Founded in 1976, The Hampstead Players
are one of north London's most highly regarded amateur theatre
companies. In November each year, the beautiful Parish Church
of St. John-at-Hampstead is transformed into a theatre, where
the plays presented have, in many cases, some relevance to
the Christian message.
Past productions include Murder in
the Cathedral (1990), Measure For Measure (1996), Racing Demon
(1997), Lewis Carroll's Alice (1998), The Crucible (2001)
and a specially-written adaptation of The Mystery Plays (2004).
Each summer since 2001, the group
has staged a Shakespeare production, which, after performances
in Hampstead, has also toured to the Lot Valley, southwest
France. Hamlet, Macbeth, Richard III, A Midsummer Night's
Dream, Shakespeare's Kings and most recently Julius Caesar
have been highly praised for their ingenuity and accessibility
on both sides of the Channel.
In April 2002, the Hampstead Players
Youth Theatre (HPYT) was formed for 11-18 year olds. Their
acclaimed first production, Dreams of Anne Frank, was followed
in November 2002 by a hugely successful collaboration with
the adult company, when a cast of forty performed Lionel Bart's
Throughout the year, the Friends of
the Drama run a full programme of other events, including
studio productions, play and poetry readings, workshops, anthologies
and parties. In 2006 we celebrate the 30th Anniversary of
the Hampstead Players.
In order to mark this occasion, we
have programmed an exciting series of events and productions
to take place throughout the year.
The Friends of the Drama make an annual
donation to Hampstead Parish Church.