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 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 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.