“No Sex, Please – We’re British!”

Poster for “No Sex, Please – We’re British!”

Bishopstoke Players’ autumn production this year is the longest-running British comedy, ‘No Sex, Please – We’re British!’.

This riotous comic farce notched up a staggeringly successful sixteen-year run in London’s West End. It premiered in 1971 and ran to 6,761 performances.

Peter and Frances could reasonably expect to look forward to a calm, happy start to their married life. Owing to an innocent mistake, however, they find themselves inundated with dubious material from the ‘Scandinavian Import Company’. Senior bank officials, Peter’s snobbish mother, and a prim, respectable bank cashier become inextricably entangled in the rumbustious events that follow.

Director Barry Kitchen said, “After directing ‘The 39 Steps’ last year, I was looking for another top-notch comedy and what better than ‘No Sex, Please – We’re British!’?”

Performances are in Bishopstoke Memorial Hall on Thursday 28th to Saturday 30th September at 7.30pm. Tickets (available from 1st August) are £8 (£6 for those aged 16 or under) and are available at buytickets.at/bishopstokeplayers, email boxoffice@bishopstokeplayers.uk or phone (07871) 006551.

This production marks Bishopstoke Players’ 70th anniversary and, like all previous productions, proceeds will be donated to the children’s charity ‘Action for Children’.

This amateur production of “No Sex Please – We’re British!” is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, LTD.

Have a go!

Do you have a secret desire to come and have a go yourself? Are you just waiting to get on that stage and show off what you can do?

Our next pantomime, Little Red Riding Hood, may be just the opportunity you’re looking for.  We’re meeting on 11 September to read through the play – auditions will then be held on 3 October.  Please contact us for more details – hope to see you there!

Success at the Elmbridge Drama Festival

‘Nothing You Can Say’; spring festival entry 2017

We’re delighted to report that one of our young actresses, Ruby Joy, has won the award for “Best Supporting Actor” at the 2017 Elmbridge Drama Festival in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey. Congratulations and well done Ruby!

If you haven’t yet seen our production of ‘Nothing You Can Say’, by Peter Yates, you still have time to catch it on Friday 24th March in the Hanger Farm Arts Centre at the Totton Festival of Drama or, if you happen to be in Maidenhead on Friday 17th March, we’ll be performing at the Norden Farm Centre for the Arts.

‘Nothing You Can Say’ revisited!

'Nothing You Can Say' cast
‘Nothing You Can Say’; spring festival entry 2017

We’re about to take our one-act play, ‘Nothing You Can Say’, by Peter Yates, on the road!  Performances will be on Saturday 11th March in the Cecil Hepworth Playhouse, Walton-on-Thames, at the Elmbridge Drama Festival; on Friday 17th March in the Norden Farm Centre for the Arts at the Maidenhead Drama Festival; and on Friday 24th March in the Hanger Farm Arts Centre at the Totton Festival of Drama.  Please come and support us!

‘The Darling Buds of May’


The Darling Buds of May poster
The Darling Buds of May poster

The unforgettable Larkin family, made famous in the ITV television series ‘The Darling Buds of May’, is being reunited by Bishopstoke Players.

The colourful characters will be entertaining audiences at Bishopstoke Memorial Hall from 18th to 20th May.

‘The Darling Buds of May’ became one of the most popular comedy drama programmes on UK television when it was first aired in 1991. Pop Larkin, who makes a fortune from scrap-iron deals but has never paid income tax, lives in rural idyllic bliss with generous-hearted Ma and their six children. When a young, earnest tax official, Mr Charlton, turns up one hot May afternoon in 1957 to investigate, he is bewitched immediately by eldest daughter Mariette and it isn’t long before he succumbs to the boisterous Larkin family charm and largesse.

A whole raft of nominations!

Woohoo! We’ve just been nominated for a whole raft of awards!

Coming hard on the heels of our nominations in the Daily Echo’s Curtain Call awards, the lovely people at Curtain Up South have just published their Hall of Fame nominations.

Best Actor in a Play:

Not one but two nominations (out of six)! Simon Wisbey for ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ and James Gould for ‘The 39 Steps’

Best Supporting Actor in A Play:

Again, not one but two nominations! James Gould for ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ and Peter Burton for ‘The 39 Steps’

Best Supporting Actress in a Play:

Kate Robbins for ‘Much Ado About Nothing’

Best Play:

‘The 39 Steps’

Congratulations to the nominees and everyone who was involved in these plays and thank you to everyone who came along to support them!

The awards are decided by public vote so please help us by voting for us at http://curtainupsouth.org/hall-of-fame/

Daily Echo Curtain Call Awards

We are thrilled to announce that, today in the Daily Echo, we discovered that our May production of ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ has been nominated for three awards in the Daily Echo Curtain Call Awards.

Peter Burton for ‘Best Director of a Shakespeare Play’, James Gould for ‘Best Actor in a Shakespeare Play’ for his performance as ‘Benedick’ and Kate Robbins for ‘Best Actress in a Shakespeare Play’ for her performance as ‘Beatrice’.

For full details of all the nominations, please consult the Daily Echo’s website.  Well done to everyone connected with ‘Much Ado About Nothing’!

Spelthorne and Runnymede Drama Festival

While many of the Players were busy with ‘The 39 Steps’, a small group were busy rehearsing an original one-act play, ‘Nothing you can Say’, written by our own Peter Yates.

The play was performed at the Spelthorne and Runnymede Drama Festival in Sunbury on Thames last week, and it received very positive comments from adjudicator Jan Palmer Sayer.

We’re delighted to report that Peter Yates subsequently won the award for “Best Original Play”, and Lewis Pickles won the “Adjudicator’s Award” for his direction of the play. Congratulations both!!! Congratulations also to Ruby Joy, who was nominated as “Most Promising Youth Player”, Kevin Bowers, nominated as “Best Supporting Player”, Naomi Scott, nominated as “Best Actress” and Andrew Craddock, nominated as “Best Actor”.

Much Ado About Panto!

Much Ado About Panto poster
Much Ado About Panto poster

Join young Billy Shakespeare as his journey from Stratford upon Avon to the Globe Theatre becomes a pantomime!

Watch as his own mother turns against him and he is left with only his beloved Annie and a couple of retired highwaymen (one of whom seems to have a cheese fixation!) as his only companions.

Will the final curtain come down on Billy before opening night?

Will the press-gang, or even the Queen herself come to his rescue?

Find out when Bishopstoke Players perform ‘Much Ado About Panto!’ – so good it could have been written by the Bard himself! Oh no, it couldn’t!!!

25 to 28 January 2017 at Bishopstoke Memorial Hall. Tickets available now at http://buytickets.at/bishopstokeplayers/62459