Old Tyme Music Hall, May 2017

Launch night Monday 27th February, 8.00pm at the Copthorne Village Hall  (flyer)



After the sell-out successes of ‘Aladdin’ in 2016 and ‘Puss In Boots’ in 2014, Copthorne Players will bring the traditional pantomime Cinderella to the Village Hall from 26th – 29th January 2017.

Tickets are available online through TicketSource (link above, booking fee applies) or from the Box Office (no booking fee) on 01342 713 139


Thursday 26th January 2017 at 7.30pm

Friday 27th January 2017 at 7.30pm

Saturday 28th January 2017 at 1.30pm & 6.30pm

Sunday 29th January 2017 at 2.30pm



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Is Jack Manningham slowly, deliberately, driving his wife, Bella, insane or is she following her mother’s descent into madness?

This classic thriller, set in Victorian London, was first produced in 1938 and later filmed twice, in Britain and the USA, Ingrid Bergman winning an Oscar for her portrayal of Bella Manningham in the later version.  The play gave rise to the term ‘gaslighting’.

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Jack                        Marcus K

Bella                      Stephanie Francis

Rough                   John Barnett

Nancy                   Ellie Skipper

Elizabeth              Anne Strickley

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Cinderella 2017 Cast Announced!

We are incredibly proud to announce the cast for the 2017 panto, Cinderella, which hits the Copthorne Village Hall Stage from 26th to 29th January 2017.

Director Nicki Barnett said, “I was overwhelmed with the standard at auditions…  I am so happy with our wonderful line up.”

Tickets will be available to book soon.  Email cpinfo@mail.com to be added to our mailing list or keep an eye on our Facebook page.

The Cast

Cinderella – Catherine Carpenter

Prince Charming – Will Lewis

Dandini – Nikki Chapman

Gert and Daisy (the ugly sisters) – Rob Carpenter and John Barnett

Buttons – Marcus Kirby

Bill and Ben – Andy Dale and Teresa Carlile

Petunia – Gemma Hodsdon

Baron Hardup – Mike Mcahon

Miss Mabbs – Ellie Skipper

Sir Jasper Grabbit – Jon Birch

Pantomine Horse – Jacquie Perry & Sian Taylor

It’s panto time – oh yes it is!

We are delighted to announce that next year’s panto will be Cinderella.  It will be performed in Copthorne Village Hall on 26-29 January 2017.

A read through and introduction to auditions will be held at the village hall on Sunday 4th September at 3pm – 5pm with auditions taking place at the Morgan Hall on Sunday 11th September at 3pm – 5pm.  We are looking for principles and chorus along with help behind the scenes with everything from costumes to scene painting.  If you are interested in being involved either on stage or off please contact the director, Nicki Barnett by email nicki.barnett@btinternet.com to register.

The auditions will be informal but anyone interested in a principal role will be required to read a short extract from the script and sing (where there are solos or duets).  The chorus will be asked to participate in some basic dance moves and some company singing.  Audition pieces will be available shortly.

We look forward to welcoming you for a fun couple of hours on 4th and to being part of our Pantomime.  Please feel free to forward to family, friends and anyone else you think might be interested in joining us.  We would love to welcome new members.

List of Principal Roles

Gert and Daisy – The Ugly Sisters

Daughters of Baron Hardup. Traditional dame parts to be played by very attractive men! Comedy songs and movement with excellent comedy timing


Can be played by a male or female. Baron Hardup’s right hand man and Cinderella’s best friend (but wishes it was more!).  Needs excellent comedy timing, must build a rapport with the audience. Some singing

Prince Charming

Can be played by male or female.  Traditional principal boy.  Every inch the prince. Singing and dancing required.


Can be played by male or female.  The Prince’s right hand man.  Dashing and suave or at least he thinks he is! A real ladies man. Singing and dancing required.

Petunia – The Miller’s Daughter (small speaking part)

Sweet girl and Dandini’s love interest.  Is kkeen on Buttons to begin with.  The archetypical girl next door.  Some singing and dancing.  Also part of the chorus.


Daughter of Baron Hardup.  Very sweet nature.  Should have a nice singing voice.  Typical panto princess.  Dancing and singing required.

Baron Hardup

Broke owner of Hardup Hall and father to Cinderella and the Ugly Sisters. Loveable uncle character/mad inventor.  Some singing.

Miss Mabbs (Fairy Godmother)

Owner of village store and Cinders Fairy Godmother.  Some singing required.

Sir Jasper Grabbit

Supermarket owner and villain of the piece.  Think melodrama/silent movies.  Some singing.

Bill & Ben (the Brokers Men)

Comedy duo (could be male or female) excellent comedy timing and consummate double act. Some singing.

Pantomime Horse

Two people of similar size required to make up panto horse.  Not on stage much – could potentially be chorus members.

‘Gas Light’ Auditions Monday 23rd May

Auditions for Patrick Hamilton’s ‘Gaslight’ Monday 23rd May 2016, 8pm at the Copthorne Village Hall

The classic psychological thriller Gaslight was written 1938 (but set much earlier as Victorian). There are three main parts, the husband Mr Manningham, his wife Bella and the mysterious Sergeant Rough. There are also two shorter but very satisfying parts of Nancy the young maid and Elizabeth the older housekeeper. In addition, there are two police men.

For more information email jeremy@tafler.co.uk

The cast

Mr Manningham, about 45+, “He is tall, good-looking, about forty-five. He is heavily moustached and whiskered. He has a fine figure, and is perhaps a little too well-dressed. His manner is suave and authoritative, with a touch of mystery and bitterness.” Outwardly kind but authoritarian. Think Rob in the Archers…

Mrs Manningham , about 30, “She has been good-looking, almost a beauty — but now she has a haggard, wan, frightened air, with rings under her eyes, which tell of sleepless nights and worse.” Loves her husband but fears him or perhaps fears his disapprobation; her mother died in the madhouse and she dreads the same fate will befall her.

Rough, around 60 (could be younger), “He is greying, short, wiry, active, brusque, friendly overbearing. He completely dominates the scene from his entrance” Ex detective sergeant, very much bound up with his own agenda, an obsessive

Elizabeth, any age, the cook and housekeeper, “She is a stout, amiable, subservient woman of about fifty”. Likes Mrs Manningham but a bit in awe of her husband. Does not seek to get involved but cannot avoid it.

Nancy, about 19. “She is a self-conscious, pretty, cheeky girl”. She is impudent to Mrs Manningham and has no time for her. Rather fancies Mr Manningham.

Policemen, non-speaking. These are called upon to tie Mr Manningham up.

Outline schedule

Wednesday 23rd May Auditions

Monday 25th July Blocking rehearsal

Wednesday 27th July Blocking rehearsal

August JT working with individuals/pairs at mutually agreeable times, polishing lines and getting to know the characters

September Monday/Wednesday rehearsals, often not with all the cast

October Monday/Wednesday rehearsals, including three Sundays (including technical)

Sunday 23rd October Technical

Monday 24th October Dress rehearsal

Wednesday 26th October Run through (Morgan)

Thursday to Saturday Performances 27-29 October

We are always looking for people who are interested in working backstage, set/prop building, costuming, front-of-house volunteers or making the tea for rehearsal breaks.

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Copthorne Players Open Evening 18th May 2016

We are excited to announce that

Copthorne Players will be having an

Open Evening

on Wednesday 18th May, 8pm at the Copthorne Village Hall

Come along to find out more about the following productions from their directors and to register your interest in taking part:

There will be some optional dancing and singing to introduce one of the numbers Jacquie will be putting together for the upcoming Cabaret show.  Please wear suitable clothing and shoes if you would like to take part in the dancing.

For more information email Nicki or call on the number shown below.


October production ‘Gas Light’ auditions announced

Jeremy Tafler will be directing this mystery/thriller by Patrick Hamilton at the Copthorne Village Hall 27th-29th October 2o17.

Auditions will be held at the Copthorne Village Hall on May 23rd, with a Open/Launch Evening on May 18th.

For more information visit the Gas Light page

Copthorne Players present ‘Aladdin’

Copthorne Players will bring the pantomime, Aladdin, to the Copthorne Village Hall from the 28th to the 31st January 2016.

Tickets are available via the link at the bottom of the post


Thursday 28th January 2016 at 7.30pm

Friday 29th January 2016 at 7.30pm

Saturday 30th January 2016 at 1.30pm and 6.30pm

Sunday 31st January 2016 at 2.30pm

Keep up to date with the production on our Facebook page or on Twitter @CopthornePlayer

Aladdin poster A4 & A5

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Billy Liar Tickets Selling Fast – Book now!

Keith Waterhouse’s Billy Liar opens on Thursday 29th October at the Copthorne Village Hall for three nights, and then (in a first for The Players) moves to The Studio at The Capitol, Horsham for two performances on Friday 6th and Saturday 7th November.

Directed by Chris Dale and performed by a vibrant, talented cast it is a Copthorne Players production not to be missed.

Copthorne Village Hall:  Thursday 29th October: SOLD OUT to book for Friday 30th and Saturday 31st CLICK HERE

The Capitol Studio, Horsham:  Friday 6th November and Saturday 5th November (not many tickets remaining!):  CLICK HERE

For cast info CLICK HERE