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  1. RELATIVELY SPEAKING by Alan Ayckbourn

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    Relationships...is there anything more complicated? Well, not in this Ayckbourn classic! Two sets of couples; one younger and one older. The younger lady and older man are having an affair. The younger man thinks the older couple are the younger lady's parents. The older man thinks the younger man wants his wife and the older lady is totally confused by all the ensuing chaos. All makes for a hilarious evening of confused identity, misunderstanding and the desperation of trying to keep some dirty secrets just that! The play is being performed in the Malcolm Edwards Theatre (MET) at Stafford's Gatehouse. Tickets are £9(concessions£8) from www.staffordgatehousetheatre.co.uk or from the Box Office 01785 619080 For more information check out www.staffordplayers.co.uk
  2. HINDLE WAKES by Stanley Houghton

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    STAFFORD PLAYERS present HINDLE WAKES in the Malcolm Edwards Theatre at Stafford's Gatehouse. If you liked Hobson’s Choice, you’ll love Hindle Wakes! Stanley Houghton – one of the Manchester school of playwrights who enlivened the Edwardian theatre – offers a progressive view on female independence considered scandalous at that time. The play is set in the fictional mill town of Hindle in Lancashire. Young Fanny Hawthorn and Alan Jeffcote are discovered to have enjoyed a “dirty weekend” together during the town’s Wakes Week, to the horror of their respective families. Fanny is a mill-hand in the factory owned by Alan’s father and, whilst their respective fathers were boyhood friends, Mr Jeffcote senior rose to owning the mill where Mr Hawthorn also works. Alan is engaged to another girl. Both families put pressure on them to marry, but Fanny makes a decision which surprises them all. Tickets are £9(concessions£8) from www.staffordgatehousetheatre.co.uk or from the Box Office 01785 619080
  3. HONOUR by Joanna Murray Smith

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    HONOUR is presented by STAFFORD PLAYERS in the Malcolm Edwards Theatre(MET)at Stafford's Gatehouse. George and Honor have been married for 32 years and live in a comfortable middle class home. George is a famous journalist who meets a smart, bright young career woman, Claudia. Honor is also a writer, but put her work on hold to support George’s career, and bring up their daughter. George falls for Claudia and decides to leave Honor. The effects of this action are explored from the viewpoints of all three women involved. Tickets are £9(concessions £8) from www.staffordgatehousetheatre.co.uk or from the Box Office 01785 619080
  4. NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH by Alan Ayckbourn

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    This dramatic comedy, typical of Ayckbourn's writing, providing humour, compassion and wry observation, is being performed by Stafford Players in the Malcolm Edwards Theatre (MET) at Stafford's Gatehouse. A brother and sister, Martin and Hilda Massie, live together, leading a quiet, Christian existence in the confines of the new Bluebell Hill Development. Just as they are preparing for a housewarming gathering, their peace is shattered by a young trespasser in their garden. They meet their neighbours to agree to form a neighbourhood watch group to safeguard against further incident. How could a well-intentioned community scheme end in violence and acrimony? Tickets are £9(£8 concessions) from www.staffordgatehousetheatre.co.uk or from the Box Office 01785 619080 Why not check out our Website www.staffordplayers.co.uk or follow us on www.facebook.com/staffordplayers or Twitter@staffplayers
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    This Edward Albee play was first performed on Broadway in 1962, and later became a film starring Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor. Stafford Players' production is being performed in the Malcolm Edwards Theatre(MET) in Stafford's Gatehouse. George and Martha invite a young couple - Nick and Honey - back to their house for drinks after a Faculty party, and the young couple become caught up in their tempestuous relationship. Contains strong language and adult themes. Suitable for age 16+ Tickets are £9 (£8 concessions) from www.staffordgatehousetheatre.co.uk or from the Box Office 01785 619080 Why not check out our Website www.staffordplayers.co.uk or follow us on www.facebook.com/staffordplayers or Twitter@staffplayers
  6. 'ALLO 'ALLO by David Croft and Jeremy Lloyd

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    This Stafford Players' production is on the Main Stage in Stafford's Gatehouse Theatre. Based on the popular TV series, the stage version of 'Allo 'Allo follows the hapless café owner Rene Artois as he fends off amorous waitresses, his ever demanding wife ("stupid woman") and assists the escape of two British airman. All during a visit from the Fuhrer and while struggling to cash in on the priceless portrait hidden in the sausage in his cellar. Zut alors! It's enough to make a man talk in a funny accent! Tickets are £9 (£8 concessions) from www.staffordgatehousetheatre.co.uk or from the Box Office 01785 619080 Why not check out our Website www.staffordplayers.co.uk or follow us on www.facebook.com/staffordplayers or Twitter@staffplayers
  7. Flamingoland by Deborah Mc Andrew

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    Stafford Players present "Flamingoland" by Deborah Mc Andrew in the Malcolm Edwards Theatre at Stafford's Gatehouse. In her Yorkshire council house, no-nonsense Mari is having a clear out. She is terminally ill with cancer, and she doesn't want anyone else going through her things 'after'. There's a lifetime of clutter - as well as the squirrels in the loft - to be sorted before she can finally bow out. But unlike her memories of holidays in Mablethorpe, and day trips to Flamingoland, there's a dark box of family secrets Mari won't share. Will she decide to let sleeping dogs lie? Or are some secrets too big to stay hidden forever? A warm-hearted, bittersweet comedy about mother, sisters, love and lies - the story of four women who can't talk about their feelings, and one pest exterminator who can. Tickets £9(concessions £8) from Stafford Gatehouse Box Office 01785 254653 or www.staffordgatehousetheatre.co.uk For more details and photos check out our www.staffordplayers.co.uk Or follow us on www.facebook.com/staffordplayers or twitter@staffplayers
  8. Ladies Day by Amanda Whittington

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    STAFFORD PLAYERS present LADIES DAY by Amanda Whittington Work, love and life are one hard slog for Pearl, Jan, Shelley and Linda, four fish packers in Hull. But everything changes for them when Linda finds tickets to Ladies’ Day at Royal Ascot in York. Off come the hairnets and overalls as the girls do themselves up and head for the races. The champagne flows, secrets are revealed, and best of all - their horses keep winning. By the last race, the girls are set up for a win that will change their lives forever.. The Malcolm Edwards Theatre at Stafford’s Gatehouse. Tuesday May 12th to Saturday May 16th 2015 at 7.30pm. Tickets £9(concessions £8) from Stafford Gatehouse Box Office 01785 254653 or www.staffordgatehousetheatre.co.uk For more details and photos check out our www.staffordplayers.co.uk Or follow us on www.facebook.com/staffordplayers or twitter@staffplayers
  9. The Accrington Pals by Peter Whelan

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    STAFFORD PLAYERS present THE ACCRINGTON PALS by Peter Whelan A touching and sometimes emotional play set in the early years of the First World War, as the patriotic optimism of the country starts to diminish and the true horror of warfare slowly becomes more obvious. The play explores the frightening experiences of the men at the front and the women who were left behind to face social changes, deprivation and the lies of propaganda. . This compassionate play portrays the overwhelming effects of war on an archetypal Lancashire mill town and the suffering of its inhabitants. The Malcolm Edwards Theatre at Stafford’s Gatehouse. Tuesday November 4th to Saturday November 8th 2014 at 7.30pm. Tickets £9(concessions £8) from Stafford Gatehouse Box Office 01785 254653 or www.staffordgatehousetheatre.co.uk For more details and photos check out our www.staffordplayers.co.uk Or follow us on www.facebook.com/staffordplayers or twitter@staffplayers
  10. Stafford Players are delighted to announce that their May production of “QUARTET”won Best Play in the NSDA Festival for full length plays. Jane Fosbrook won Best Actress for her portrayal of Cecile in the play. Two other cast members were nominated for awards: Denise Arthur for the best actress award and Keith Minshull in the best actor category. Gabrielle Ashmore was also nominated for best actress for her role as Deirdre in our February production of “Family Circles”. The Award Gala took place on Saturday June 7th. Click here to view the article
  11. Stafford Players' "Quartet" wins Festival!

    Stafford Players are delighted to announce that their May production of “QUARTET”won Best Play in the NSDA Festival for full length plays. Jane Fosbrook won Best Actress for her portrayal of Cecile in the play. Two other cast members were nominated for awards: Denise Arthur for the best actress award and Keith Minshull in the best actor category. Gabrielle Ashmore was also nominated for best actress for her role as Deirdre in our February production of “Family Circles”. The Award Gala took place on Saturday June 7th.
  12. Quartet by Ronald Harwood

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    Lifelong friends Wilfred and Reggie, together with former colleague Cecily, are living in a home for retired opera singers. Every year, on October 10th, the residents of the home stage a concert to celebrate Giuseppe Verdi's birthday. But when Jean, a former grande dame of the opera and Reggie’s ex-wife, arrives unexpectedly as a new resident at the home she manages, thoroughly, to disrupt their equilibrium. Jean still acting like a diva refuses to sing in the concert. But the show must go on... By turn both funny and poignant, Quartet was first performed at the Albery Theatre, London in 1999 and in 2012 was made in to a highly successful film starring Billy Connolly, Tom Courtenay, Pauline Collins and Maggie Smith In the Malcolm Edwards Theatre at Stafford’sGatehouse Theatre. Tickets are £8.50 (concessions £7.50) from www.staffordgatehousetheatre.co.uk or 01785 254653 For more information and rehearsal photos why not check out our Website www.staffordplayers.co.uk Follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/staffordplayers or on Twitter @staffplayers
  13. Family Circles by Alan Ayckbourn

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    Three daughters, plus their men, come together at the family home, to celebrate their parents’ wedding anniversary. Nothing is ever straight forward in any marriage – especially where these four couples are concerned - and mayhem is just round the corner…. Another study of complex relationships by the master Alan Ayckbourn. In the Malcolm Edwards Theatre at Stafford’s Gatehouse from Tuesday Feb 4th to Saturday Feb 8th 2014 at 7.30pm. Tickets are £8.50 (concessions £7.50) from www.staffordgatehousetheatre.co.uk or 01785 254653 For more information and rehearsal photos why not check out our Website www.staffordplayers.co.uk Follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/staffordplayers or on Twitter @staffplayers
  14. Stafford Players’ production of David Auburn’s play “Proof” gained an amazing 5 Awards at the North Staffs Full-length Drama Festival Gala Night on June 8th 2013. 1) Best play in the Three Act Festival 2)Best Producer for Jennie Sweeney, her first play for the Society. 3) Best actor for Keith Minshull who played the Father 4) Best Under 21 performer for Sarah Gough who plays daughter Catherine 5) A Special Adjudicators’ Award for Gordon Sweeney for his original music score for the play. Stafford Players' next production will be Bill Naughton’s comic masterpiece “Spring and Port Wine” in Stafford's Gatehouse Theatre from Wednesday 6th to Saturday 9th November 2013. Stafford Players’ veryfirst production of all went on in November 1943, so this is the first production of our 70th anniversary year. We are hoping to make it a memorable one! Click here to view the article
  15. Spring and Port Wine by Bill Naughton

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    Stafford Players' production of Bill Naughton’s comic masterpiece “Spring and Port Wine” is on the Main Stage in Stafford's Gatehouse Theatre from Wednesday 6th to Saturday 9th November 2013 at 7.30pm Bill Naughton was one of the most successful playwrights of the 70’s ( with hits like “Alfie” and “The Family Way”) and his “Spring and Port Wine” is counted as one of the great Northern comedy-dramas. It deals with the yawning generation gap between parents and children in the late1960s, and follows the lives of the Crompton family in their terraced home in Bolton over a single weekend, during which this close and loving group is torn apart. But families, it seems, are not so easily destroyed....... Tickets are £8.50 (Concessions £7.50) from the Gatehouse Box Office 01785 254653 or www.staffordgatehousetheatre.co.uk For more information why not check out www.staffordplayers.co.uk or follow us on www.facebook.co/staffordplayers

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