Summer Play 2018

Our next performance will be When We Are Married by J B Priestly, directed by Jules Sawyer and Mike Ainsworth. The play has now been cast, but please come along to see it!

Gerald, the young organist of the village church is courting Nancy, the niece of Alderman Helliwell who doesn't think very much of the companionship. With two other leading citizens and churchgoers, he calls Gerald to his home to warn him that playing the organ is all that is required of him. It is with some glee that the organist informs them that he has discovered the parson was not qualified to marry couples and consequently the village's three staunchest and most respected couples are not married at all. The effect of the announcement is cataclysmic. Before things are settled, lives have been jarred amusingly and smugness has given way to hilarious adventure.

29-30th Jun 2018Performances

Directed by:
Jules Sawyer
Mike Ainsworth

Mike Ainsworth as Joseph HelliwellCharlotte Thornton as Maria Helliwell
Dan Lipscombe as Albert ParkerCatherine Heffernan as Annie Parker
Laurence Bogle as Herbert SoppittJane Cairns as Clara Soppitt
Craig Lawrence as Gerald ForbesKim Stratton as Nancy Holmes
Sarah Mitchell as Mrs NorthropElizabeth Bogle as Ruby Birtle
Jules Sawyer as Freda DysonBob Barton as Henry Ormonroyd
Claire Smith as Lottie GradyDickie Sawyer as Reverend Mercer

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.

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.