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Circle Players News

1934 - 2024 Circle Players celebrates 90 years!

To celebrate its 90th birthday, The Circle Players invite you to experience a year of theatre from an award winning local team - one of the longest established non-professional groups in the country.  Enjoy three distinctly different productions in February, June and October; see "What's On" page for details of forthcoming productions.

Tickets are affordable with complimentary refreshments (excluding ice creams) and shows are held in the heart of Aldridge with great access, parking and bus links. 

June 2022

Our fabulous set for J.B.Priestley's "When We Are Married".  The transformation from empty stage to painted box set all happens in one day, with the addition of "dressing", furniture and props during our last couple of rehearsals.  A lot of very hard work but worth it, and just another part of the team work that goes into bringing one of our productions to life!


February 2022
The Circle Players are thrilled to have had such amazing support and great  attendances at their first produc
tion in 2 years - a huge thank you to all of our supporters for coming along to watch Dad's Army..... It's great to be back!

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Coronavirus Update

September 06, 2020

**** UPDATE September 2020 ****

Provisional dates for next production – 9th to 12th June 2021.

Whilst we are very keen to get back on stage, the safety and well-being of our audience and group members are obviously top priority. Recognising that the situation may change either locally or nationally, it is our current hope to bring you the postponed “Ladies in Lavender” on the above dates. This will, of course, be subject to Aldridge Youth Theatre being allowed to open and everyone following whatever guidelines are in place.  Further news and updates will be posted both here and on Facebook when we have them.

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Winner of Best Drama

April 14, 2018

We were thrilled to win the NODA award for Best Drama in our region in 2018, with our production of Day of Reckoning.  We loved performing as comical characters from a quiet village church committee.

Director's Podcast

January 25, 2018

Check out this Five Minutes in Heaven with a Criminologist podcast by the Centre for Applied Criminology featuring our very own Circle Player, Sophie Rowe, discussing her directorial debut.

Quizmas Champions

December 09, 2017

In December The Circle Players stepped away from the lights of the stage and put their heads together, winning the Walsall Lord Mayor's Christmas Quiz!  

Knitting For Oxfam

November 27, 2017

During a recent Production of Pam Valentine’s Day of Reckoning by The Circle Players at Aldridge Youth Theatre, one of the characters spent half the play knitting a blanket “for the third world”.  However, when the play ended, Margaret Jeffcoat continued knitting, and last Saturday (November 25 2017) part of the cast and the crew presented the completed blanket to Maria Nash (centre), manager of the Oxfam shop in Aldridge.

Book Donation

May 31, 2017

In the Summer of 2017 The Circle Players donated three books to Leamore Primary School, Bloxwich, for their special selection of  '100 Books To Read Before You Leave Y6'.  We were given the opportunity to place an insert inside the front cover of our chosen books with a message to the pupils who choose to read those particular books.  Head teacher, Michelle Hill, was delighted with our donation and thanked Circle Players on behalf of the children at the school.  The titles of the books we donated are The Borrowers, The Fantastic Flying Books and The Girl of Ink and Stars.

Best Drama NODA Nomination

June 29, 2016

As members of NODA, we were once again honoured to be nominated for Best Drama in 2016 in our district of the West Midlands Region. Unfortunately, we got "pipped at the post" and didn't win this time but had a great time at the Awards ceremony regardless!

Marjorie Amos 1933 - 2016 ​ ​ ​ ​ ​

April 06, 2016

It is with deep sadness that we have to inform you that our dear friend and President of The Circle Players, Marjorie Amos, died on 28 May 2016.  Marji had been a member of the group since joining as a junior member in 1947 and became Life President in 1988, taking over that position from one of our founders, Mrs Connie Webb. Over the years she left twice, firstly to live in Wales and then in France for a while, but on each return settled comfortably back into The Circle Players. As one of our most talented actresses, audiences saw Marji on stage  up until the 1990s. Many of the group have grown up under the nurturing eye of Marji and feel privileged to have acted on stage with her. She will be very sadly missed.

NODA Award Winning Performance

April 09, 2014

Following our previous nominations, we were delighted to actually win the NODA award for Best Drama in our region in 2014, with our production of Oh What A Lovely War.  This felt like a very appropriate and heart-warming end to our 80th anniversary celebrations.

NODA Award Nomination

January 01, 2014

The Circle Players production of Veronica's Room was nominated for a NODA (National Operatic and Dramatic Association) award early in 2014. This dark and atmospheric play featured Beth Howell, Jean Kerby, Clive Barlow and Thom Handley, and was directed by Helen Gilfoyle in February 2013. We didn't win on this occasion but were delighted to have been nominated again.

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