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Rick Farmer - a message from the Chairman

It is with great sadness and a sense of shock that I have to inform you that Rick FARMER passed away during the early hours of Saturday morning. When he failed to turn up for work, his flat was visited where he was found dead in bed.

As a stalwart member of Hurst Players, Rick was well known. Although he could play a range of roles, from Shakespeare to farce, he will perhaps be best remembered for his easy rapport with audiences in his pantomime dame characters. Lately he has been supporting our director, Jill HEWER, in the September production of Habeas Corpus in which he was due to play Mr Shanks.

Steve Somers, Hurst Players Chairman


Frank Titford, together with Rick's son, is organising a wake for Rick, in Hassocks, and needs to know how many people will be attending. They will let you know the place and time as soon as the details are finalised. They have requested no flowers. Instead, constributions in Rick's memory can be made to the British Heart Foundation, either directly or via Bowley Funeral Directors in Hassocks. To help with arrangements, if you will be attending, please contact Alan Needham and let him know as soon as possible, but by July 6th at the latest. Alan can be contacted by email, at or by phone, on 01273 960883.

Audience Feedback

If you have seen one of our recent performances, you may have noticed a new addition to the Hurst Players experience. In an effort to engage more with our audiences and respond to their comments and suggestions, the Players have begun handing out audience feedback forms at our shows. These take the format of a series of 1-5 ratings on various aspects of the show (quality of performance, friendliness of staff, etc.) and an open comments section.

Audience feedback for the whole of 2017 has now been collected and processed - click here to view the summarised ratings, and here to see the latest audience comments. All in all, we think it paints a very positive picture of the quality of events at The Players Theatre in the year just gone. We believe the planned renovations will take care of the vast majority of areas where our audiences felt we had room for improvement - which, as you can see, are predominantly related to the building infrastructure itself. This highlights, more than ever, the importance in embarking on this project to revitalise our theatre - which is keeping us all very excited. Watch this space!

Players Theatre Renovation Plans

There are currently plans in motion to undertake certain restoration work on the theatre building, in order to allow us to keep producing high-calibre theatre for our patrons. For those interested in finding out more about this venture, a proposal of the intended works can be downloaded by clicking here. A provisional budget can also be found here.

We are currently in the process of raising the necessary funds to undertake this project. In addition to applying for financial grants, we are also seeking donations. Anyone wishing to help can do so by clicking the button below. We are extremely grateful to everyone who has already donated and helped us realise this dream.


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