar. 2001
A SEPERATE PEACE and THE READING GROUP May 2001
GUARDS! GUARDS! Jul. 2001
BILLY LIAR Oct. 2001
JACK AND THE BEANSTALK Dec. 2001
WHAT THE BUTLER SAW Apr. 2002
DEAR LIAR Apr. 2002
DANCING AT LUGHNASA Jul. 2002
SHADOWLANDS Oct. 2002
ALI BABA AND THE FORTY THIEVES Dec. 2002
ROMEO AND JULIET Mar. 2003
MACBETH Apr. 2003
ONE FOR THE ROAD Jul. 2003
MY MOTHER SAID I NEVER SHOULD Oct. 2003
BOUNCERS Nov. 2003
THE PIED PIPER Dec. 2003
THE HOMECOMING Apr. 2004
KNIGHTSBRIDGE May 2004
RUN FOR YOUR WIFE Oct. 2004
CINDERELLA Jan. 2005
THE BUSINESS OF MURDER Apr. 2005
GROPING FOR WORDS July 2005
LAST OF THE RED HOT LOVERS Nov. 2005
PUSS IN BOOTS Jan. 2006
LAST TANGO IN HURST May 2006
CAUGHT IN THE NET Jul. 2006
FALLEN ANGELS Sep. 2006
HANSEL AND GRETEL Dec. 2006
2007 - 2016
UNDER MILK WOOD Apr. 2007
IN ROOM FIVE HUNDRED AND FOUR May 2007
PARDON ME, PRIME MINISTER Jul. 2007
THE ART OF COARSE ACTING Oct. 2007
ROBIN HOOD AND THE SINGING NUN Dec. 2007
SINGLE SPIES (An Englishman Abroad/A Question Of Attribution) Apr. 2008
DON’T DRESS FOR DINNER Jul. 2008
THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES Sep. 2008
THE WIZARD OF WOBBLING ROCK Jan. 2009
VIRTUE TRIUMPHANT Mar. 2009
CECILY and Cabaret Mar. 2009
BEYOND A JOKE Jul. 2009
COLLAPSING CREATION Sep. 2009
TREASURE ISLAND Jan. 2010
SUGAR DADDIES Mar. 2010
TRYST/CRUISE MISSILE Apr. 2010
THE THIRD POLICEMAN Jul. 2010
BAREFOOT IN THE PARK Sep. 2010
DICK WHITTINGTON Jan. 2011
EASTER CABARET Apr. 2011
ARSENIC AND OLD LACE Jul. 2011
THE 39 STEPS Sep. 2011
DICK TURPIN Dec. 2011
84 CHARING CROSS ROAD Mar. 2012
A RESPECTABLE FUNERAL May 2012
A RESPECTABLE FUNERAL and GOSFORTH’S FETE Jul. 2012
CALENDAR GIRLS Sep. 2012
CINDERS THE TRUE STORY Dec. 2012
DEAR DIVA May. 2013
THE SECRET AFFAIRS OF MILDRED WILD Jul. 2013
FEMALE TRANSPORT Sep. 2013
TALKING HEADS Nov. 2013
SNOW WHITE Dec. 2013
TALKING HEADS Nov. 2014
FARNDALE AVENUE . . .MURDER MYSTERY Apr. 2014
SHAKERS, RESTIRRED Sep. 2014
ALADDIN Dec. 2014
STEEL MAGNOLIAS May. 2015
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM Jul. 2015
MURDERER Sep. 2015
THE WIZARD OF OZ Dec. 2015
SNAKE IN THE GRASS May 2016
AN INSPECTOR CALLS Sep. 2016
ALICE IN WONDERLAND Dec. 2016
2017 - 2026
THE REGINA MONOLOGUES / TALKING HEADS Mar. 2017
HOBSON'S CHOICE Sep. 2017
NON-STOP SHAKESPEARE FUNDRAISER Oct. 2017