Our historic theatre is located in the delightful West Sussex village of Hurstpierpoint, about 10 miles north of Brighton. You'll find us at the east end of the High Street, opposite South Avenue.
Limited parking can be found in South Avenue, and the Brown Twins and Trinity Road carparks. Buses 33 and 273 stop right outside the theatre, and Hassocks train station is around 1.5 miles away.
The Players Theatre
147 High Street
Box Office / Ticket Sales
01273 833 696 (10am - 1pm Saturdays, and performance days)
Venue Hire / Costs / Availability
Membership / Joining / Renewing
Josie Porter (acting)
Annette Squire (chair)
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. The feat was repeated again in 2017. Guest readers in this extraordinary endeavour have included Des Lynam, Jimmy Hill, Greta Scacchi, Alan Leith, and Gwyneth Powell!
Our distinctive logo is based on an initial design by local artist and sculptor John Skelton. Skelton was a nephew and apprentice of sculptor, typographer and artist, Eric Gill.
The theatre premises are also used on Saturday mornings by the Centre Stage youth acting group - an organisation dedicated to teaching children, from age 8 upward, the basics needed to make a successful career or hobby out of the theatre. Currently they have a membership of dozens of children, and several ex-members making their way in the profession today.
In partnership with Hurst Village Cinema, The Players now host live broadcasts from The National Theatre and the Kenneth Brannagh Theatre, as part of the National Theatre Live initiative. The Village Cinema also show a broad range of films from around the world - see their website for details of upcoming viewings. The use of the theatre by other groups, touring companies and artists, has enabled the local community to experience a wider range of live performances than one group is able to produce on its own during a year.