Due to uncertainties surrounding Covid, ‘Robin Hood and the Silver Arrow’ has been postponed from January/February.

If you bought tickets for the original dates and have not been contacted about transferring to a rearranged performance or a refund, please get in touch.

Panto is back! Oh yes it is!!

And this year, loved by the good, feared by the bad, everybody’s favourite outlaw, Robin Hood, is on a mission to outwit the dastardly Sir Guy of Gisbourne in order to win the coveted Silver Arrow.

Get ready to cheer the goodies and boo the baddies in this tale about everybody’s favourite outlaw, brought to new life by Charles Philip in a traditional family panto filled with lots of laughter and plenty of traditional audience participation.

Packed with jokes and laugh-out-loud moments, “Robin Hood and the Silver Arrow” will come to Durley Memorial Hall (Durley Brook Road, SO32 2AR) on Thursday to Saturday, 31st March to 2nd April 2022 at 7.30pm each evening and with a Saturday matinee at 2.30pm.

Tickets are £8 (£6 for those under 18) and are available here or email or phone 07871 006551.

As with all Bishopstoke Players’ productions, proceeds will be donated to Action for Children.

Please note the change from our usual venue following the closure of Bishopstoke Memorial Hall.

Festival triumph!

Congratulations to Lizzie, who has won the award for Best Youth Actor at the recent Spelthorne & Runnymede Drama Festival. This follows hot on the heels of her nomination for Best Youth Actor at the Woking Drama Festival during the previous week. Congratulations and also a sincere thank you to Beth, who stood in for a member of the cast in the Spelthorne festival with only a few hours’ notice when illness forced them to withdraw. Beth received praise from the adjudicator, both for her reading and allowing the show to go on, and was awarded with the Adjudicator’s Award. Nominations were received by Kim and Kevin, both for Best Supporting Actor and Pete for Best New Play. Here we see Lizzie and Beth with their trophies and the rest of the team at a recent panto rehearsal.


We’re collecting copies of all our old programmes since we were founded in 1947.  We’re almost there but are missing programmes from six plays.  We’d love to complete the set so if you know of any of these old programmes from Bishopstoke YLU Players or Bishopstoke Young Leaguers Union (our old names) – maybe found lurking during a house clearance? – please do get in touch as we’d love to make a copy:

  • 1948 ‘Lights Out at Eleven’
  • 1953 ‘Family Drama’
  • 1955 ‘Happy Days’
  • 1957 ‘Half Holiday’
  • 1962 ‘A Basinful of the Briny’
  • 1964 ‘Home for Christmas’

All the programmes we do have, along with a myriad of photos, posters and more, can be found in our Past Productions gallery.  Please do have a browse!


Bishopstoke Players is an amateur drama group based near Eastleigh, Hampshire. We present three full-length plays each year, generally in January, May and September, and perform in one-act drama festivals throughout the south.

We were founded in 1947 to raise money for Action for Children and since then have presented over 200 dramas, comedies and pantomimes, raising thousands of pounds for charity.


Following the closure of Bishopstoke Memorial Hall, pending demolition and replacement with a new community facility, we will be performing in a variety of venues until hopefully we can return to Bishopstoke.

Click on the map above for more details.


Bishopstoke Players are proud to have donated the proceeds from our plays annually to the charity Action for Children (formerly known as the National Children’s Home) since we were founded in 1947.

Why not take a look at their work and maybe see if you can support them as well?


Our Patrons are our premier league of supporters! For an annual subscription Patrons receive a reserved seat at each of our productions.

If you would like to become a Patron, please contact us.


Are you just itching to get up on our stage to show us what you can do? Or would you prefer to take a backstage role? Or maybe you simply want to be part of a show but don’t know exactly what?  Just pop along and meet us to find out more.


For information about the best shows in amateur theatre in our local area check out the Hampshire Local Theatre Guide



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