Our next show will be The 39 Steps by Patrick Barlow,
based on the novel by John Buchan and the film by Alfred Hitchcock.
Dates: 12th, 13th, 14th and 15th October 2022 at 7:45pm
More about the St James’s Players
We are a local amateur dramatic group based at St James’s Church in New Malden, Surrey. Our members range from 16 years old to over 80 years young, and the group enjoys not only theatre work but also a variety of other social activities.
We always welcome new members, just come along any Monday night from 8pm to meet us and get a feel for what we do.
The Players annually perform two plays, one in May and one in October, and a pantomime or revue in January. Each play usually performs for four nights, but a pantomime could have as many as eight performances, including matinees. There may also be occasional “specials” during the year, which may include performances at other sites, such as the Rose Theatre, Kingston (more below). Each year our total audience is over 1000.
Members of the group also raise funds for charities. In 2013 we raised £1,500 for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research through activities related to, and including, our performance of “Calendar Girls”. We are currently raising money for Alopecia UK.
“Alopecia UK is a small national charity working to improve the lives of those affected by alopecia through aims of Support, Awareness and Research. Despite being a small charity we are still the largest alopecia charity in the UK with big ambitions to develop and grow further. Alopecia UK was founded in 2004 and registered with the Charity Commission of England & Wales in September 2005. Registration with the Scottish Charity Regulator took place in February 2014.”
Some performances are either reserved for, or in aid of, charities. In January 2012 ,2014, 2015 and 2016, at the request of the Mayor of Kingston, the Players gave one pantomime performance at the Rose Theatre in Kingston in order to raise funds for the Mayor’s Charitable Trust. Over 650 people came to see the first ever pantomime at the Rose Theatre – our performance of “Dick Whittington” in January 2012- and almost as many came to see “Aladdin” in January 2014, “Sleeping Beauty” in 2015 and “Snow Ridinghood and the Three Bears” in 2016. These shows are challenging in a number of ways- transporting set, costumes and props and, not least, that the only rehearsal time on site is one run through on the same day as the performance.
Most members help in a variety of ways, not just acting but helping backstage or front-of-house and this dedicated team of “non-actors” who work so hard with set, costumes and props are particularly valued. The applause, at the end of each show, is also for them!