Sand Castles - Summer 2019

Our summer play for 2019 will be Sand Castles, written by Bob Larbey, directed by Denny Lovegrove and produced by Jules Sawyer. We are planning a couple of play readings early in the year, followed by auditions soon after, for the performance on June the 14th and 15th. If you would like to book tickets or get more information on auditioning, please see the Contact and Box Office page.

You can also download the poster as a jpg or as a pdf.

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.

Dick Whittington

The Desborough Players drama group, based in Walton on Thames, had another record setting sell-out panto of Dick Whittington this year. The panto was performed at the Cecil Hepworth Playhouse in Walton in the second week of January, delighting audiences young and old.

The group pride themselves on putting on a pantomime each year that entertains the local community, including a private performance to the Mencap charity on the Thursday night. Members of the public flocked to see the show on the Friday to the Sunday. Reviews were strong saying that this was their best one yet! It is directed each year by the talented actress and director Jane Cairns who was very proud of the group "It was a great family show with something for everyone. Ticket sales have gone from strength to strength and we even had to turn people away! We would like to thank everyone who came to support us".

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.