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Please note change of dates!
It is with regret that we have been forced to postpone the opening of Rope until Tuesday 30 April due to cast illness.
This production will now run from Tuesday 30 April until Saturday 4 May. There will not be a performance on Wednesday 1 May but we have added a matinée at 14:30 on Saturday 4 May.
All tickets purchased by card for the original dates have now been refunded in full (tickets purchased for cash can be brought to the Theatre Box Office for exchange or refund).
We apologise for the inconvenience but felt that audiences would prefer to see a polished performance rather than one where an unrehearsed replacement has been 'helicoptered in' to walk the stage reading their lines from a script.
Your understanding is appreciated.
ROPE, by Patrick Hamilton
Tuesday 30 April until Saturday 4 May (except Wednesday 1 May). Doors 7:15pm, Curtain Up 8pm, plus 2.30pm and 8pm Saturday 4 May (only)
Two young undergraduates think they've committed the perfect murder. To add spice to their crime, they invite the victim's father and other guests to a macabre dinner party. Will they get away with it, or will one of the guests smell a rat?
Patrick Hamilton was a local boy - born in Hassocks, in 1904, before moving to Hove. Rope, his first play, was first published in 1929, and is still thrilling audiences 90 years later. Alfred Hitchcock released a film adaptation in 1948, which was notable for its extensive use of 'long takes'. Other works by Hamilton include Gas Light, and Hangover Square.
Tickets on general sale from Monday 8 April via the Hurst Players Online Box Office.
It has been apparent for a while now that the theatre building is in need of some significant maintenance and refurbishment work. The committee embarked on an exploratory discussion of this in 2015 and, following consultation with construction industry professionals, a proposed schedule of works was arrived at. This would involve a major overhaul of the auditorium area, including replacing the aging seating, revamping the LX & SFX systems, and removing the two columns which partially obstruct the view of the stage from the seats behind them. (The full proposal can be accessed on the "News" page).
On Thursday 13th October 2016, an EGM took place at the Players Theatre and a motion was put to a membership vote. This motion asked the membership whether they consented to the proposed works and the budget outlined. In an historic display of enthusiasm, the decision to pass the motion was unanimous by all those eligible to vote. As such, the motion has been adopted and the renovations will take place according to the schedule laid out. The committee are extremely grateful to all those who attended, took part in the discussion, and voted to permit the works to go ahead. This is an exciting opportunity to inject new vigour into the theatre and future-proof it for many decades to come.
The Players are now in the process of raising the necessary funds for this landmark 'building refreshment'. As such, we are now gratefully accepting donations to help us realise our dream. Clicking the button below will take you to our online donations page, where you can help us make this project a success! Any amount you are able to give will make a real difference to the future of quality theatre in Hurstpierpoint. Thank you.
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Hurst Players Committee
- Steve Somers - Chairman
- Jo Porter - Hon. Treasurer
- Marilyn Somers - Hon. Secretary
- Annette Squire
- Anne Hopper
- Jo Kearns
- Chrys Tarr
- Bob Sampson
- Mike Squire