Wednesday, 18 April 2018




'A Midsummer Nights Dream' 

4 quick questions with the Director


With just three weeks to go to show-week I caught up with the director Jen Richardson for a quick natter about Shakespeare.


Can you give me a brief description of your vision for the show?

I love A Midsummer Nights Dream, I think it is such a funny play with some amazing characters. I wanted to create a show that explored the plot in the modern day (with a bit of dramatic license and suspension of disbelief), where we could examine the physicality of the roles, the strength of all the characters - in particular the female ones, and really play with the humour in the script. What is particularly fun about this process is that we've found new moments all the time where the characters laugh at each other, but also themselves - and I hope the audience enjoy watching it as much as we have making it.

Have you appeared in/directed AMND before?

I've never directed it, but I was in it about 10 years ago - I played Snout, one of the mechanicals who plays 'Wall' at the end!

If you could play any Shakespearean character which one would it be and why?

Agh! There are so many amazing parts! I'd play all of the ones in AMND, but I think outside of that show probably Richard III because there is a lot of fun to be had playing the villain, and he seems to revel in it.

What was the last Shakespeare you saw in a theatre or on screen? 

'Julius Ceasar' at the Bridge Theatre, which was a fantastic production - incredibly relevant and the acting was phenomenal. It was also very inspiring and I had to fight not to just steal all of their ideas (no promises that I haven't!) 

Tickets are on sale NOW for A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Production dates:  9th -15th May





Tuesday, 20 March 2018

A Midsummer Night's Dream - May 2018

TICKETS ON SALE NOW

The Crouch End Players proudly present

Shakespeare’s

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM

The Earl Haig Hall, Elder Avenue, N8
9th – 12th May 2018

“The course of true love never did run smooth.” 

Dates: Wednesday 9th to Saturday 12th May 2018 
Curtain up: 7:30pm (Saturday Matinee 2:30pm)
Tickets £10 (Discounted tickets of £6 available for children under 12 for the matinee only)

The Crouch End Players presents a joyful contemporary production of Shakespeare’s best loved romantic comedy. Mayhem ensues as lovelorn hipsters and modern mechanicals find themselves the pawns in a game between the feuding Fairy King and Queen. 
Silly, slapstick and even a bit raunchy, this pacy production finds laughter in every line of a well-loved classic. In the welcoming atmosphere of the Earl Haig Hall, Shakespeare’s Athenian forest will be transformed into an urban jungle peopled by a rich mixture of gods and mortals.

Saturday, 2 December 2017

Tickets on sale for our next production!

FRIDAY EVENING IS SOLD OUT!

Crouch End Players proudly announce our next production!

A hilarious farce, by David McGillivray and Walter Zerlin Jr

The members of the  "Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen's Guild Dramatic Society" 
 attempt their production of a Murder Mystery, entitled


"Murder at Checkmate Manor"

What could possibly go wrong?  


Find out from February 7th to 10th 
at the Moravian Church Hall

Park Rd, N8


Monday, 30 October 2017

Crouch End Players Update

Many thanks to all those who attended our outdoor production of Toad of Toad Hall in Priory Park.

We were delighted by the feedback you gave us in person and on social media. Thank you!

What's next?

We have a variety of productions in the pipeline for 2018, the first of which will be a hilarious comedy, opening on February 7th 2018!


Rehearsals are going well.

- so watch this space, and follow our social media accounts for regular updates, rehearsal pics, videos and updates!





Saturday, 20 May 2017

Summer show in the Park!


The Crouch End Players present - Outdoor Theatre in Priory Park (fully seated)

Toad of Toad Hall

Wednesday 26th- Saturday 29th July 2017

5 performances
The Crouch End Players are delighted to return to the enchanting setting of the Outdoor Theatre in Priory Park to tell this evergreen tale of life on the riverbank.

Toad of Toad Hall is A.A.Milne’s fun‐filled stage adaptation of Kenneth Grahame's evergreen story "The Wind in the Willows", brought magically to life!

A charming tale of adventure, friendship, courage and hope. 





Original music by David Tims
Additional music - H.Fraser-Simson

The Outdoor Theatre

Priory Park 

Crouch End

London N8 8LN


Dates:
Wednesday 26th July
Thursday 27th July
Friday 28th July
Saturday 29th July


Times:
Doors & bar from 7pm
Curtain 7.45pm
Saturday matinee 2.30pm - Doors 2pm

Please note: Saturday matinee is a shorter performance

Tickets:
Adult £12
Child £8 (under 16)


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"The rural tranquility of friends, Mole, Ratty and Badger is shattered by the eccentric behaviour of Toad! When his antics get the better of him it falls to his trusty friends, kind Rat, wise Badger and gentle Mole to rally round in Mr Toad's hour of need, and win back Toad Hall."

A ride you won't want to ever forget! So what are you waiting for? Climb aboard!

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Please note:


  • The Outdoor Theatre is fully seated and staged.
  • Saturday matinee is a shorter performance. 
  • There will be a licensed bar and light refreshments available before the performance and during the interval
  • External distractions from  park users is beyond our control.
  • The Show will go on unless it is deemed unsafe to do so because of very extreme weather.


          

Friday, 19 May 2017

Shows for Crouch End Festival 2017

We are delighted to be producing five shows for this year's festival. Some original writing from members of our group, facilitated by our "development team" launched last year.
All our shows are free of charge, but prior booking by email is essential. Some venues have very limited capacity.
Please email crouchendplayers@hotmail.comto reserve a free ticket, and follow us on social media for updates.











Saturday, 8 April 2017

Production Updates April 2017

What's next?

After a sell-out production of The Vagina Monologues at Hornsey Town Hall, we are now busy planning and rehearsing no fewer than 6 productions to be performed during the 2017 Crouch End Festival in June. 

As usual, our productions span a range of genres,  from our ever-popular "Once Upon a Storytime" interactive storytelling for children and live Vintage Radio drama to original short plays, sketches, a musical piece and improvised comedy.  

Our newly-formed Development Group within the Crouch End Players has helped to nurture and support writing talent within the group, some of which will be debuted as part of the festival!

Watch this space for schedules and further information.

The Big News

We are SO excited to announce that our summer family show is in production, and will be staged outdoors in July in Priory Park, Crouch End! 

More news to follow.


In the meantime please continue to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for frequent updates and production news.
Cast of The Vagina Monologues 2017




Sunday, 29 January 2017

The Crouch End Players Present

The Vagina Monologues 

Thursday 23 February 2017 

Friday 24th February  2017

Saturday 25 February 2017


Crouch End Players are proud to present Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues, in the Art Deco setting of Hornsey Town Hall Supper Room. 

This groundbreaking play is based on original material from dozens of interviews  Ensler (playwright and activist) conducted with women. 

The performance is part of V-Day 2017, a global call to end violence against women (www.vday.org) and as such all profits go to Solace Women's Aid. 


V-Day Crouch End 


The 'V' in V-Day stands for Victory, Valentine and Vagina.

Join us !! 

THUR 23rd, FRI 24th and SAT 25th FEB - Doors 7pm, show starts 7:30pm.
Tickets £10 (+ booking fee)
(Parental guidance advised: the show contains strong language and adult themes)

at The Supper Room, Hornsey Town Hall Arts Centre - Crouch End

Tickets can be purchased at: 

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All proceeds go to Solace Woman's Aid.
*Limited wheelchair access to The Supper Room.
We invite you to follow and retweet us on Twitter  @crouchendplayrs for news and updates


Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Vintage Festivities

Crouch End Players Vintage Radio Theatre present:-
"It's a Wonderful Life"
with live sound effects

Friday December 16th - Saturday December 17th


Step back into the golden age of the wireless with the Crouch End Players Vintage Radio Theatre's Christmas production.

This stylish production, adapted from the classic, festive story, is performed as a rehearsed radio reading with live sound effects.

Vintage-style commercials from our own "Jingle Belles". *
(Audience is requested to be very quiet!)

Venue
Holy Innocents Church
Tottenham Lane N8

Performances:

Friday evening     16th December 7.30 pm
Saturday matinee 17th December 2.30pm
Saturday evening 17th December 7.30pm
Doors open       7pm  (2pm matinee)
Performance     7.30pm (2.30 matinee)

Buy Tickets online   only £4  + 40p booking fee 
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* Opportunities exist to advertise in our programme AND to be featured in our live commercials. Enquire

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Christmas 2016

Save the dates!

Friday 16th & Saturday 17th December

Thanks to everyone who helped to make "A Suffragette's Song such a sell-out success!

With Christmas fast approaching we are now busy rehearsing our festive feel-good production.

A wonderful, Vintage Radio production to warm your heart and get you in the Christmas spirit, performed as a rehearsed reading with live sound-effects!


Details to be announced soon!




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Monday, 12 September 2016

Next Production - Tickets on Sale

Tickets

We are delighted to announce that tickets are now on sale for our next production:

"A Suffragette's Song"

Inspired by the story of  Kitty Marion, Music Hall performer and militant suffragette.

Blending Kitty's own words with popular Music Hall songs of the day, "A Suffragette's Song" is a powerful, musical illustration of how women in Britain changed their lives.


Written and directed by Terry McGrath


Venue:    The Supper Room
Hornsey Town Hall Arts Centre  map

Dates: Wednesday 19th - Saturday 22nd October

Doors: 7pm
Show:  7:30pm

Price: £10 (+ booking fee)

Tickets are available online via the Hornsey Town Hall website link below.

There is limited capacity at the venue, (the Supper Room) so early booking is recommended to ensure a seat. 

We regret step-free access is not available (lower ground floor).

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'A Midsummer Nights Dream'  4 quick questions with the Director With just three weeks to go to show-week I caught up ...