Past productions and memories

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Past productions

A list of our past productions

Follow the links to photos in our gallery and more content.

2022 Caught in the net Around the World in 80 days
2020 Dick Whittington
2019 Mother Goose by Ben Crocker  Dad’s Army
2018 Cinderella Sudden Death at Thornbury Manor   The Titfield Thunderbolt
2017 Robinson Crusoe & The Pirates Our Man in Havana  Funny Money
2016 Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs  Gaslight  Dirty Dusting
2015 Beauty and the Beast  Radio Active  Vicar of Dibley
2014 Little Red Riding Hood  The 39 Steps  All My Sons 
2013 Old King Cole (click here for a short bio) Animal Farm   (click here for a short bio) Trivial Pursuits Murder Mystery, Robin Hood and his Merry Menace
2012  Ali Baba Cheshire Cats  Murder Mystery Evening – School reunion
2011 Puss in Boots   Coarse Acting 3   Razzle Dazzle
2010 Babes in the Wood Blithe Spirit         Do Your Thing!
2009   Aladdin    Radio Gaga Fawlty Towers
2008  Jack & The Beanstalk   Wife Begins At Forty
2007 Sleeping Beauty      Dad’s Army (click here  for a short bio)
2006 Cinderella  Steel Magnolias  Confusions
2005 Little Tommy Tucker  When We Are Married Edge of Darkness
2004 Arabian Nights  Noises Off
2003 Red Riding Hood Whose Life Is it Anyway  Disco Fever
2002 Robinson Crusoe  Anybody For Murder? Season’s Greetings
2001 Ali Baba    Coarse Acting Strikes Back     Juke Box Journey
2000 Sleeping Beauty The Weekend      ‘Allo, ‘Allo
1999 Sinbad The Sailor Ghost Train Kindly Keep it Covered
1998 Cinderella There Goes the Bride    Suddenly at Home
1997 Educating Rita   Visiting Hour Coarse Acting Show
1996 The Wizard of Oz Will You Still Love me in the Morning?     Beyond Reasonable Doubt
1995  Toad of Toad Hall  Outside Edge   Separate Tables
1994  Puss in Boots  Bedroom Farce Whose Life is It Anyway?
1993 Humpty Dumpty WestEnders  Thriller of the Year
1992 Jack and The Beanstalk  Blithe Spirit   Dangerous Corner
1991  Hickory Dickory Dock  Season’s Greetings  Time To Kill
1990 Babes in the Wood  Lloyd George Knew My Father   Flowering Cherry
1989 Aladdin   Confusions  Deathtrap
1988 Sinbad Ten Times Table Variety Show   House Guest
1987 Santa in Space    Middle-Aged Spread Flare Path
1986 Cinderella    Absent Friends
1985 Goldilocks End of the Pier Show Hay Fever
1984 Humpty Dumpty Loot   A Man For All Seasons
1983 Robinson Crusoe   Donkey’s Years      Roses of Eyam
1982 Old Mother Hubbard  Outside Edge Saturday, Sunday, Monday.
1981 Ali Baba  Bedful of Foreigners  Old Tyme Music Hall  Our Town
1980 Dick Whittington The Golden Pathway Annual     Old Tyme Music Hall  Dark of The Moon
1979 Toad of Toad Hall    Two and Two Makes Sex Romanoff and Juliet
1978 Encore Festival      The Anniversary    Animal farm
1977  Time and Time Again   Beauty and The Beast Arthur’s Friends 
1976 Was He Anyone?   Robin Hood
1975 Snow White and the Seven


Follow the links to the productions bio

Coming Next!


- Directed by John Sanders: “Around the World in 80 Days” A play by Laura Eason The fabulously wealthy Victorian gentleman Phileas Fogg wagers his life’s fortune that he can circumnavigate the globe in just eighty days. Along with his hapless valet Passepartout, he sets out on a dazzling escapade...Read More »

Caught in the Net Saturday 14th

Online ticket availability is now sold out.

There may be some availability on the door on the night in the event of cancellations/no shows etc.

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Our next production (at last!!!) Caught in the net by Ray Cooney

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At last after just over 2 years of being unable to tread the boards we’re back!

This play is a sequel to RUN FOR YOUR WIFE. We find John Smith eighteen years later, still happily married to his two unsuspecting wives. He now has a sixteen-year old son, Gavin, by Barbara...Read More »

Our upcoming Autumn production 'The Titfield Thunderbolt' A play by Philip Goulding. Based on the original Ealing comedy screenplay by T.E.B. Clarke.

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The branch line between Mallingford and Titfield is losing money and British Rail is intent on closing it down. In desperation the villagers exploit the 1947 Transport Act and decide to take charge and run it themselves with a train resurrected from a local museum! As well as convincing the...Read More »

Funny Money all done at Earls Colne... Now for The Empire!


Well that’s it for the first two performances of Funny Money   Thank you to our Earls Colne Audience! And now the set is moving to Halstead for next week’s performance at the Empire Theatre in Halstead. Tickets still available from their box office

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last couple of days to go before Funny Money Debut at Earls Colne!


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Two weeks to go until our Funny Money - This from the Halstead Gazette!

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Some rehearsal shots for Funny Money and a nice piece from the Gazette


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Funny Money! by Ray Cooney - Earls Colne Telephone bookings now available


Happy to let you all now that you can now book your tickets for Funny Money in Earls Colne by telephone and online

Call 07423 063007


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Funny Money - Earls Colne On line Box office open!


Rehearsals are in full swing for our October Production of Funny Money by Ray Cooney

Tickets are on sale now at the Halstead Empire Theatre  , and the online website ticket box office for Earls Colne is also now open, with the telephone Box office opening at the...Read More »

A few words about Our Man in Havana courtesy of the Halstead Gazette


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Farewell to Our Man in Havana


Well, farewell to Our Man in Havana. Hardest show I have ever done, at 3 totally different venues, more props, sound cues , lighting changes than most other productions I have ever seen. Fastest costume changes, most drinks consumed, and all done with humour and goodwill as exemplified...Read More »

The Cast and Crew of Our Man in Havana - Backstage at the Legion


Cosy quarters and a happy crew

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Our Man in Havana - First Night


‘Our Man in Havana’ first night sold out last night and a great show in Earls Colne! Just to tempt any that have yet to get their tickets for Halstead, here are a few pictures from dress rehearsal.Read More »

Our Man in Havana - Earls Colne Sold Out


We have sold 100 tickets at Earls Colne for Our Man in Havana and that is all we can fit in.

There are still some seats available for our performance at the Empire on 20th May though

Book online at

or CALL THEIR BOX OFFICE on 07778 025490
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Gaslight's NODA Best Play Nomination for 2016


Delighted to see we came in the top 3 !

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Publicity for Our Man in Havana

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Published in the Halstead Gazette today – 7/4/2017


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Halstead Gazette review of Robinson Crusoe & The Pirates


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Our next production - Our Man in Havana


To book at Earls Colne Click Here           To book at the Empire Theatre Click Here

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It's behind us!


Well, that’s another show over! Robinson Crusoe & the Pirates by Paul Reakes has been our most successful show to date, playing to over 1200 local residents, not including the 100+ at our charity preview/dress rehearsal. An excellent script, delivered by an excellent cast and supported by a great crew...Read More »

Successful Dress Rehearsal Robinson Crusoe and The Pirates


We had an amazing dress rehearsal for the show last night in front of an invited audience of Foster Carers and children from Essex and some residents of a local home for the elderly. Pictures in the gallery  Read More »

Award Nomination for Stane Street Players

Just found out that our May 2016 Production of ‘Gaslight’ has been nominated by NODA (National Operatic and Dramatic Association) District 11 in the Best Drama category.

just saying…that’s the kind of Group we are

see you at the Panto?

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Honourable mentions for SSP members in the Halstead Gazette's 'Pats on the Back' for 2016

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Well done to all

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A few rehearsal pictures from Robinson Crusoe & The Pirates


Not long now, and shaping up well!

Friday 20th January, 7.00 for 7.30pm
Saturday 21st January, 2.00 for 2.30pm & 7.00 for 7.30pm
Sunday 22nd January, 2.00 for 2.30pm
Saturday 28th January, 2.00 for 2.30pm & 7.00 for 7.30pm
All Tickets £9.00

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Stane Street Players 2017 Pantomime 'Robinson Crusoe and The Pirates' by Paul Reakes


Tickets on Sale now

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What they said about Dirty Dusting


The Halstead Gazette and the National Operatic and Dramatic Association came to see our last production and this is what they thought (NB NODA have referred to it in error as Dirty Dancing … a very different show!) and don’t be misled by the...
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Dirty Dusting Reviews

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Goodbye Dirty Dusting Bring on Robinson Crusoe and The Pirates


Dirty Dusting has been a very successful show, playing to sell out audiences in three venues, but now the show bows out (see the gallery for more pictures)


And the group moves on to its next project – our 2017 Pantomime ‘Robinson Crusoe and the Pirates’...Read More »

Tech rehearsal for Dirty Dusting at the Empire


Before  our final performance of this sell out show, a view from the Bridge

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Dirty Dusting Dress rehearsal


Dress Rehearsal all done and now just waiting for our first performance at Earls Colne Village Hall on Friday

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Dirty Dusting is almost upon us - but what is coming up next?

We now know our next three productions (subject to to licensing agreement) In January 2017 our popular pantomime returns with our production of Paul Reakes’  ‘Robinson Crusoe and The Pirates’

Our Spring production – dates and venues to be confirmed - will be ‘Our Man in Havana’ by Grahame...Read More »

Dirty Dusting in the Press

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All Tickets for Dirty Dusting at Earls Colne now sold

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Amazing with a month to go before curtain up!

There are still tickets available at the Halstead Empire Theatre for 8th October call their box office on 07778 025490

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Dirty Dusting


Theatre goers will be in for a treat this October when a smash hit show takes to the stage at Earls Colne Village Hall and the Halstead Empire.

After a sell-out tour in 2014, Dirty Dusting is making a return thanks to the Stane Street Players.

here to see the article

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Dirty Dusting - Box office opens 1st August

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Click on Box Office to order your tickets for Earls Colne, or Call our Hotline if you have special requirements

Tickets for Halstead from the Empire Theatre Box Office

All contact details are on the banner below

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Our Autumn Production - Dirty Dusting - is on it's way!

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After a sellout UK tour in 2014, the smash hit show Dirty Dusting returns to the stage this year and comes to Earls Colne and Halstead for one night each.

The play is brought to you by Stane Street Players – the same team that recently brought you ‘Gaslight’, ‘The Vicar...Read More »

Gaslight reviews

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NODA loved our production of Gaslight   The Halstead Gazette? not so much

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After a very successful production of Gaslight...coming soon...

Our autumn production will be the cheeky ‘Dirty Dusting’ and our Pantomime in January 2017 will be  a reprise of Robinson Crusoe and the Pirates

In spring 2017 we will produce a never before seen version of ‘Our Man in Havana’ Details of times, dates and venues to follow In the...Read More »

A Successful Dress rehearsal for Gaslight


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So proud...

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Gaslight pre performance article in the Halstead Gazette

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Thank you for your kind words – we loved doing it!!

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All Ready for Snow White!!


Dress Rehearsal all done! Here’s a few pictures from the gallery See you at the performances


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Another Accolade for Stane Street Players in their 40th year

Last year’s Stane Street Player’s Pantomime ‘Beauty & The Beast’ has been nominated by the National Operatic and Dramatic Society’s local region in the best pantomime category!! That means we’re in the top 3 at least.

 Well done to all involved and our 1000 strong audience too...Read More »

Snow White - some shots from the rehearsal


Good run through yesterday! and we got to try some of the costumes!! 

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A fitting end to our 40th Year


So pleased to get ‘Pat on the back’ from Pat Rudkins of the Halstead Gazette for the group and an individual one for Kim! Well done all

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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

so…. do you want to know details of our upcoming Pantomime???
It’s going to be Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs
It’s going to be very funny
It’s going to be great for all of the...Read More »

Halsted Gazette review of the Vicar of Dibley


Our closing entry for the Vicar of Dibley

A fitting review for a great show

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Goodbye Vicar of Dibley! Hello Snow White!!

Well, The Vicar of Dibley is behind us now! The set is down and packed away, the make up is off, the costumes and props are back in storage (or people’s homes and wardrobes) and we can take a well earned rest before we start read throughs and...Read More »

Vicar of Dibley

We are delighted, yet somehow sad, to announce that there are no more tickets available to buy on line for our production of the  Vicar of Dibley. There may be a limited number available from our telephone box office 07866 404715

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Vicar of Dibley says good bye to Halstead and Hello to Earls Colne

And so we bid farewell to the Empire and our production of Vicar of Dibley there as we up sticks and move the production to Earls Colne for next weekend.

(NB at the time of writing there are less than 30 tickets available for next Friday night)

Awesome first night! To all intents and purposes a sell out at the Empire tonight. 
Amazing show and perfect characterisations with barely a foot wrong! Still a (very) few tickets remaining for the next 2 performances! Well done cast and crew. If you saw...Read More »

Opening Night for Vicar of Dibley in Halstead is tonight!


After a very pleasing dress rehearsal we are ready to play to our – very nearly – sell out audiences in Halstead and Earls Colne.

There are a few tickets left for all perfromances except Saturday 10th

Details of how to get yours are on the flyer attached


In the meantime, if you’d...Read More »

Halstead Gazette Publicizes Vicar of Dibley


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Vicar of Dibley


With three weeks to go until we perform in Earls Colne we have SOLD OUT for Saturday 10th October performance.

There are still plenty left for Friday 9th and at the Empire for the 2nd/3rd October. Check our box office for availability

We hope we can give all of our...Read More »

Breaking news ....Panto 2016

Will be….

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs ….

For anyone interested in taking part there will be a read through on the 13th October at Earls Colne Baptist Church at 8.00 p.m. Auditions will be on the 15th for the adults and the 20th for...Read More »

Vicar of Dibley - 3 weeks to go!


Only 3 weeks to go and rehearsals are well under way – see the gallery for some pictures from the first rehearsal at the Theatre!  

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Ticket Sales underway for The Vicar of Dibley

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The box offices are now open and sales are underway for tickets to our performances of The Vicar of Dibley in October. The show is our main 40th anniversary production and we look forward to seeing all of our friends and supporters at the shows in Halstead and Earls Colne.

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40th anniversary reunion

The Group marked its’ 40 anniversary with a gathering at the Thatchers Arms in Bures on 27th June. The weather was perfect as was the venue.

It was wonderful to see around 60 of the invited guests, members and friends both past and...Read More »

Our new storage and workshop at the Empire!


First steps in replacing our old storage unit, readying the site for the new one and building the roof and gravel floor for our workshop…This is the first time in the history of...Read More »

Radio Active Reviews

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Reviews from NODA (National Operatic and Dramatic Association) and The Halstead Gazette for our last production


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Radio Active is behind us - bring on Vicar of Dibley!!


Radio Active exceeded all of our expectations, what a great show! and huge thanks to our audiences at all 3 venues






Coming next is our 40th Anniversary production of the Vicar of Dibley – reading on 26th May and auditions the following week – contact us if you’d like...Read More »

Radio Active Awesome First night!

We played to 100 people at the Empire last night! Audience cast and crew had a fantastic time! Tickets are selling fast for next Friday at Earls Colne Village hall – why not book a little ‘post election’ light relief for yourselves! Click on this link to book...Read More »

A sneaky peek

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Look what’s coming up in October…(Please note – box office is NOT yet open)

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Have you got your ticket yet?


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Radio Active - Box Office Now open!

Tickets for the Empire performance are available from the Empire – see their website for details

Tickets for the Earls Colne production via our own online box office


All tickets £9 only

Booking Details

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Radio Active


Stane Street Players present:

‘Radio Active’

An entertaining trio of Radio Plays performed with live sound effects
Including classic episodes of Galton & Simpsons Hancock’s Half Hour  ‘The Blood Donor’ and Steptoe and Son in ‘Oh what a beautiful Mourning’
As well as an Episode of Sherlock Holmes


Performances at both the Halstead Empire Theatre...Read More »

SSP 40th Anniversary Begins

Stane Street Players 40th Anniversary Begins!!!



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Beauty & The Beast review


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Coming Next....

After our Barnstorming Pantomime, Beauty & The Beast, Stane Street Players are delighted to announce their programme for our 40th anniversary year

May 2015

Radio Active – an evening of dramatised Radio Plays including versions of original scripts for Hancock’s Half Hour, Sherlock Holmes and Steptoe & Son

October 2015

The Vicar of Dibley...Read More »

Beauty & The Beast


What a show

Record breaking attendance and a fantastic show – watch this space for reviews

In the meantime take a look at all the pictures on the gallery


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Beauty & The Beast Dress Rehearsal Pictures


Really good Dress rehearsal last night…. and just heard that we have sold 984 tickets which is a record for the group!

See the pictures on the gallery


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Beauty & The Beast is nearly here

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It’s going to be a great show!

We’re all getting excited!!!!

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Stane Street Players in the News

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Two Pats on the back in the Halstead Gazette for SSP members  from Pat Rudkins to start 2015. Well Done all!

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SSP join Remembrance Sunday event in Earls Colne


The Group were pleased to be asked to participate in the event on 9th November  looking back at Earls Colne’s participation in WW1

See the Gallery for more details and Photographs

See our mention in the Halstead Gazette

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Beauty & the Beast

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Stane Street Players proudly present
A NEW PANTOMIME written by Ben Crocker

 Our panto at the Halstead Empire this year tells the traditional tale of Beauty and the prince turned into a Beast by the wickedly beautiful Malabelle,  needing the love...Read More »

And now the next production!

Thanks to all cast crew and audience for making the production of All My Sons such a success!

But now we move on to the next production – our pantomime ‘Beauty and The Beast’

We will be reading the script on Tuesday at the Baptist Church at 8 p.m. ready for auditions...Read More »

All My Sons Dress and tech rehearsal pictures now on gallery


See the photos from the production on the gallery

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No more tickets for 'All My Sons' now available on website

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Yes – we have sold all of the tickets which were allocated to our website

However as the show has been so popular we are going to try to squeeze a few more in

Please call our ticket hotline 07866404715 to check availability

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All My Sons - Sold Out For Friday

Well that’s a result! We are now fully sold out for Friday – One still available for Saturday though!

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All My Sons - Halstead Gazette Article


Lovely article in the Halstead Gazette about the group and featuring our upcoming production

Only very few tickets now available – go to our box office to get yours!

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Breaking news....

Our 2015 Pantomime will be Beauty & the Beast by Ben Crocker … more details to come!

see link to Ben’s site for a sneak preview

Reading and auditions provisionally 7th October at The Baptist Church in Earls Colne and 9th at Earls Colne Village Hall

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All My Sons - Tickets now available

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The box office for All My Sons is now open

Click on the box office  to buy tickets

Or call the hotline on 07866404715

We can now accept payments by Visa and Mastercard too!

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First Picture from All My Sons rehearsals


We had some costumes to try and a sunny evening so excellent opportunity to take a publicity photo for the local papers!

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All My Sons Artwork complete

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Tickets on sale soon!

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39 Steps - Excellent 1st night at the Empire!

SSP performed ‘The 39 Steps’ to a great audience of nearly 100 people at the Empire Theatre in Halstead  last night – very well received – laughter and applause flowed throughout the evening!

Tickets are sold out for the performance at the British legion tonight!

Don’t forget to get your tickets for...Read More »

39 Steps - Photos from dress rehearsal now available

See the photos from our successful dress rehearsal at the Empire Theatre on the gallery

and more comments in the Halstead Gazette!

Don’t forget to buy your ticket!

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Halstead Gazette features upcoming Stane Street production of The 39 steps

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click here to read the article

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Coming Soon 'Little Red Riding Hood'

at the Empire Theatre, Halstead – January 2014

Friday 24th doors open 7.oo p.m. ,

Saturday 25th 2.00 p.m. and 6.00 p.m.

Sunday 26th January  2.00 p.m.

All tickets £8        Box office: 07778 025490

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Coming Soon - 5th October - Murder Mystery - 'Robin Hood and his Merry Menace'

By: Steve Clarke, David Lovesy & Dave Picworth

At Earls Colne Village Hall on Saturday 5th October Tickets £10:00 to include a glass of wine and a light supper Doors open 7.00 p.m for 7.30 start

Tickets from the Box office hotline 07866 404715

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Trivial Pursuits - a Comedy by Frank Vickery

Stane Street Players are pleased to announce their next production

Trivial Pursuits – a Comedy by Frank Vickery

‘A summer evening’s  barbecue is the setting for a meeting of the Trealaw and District Operatic Society. Next season’s play is being announced but Nick, the society’s business manager, has promised a different...Read More »


As the strains of Greensleeves, played by John Chillingworth, resounded beautifully around the historic Lamarsh church and the 7 narrators cleared their throats to start their readings, the world was plunged into blackness -no power. As the temperature dropped, the cast, carrying stools and music stands and cello joined the...Read More »

Old King Cole in the Halstead Gazette

Halstead: Busy weekend for pantomime performers

Check out some words and pictures in the Halstead Gazette!

click here to tell us about your favourite bit


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SSP Presents - Old King Cole!!

The Stane Street Players performed Old King Cole for the 2013 annual panto at the Empire Theater at the weekend falling at the end of January. 

The group donated a share of any profits to Macmillan Nurses. Jackie Parish chose this...Read More »

Dad's Army

A popular favourite – our first play produced in both the Empire Theatre Halstead and Earls Colne Village Hall

The following went out in the programme:-

When, as a group, we decided to do a production of Dad’s Army, I was delighted, because for me, it was a way of paying homage...Read More »

Way back when...



The Stane Street Players originally formed in Marks Tey and first performed Snow White and the Seven Big Dwarves in the local parish Hall where they performed for.



Here we performed 12 pantomines and other plays including old favourites such as Toad of Toad Hall.




The 13th...Read More »