A Brief History
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St Peter's Church Hall
St Peter's Road
See our Venue Information page for details of the Church Hall.
Rehearsal venues vary, but are within the Chellaston/Shelton Lock area.
Chellaston Players is the operating name for Chellaston Players Ltd., which is a company limited by guarantee and is a not-for-profit organisation.
Chellaston Players was formed in 1975 after nine people from Chellaston responded to Edna Ford's advertisement for a new drama group. The group had no money, no props, no scenery, and limited experience but this didn't stop them!
Edna directed the first show, Beside the Seaside, which was performed for three nights at St. Peters Church Hall in 1976. About 300 people saw the first production, perhaps more out of curiosity than a real love of theatre, but gave Chellaston Players the start it needed. With a profit of £34, the small group set their eyes on the next show.
Only five years after the initial meeting in Edna's front room, Chellaston Players took Rattle of a Simple Man to the Derby Playhouse Studio Theatre. They performed shows at the Playhouse for nine years but always continued to perform for their home crowd back in Chellaston where a loyal and faithful band of supporters was ever growing.
There was no looking back. Pantomime was the answer to any financial problems that the Chellaston Players might have. They brought in good houses every night and everyone always went home with a smile! Chellaston Players continued to produce a pantomime every year, mostly written by Chellaston Players member, Mick Gaunt. For the first time in 1992, the original Aladdin was resurrected and taken to the Guildhall Theatre, Derby, a venue that was used annually up to 2011.
Due to the number of younger members involved in the pantomimes Chellaston Youth Players were formed in 2000. These talented young members performed full length musicals at the Guildhall and in Chellaston.
Since our humble beginnings, Chellaston Players have grown from strength to strength. A number of our members have received accolades and awards from the Derby Amateur Theatre Association and some have gone on to professional jobs, including one BAFTA winner in 2011!. We are always grounded and perform a number of shows each year primarily at our home in Chellaston.
We have now become a Company Limited by Guarantee, Chellaston Players Ltd. Chellaston Players will continue as the operating name for Chellaston Players Ltd. We continue to be a not-for-profit organisation.