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Adult Audition Notice

AUDITION NOTICE:  The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

by CS LEWIS dramatised by ADRIAN MITCHELL.

Directed by Jeremy Acklam & Bethany Froud.

PERFORMANCE DATES: December 8th to 16th (inc Matinee but excl. Sunday) 

ADULT ROLES AUDITIONS ON TUESDAY 25th July at 7:30pm at the Theatre. 

If you are unable to make this date an alternative may be arranged, contact Jeremy on 01270 812154 or Bethany on 07894341150


The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe for stage is an adaptation of CS Lewis’ classic children’s story of four children evacuated from London during the Blitz.  While exploring the Professor’s house (an allusion to CS Lewis’ own house near Oxford where children were really evacuated to during the war), Lucy stumbles across a gateway, the wardrobe, to a hidden world of Narnia. The land of Narnia is under the spell of the wicked White Witch and the story of how Narnia, caught in endless winter that has lasted a century when the children first enter, escapes her grip with the help of the children, is the core of this best-selling fantasy novel.

AUDITION PIECES – no need to learn. (S=singing role) Script extracts will be available on the day and audition pieces will be from the following scenes:

Mrs MacReady 2 & 4

Professor Kirk 2 & 4

Mr Tumnus (S) 6 & 7

Grumpskin (S) 17, 18, 21

White Witch (S) 17, 18, 21

Beaver (S) 14, 18, 21

Mrs Beaver (S) 14

Maugrim 15, 17

Father Christmas 18

Aslan (S) 19, 21

There are at least another 12 smaller parts to be played by the cast.

REHEARSALS. Our usual Mondays and Thursdays, some Sundays, all with the agreement of the cast. Initial read-throughs with a summer break for line learning!


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Peter Price

Peter Price, guitarist/singer with an international reputation will be at The Players Theatre on Sunday 23rd July. He played at our theatre during a Jazz Festival and wants to give Nantwich a special One Night Only event.  Come for a terrific evening of acoustic, blues and slide guitar.

Doors open at 7.30pm for an 8pm start.  The bar will be open, with plastic glasses to take into the theatre. Tickets are £10 from the TIC at the Civic Hall and online at

His performances  demonstrate a mind-boggling mastery of the acoustic guitar, a rich singing voice, and a relaxed yet compelling stage presence. Peter’s performances have delighted audiences worldwide and guarantee an evening not to be missed." THE INTERNATIONAL GUITAR FESTIVAL OF GREAT BRITAIN

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One Act Play Festival Successes

Effie's Burning, our recent One Act Festival entry by Valerie Windsor, proved to be a winner... 
In the Greater Manchester Drama Festival it won the Award for Best Production, Janan Chopra won Best Performance and Helen Gresty was the runner-up Best Actress. 
In the Wilmslow Festival, the two actresses jointly won the Best Individual Senior Performer Award - the Adjudicator said she simply could not separate them - and Pauline Brennan was Highly Commended for the burns Make-up which was chillingly realistic.
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Nantwich Players Are Award Winners Once Again

Once again the Nantwich Players have won a handful of awards at the NSDA 2017 awards. As well as winning 4 awards we were also nominated a further 10 times. Well done to all winners and nominees!


Peter Dutton Memorial Junior Trophy Under 21 – Georgina Goodchild as Puck in Midsummer Nights Dream

Betty Bode Memorial Trophy Best Comedy Performance – Don Hirst& Simon Porter as Holmes & Watson in Hound of the Baskervilles

John Fox Memorial Award (Special Adjudicators’ Award) – Simon Porter for stepping in for the role as Watson and in Hound of the Baskervilles and learning the large and frantic script and relentlessly complex ‘business’ in just two weeks notice.

Gordon Alcock for play placed third – Hound of the Baskervilles


Rising Star Award (Under 16) – The young chorus of wolves in Wolves of Willoughby Chase (YT)

Brian Roberts Memorial Trophy Best Supporting Performance – Jonathan Everitt as Kenneth in Cleo, Camping, Emanuel and Dick; Robert Earl as Tommy in Breezeblock Park

Harold Horton Memorial Trophy Best Performance Female – Sian Weedon as Titania in Midsummer Nights Dream

Malcolm Edwards Memorial Trophy Best Performance Male - Don Hirst & Simon Porter as Holmes & Watson in Hound of the Baskervilles

John Goldsmith Memorial Rose Bowl Best Stage Presentation – Hound of the Baskervilles

John Fox Memorial Award (Special Adjudicators’ Award) – The quartet of actors for teamwork and four individually excellent performances in God of Carnage

Irene Gartside Memorial Trophy Best Director – Simon Porter for God of Carnage; Gordon Hamlin for Midsummer Nights Dream; Chris Ridge for Hound of the Baskervilles

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Poet Laureate To Appear At The Players

We are delighted to announce that the Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy is appearing at the Players Theatre on Saturday 14th October at 2pm.  This event is part of the Words and Music Festival taking place around the town between 9th - 15th October. Tickets are sure to sell out very quickly so why not secure yours now before they are all gone?

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