Launching their 70th year in style, St John’s Players will bring you their unique interpretation of the multi-award-winning, critically acclaimed West End smash-hit “39 Steps”.
Join us for an evening of adventure-comedy as we delve into the top-secret world of international espionage – including such mysteries as:
What are the 39 Steps? What is the secret of Altnashellach? And more to the point how do you pronounce it? How on Earth will we stage a cross-country chase of planes, trains and automobiles all in the confines of the Vesta Tilley Studio?
With a handful of actors playing dozens of roles, prepare yourself for thrills and laughs aplenty.
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Directed by Adam Bullock
John Buchan and Alfred Hitchcock’s “The 39 Steps” adapted by Patrick Barlow from an original concept by Simon Corble & Nobby Dimon. By arrangement with Edward Snape for Fiery Angel Ltd. An amateur production by special arrangement with Samuel French Ltd.
Are you, or do you know, an actor interested in amateur dramatics in the Worcester area?
We are looking for an amateur actor aged between mid to late 30’s to mid to late 50’s for St John’s Players’ next production which is about to start rehearsal – “Yes, Prime Minister”, written by the writers of the original television series Antony Jay & Jonathan Lynn.
We are looking for someone to play the role of Jim Hacker, the Prime Minister. The synopsis of the plot is as follows:
The UK is in crisis: debt is spiralling, unemployment is on the rise and the fragile coalition cabinet, led by Prime Minister Jim Hacker, is at breaking point. But salvation may exist in the form of a complex pipeline deal with the oil-rich country of Kumranistan that would entitle the government to a multi-trillion pound loan. When the Kumranistan Foreign Secretary makes a shocking request of Jim’s Private Secretary Bernard Woolley, moral considerations collide with the economic future of the nation. But how will Jim and his team – Bernard, Cabinet Secretary Sir Humphrey Appleby, and Special Adviser Claire Sutton – reconcile the two? Political machinations, media manipulation and an appeal for divine intervention ensue.
The play will be performed at the Vesta Tilley Studio at Worcester Swan Theatre 19th – 24th March 2018. Rehearsals are on Tuesday & Thursday evenings. If you are interested please contact the Director, Dave Scott on 01905 358811
We are looking for an amateur actress aged between early 20’s to mid to late 30’s required for St John’s Players’ latest production which is currently in rehearsal – Alan Ayckbourn’s “Season’s Greetings”. The role is that of Pattie.
Unfortunately due to unforeseen circumstances the member of the group who was cast in this role has had to withdraw from the production and we have no other members who are available to perform this role.
“Season’s Greetings” is a comedy, often farcical, about 4 days in the life of a dysfunctional family over Christmas. Belinda and Neville have invited their family for a traditional Christmas celebration. The guests include: Neville’s exhausted sister Phyllis; her husband Bernard, a doctor whose annual puppet shows are the stuff of legend and terror to both young and old alike; Neville’s friend Eddie and his pregnant wife Pattie; uncle Harvey, a slightly senile retired security guard and a television-addict; Belinda’s unmarried sister, Rachel; and Clive, a writer and friend of Rachel.
“Season’s Greetings” is being performed at Worcester Swan Theatre, 7th-11th November 2017
Rehearsals are on Tuesday & Thursday evenings from 7.30pm to approx. 9.30pm – 10pm
If you are interested in auditioning for this role please contact the director Christine King by phone or e-mail on: 07812 906295 – firstname.lastname@example.org
Our next Production is Alan Ayckbourne’s Season’s Greetings at the Swan Theatre, Worcester 7 – 11th November 2017. It will be directed by Christine King with a cast of new and familiar faces from the St John’s Players repertory. Rehearsals begin this month so keep checking back for more updates!
Half a dozen relatives and friends are celebrating Christmas with Neville and Belinda. Various children are also there: though unseen, their presence is always felt and indeed seems duplicated in the adults. Petty and not-so-petty squabbles break out and Christmas presents are rifled. Hilarious highlights include a chaotically incompetent puppet show, a trigger-happy crazy relative and a midnight love scene that ends in a fearful din from several mechanical Christmas presents!
Come and share in the familiar family frivolity and fiasco of Christmas!
Our next production will be ONE MAN TWO GUVNORS By Richard Bean, Based on The Servant of Two Masters by Carlo Goldoni, Including the song from the original National Theatre production Tomorrow Looks Good From Here by Grant Olding and Richard Bean.
It is being directed by Julie Sadler
It will be staged at the Swan Theatre, Worcester (Seating 353) Tuesday 11th – Saturday 15th October 2016.
Fired from his skiffle band, Francis Henshall becomes minder to Roscoe Crabbe, a small-time East End hood, now in Brighton to collect £6,000 from his fiancee’s dad. But Roscoe is really his sister Rachel posing as her own dead brother, who’s been killed by her boyfriend Stanley Stubbers
Holed up at The Cricketers Arms, the permanently ravenous Francis spots the chance of an extra meal ticket and takes a second job with Stanley Stubbers, who is hiding from the police and waiting to be reunited with Rachel. To prevent discovery, Francis must keep his two guvnors apart. Simple.
In Richard Bean’s English version of Goldoni’s classic Italian comedy, sex, food and money are high on the agenda
The award-winning, smash-hit comedy for which James Corden won a Tony Award for best actor in a play in 2012.A hilarious and riotous farce that will keep you laughing all the way through the play.
Our next production will be April in Paris by John Godber, which will take place Wednesday 9th – Saturday 12th March 2016 at the Vesta Tilley Studio, Swan Theatre, Worcester.
John Godber’s beautifully observed bittersweet comedy takes us from humdrum life in a small Yorkshire town on to a breathless journey around the riot of colour that is Paris, as Bet and Al win a prize of their first experience abroad, which will have lasting effects on both their relationship and their view of the world. They sort out French cuisine, wrestle with their phrasebook, and fend off would-be muggers on the Metro in this hilarious depiction of the English abroad.
St John’s Players are pleased to announce the appointment of two new Vice Presidents, in recognition of their long support of the group.
Chris Watkins and Pat Rackliff both have a long and active history with St John’s Players and are held in high esteem by the whole company, and despite both having moved out of the Worcester area in recent years, have remained current members who continue to support us and always return to see our productions. We are delighted that they have both agreed to accept this honourary position.
Chris Watkins’ many stage roles include Rebecca (1972), Ladies In Retirement (1974), Shop at Sly Corner (1980), Move Over Mrs Markham (1983), Uproar in the House (1984) and Billy Liar (1987).
Pat Rackliff’s credits include The Hollow (1982), Habeas Corpus (1988), Noises Off (1989), How the Other Half Loves (1990), Sailor Beware (1994), The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Town’s Women’s Guild Dramatic Society Murder Mystery (2001) and The Cemetary Club (2005).