Back in the dark days of 1943 a group of theatre enthusiasts endeavoured to bring entertainment to wartime Stafford. Thus Stafford Players Drama Society was born. Over the 75 years since, Stafford Players have performed a wide variety of plays from Shakespeare, Shaw and Sheridan to Pinter, Potter and Pratchett for the delight of Stafford audiences.
To start off the celebrations for their 75th anniversary, Stafford Players are performing “The Game” by Harold Brighouse from Tuesday November 6th to Saturday November 10th.
Blackton Football Club is in trouble, and the chairman is about to sell his star player to save the club and himself from ruin, as well as indulging in a bit of match fixing. But his daughter, the star player’s fiancée, may have something to say about this. And the star’s redoubtable mother looks likely to scupper both the marriage and the transfer. It’s a heartfelt story of love, honour, class and football in the 1900s, by the author of Hobson’s Choice, Harold Brighouse. Glorious costumes and lively banter!
The cast of 12 (six men and six women) have all appeared in previous Stafford Players productions. Many are vastly experienced and will be very familiar to Stafford audiences. For example, the Club’s Chairman and his brother are played by regulars Ray Braziel and Keith Minshull. Appearing as the star football player is Jordan Wingfield who featured in all of last season’s Stafford Players productions. Dawn Huxley, as his forceful mother, won a Best Actress Award for her portrayal of Claudia in “Honour” two years ago. His fiancée is played by Holly Spencer who was in the 2017 Award winning production of “Hindle Wakes”. Using all her experience to direct this whole production is Denise Arthur.
The performances commence at 7.30pm in the Malcolm Edwards Theatre (MET) at Stafford’s Gatehouse.
Tickets are £10.50, concessions £9.30. Prices include the Gatehouse booking fee. To purchase tickets go towww.staffordgatehousetheatre.co.uk or ring 01785 619080.