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The Portchester Players' Hampshire Theatre Group

Born in the lounge bar of a smoky pub in the early 1960s, Hampshire theatre group the Portchester Players are celebrating more than 50 years in the business. Two of its founder members are still involved in the group today. The group is quite family orientated and there are one or two Players families who have produced third generation Players!

We have also had several members move into the professional world - both front and back stage - and we always keep an avuncular eye on their exploits. Until very recently, our home was the Portchester Community Centre but we have recently moved to the Ashcroft Arts Centre in Fareham.

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About The Portchester Players

Over the years, the group has tackled pretty much all forms of theatre, but we initially became well known for our Pantos and Music Halls. We now also enjoy putting on a wide range of plays and the occasional musical. Very active in Hampshire amateur theatre, the Players usually enter the annual Totton Drama festival, which is the first round of the All England Drama festival.

Whilst we have won at Totton several times, we had particularly successful years in 2004 and 2006 where, in both cases, we made it right through to the semi-finals in both cases and won a clutch of awards for Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress and Best Director. We are very proud to represent the best of amateur theatre in Hampshire.

The years roll by, people (and audiences!) come and go but we like to think that the Players will soldier on for at least another 50 years. If you have never seen a PP production - why not come along and see us soon?

If you would like to be on our mailing list then please drop us an email at so that we can always keep you informed. We welcome contact from you whether you are just interested in finding out more about amateur dramatics groups or actually want to join our Hampshire theatre group. Plays from our Hampshire theatre group are wide ranging and range from drama to comedy. We are sure that you will find an area that interests you.

Our Current Production

'Bakewell Bake Off', directed by Jacqueline Arnott
Take 7 eager contestants, 3 feuding judges, 1 bewildered host - mix together in a small village. Add the pressure of a baking competition and you have the perfect recipe for an hilarious musical comedy. The small English village of Bakewell is holding its annual baking competition and the eclectic and eccentric group of contestants are each hoping that their baking skills will impress the judges.

Come and join the folk of Bakewell for their annual bake off, where signature bakes combine with song and dance in a fantastic feast of fun.

Tickets available from the Ashcroft Arts Centre, or ring the Box Office on 01329 223100

Our Next Production

'Not About Heroes' by Stephen MacDonald. Directed by Jason Christopher.

A play about the unique friendship between celebrated WW1 poets Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon.

8th, 9th and 10th November 2018.

Latest News from The Portchester Players' Hampshire Theatre Group

Curtain Call Awards 2014
Graham Robertson received the award for "Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy" for his sensitive portrayal of the role of John in our prodiction of Calendar Girls.

We think this represents a real achievement, bearing in mind the number of Calendar Girls productions in the area in the same time period.

Well done Mr Robertson!


The Portchester Players Gallery

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amateur theatre group Fareham Hampshire

The Vicar of Dibley

amateur theatre group Fareham Hampshire

amateur theatre group Fareham Hampshire

Blithe Spirit

amateur theatre group Fareham Hampshire

amateur theatre group Fareham Hampshire

Stepping Out

amateur theatre group Fareham Hampshire

amateur theatre group Fareham Hampshire

Calendar Girls

amateur theatre group Fareham Hampshire

amateur theatre group Fareham Hampshire

Fantastic Mr Fox

Get Involved!

You can get involved with The Portchester Players Theatre Group in four different ways:

Being a full member allows the fullest participation in the company, including acting. We are always on the lookout for new members - particularly MEN. Entry to the group is by audition, which takes the form of:

If possible we like people to bring along a prepared song, but many people - especially if they're first-timers - just sing a well-known song like 'Happy Birthday'.

We provide the words and give you a short while to read it through before you perform it.

A very simple routine, designed to assess whether you have 2 (or more!) left feet.

We welcome all - from beginners to experienced actors and actresses. For beginners, the audition is designed to assess your potential rather than your current ability.

Allows you to do everything BUT act. Designed for people who want to help out backstage.

This might include:

  • Scenery construction / painting
  • Props
  • Sound
  • Lighting
  • Front of house / Box office
  • Wardrobe
  • Publicity

and so on...

We are always glad of additional back stage support - particularly set construction and wardrobe.

The Portchester Players' Previous Productions

1963: High Spirits

1964: On Monday Next

1965: This Happy Breed

1966: The Blue Goose, A Murder Has Been Arranged

1967: Up the Creek, The Browning Version, The Bodenham Romp, The Crucible

1968: Collapse of Stout Party, The Great Dark, Ding Dong Belle

1969: Dick Whittington, The Tricolor Suite, A Man About the House

1970: Aladdin, A Midsummer Night's Dream

1971: Robinson Crusoe, November Echo, This Desirable Cottage, The Ritual, The Italian Straw Hat

1972: Cinderella, Ballista, The Walrus and the Carpenter, Love on the Dole

1973: Jack and the Beanstalk, The Tempest, Goodnight Mrs Puffin

1974: Beauty and the Beast, Antigone, Old Time Music Hall

1975: Aladdin, Our Town, Old Time Music Hall

1976: The Wizard of Oz, The Roses of Eyam, Old Time Music Hall, The Recruiting Officer

1977: Dick Whittington, All In Good Time, Old Time Music Hall, The Lark

1978: Mother Goose, Under Milk Wood, Old Time Music Hall, Table Manners 1979: Humpty Dumpty, The Children's Hour, Old Time Music Hall, The Matchmaker

1980: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Separate Tables, The Not So Old Time Music Hall, The Ghost Train

1981: The Sleeping Beauty, Dry Rot, Old Time Music Hall, A Tomb With a View

1982: Cinderella, Not Now Darling, Old Time Music Hall, Larkrise to Candleford

1983: Robinson Crusoe, The Country Wife, Murder at the Vicarage, Follow the Star

1984: Outside Edge, Music Hall, Twenty One Not Out

1985: The Wizard of Oz, The Dresser, Oh What a Lovely War, When We Are Married

1986: Babes in the Wood, Cider With Rosie, Palace of Varieties, Harvey

1987: Alice in Blunderland, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Naughty Nineties, The Happiest Days of Your Life

1988: Aladdin, Billy Liar, Cowardy Custard, The Lady's Not For Burning

1989: Mother Goose, Sailor Beware, The Magic of the Music Hall, The Hired Man

1990: Make Me a World, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Good Old Days, Towards Zero, Deck the Halls

1991: Bouncers and Shakers, Jack the Ripper, Bedroom Farce

1992: Puss in Boots, The Sunshine Boys, The Fifteen Streets, Waters of the Moon

1993: Dick Whittington, Noises Off, The Matchgirls, Daisy Pulls it Off

1994: Jack and the Beanstalk, Present Laughter, Old Time Music Hall, Days of Hope

1995: Cinderella, The Passing-Out Parade, Cold Comfort Farm, The Accrington Pals

1996: Aladdin, There Goes the Bride, Godspell

1997: Robinson Crusoe, The Collection & Black Comedy, Music Hall, Table Manners

1998: Ali Baba & the Forty Thieves, Once a Catholic, Music and Lights, Blithe Spirit, Follow the Star

1999: One for the Road, Stepping Out, Holiday Snap

2000: King Arthur, Dancing at Lughnasa, Little Shop of Horrors, Barnaby and the old boys

2001: Robin Hood, Party Piece, Jack the Ripper, Silly Cow

2002: Sinbad the Sailor, Murder on the Nile, The Hired Man, Steel Magnolias

2003: Cinderella, Outside Edge, Gaslight and Garters, On Monday Next

2004: Puss in Boots, Neville's Island, Girlfriends, Blue Remembered Hills/The Donahue Sisters

2005: Dick Whittington, Lettice and Lovage, Billy the Musical, The Memory of Water

2006: Tommy Tucker, Abigail's Party, Bazaar and Rummage, Ira Levin's 'Deathtrap'

2007: Mother Goose, Five Kinds of Silence, Days of Hope, An Evening with Gary Lineker

2008: Aladdin, Girl's Night

2009: Cinderella, Glorious, Abandonment

2010: Fantastic Mr Fox, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, The Flint Street Nativity

2011: Humble Boy

2012: Calendar Girls

2013: Stepping Out

2014: The Vicar Of Dibley

2015: Blithe Spirit

Contact The Portchester Players' Hampshire Theatre Group

Membership Secretary: Nigel James

For more details about getting involved with the Portchester Players, whether on stage or backstage, contact Nigel James by email at

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