Design - Daftmutt | Lavenham Players 2019

From the Beginning 

Our Previous shows 

Lavenham Players have been putting on shows and performing to and for the people of Lavenham since our first show in 2010. Here is a chronological list of all our shows from 2010 up to the present day. We are proud of all the productions we have brought to you our audiences over the years, we hope that you enjoyed watching them as much as we enjoyed performing them for you. 

Habeas Corpus

By Alan Bennett

October 29th 2010

The show that started it all off. Habeas Corpus or heavenly body, was performed in the Lavenham Village Hall in October 2010. It was the debut show for the Lavenham Players and also the first performance after a log hiatus for Jacqueline Clarke. Bennett starts out with a set of comic stereotypes, a lecherous GP, a celibate Canon, a flat chested spinster, a young hypochondriac and an arrogant colonialist. He then sets the puppets in motion by assuming they are all in the grip of some overriding physical obsession. The doctor by unassailable  lust, the spinster by the need for uplift and the celibate Canon by the loss of his virginity. Identities are mistaken, wires crossed and it is typical of Bennett’s method that a falsie fitter, fresh from a crash course in Leatherhead, should stumble upon the proceedings aiming all his prehensile fingers at all the wrong bosoms!

Blithe Spirit

By Noel Coward

November 25th 2011

Blithe Spirit was the second show to be put on in the Lavenham Village Hall. A Noel Coward classic and favourite.

Charles Condomine, a successful novelist, wishes to learn about the occult for a novel he is writing, and he arranges for an eccentric medium, Madame Arcati, to hold a séance at his house. At the séance, she inadvertently summons Charles's first wife, Elvira, who has been dead for seven years. Madame Arcati leaves after the séance, unaware that she has summoned Elvira. Only Charles can see or hear Elvira, and his second wife, Ruth, does not believe that Elvira exists until a floating vase is handed to her out of thin air. Elvira is louche and moody, in contrast to the more straight-laced Ruth. The ghostly Elvira makes continued, and increasingly desperate, efforts to disrupt Charles's current marriage. She finally sabotages his car in the hope of killing him so that he will join her in the spirit world, but it is Ruth rather than Charles who drives off and is killed.

The Admirable Crichton

By J.M. Barrie

April 27th 2012

The third Lavenham Players production, and the first in spring. J.M. Barrie's The Admirable Crichton was directed by Robert Crighton who came to Lavenham Players from The Quay (SDS) to direct for us.

Loam Hall is the household of Lord Loam, a British peer, Crichton being his butler. Loam considers the class divisions in British society to be artificial. He promotes his views during tea-parties where servants mingle with his aristocratic guests, to the embarrassment of all. Crichton particularly disapproves, considering the class system to be "the natural outcome of a civilised society".

Loam, his family and friends, and Crichton are shipwrecked on a deserted tropical island. The resourceful Crichton is the only one of the party with any practical knowledge, and he assumes, initially with reluctance, the position of leader. This role begins to change Crichton himself, and his social betters at first resist his growing influence, but later return, having to accept the food Crichton alone has been able to find and cook.

As time passes, Crichton has civilised the island with farming and house building and Lady Mary, Loam's daughter, falls in love with him and they plan to marry. However, a passing ship discovers them and Crichton resumes his status as butler.

Back at Loam Hall, the Loams and their friends are embarrassed by Crichton's presence and the suspicion that Lady Mary might have been unfaithful to Lord Brocklehurst, to whom she was formerly betrothed. Finally, to protect Lady Mary, Crichton announces his leaving service and the play ends with his and Lady Mary's regretful final parting.

Season's Greetings

By Alan Ayckbourn

December 28, 2012

The fourth production sees an ingenious set design and a play in three rooms. A comedy set over the festive period. The play begins on Christmas Eve. Harvey and Bernard argue over the violence shown in a film on TV while Neville and Eddie obsess over building remote controlled Christmas Tree lights; all the men largely ignoring their wives. Rachel becomes anxious over the late arrival of Clive, eventually leaving the house to look for him. When Clive arrives he meets Belinda and they swiftly develop a mutual attraction.

Throughout Christmas Day Clive grows closer to Belinda and more distant from Rachel. Finally around midnight, after a drunken game of snakes and ladders when Belinda and Clive believe everyone has gone to bed, they attempt to have sex in the sitting room but they are thwarted when they set off a toy drumming bear which rouses everyone else.

On Boxing Day, Bernard goes through the rehearsal of a dreadful puppet production of The Three Little Pigs. But after only two of the sixteen scenes, Harvey grabs the puppets and begins a fight, enraging Bernard.

On the 27th, Clive tries to sneak off first thing in the morning but Harvey shoots him, mistaking him for a looter. Bernard incompetently pronounces him dead. When Clive recovers, he is taken to hospital, leaving Neville and Belinda together, Neville having chosen to ignore what happened.

Much Ado About Nothing

By William Shakespeare

July 10, 2013

The Fifth production, but the first outside production for Lavenham Players. Set in the beautiful grounds of The Hall, which was generously offered as the venue by owners Anthony Faulkner and Kate Denton - Anthony himself, taking a part in the play. Much Ado About Nothing is a comedic play by William Shakespeare about misunderstandings, love and deception. Benedick, Claudio and Don Pedro arrive at Leonato's house in Messina. Beatrice and Benedick bicker with each other and Claudio, a soldier, falls in love with Leonato's daughter, Hero. Don John, who is Don Pedro's evil half-brother, tricks Claudio into believing that he has seen Hero being unfaithful.

Meanwhile, Don Pedro and others plot to bring Benedick and Beatrice together. Claudio accuses Hero of infidelity and refuses to marry her. Leonato is persuaded to pretend that she is dead.

Hero's innocence is proven and Claudio repents. He agrees to accept Antonio's daughter in marriage and she turns out to be Hero after all! The trick to make Benedick and Beatrice fall in love succeeds and he proposes to her at the end of the play.

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