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Nov 2015 Production : Business Affairs

Business Affairs

by John Chapman & Jeremy Lloyd

Thursday 19th November – Saturday 21st November 2015

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To smooth the impending sale of their failing haluage business to a pair of European businessmen, Stanley and Norman arrange to complete the deal in a suite at a smart London hotel. At the request of the new buyers, Kurt and Sven, they even arrange for the services of two “sophisticated ladies of the night” to help the new owners celebrate once the deal is completed. But Kurt and Sven had other ideas and intend to knock down the agreed price at the last minute.

All appears to be going to plan until Norman and Stanley’s wives Hilda and Rose arrive unexpectedly at the hotel to wish them luck. Things are then thrown into chaos when the escort girls suddenly cancel, and Kurt and Sven mistake Hilda and Rose at the evening’s “entertainment”.

With the sale of the business at stake, the wives decide to play along – much to the consternation of their husbands – so when the real escort girls arrive due to a change in circumstances, pandemonium ensues and an ever-spiralling series of deceptions and lies keeps everyone on their toes.



More Sylvia’s Wedding : Photos

Check out more photos below from our production of Sylvia’s Wedding  in May 2015.

Photos courtesy of our own Dave Roberts

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Sylvia’s Wedding : Photos

Check out the photos below from our production of Sylvia’s Wedding  in May 2015.

Photos courtesy of Laura Greasley

 “A very funny play with plenty of irony and some classic comedy lines. The writing of Jimmie Chinn highlights his talent for observational humour which was well presented through this talented cast.”

Read Kev Castle’s review here

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Murder for the Asking: Photos

Check out the photos below from our production of Murder for the Asking, which went down a treat with the audience. Here’s what one of them had to say about it:

“Written by Derek Benfield, this is one of the best murder mysteries I’ve seen since the Thriller Season by Tabs Productions at the Nottingham Theatre Royal, and the cast of The Beeston Players ramp up the tension on this stylish thriller…”

Read the full review by Kev Castle on his blog.

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November 2014: Murder for the Asking

Murder for the Asking

by Derek Benfield

Thursday 27th November – Saturday 29th November 2014

Beeston Players present Murder for the Asking by Derek Benfield Performing 27th-29th November 2014
A play in three acts.

The play is set at the home of Henry and Doris Scrubb. Henry has been unemployed for several months and is becoming increasingly concerned about how they will manage financially. To the end he answers an intriguing advertisement in the news paper. When James Franklin arrives a set of events are triggered, with further characters emerging. The drama twists and turns to it’s ultimate climax.

Performing from Thursday 27th November to Saturday 29th November at Roundhill School, Foster Avenue, Beeston NG9 1AE.

Please Note: Due to disruption from the tram works, access to Foster Avenue is currently from Wollaton Road.

Doors open: 7.00pm

Performance begins: 7.30pm

There will be an interval of 15 minutes, during which time tea & coffee will be served, and the bar will be open.

Book now to get preferential seating!



Henry Scrubb – Mitch Robbins
Dora Scrubb – Laura Webster
Janet Gregory – Noreen Boyle
James Franklyn – Ian Greatorex
Detective Sgt Thatcher – Alison Williams
Fred Pender – Kai Robbins
Rita Franklyn – Abbie Maddison

Director – Barbara Barton
Assistant Director & Prompt – Mark Robbins
Producer – Nicola Adkin
Stage Manger – Nina Tunnicliff
Lighting Designer – Fiona Maxwell
Props – Jane Braithwaite
Set Design & Publicity – Sam Williams


About the Writer

Derek Benfield, writer of Murder for the AskingDerek Benfield (1926-2009) successfully combined the career of a character actor with that of a prolific boulevard playwright. Most familiar from appearances on television in The Brothers (1972-76) and Hetty Wainthropp Investigates (1996-98), the diminutive, balding and often moustachioed Benfield frequently played fathers and members of what used to be called “the lower orders”. As a writer, Benfield specialised in farce, most notable for authoring plays such as The Post Horn Gallop, Wild Goose Chase and of course, Murder for the Asking.


2015: The year you join us?

Get Involved with Beeston Players

Have you ever thought that you’d like to have a go yourself, either on stage or backstage? We would love for you to come and join us!

But… I’ve never acted before!

Don’t worry, we won’t throw you in at the deep end! We welcome people of all abilities and experience. There are frequently smaller roles which you can start off in, and as you get more and more confident, you can opt for the larger roles. It’s entirely up to you!

But plays aren’t just about the acting. There are always lots of other important roles including direction, production, set design, sound & lighting, prompting, front of house etc…


What does a typical meeting look like?Christ-Church Chilwell

We meet regularly on Monday evenings, from 7.30-9.30 (except during the summer), so this would be a good opportunity to come and meet us and find out more. You will usually find us reading through different scripts, looking to get ideas of future plays for the group to perform.

In the run up to a production, those involved will be rehearsing, leaving a smaller reading group, so you will certainly get a chance to take part. We usually break for about a half hour to have coffee and biscuits and catch up with one another.

Monday meetings take place at Christ-Church Chilwell (get directions). The entrance is on College Road, and we meet in the room at the top of the stairs.

Do I have to pay?

There is an annual membership fee of £20, but we’ll only ask you to pay if you want to commit to joining us, so please feel free to come along for several weeks before deciding. Also, we ask members to contribute £1 per week to cover tea/coffee and biscuits.

If you’re interested in coming along to a meeting, please get in contact with us.


Plaza Suite Photos

Photos from our November performance:

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November 2013: Plaza Suite

Plaza Suite

by Neil Simon

Wednesday 20th November – Saturday 23rd November 2013

Beeston Players present Plaza Suite by Neil Simon

Three couples plus one hotel suite add up to laughs galore in Neil Simon’s Plaza Suite, a hilarious and perceptive glimpse into love, marriage and contentment.

Visitor From Mamaroneck: Sam and Karen Nash are revisiting their honeymoon suite in an attempt by Karen to bring the love back into their marriage. However, when Sam’s secretary – Jean MacCormack – turns up, it looks as if there may be more than just Sam’s work standing in the way.

Visitor from Hollywood: Movie Producer Jesse Kiplinger has arranged to meet up with his old flame, housewife and mother Murial Tate. Awed by his success in Hollywood, Muriel habours regrets about what could have been while a jaded Jesse has almost forgotten what it is to be normal.

Visitor from Forest Hills: Mimsey Hubley has got cold feet on the day of her wedding, and has locked herself in the bathroom. As the clock is ticking, her parents – Roy and Norma – have to resort to more and more frantic attempts to cajole her out.

Set in Suite 719 of New York’s famous Plaza Hotel, these three couples in three self-contained scenes, struggle to work their way through life and love.
Performing from Wednesday 20th November to Saturday 23rd November at Roundhill School, Foster Avenue, Beeston NG9 1AE.


Neil SimonNeil Simon (1927-) is an American playwright, noted for his ability to blend comedy into the deep and complex issues of everyday people.  He is the author of over 50 plays and movie screenplays, including ‘The Odd Couple’ and ‘Plaza Suite’. During his career, he was nomiated for 17 Tony Awards, winning 4 of them and won the Pulitzer Prize.



May 2013: Bedroom Farce

Bedroom Farce

by Alan Ayckbourn

Wednesday 15th May – Saturday 18th May 2013

 Alan Ayckbourn's 'Bedroom Farce'

Ernest and Delia are about to celebrate their wedding anniversary.

Malcolm and Kate are preparing a house-warming party.

Nick and Jan have been invited to the party, but Nick has hurt his back.

All three couples have their nights totally turned upside down by the marital problems of Trevor (son of Ernest and Delia) and his wife Susannah. The three bedrooms simultaneously have action flowing in and out from one to another during this hectic night.

Performing “in the round” from Wednesday 15th May to Saturday 18th May at Roundhill School, Foster Avenue, Beeston NG9 1AE.


The Big Killing Photos

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Peter Ashbury used to live on the edge of life in his racing days. Now, forced into retirement by his team after several crashes too many, he is bored of life and broke, having gambled away all his wife (Mary)’s money. So when Charles Barcher drunkenly agrees a bet of £25,000 to knock off his own wife – Liz – it’s just too good an opportunity to miss.

The game is on – now all he has to do is get away with it.

Abusing Mary’s misplaced loyalty towards him, Peter’s careful planning immediately has Inspector Fowler and Sergeant Bassett’s suspicions directed her way, much to the distress of her admirer – Gavin Cole. However, there’s a problem: Charles won’t pay the bet and threatens to go to the police.

Time for plan B.

As the case against Mary falls through, Peter now casts suspicion onto Charles. Enlisting the help of Gavin, the pair plot to deal out their own justice on the ‘murderer’. But Gavin has his doubts. Is murder too desperate a remedy, and can he really be sure that Charles is guilty?

A gripping climax follows, and only as the curtain comes down do we discover if Peter emerges home and dry, or if he’s all washed up!