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The Players' Theatre is fun, it's collegial, it's entertaining, and it's history come to life.
The Players' Theatre Club (not to be confused with the New Players Theatre) is a showcase of authentic Victorian music hall. It's a treasure! A typical evening is delightfully described at http://www.playerstheatre.co.uk/theat... . Normally, a show consists of seven or eight "artistes" presenting genuine Victorian music hall performances. All the Players' performers are "artistes," all the ladies are "Miss," and all the gentlemen are "Mister." The "mighty Players' Orchestra" turns out to be a single pianist, and the place is almost always full of regular attendees. A wonderful time is had by all.
The Players' was originally at The Arches in Villiers Street, near the Strand, but had the misfortune to lose its lease. Later two factions emerged through a clash of personalities. The "New Players' Theatre club" puts on "one-off", sometimes spectacular shows at a theatre it hires for the occasion. Members of the original Players' Theatre club acquired its assets, including costumes and music, and, thanks to the generosity of its proprietor, put on short seasons of Sunday afternoon shows at The Venue theatre in Leicester Place (just off Leicester Square) in the Autumn and Spring. They also hold "Show and Supper" parties in the splendid Royal Air Force club in Piccadilly. You can read all about it at http://www.playerstheatre.co.uk/theat... . , or contact Bill@playerstheatre.co.uk for information.
It's a perfect blend of history and good times, a magical visit to the 1890s and a real treat for anyone who is interested in history.