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THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES

February, 2017

THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES adapted for stage by Steven Canny and John Nicholson for Peepolykus

One of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s most celebrated Sherlock Holmes’ stories gets a gloriously funny makeover in this ‘wonderfully barking spoof ’ (Telegraph) adapted by Steven Canny and John Nicholson and similar to a previous Nantwich Players’ favourite... The 39 Steps.

When Sir Charles Baskerville is found dead on his estate, with the look of terror still etched on his face, and the paw prints of a gigantic hound beside his body, the great detective Sherlock Holmes is summoned from Baker Street. With Dr Watson in tow, he unravels the mysteries of Sir Charles’ death, and investigate the ancient curse of the Hound of the Baskervilles…

Packed full of verbal and visual ingenuity, and an abundance of comedy and slapstick this play is set to be a sure fire hit.

Directed by Chris Ridge, performances will be at 7.45pm on 10th – 18th February, 2017 

An additional matinee has been added on Saturday 18th February starting at 2.30pm. 

Tickets priced at £8.00 will be on sale from Nantwich Tourist Office (01270 600727) or on-line at www.nantwichtowncouncil.gov.uk from Tuesday 24nd January 2017. 

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The Wolves of Willoughby Chase

March, 2017

A thrilling adventure set in an alternative history of  England, The Wolves of Willoughby Chase tells the story of two brave and determined girls as they fight against ferocious wolves, snowy wastelands, and their very evil guardian, Miss Slighcarp. The opening of the Channel Tunnel has led to dangerous wolves roaming Britain, but this is not the only danger that cousins Bonnie and Sylvia and their friend Simon the goose-boy, must face, as they encounter unforgettable characters and mysterious scheming.


“Expertly blends melodrama, comedy, adventure and a little spookiness, interwoven with songs and dances... Wonderful stuff” The Stage.

Performances will be at 7.45pm on 22nd – 25th March, 2017.

Tickets priced at £8.00 will be on sale from Nantwich Tourist Office (01270 600727) or on-line at www.nantwichtowncouncil.gov.uk from Tuesday 28th February 2017. 

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BOLD GIRLS

May, 2017

BOLD GIRLS by Rona Munro

Written in 1991, this play reflects the dramas of everyday life in Belfast – burning buses, road blocks, gunfire. But these are off-stage events in this stirring play about the lives of three women whose men have been killed or imprisoned for their political activism but where bread must still be bought between explosions. Set in Marie’s kitchen, ordinary life goes on, with risks being taken to visit a nightclub, but the appearance of a disturbing young girl threatens Marie’s carefully structured widowhood and too many drinks shows Cassie’s rebelling in the cold light of dawn. In spite of its chilling theme there are many humorous and heart-warming moments. This is a play about people, not politics.

“...the story of love, friendship and betrayal could be set anywhere.” (Mail on Sunday)

“Rona Munro’s ear for the authentic cut and thrust of Belfast’s unsung heroines is sharp, abrasive and at times, downright painful….It is also celebratory and funny” (Daily Mail)

Directed by Don Hirst, performances will be at 7.45pm on 5th – 13th May, 2017.

Auditions will be held at the Theatre at 7.45pm on Tuesday 28th February. Non-members may audition by joining and paying membership on the night.

If you have never been a member of the Players before, you may pay an audition fee of £10 and then, if successful, pay the remaining £15 membership on or before the first rehearsal.

Tickets priced at £8.00 will be on sale from Nantwich Tourist Office (01270 600727) or on-line at www.nantwichtowncouncil.gov.uk from Tuesday 18th April 2017. 

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COMMUNICATING DOORS

July, 2017

COMMUNICATING DOORS by Alan Aykbourn

This intricate time-travelling comic thriller by the British master of farcical comedy delighted London and New York audiences. A London sex specialist from the future stumbles into a murder plot that sends her, compliments of a unique set of hotel doors, travelling back in time. She flees and somehow triggers a time machine.

“ ‘Let’s do the Time Warp’ they sing in The Rocky Horror Show. That might be the motto for this dazzlingly ingenious 1994 play by Alan Ayckbourn which has echoes of Back to the Future, Psycho and the time-plays of JB Priestley. But what is impressive is how Ayckbourn uses a fiendishly clever plot to impart the cheering message that foreknowledge enables us to alter our destiny.”

The Guardian

“A real knockout...A vastly entertaining blend of the West End drawing room thriller with one of Priestley’s old time plays, where characters go whirling throughout time. Of course, Ayckbourn has added innumerable piquant and bizarre details of his own...This is a show to see.”

The New York Post

Directed by Simon Porter, performances will be at 7.45pm on 7th – 15th July, 2017.

Auditions will be held at the Theatre at 7.45pm on Tuesday 11th April. Non-members may audition by joining and paying membership on the night.

If you have never been a member of the Players before, you may pay an audition fee of £10 and then, if successful, pay the remaining £15 membership on or before the first rehearsal.

Tickets priced at £8.00 will be on sale from Nantwich Tourist Office (01270 600727) or on-line at www.nantwichtowncouncil.gov.uk from Tuesday 20th June 2017.