Aladdin - January 2020

Our Pantomime for 2020 will be Aladdin, written by Alan P Frayn and directed by Jane Cairns. 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.

Sand Castles

Our summer play for 2019 was Sand Castles by Bob Larby, focussing on a small group of beach hut owners. Stan and Bernice Billet and William and Margaret Patterson have been taking their holidays in the same resort for years. They don't exactly rule the waves, but they have turned the area around their beach huts into a cozy little fiefdom. And then along comes Doug, with his nubile nieces. They don't give a hoot for beach hut protocol - they just want to have fun in the sun.

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.