Panto 2019

Our pantomime for 2019 will be Dick Whittington, written by Alan Frayn and directed by Jane Cairns. We are planning a couple of play readings during the summer, followed by auditions in September, for the performance in January. If you would like to book tickets or get more information on auditioning, please see the Box Office page.

18th July 2018 at 20:00Play reading at the WI Hall
6th August 2018 at 20:00Panto reading at the WI Hall
10th September 2018 at 20:00Second panto reading at the WI Hall
12th September 2018 at 20:00Panto auditions at the WI Hall
From 17th September 2018Rehearsals at the WI Hall
11th January 2019 at 19:30Friday evening performance
12th January 2019 at 14:00Sat early matinee
12th January 2019 at 17:00Sat late matinee
13th January 2019 at 14:00Sun matinee

We will be performing at the Cecil Hepworth Playhouse in Walton on Thames, as usual. Tickets are £12 for adults. Bulk discounts are available for groups of 20 or more - please contact us directly for groups of this size! Bookings can be made through the box office.

When We Are Married

Our summer play for 2018 was When We Are Married by J B Priestly, directed by Jules Sawyer and Mike Ainsworth. The play revolved around a group of couples finding out that the vicar who they thought had married them 25 years earlier was in fact not qualified to do so! We had a record breaking 14 cast members in this show (including parts for both directors!) which allowed us to put on another fantastic show, and just beat the previous record for ticket sales. Roll on 2019!

Snow White

2018's pantomime was Snow White, directed by Jane Cairns. Once again, we set new records for audience numbers, this time at just over 600! With the pantos going from strength to strength, we may have to put on additional performances for 2019! Book your tickets early!

Holiday Snaps

Our summer play for 2017 was Holiday Snaps - a series of mini-plays with a holiday theme. They took us from an airport terminal to a tent, a cruise ship, back home and then to a Greek mountain village. The two night run went well, with lots of thoroughly entertained audience members!

Robinson Crusoe

Our January pantomime for 2017 was Robinson Crusoe, directed by Jane Cairns. It went extremely well, with many audience members describing it as the best one yet! It also set a new record for largest total audience, with over 500 tickets booked. We would like to congratulate the cast and crew on another spectacular pantomime, and look forward to many more to come. Some pictures are available on the Past Productions page.

70th birthday celebrations

The Desborough Players turned 70 in 2016 and we celebrated with a masked dinner at the Swan in Walton-on-Thames. It was a great evening and everyone had far too much food!


Local amateur dramatic group The Desborough Players was formed in 1946 by the ladies of the Weybridge Ladies Rowing Club as a winter activity when they were not on the river.

The group has continued to put on productions ever since, usually with a pantomime around Christmas time and one or two productions in the form of plays during the year. They have also entered pieces in various local drama festivals often winning awards for their performances.

No longer just a ladies group it has a membership of all ages some of whom have been with the group over 51 years.

This said this year has seen an influx of new members who took part in the 2016 spring play and are performing in the next production Robinson Crusoe to be put on at the Cecil Hepworth Playhouse Walton-on- Thames on 13, 14 and 15 January 2017.

As always the group is on the lookout for new members to either perform on stage or take on the equally important roles behind the scenes, to enable the group to continue for maybe another 70 years.