The Crouch End Players are celebrating their 10th anniversary. This amateur theatre group started small in September 2008, when some friends got together and decided to put on a panto. But from humble beginnings the group has gone from strength to strength, successfully staging over 50 shows in and around Crouch End over the past ten years.

To mark their anniversary milestone, the Players are planning a more ambitious programme than ever - staging ten shows to mark ten years of entertaining Crouch End. The first offering is Would You Rather?, which tells the story of and how life and relationships sometimes end up in a certain way. You can catch the show for three nights only from Thursday 14 February, at the Great Northern Railway Tavern in Hornsey.

Following closely behind is A Soldier’s Song, a translation of a 17th century French comedy, being staged at the Moravian Church Hall on Priory Road, from March 27-30. A performance of the hilarious John Godber classic Bouncers is next up in May, and there are plans for five separate small scale shows as part of this year’s Crouch End Festival. In the autumn you can look forward to an ambitious staging of Timberlake Wertenbaker’s Our Country’s Good, a tale of redemption in an Australian penal colony. The 10th anniversary marathon will be rounded off where it all started - with a panto! Look out for Robin Hood in early 2020.

Ellie Jones, current Crouch End Players Chair, said: “It’s amazing to look back over everything the Players have done in the past 10 years and the ambition of the shows. Not just the size and quality, but the challenge to ourselves every time to do something new or different, whether it’s a panto, Shakespeare, new writing, or an outdoor show. We couldn’t do it without the support of a lot of different people in the community, providing materials and venues, selling tickets or coming to our shows. We want to make our 10th Anniversary a celebration of the Crouch End community that the Players feel an important part of, as well as everything the Players have and hope to achieve.”

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