Entertaining audiences for over 40 years

Welcome to the Lowestoft Players

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The Lowestoft Players
through the decades

 

Montage of images from 1967 -1977

1967 -1977

September 1967
Society Founded - Chairman Jack Overy who went on to hold the office for 10 years

March 1968
Ring Around The Moon - first ever production staged by the Players

January 1969
Cinderella - first pantomime ever staged by the Players and first production at the Sparrow’s Nest Theatre

May 1970
The Boyfriend - first full scale musical production

May 1973
Carousel - first musical production to have a professional Director and Choreographer (David Vickers and Richard Chandler)

Dec 1973
Robinson Crusoe – first major production that the Players built and painted their own scenery for

May 1975
Show Boat – first of three musicals directed by David Turner (Long term Director of London’s long running production of The MouseTrap). This was also the first full scale musical that the Players Scenery Theatre Workshop built their own set. It included a magnificent two storey paddle steamer. Their store and workshop was based in the old School Rooms at the back of St.John’s Church (all now demolished)

May 1976
Bless the Bride – second musical directed by David Turner

April 1977
The Players first move into Headquarters in Stradbroke Road, Pakefield, with the kind and generous support of the late Albert Catchpole

May 1977
Annie Get Your Gun – third and final musical to be directed by David Turner

 

images of Lowestoft Players productions from 1977-1987

1978 - 1987

September 1978
Roy Randall - holds the office of Chairman for the next 3 years (1978 – 1981)

10th Anniversary year

My Fair Lady – during the run of this show one performance was halted by a power cut and severe flood warning

May 1980
Irene - EAST ANGLIAN PREMIERE

May 1981
Carousel - first revival of a musical production

September 1981
Val Byde - holds the office of Chairman for the next 2 years (1981 – 1983)

April 1983
The Players host the N.O.D.A. Eastern Area Conference

September 1983
Pam Hopper - holds the office of Chairman for the next year (1983 – 1984)

May 1984
Hello, Dolly! – final performance receives a standing ovation

September 1984 
Peter Wilson - holds the office of Chairman for the next 3 years (1983 – 1987)

May 1985
Hans Anderson - EAST ANGLIAN PREMIERE – featuring costumes from the original London  Palladium Tommy Steele production

August 1985
Summer Nights – the Players were invited to perform a 6 week summer season at the Sparrows Nest Theatre

August 1987
Gaslight - Last play performed by the Players on an annual basis

September 1987
Deanne Dickson - holds the office of Chairman for the next 3 years (1987 – 1990)

 

Grouping of photographs from 1987-1997 showing the history of the Lowestoft Players

1988 – 1997

May 1988
Oklahoma! - Final Production at the SPARROWS NEST THEATRE

October 1988
Gotta Sing, Gotta Dance -  Revue to Celebrate the opening of the newly refurbished MARINA THEATRE     

December 1988
Cinderella – First pantomime to be performed at the Marina Theatre

May 1989
Show Boat – First musical to be performed at the Marina Theatre

September 1990
Sweeney Todd the Demon Barber of Fleet Street - EAST ANGLIAN PREMIERE

Stephen Wilson - holds the office of Chairman for the next 3 years (1990 – 1993)

April 1992
The Players host the N.O.D.A. Eastern Area Conference

September 1992
25th Anniversary year

May 1993
The King and I

Winner of NODA Best Poster Design (National Final)

September 1993 
Nicholas Garrod - holds the office of Chairman for the next 3 years (1993 – 1996)

October 1994
Annie – featuring a young Hannah Spearitt in the title role

September 1996 
Andrew Liddon - holds the office of Chairman for the next 3 years (1996 – 1999)

 

 

The last ten years - a montage of images of the Lowestoft Players

1998 – 2007

September 1999 
Nicholas Garrod - holds the office of Chairman for the next 3 years (1999 – 2002)

May  2000
Scrooge - EAST ANGLIAN PREMIERE

Winner of NODA Best Production Award (Region 6)

September 2002
Copacabana - EAST ANGLIAN PREMIERE  

Winner of NODA Best Production Award (Region 6)

Maurice Garrod - holds the office of Chairman for the next 3 years (2002 – 2005)

May 2003
The Scarlet Pimpernel - EAST ANGLIAN PREMIERE 

Winner of NODA Best Production Award (Region 6)

September 2003
Jesus Christ Superstar

Winner of NODA Best Programme Design (Eastern Area)

September 2004
West Side Story

Winner of NODA Best Production Award (Region 6)

May 2005
Titanic - EAST ANGLIAN PREMIERE

Winner of NODA Best Production Award (Region 6)

Winner of NODA Best Programme Design (Eastern Area)

September 2005
Deanne Dickson - holds the office of Chairman for the next year (2005 – 2006)

September 2006  
Malcolm Berridge – elected Chairman (2006 - )

May 2007
Fiddler on the Roof
Winner of NODA Best Souvenir Programme Design (Eastern Area)

September 2007
Thoroughly Modern Millie - EAST ANGLIAN PREMIERE

40th Anniversary Celebrations

 

2008 – 2017

 

May 2008
Carousel – third revival
Winner of NODA Best Programme Design (Eastern Area)
Winner of NODA Best Poster Design (Eastern Area)

January 2009
Beauty and the Beast – marked a significant change of date to the Players annual calendar and the first pantomime to be performed in late January. The revised performing slot due to Waveney District Councils introduction of a professional pantomime. 

The Bethel – The Players announce the successful purchase of the former Seaman’s Mission in Whapload Road as their new Headquarters and Rehearsal Rooms.

February 2009
Work begins in earnest on converting The Bethel into the Players new home – a projected completion date for August 2009 is set.

September 2009

The Players say their final farewells to Stradbroke Road and move into their new home at The Bethel.

January 2010

Mrs Hilda Catchpole officially opens The Bethel as the new Headquarters for The Lowestoft Players.

April 2010

Beauty and the Beast - Best Pantomime Winner (Region 6)

Chess - Best Musical (Region 6), Best Production (Region 6), Best Programme Design (NODA Eastern Region)

                                                                                September 2010

                                                                                The Players open the doors to    

                                                                                the public at their Grand Open 

                                                                                Day At The Bethel.

                                                                                April 2011

                                                                                Aladdin - Best         

                                                                                Pantomime Winner (Region 6)

                                                                                South Pacific - Best  

                                                                                Musical (Region 6), Best 

                                                                                Production (Region 6), Best 

                                                                                Programme Design (NODA 

                                                                                Eastern Region), Best Poster

                                                                                Design (NODA Eastern Region)

                                                                                September 2012

                                                                                Annie Get Your Gun -  

                                                                                Winner of the National Poster 

                                                                                Design (NODA)

                                                                                April 2012

                                                                                Robin Hood - Best         

                                                                                Pantomime Winner (Region 6)

                                                                                Annie Get Your Gun - Best  

                                                                                Poster Design (Region 6), Runner   

                                                                                Up Best Programme Design

                                                                                (Region 6)

                                                                                Our House - Winner Best

                                                                                Musical (Region 6), Winner Best 

                                                                                Overall Production

                                                                                (Region 6)             

                                                                                June 2012

                                                                                Work gets underway on an 

                                                                                ambitious project to convert The   

                                                                                Bethel into a 200 seater

                                                                                performance venue, to open in

                                                                                time to premier the Players first

                                                                                'in-house' production of 'A              

                                                                                Christmas Spectacular 2012.'  

                                                                                December 2012

                                                                                The Players Theatre opens to the  

                                                                                public, for the virtual sellout

                                                                                production of 'A Christmas

                                                                                Spectacular 2012.'

                                                                                April 2013

                                                                                The Sound of Music - Winner

                                                                                 Best Musical (Region 6)

                                                                                Cinderella - Winner Best 

                                                                                Pantomime and Overall Production

                                                                                (Region 6)

 

 

 

The Lowestoft Players lighting the lights .
The Lowestoft Players make theatre fun