Lynden Players has a long and varied catalogue of past productions stretching back for 45 years. For many of those years the Spring show was a musical, usually with a large cast, lavish costumes and show-stopping staging. In May 2005, audiences marvelled as it rained on stage during the iconic ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ song and dance number. In the following years, audiences were transported to tropical islands (South Pacific, 2007); to dark corners of Victorian London (Jekyll & Hyde, 2009) and even to outer space (Return to the Forbidden Planet, 2008) complete with an on-stage rock band.
In 2011, the village hall turned into occupied France with - and I’ll say this only once - the hilarious comedy ‘Allo ‘Allo. A talented young cast brought us back up to date with contemporary musical Our House (2013) followed by cult classic Little Shop of Horrors in 2014. The man-eating plants were designed and built in house by our fantastic creative team. After the show, audience members queued up to be eaten by Audrey II. The variety of Spring shows continued as Lynden Players took on classical comedy (A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 2015) new drama (Drinking with Angelika, 2017) and satire (The Mouse that Roared, 2019).
The December production is typically a pantomime, but there have been exceptions, most notably Great Expectations (2010) and Oliver (2018). What the Dickens...?
It’s no surprise that our supper shows are popular. As well as a great evening of entertainment, the catering teams are, quite frankly, magnificent. Audience favourites include Bouncers (2010) and Fawlty Towers (2015). The Importance of Being Earnest (2017) was suitably accompanied with afternoon tea and Ladies’ Day (2019) audiences enjoyed a Royal Ascot atmosphere with Pimms and strawberries. Home-made pies were served alongside The Trench (2014), a poignant tribute to those that served in the Great War.
The society continues to challenge itself. In 2019, Lynden Players produced four shows: two plays, a panto and a one act play which was also entered into a drama festival. There are equally big plans ahead.
Details of our past productions can be found here. Some of our favourites are featured on our blog.