We’re proud of our 50 year history, and here is a list of previous productions spanning those years. 



19th – 23rd July Everyman (Dan Segeth)

7th – 11th June Bouncing Back (Ian Holding-Sutton)

26th – 30th April Yes, Prime Minister (Catherine Kenton, Jenny Ormrod)

8th – 12th March Nuclear War (Richard Dawes, Laura Hill)

1st – 5th February The Wind in the Willows (Chelmsford Drama Centre)


1st – 4th & 8th – 11th December It’s A Wonderful Life! (Caroline Froy, Iain Holding-Sutton)

19th – 23rd October A Wrong Turn Down Memory Lane (John Mabey)

31st August – 4th September Ladies Down Under (Christine Davidson)



10th – 14th March Constellations (Ria Milton)

6th  – 9th January Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (Chelmsford Drama Centre)



11 – 14th & 18 – 21st December  The Flint Street Nativity (Rachel Curren & Stephanie Yorke-Edwards)

12th – 16th November  The House of Barnada Alba (Richard Dawes)

2nd – 6th July  Lilies on the Land (Mark Preston)

4th – 8th June  Sexual Perversity in Chicago (John Mabey)

30th April – 4th May  The Bible: The Complete Word of God (Abridged) (Sally Ransom with Keith Newman)

2nd – 6th April  The Gut Girls (Leanne Young with Iain Holding-Sutton)

27th February – 9th March  One Man, Two Guvnors   (Tom Tull)


4th December – 15th December  A Christmas Carol  (Iain Holding-Sutton with Corrine Woodgate)

30th October – 3rd November   The Pride  (Ria Milton with Rachel Curren)

2nd – 6th October  A Bunch Of Amateurs (Rob Whitfield with Kat Tokley)

10th – 14th July  Wish List (Ria Milton)

5th – 9th June   Ladies’ Day (Christine Davidson)

25th – 28th April & 2nd – 5th May  Terry Pratchett’s The Fifth Elephant (Mark Preston)

20th – 24th March  Bothered & Bewildered (Sally Ransom)

13th – 17th February  Mad Forest (Tom Tull)


10th – 13th January   I’ll Be Back Before Midnight (Jacob Burtenshaw)

5th – 16th December  The Merry Wives Of Windsor (Peter Jeary)

31st October – 4th November  The House Of Dracula (Ian Holding-Sutton)

5th – 7th October  Animal Farm: A Dramatised Reading (Rob Whitfield)

25th – 29th July  Casa Valentina (Rebecca Segeth)

20th – 24th June  Handbagged  (Lynne Foster)

16th – 20th May  One Day When We Were Young (Ria Milton)

5th – 15th April  Harvey (Jade Flack)

28th February – 4th March   4:48 Psychosis (Richard Dawes)

24th – 28th January   Love, Loss And What I Wore (Sally Ransom)


7th – 10th & 14th 17th December 2016   Gaslight (Christine Davidson)

1st – 5th November 2016   The Unvarnished Truth (Caroline Froy)

27th September – 1st October 2016   The Unexpected Guest (Ian Holding-Sutton)

2nd – 6th August 2016   Mr Kolpert (Richard Dawes)

28th June – 2nd July 2016   The Compleat Female Stage Beauty (Christine Davidson)

24th – 28th May 2016   Birdland (Ian Willingham and Danny Segeth)

19th – 23rd April 2016   Sarcophagus (Dave Hawkes)

9th – 12th & 16th – 19th March 2016   Mort (Lynne Foster)

26th – 30th January 2016   The Vagina Monologues (Sally Ransom)


9th – 12th and 16th – 19th December Sweeney Todd – The Musical (Catherine Bailey)

27th – 31st October  The Turn of the Screw (Jacob Burtenshaw)

15th – 19th September The Ghost Train (Iain Sutton-Holding)

28th July – 1st August Midsummer (Lynne Foster)

23rd – 27th June Stags and Hens (Iain and Steve Sutton-Holding)

26th – 30th May  Earthquakes in London (Danny Segeth)

15th – 18th & 22nd – 25th April Wyrd Sisters (Mark Preston)

2nd – 7th March And Then There Were None (Joe Kennedy & Alex Houlton)

20th – 24th January No Sex Please, We’re British (John Mabey)


9th – 13th and 16th – 20th December 2014   Blackadder’s Christmas Carol (Dean Hempstead)

28th October – 1st November 2014   The Haunting of Hill House (Jake Burtenshaw)

16th – 20th September 2014   The Birds (Mike Nower)

29th July – 2nd August 2014   Suddenly Last Summer (Kelly McGibney)

7th, 13th – 14th June 2014   Out There (Danny Segeth)

14th – 17th & 21st – 24th May 2014   Blood Brothers – The Play (Christine Davidson)

8th – 12th April 2014   Dirty Butterfly (Jake Burtenshaw)

4th – 8th March 2014   Hello/Goodbye (Mike & Sara Nower)

28th January – 1st February 2014   My Night with Reg (John Mabey)


16th – 20th December 2013   Happy Savages (Emma Moriaty)

6th – 9th & 13th – 16th November 2013   Hamlet (Lynne & Mick Foster)

4th & 5th October 2013 Beneath Still Waters (Katherine Hempstead) Co-production with Mad Apple Collective at the High Chelmer Shopping Centre

24th – 28th September 2013   Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?  (Joe Kennedy)

30th July – 3rd August 2013    Holding The Man (Tonio Ellis)

25th – 29th June 2013    Frost/Nixon (Mark Preston)

21st – 25th May 2013    Shakers (Joe Kennedy)

17th – 20th & 24 – 27th April 2013  The Complete Works of William Shakespeare – Abridged (Emma Moriaty)

13 – 16th March 2013   Blackbird (Mike and Sara Nower)

29th Jan – 1st February 2013    The Insanity of Mary Girard (Kelly McGibney)


18th – 22nd December 2012    The Odd Couple  (James Christie)

7th – 11th & 14th – 18th November 2012     Blackadder Goes Forth

(Dean Hempstead & Ben Fraser)

26th-29th Sept, 3rd-6th Oct 2012    Anne Boleyn (Christine Davidson)

24th-28th July 2012                 The Laramie Project (Kelly McGibney)

13th-16th, 20th-23rd June2012     Macbeth (Lynne and Mick Foster)

25th -28th Ap, 2nd – 5thMay 2012     Bouncers (Jenny Almond & Catherine


13th -17th March 2012              Oedipus the King (Dean & Kat Hempstead)

7th -11th February 2012           Man and Boy(Mike Nower)


13th-17th December 2011        My Cousin Rachel (Christine Davidson)

15th-19th November 2011        Jekyll and Hyde (Debbie Miles)

27th-30th Sept, 1st 0ct. 2011     The Government Inspector (Danny Segeth)

26th-30th July, 4th-6th Aug 2011   Closer (Joe Kennedy)

16th-18th, 22nd-25th June 2011  She Stoops to Conquer (Christine Davidson)

5th-7th, 11th-14th May 2011       Travesties  (Peter & Lois Jeary)

15th-19th March 2011              Blackadder the Third  (Dean Hempstead)

1st-5th February 2011              Out in the Garden  (Lynne Foster)


14th-18th December 2010        The Lion in Winter (Mike Nower)

2nd-6th November 2010           The Arsonists (Danny Segeth)

23rd-25th, 28th-31st September, The Picture of Dorian Gray (Joe

1st-2nd October 2010               Kennedy)

22nd-24th July 2010                 The Dog In The Manger (Christine Davidson)

15th-19th June 2010                Scarborough/Ae Fond Kiss (Lynne Foster)

18th-20th May 2010                 World’s End (Sara Nower)

8th-19th, 14th-17th April 2010   Steel Magnolias (Catherine Kenton & Jenny Almond)

24th-27th Feb, 3rd-6th Mar 2010    Romeo & Juliet (Beth Walters)

20th-23rd January 2010           Shirley Valentine (Steve Holding)


9th-12th, 15th-19th Dec 2009      The Importance Of Being Earnest (Mark Preston)

21st-24th, 28th-31st Nov 2009    Dracula (Danny Segeth & Dean Hempstead)

9th-11th September 2009                  Relatively Speaking (Mike Nower)

21st-25th July 2009                  Breaking The Code (Mike & Sara Nower)

18th-20th, 25th-27th June 2009  Marat/Sade (John Hunt)

19th-23rd May 2009                 Boom Bang-A-Bang (Joe Kennedy)

21st-25th April 2009                A Taste Of Honey (Vince Webb)

11th-14th,  18th-21st Mar 2009     Blackadder II (Dean Hempstead)

24th– 29th January 2009          Gormenghast (Mark Preston)


10th-13th, 17th-20th Dec 2008   Kind Hearts& Coronets (Christine Davidson)

9th-11th, 15th-18th Oct 2008      The Glass Menagerie (Raynor Hendon-Bragg)

22nd-26th July 2008                 Silly Cow (Vince Webb)

24th-28th June 2008               The Last Days of Don Juan (Alison Woollard)

20th-24th May 2008                 Art (Christine Davidson)

24th-26thApril, 1st-3rd May       Teechers (Catherine Kenton and Jenny

2008                                      Almond)

18th-22nd March 2008              The Deep Blue Sea (Nick Gulvin)

12th-16th February 2008          The Maids (Keith Hiscox)


18th-22nd December 2007        The Exorcism (Mike & Sara Nower)

20th-24th November 2007        The Canterville Ghost (Danny Segeth)

10th-13th October 2007            An Inspector Calls (Joe Kennedy)

18th-21st, 25th-28th July 2007   A Streetcar Named Desire (Steve Holding)

22nd-26th May 2007                 The Dice House (Mike & Sara Nower)

18th-21st, 25th-28th April 2007  Terry Prachett’s Carpe Jugulum (Mark Preston)

6th-10th March 2007                Oleanna (Keith Hiscox)

30th-31st Jan, 1st-3rd Feb 2007 Betrayal (Nick Gulvin)


19th-23rd December 2006        Look No Hans (Vince Webb)

7th-11th November 2006          Someone who’ll Watch Over Me (Lynne Foster)

10th-14th October 2006            Blithe Spirit (Mike Nower)

13th-15th, 19th-22nd July 2006   The Crucible (Joe Kennedy)

8th-10th, 15th-18th June 2006    The Shape of Things (Mike and Sara Nower)

4th-6th, 10th-13th May 2006       Abigail’s Party (Catherine Kenton,  Jenny Almond &Steve Holding

25th-25th, 30th-31st Mar 2006    Duet for One (Mike Nower)

9th-11th, 15th-18th Feb 2006      Loot (Steve Holding & Gary Ball)


20th-23rd, 27th-31st Dec 2005    Terry Pratchett’s Maskerade (Mark Preston)

10th-12th, 16th-19th Nov 2005    An Experiment With An Airpump (John Hunt)

29th -30th July 2005                Our War (Owen Jones & Jo Cope)

28th-30th June, 1st -2nd July     Amadeus (Steve Holding)

31st May, 1st -4th June, 2005     Abducting Diana (Matthew Fish)

3rd-7th May 2005                     Decadence (Chris Piper)

29th March-April 2nd 2005       The Winslow Boy (Jo Cope)

1st-5th March 2005                  The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists (Dave Hawkes)

20th-22nd, 27th-29thJan 2005       Commedia dell ‘Arte (Simon Ratcliffe)


25th-27th November 2004        Mixed Messages – CTW Youth Theatre(Peter Jeary)

26th-30th October 2004            An Evening with Gary Lineker (Debbie Miles)

30th Sept – 2nd October 2004   Animal Farm [a dramatic reading](Rob Whitfield)

24th-25th September 2004       John Paul’s Last Mission (Greg Whitehead, with Mark Bland & Harry Carr)

17th-21st August 2004              CTW Festival Youth Theatre            ?                                                    Summer Confusions / Songs and Plays

Blokes’ Bits – a take on Shakespeare (Jo Butler & Sophie Cater)

??                                          Sherlock Holmes Night. Soireé? (Roger Johnson)?

20th-25th July 2004                  Children of a Lesser God (Dave Hawkes)

22nd-26th June 2004                Further than the Furthest Thing (Mark Preston)

25th –29th May 2004                 East (Chris Piper)

27th April-1st May 2004           Much Ado about Nothing (Jo Cope)

9th-13th March 2004                 Educating Rita (Steve Holding and Debbie Miles)

11th-14th February 2004          Not About Heroes (Sophie Cater)

1st-3rdJan 2004                       The Hobbit (Greg Whitehead)


26th-27th Dec, 30th Dec,              The Hobbit (Greg Whitehead)

16th-20th, 23rd-24th Dec 2003

11th –15th November 2003        Secret Bridesmaids’ Business (Simon Ratcliffe)

14th-18thOctober 2003             Under Milk Wood (Ivor Jeavons)

19th –23rd, 29th-30th                                    Pride and Prejudice (Jane Hunt &

August 2003                          Lindsay Lloyd.  Also at Hylands House.)

15th –19th July 2003                 Mash (Peter Jeary)

17th-21st June 2003                  Popcorn (Steve Holding & Rob Whitfield)

13th-17th May 2003                 The Golden Fleece (Jane Hunt)

15th-19th April 2003                 Bazaar and Rummage (Greg Whitehead)

18th-22nd March 2003              Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime (Mark Preston)

18th-22nd February 2003                  Richard III (Sophie Cater)

2nd-4th January 2003,             Charley’s Aunt (Allison Tibbatts & Jane Hunt)


19th-21st , 26th-28th Dec 2002    Charley’s Aunt (Allison Tibbatts & Jane Hunt)

12th-16th November 2002        Absent Friends (Andrew Winmill)

22nd-26th October 2002           A Few Good Men (Duncan Cramphorn)

16th-20th July 2002                 The Life of Death (John Hunt)

18th-22nd June 2002                The School for Scandal (Jim Crozier)

21st-25th May 2002                  Brimstone and Treacle (Steve Holding & Neil Bateman)

23rd-27th April 2002                Beautiful Thing (Becky Ashton)

26th-30th  March 2002              King Lear (Greg Whitehead)

19th-23rd February 2002          Picasso at The Lapin Agile (Allison Tibbatts & Peter Jeary)


18th-22nd, 26th-29th                   The Magical Land of Green Ginger

December 2001                      (John Richardson)

21st-24th November 2001         To Kill a Mockingbird [CTW Youth Theatre] (Greg Whitehead)

23rd-27thOctober 2001            Nunsense (Jane Hunt)

27th-29th September 2001       Talking Heads (Jackie Horne)

10th-14th July 2001                 The Love of A Nightingale (Greg Whitehead)

22nd-26th May 2001                 Journey’s End (Jim Crozier)

24th-28th April 2001                Moll Flanders (John & Jane Hunt)

27th-31st March 2001              Of Mice and Men (David Madams)

27th-28th Feb, 1st-3rdMar. 2001    Torch Song Trilogy (Jane Hunt)

23rd-27th January 2001           The Winter’s Tale (Martin Final)


12th-16th December 2000        Stags and Hens (Duncan Cramphorn)

8th-11th November 2000          The Crucible [CTW Youth Theatre]Greg Whitehead)

5th-14th October 2000             CTW Festival

5th-7th                          Victor (Derek Scales)

12th-14th                       At Last The Day (John Hunt)

12th-14th                       Sunrise (Steve Holding)

18th-22nd July 2000                 One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (Steve Holding & Duncan Cramphorn)

21st-24th June 2000                 Blue Remembered Hills (Jo Butler)

16th-20th, 23rd-27th May 2000    Terry Pratchett’s Lords and Ladies (Mark Preston)

11th-15th April 2000                The Elephant Man (Sophie Cater)

15th-18th March 2000              Summer Day’s Dream (Ben Tuff)

16th-19th February 2000          Spirit of Man Trilogy (Chris Piper)


14th-18th, 21st-24th Dec. 1999   A Christmas Carol (Jane Hunt)

17th-20th November 1999        Accidental Death of an Anarchist (Greg Whitehead)

21st-23rd October 1999            Effie (Laurie Keen)

22nd-25th September 1999       The Insurance Man (Peter Jeary)

31st July 1999                        An Evening with Thomas Hardy, soirée (Sylvia Hardy)

16th-17th, 21st-24th July 1999  Moll Flanders (John & Jane Hunt)

23rd-26th June 1999                Juno and the Paycock (Mark Hammond)

19th-22nd May 1999                 The Rainmaker (Derek Scales)

21st-24th April 1999                Steel Magnolias (Jo Butler & Becky Ashton)

24th-27th March 1999              Greek (Sophie Cater)

23rd-27th Feb 1999                           The Merchant of Venice (Matthew                                                               Rowe)


26th Dec 1998-2nd Jan 1999     Terry Pratchett’s Men at Arms (Mark Preston)

22nd-23rd Dec 1998                 Terry Pratchett’s Men at Arms

11th-14th November 1998         Death and The Maiden (Chris Piper)

22nd-24th October 1998            Winners and Losers (Shelia Lauder)

23rd-26th September 1998        Equus (Steve Holding)

1st August 1998                      An Evening With Noel Coward, soirée (Jackie Horne)

14th-18th July 1998                 The Threepenny Opera (Chris Piper)

17th-20th June 1998                A Month of Sundays (Derek Scales)

20th-23rd May 1998                 Cider with Rosie (Jane & Rick Smith)

22nd-25th April 1998                A Chekov Trilogy: the Bear; The Proposal; The Anniversary (Sophie Cater & Sian Perrot)

26th-28th March 1998              Talking to Nancy (Jane Hunt??) / A Spot of R and R (Mark Preston)

24th-28th February 1998          Macbeth (Alison Woollard)


16-20, 26-27 Dec 1997            Cabaret (Jackie Horne)

6 December 1997                   In The Bleak Midwinter, soirée (Alison Woollard)

30th October – 1st Nov 1997    An Evening with Dracula (Roger Johnson)

22nd-25th October 1997            Bouncers (Jane Hunt & Neil Tollfree)

25th-27th September 1997       Friends and Family (Mick Morris)

16th-19th July 1997                  Building Blocks (Ken Rolf)

28th- 31st May 1997                  Antigone (Matthew Rowe)

22nd-26th April 1997                Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Steve Holding)

19th-22nd March 1997              Prin (Derek Scales)

25th Feb. -1st March 1997        Romeo and Juliet (Jackie Horne)

24th-25th January 1997           An Evening with Oscar Wilde (Jannie  Ireland)


10th-14th, 17th– 21st  Dec. 1996    Nicholas Nickleby (Lisa Kendal & John Pile?)

8th November 1996                 War War,  soirée (Derek Scales)      

23rd-26th October 1996           As Is (Peter Fowler)

19th-21st September 1996        An Evening with Jane Austen, soirée (Jackie Horne)

16th-20th  July 1996                 Little Shop of Horrors ( John & Jane Hunt)

18th-22nd June 1996                No Big Deal (Jackie Horne)

8th-11th May 1996                   Dancing at Lughnasa (Peter Redman)

27th-30th March 1996              84 Charing Cross Road (Ken Rolf)

20th-24th February 1996          Twelfth Night (Jackie Horne & Alison Woollard)

24th-27th January 1996           Trick of the Mind (Peter Fowler?/Sue Windos?)

2nd-6th January 1996              Terry Pratchett’s Interesting Times (Tim Hatcher & Gill McCutcheon)


19th-23rd, 26th-30th Dec. 1995   Terry Pratchett’s Interesting Times (Tim Hatcher & Gill McCutcheon)

22nd-25th November 1995        Schippel The Plumber (Derek Scales. Musical Director: Margaret Rolf))

24th-28th October 1995            Pygmalion (Sophie Cater)

29th-30th September 1995       Pleasure and Repentance (Jackie Horne.  Festival venues)

22nd-26th August 1995            Trafford Tanzi(Glen Barnwell)

12th-15th July 1995                 The House of Bernada Alba (Helen Raine)

20th-24th June 1995                 Tom Jones (Alison Woollard)

10th-13th May 1995                 Waiting for Godot (Sophie Cater)

28th March-1st April 1995       Julius Caesar (Jackie Horne)

21st-25th February 1995          Whose Life Is It Anyway? (Jane & John Hunt?)

24th-28th January 1995           Beyond Reasonable Doubt (Ron Ibbotson)


13th-17th, 28th-31st Dec 1994    Terry Pratchett’s Wyrd Sisters (Tim Hatcher)

16th –19th November 1994        Shadowlands (Ken Rolf)

18th-22nd October 1994           Look Back In Anger (Peter Redman)

7th-10th September 1994                  Below The Belt (Sophie Cater)

27th-30th July 1994                 Trafford Tanzi(Glen Barnwell)

11th-14th May 1994                 Nice Dorothy (Jackie Horne)

4th-5th, 7th May 1994               Waiting for Godot (Jackie Horne & Sophie Cater)

22nd-26th February 1994         The Tempest (Alasdair Duncan)


8th-10th December 1993          Can’t Stand Up For Falling Down (Helen Raine)

3rd-6th November 1993          Night Must Fall (Joe Morris)

23rd-26th June 1993                A Woman of No Importance

7th-10th April 1993                  The Passion Play (Neil Arbon)

28th-30th January 1993           Top Girls (Jackie Horne)


10th-11th December 1992        The Hamelin Incident

21st-24th October 1992            Our Town (Helen Raine)

18th-20th June 1992                The Happy Apple (Karen Boggan or David Madams?)

May 1992                               Evening of Poetry

25th-28th March 1992              Hard Times (Alison Woollard)


27th-30th November 1991        Our Country’s Good (Alison Woollard? Mick Morris)

?? September 1991               Rockafella [Youth production](Terry ??)

25th-28th September 1991       Bent (Helen Raine)

26th-29th June 1991                Much Ado About Nothing (Jackie Horne. )

24th-27th April 1991                Up ‘n’ Under (Neil Arbon)

20th-23rd March 1991              Woman In Mind (Patricia Lee)


19th-22nd December 1990        A Christmas Carol [CTW Youth Theatre]

17th-20th October 1990            Loot (Rita Ronn)

18th-21st July 1990                           Epsom Downs (Helen Raine)

?? May 1990                         A Proper Little Nooryeff (Neil Arbon & Helen Raine??)

14th-17th February 1990          A Family Affair (David Madams?? Trish Stevens??)


29th-30th November & 1st-2nd Daisy Pulls It Off (Alison Woollard and

December 1989                             Veronica Dodson)

18th-21st October 1989            Time and the Conways (David Madams)

15th-16th September 1989       Skirmishes & September in the Rain (Veronica Dodson & Alison Woollard)

4th-8th July 1989                     The Dark of the Moon (Jackie Horne)

19th-21st April 1989                Middle Age Spread (Sheila Lauder)

17th-21st January 1989            Entertaining Strangers (Neil Arbon)


9th-10th December 1988          Out For the Count & Perfection City

[CTW Youth Theatre]

9th-12th November 1988          Death of a Salesman (Helen Raine)

14th-15th October 1988            Shakers

6th-9th July 1988                     Agnes of God (Ken Rolf)

27th-30th April 1988                An Inspector Calls (Patricia Lee)

5th-9th January 1988               The Hired Man (Neil Arbon)


10th-12th December 1987        The Winter’s Tale [CTW Youth Theatre]

4th-7th November 1987            Kean (Alison Woollard)

1st-4th July 1987                     A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Peter Greene)

29th-30th Ap &1st-2nd May1987   Pack Of Lies (Margaret Simmonds)

23rd-28th February 1987          Candleford (Neil Arbon)


12th-13th December 1986        Christmas Stuffing: poetry, prose, music (Rita Ronn)

26th –  29th November 1986       Amadeus (Ken Rolf)

24th –  27th September 1986      The Glass Menagerie (David Madams)

14th  – 19th July 1986                 Lark Rise (Neil Arbon)

7th – 10th May 1986                  Ghosts (Mike Phillips)

19th-22nd February 1986                  Present Laughter (Jane Valentine)


13th – 16th November 1985       The Deep Blue Sea (Patricia Lee)

21st September 1985              London: poetry, prose, music(Rita Ronn)

n.b. Old Court closed for building work during part of 1985, re-opening on 21.9.85.


22nd -24th November 1984       The Accrington Pals (Margaret Simmonds.  Cramphorn Theatre)

15th – 19th October 1984         Came Christianity to an Eastern Shore (Eddie McKay)

4th -7th July 1984                    She Stoops to Conquer (Rita Ronn)

25th -28th April 1984               The Making of Moo (Alan Wood)

29th Febrary-3rd March 1984   All Over (Martin Walsh)

4th -7th January 1984                Habeus Corpus (Bob George)


19th-22nd October 1983             A Voyage Round My Father (Karen


29th June- 2nd July 1983                  What the Butler Saw (Sheila Lauder)

20th – 23rd April 1983             A Doll’s House (David Madams)

23rd-26th February 1983          Close the Coalhouse Door (Bob


1st  January 1983                   Alice Through the Looking Glass (John Petre)


29th- 31st Dec. 1982                 Alice Through the Looking Glass (John Petre)

20th-23rd October 1982              Rose (Margaret Simmonds)

June/July1982                       Abigail’s Party [2 nights for members and guests](Mike Phillips)

30th June-3rd July 1982                   Saint Joan (Mick Morris)

22nd April 1982                      Whateverisit (??. Junior Festival)

22nd April 1982                      The Sea-King’s Daughter (Cyril Crooke. Junior Festival)

14th-17th April 1982  or May?  Doctor Faustus (Diane Watson)

April 1982??                          All Over (Martin Walsh)

24th-27th February 1982           The Sea (Rita Ronn)

1st-2nd January 1982               The Tale of the Red Dragon [CTW and CTW Youth Theatre] (Karen Boggan & Mag Phillips)


30th- 31st December 1981         The Tale of the Red Dragon [CTW & CTW Youth Theatre] (Karen Boggan & Mag Phillips)

18th-21st November 1981          The Heiress (Philip Linney)

1st – 3rd  October 1981              Arsenic and Old Lace [CTW Youth Theatre](Tony Winn)

1st –4th July 1981 or 83?           The Diary of Anne Frank (Margaret Simmonds)

7th May 1981                          The Generation Gap: poetry, prose, music (Rita Ronn)

27th April 1981                       The Glass Menagerie (David Madams?)

23rd –  25th  April 1981               Our Town, Junior Theatre Workshop.(David Madams)

15th, 16th, 18th April 1981        Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (Stephen Tucker)

11th – 14th February 1981         Forget-Me-Not Lane (Karen Boggan)

1st – 3rd January 1981              Keep Smilin’ Thro’ (Eddie McKay)


13th-15th November 1980        The Devil in Summer

13th-15th November 1980        The Browning Version

22nd-25th October 1980           Marching Song (Mike Phillips)

9th-12th July 1980                   The Importance of Being Earnest (Philip Linney)

7th-10th May 1980                   The Good Soldier Schweik (David Madams)

9th-12th April 1980                  The Caucasian Chalk Circle [CTW Youth Theatre] (Tony Winn)

27th-28th February 1980          The Family Dance (Margaret Simmonds)


28th-29th December 1979        Music Hall Evening (Eddie Mckay)

Was this the first production at The Old Court??

27th-30th Nov. & 1st Dec. 1979          King Lear (Guy Wilson & Stephen Tucker, Sillett Barn)

26th-29th September 1979       Relatively Speaking

4th-7th July 1979                     Charley’s Aunt (Eddie McKay. Civic)

18th May 1979                        Little Brother Little Sister [Junior Theatre Workshop] (Tony Winn.  Sillett Barn.)

25th-28thApril 1979                 Uncle Vanya (David Madams. Sillett Barn)

17th-18th January 1979           The Thwarting of Baron Bolligrew (Stephen Tucker. Sillett Barn)


16th-17th December1978         The Journey of the Magi [Junior Theatre Workshop](Eddie McKay)

9th-11th November 1978          Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Mike Phillips.  Sillett Barn)

25th-27th May 1978                 A Bequest to the Nation (David Middleditch.  Civic Theatre)

13th-15th April & 11th-12th       Crippen and Other ‘Orrible Murders

August 1978                          (Eddie McKay. Sillett Barn & Edinburgh Festival)


17th – 19th November 1977      J.B. (Mike Phillips. Sillett Barn)

21st – 22nd October 1977         The Hollow Crown (Guy Wilson.  Sillett Barn)

22nd – 23rd July 1977              Mystery Plays (David Middleditch. Chelmsford Cathedral grounds and All Saints’ Church grounds, Writtle),

26th – 28th May 1977               Billy Liar (Wendy Walder. Civic Theatre)

27th – 30th April 1977              The Threepenny Opera [Festival production] (Eddie McKay. Civic Theatre)

20th – 22nd April 1977             The Royal Hunt of the Sun [Festival production](Jackie Horne. Civic Theatre.)

3-5th March 1977                    Home (David Middleditch. Sillett Barn)

26th February 1977                      CTW-Chelmsford Weekly News Poetry Competition(Sillett Barn)


11th December 1976                    After Magritte (Sheila Lauder) /Dead Letter (Diana George.  Sillett Barn)

18th – 20th November 1976      The Devil’s Disciple (Mike Phillips, Sillett Barn)

22nd-23rd October 1976              Liberty Bell – American Poetry and Music(Guy Wilson.  Sillett Barn)

9th-10th July 1976                   Love, Cherish and Obey (Janet Mileham.  Sillett Barn)

2nd – 3rd July 1976                  Midsummer Mummers [Cathedral Folk Festival: drama & dance](Jackie Horne. Grounds of Guy Harlings.)

13th – 15th May 1976                Hobson’s Choice (Eddie Mckay. Civic Theatre)

11th – 13th March 1976             Rashomon (Mike Phillips. Rainsford


10th January 1976                  Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs (?)

30thDec. 1975 & 1st January   Happy Days / A Land Fit for


Heroes [Poetry & song](David Middleditch, Sillett Barn)


13th-15th November 1975        Lysistrata (Mick Morris)

11th October 1975                           The Doomsday Show (Peter McKay) &

The Private Ear (Derek Scales)

10th-12th July 1975                 Twelfth Night [Festival production](Murray MacLaren. Civic Theatre)

25th – 26th June 1975              Elizabethan Tapestry [poetry and song] (Jo Moorby/Spencer.  Music: David Middleditch. Sillett Barn)

13th-14th June 1975                Shakespeare’s Women (David Madams; compiled by Eddie McKay. Sillett Barn)

30th April, 1st May 1975          Poor Kids [Junior Theatre Workshop](Eddie Mckay.Rainsford School)

8th March 1975                       Murder in the Cathedral (Thaxted Church)

26th-27th Feb, 1st Mar. 1975     Murder in the Cathedral (Jackie

Horne, Chelmsford Cathedral – commissioned by the Bishop of Chelmsford)

January 1975                         Little Red Riding Hood (Eddie McKay)


December 1974                      Little Red Riding Hood (Eddie McKay)

December 1974                      Poetry in a Pub

5th-7th Dec. 1974                     A Day in the Death of Joe Egg (Alan Wood)

19th October 1974                  The Room & Dock Brief (Mick Morris?? Sillett Barn)

11th-13th July, 1974                Vivat! Vivat Regina! (Eddie McKay. Civic Theatre)

3rd-4th May 1974                     Mother Courage [Festival production]

(Ron Smith & Patricia Lee.Civic Theatre)

30th March 1974                     The New Tenant (Cyril Bagshaw) &

A Resounding Tinkle (Jan Mileham. Sillett Barn)

February 1974                       Lady Audley’s Secret (Diana George. YMCA Hall)


1st-3rd November 1973            The Seagull (David Madams)

5th – 7th July 1973                           Loot (Murray MacLaren)

1973                                      The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (Eddie McKay. Civic Theatre)

17th-19th April 1973                Passion Play, written by Jackie Horne. (Jackie Horne, Cathedral.)

Sleeping Beauty (Des Brashaw)

13th -14th December 1973        The Insect Play [Junior Theatre Workshop](Eddie McKay, née Edwina Peek.)


1972                                      The Killing of Sister George

6th-8th July 1972                     Alfie (Eddie McKay  née Edwina Peek. Civic Theatre )

1972                                      A Midsummer Night’s Dream [Festival production](Jackie Horne. Civic Theatre.)

1972                                      A Christmas Carol (Eddie McKay, née Peek. Great Baddow School)


21st-23rd October1971             The Rape of the Belt (Tom Johnson. Great Baddow School)

27th-29th May 1971                 Under Milk Wood (Jackie Horne. Great Baddow School)

1971                                      The Fire Raisers (Peter Hughes)

1971                                      The Magic Feather (Gwyneth Southgate. Great Baddow School)


1970                                      Village Wooing (Alan Wood. Great Baddow School)

1970                                      Miss Julie (Peter Hughes)

Trojan Women &

A Phoenix Too Frequent (Jo Moorby. Great Baddow School)

Tom Jones (Tom Johnson)

14th January 1970                           Poetry & Jazz


1969                                      The Anniversary (Peter Hughes. Great Baddow School)


Venues: In the very early days, CTW hired various  halls for their productions, with the exception of the Spring/Festival production which was performed at the Civic Theatre.  Early in the 1970s, CTW gained the use of The Sillet Barn, in the grounds of Brooklands, Broomfield.  This was variously known as ‘The Barn’, ‘The Sillett Barn’, and ‘Brooklands Barn’. In 1979, CTW bought the former Springfield church hall, re-christening it ‘The Old Court’ where we have performed ever since.

In addition, in the 70s and 80s, a number of touring productions occurred:  ‘themed’ evenings of music, dramatic extracts, songs and poetry which visited various villages; the Festival Poetry productions at the Three Cups and a venue in Little Baddow; and, later, the ‘soirées’.

One Comment on “History

  1. I was very involved with CTW in the early days. I have a collection of press cuttings for the shows I was in, but they are buried in a suitcase so I can’t check them right now. . I had leading roles in The Magic Feather, (my daughters were also in it), The Seagull, Under Milk Wood, and Alfie. I was an extra in Midsummer Night’s Dream. I also produced at least one Poetry in a Pub event. I moved to Bristol in 1974, and lost touch with most of my CTW friends. I did meet up with Peter Brown a few years ago, when he was in a production of Twelfth Night at Bristol Old Vic.
    Maureen Armstrong (formerly Maureen Clarke.)

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