The Cheriton Players

Past Productions

Terry Pratchett’s Wyrd Sisters

April 2024

When Duke Felmet murders King Verence and takes over Lancre on the Discworld®, three witches are tasked with protecting the king’s baby son, Tomjon: Granny Weatherwax (intolerant, self opinionated, powerful), Nanny Ogg (down to earth, common) and Magrat Garlick (innocent, naive, slightly hippy).

In a script that channels inspiration from the juiciest plot twists of Shakespeare’s Macbeth and Hamlet, plus a dose of essential HG Wells time-travel we encounter a wicked duke and duchess, the ghost of the murdered king, dim soldiers, strolling players plus a land in peril. And who stands between the Kingdom and destruction? Our three witches.

Par For The Course

December 2023

We were delighted to perform another brilliant comedy by Peter Gordon, who not only wrote us a nice foreword in the programme but drove all the way from York to come and see it! This is the third of Peter's plays that we have performed here, the first two being Murdered to Death and Third Week in August; but we feel sure it won't be the last.

Lashings of Ginger Beer

September 2023

As part of our series of occasional rehearsed readings, we were delighted to team up with our friends at Blue Apple Theatre for an evening's rehearsed reading, featuring actors from both Blue Apple and Cheriton at an informal evening at Cheriton Village Hall.

We had a brilliant turnout from both Cheriton and Blue Apple supporters and raised £350 for Blue Apple from the entrance fees, donations and bar takings so a huge thank you to all our friends who came along to listen as well, of course, as those who helped front of house, on the bar and to organise the evening in the first place! The comments from people afterwards were overwhelmingly positive and we certainly hope to stage a similar event in the future.

The Massive Tragedy of Madam Bovary

April 2023

From the people who bought you the hilarious stage adaptation of The Hound of the Baskervilles came this zany comedy for a bijou cast playing multiple roles.

Peepolykus bring their exhilarating combination of verbal slapstick, visual surprise and anarchic comedy to Gustave Flaubert's seminal nineteenth-century masterpiece Madame Bovary. Laugh and cry in equal measure as Emma Bovary chooses the wrong husband. Lose yourself in mesmeric love scenes featuring a procession of devastatingly attractive men. Rail at the fate of women in a patriarchal society, if you will. Prepare yourself for vermin, moustaches, wild animals, lots of French people and a nun.

Never Say Trevor Again!

December 2022

James' younger and less well-known brother is back in action both on celluloid and in the flesh on Cheriton Stage in November! This blockbuster sequel to the ever popular, almost award winning, Diamonds Are For Trevor featured stage and film action from start to finish with the usual dastardly villain, the Bond girl (of course), a Tiger Moth action scene, cheap one-liners and a new Bond vehicle... all filmed in exotic locations in no Wiltshire's, Dorset's and Hampshire's rolling countryside.

Calamity Jane

July 2022

A musical Western adapted from the celebrated stage-play and film, Calamity Jane was a perfect 'fit' for Cheriton Players and after a year's delay we presented our 60th anniversary production in style. We were lucky enough to be able to stage the show in a barn at Middle Farm, Cheriton, courtesy of Mark Cheyney. We welcomed capacity audiences to a memorable sharpshootin', high kickin' production. many audience enjoyed the benefit of a licensed bar and a BBQ for each performance and there was a prize for the best dressed audience member(s)!

Murder Weapon

November 2021

Murder Weapon is an ingeniously plotted, highly tense thriller from Brian Clemens, creator of The Avengers and author of Inside Job, Without Trace and Strictly Murder. After much delay due to COVID-19, Cheriton Players were delighted to at last stage this postponed thriller in November 2021. We played to packed houses over four nights.

An Unexpected Fate at The Fête

June 2021

An online Murder Mystery – but with a difference. This one was performed on Zoom, for one night only on Wednesday 30th June 2021 at 7.30pm.

Doctor, Doctor/The Dominatrix Solution

March 2021

The latest in our Lockdown Series of productions for radio, we have great pleasure in presenting a double bill of two short comedy sketches by Winchester playwright Jonathan Edgington.

Let Nothing You Dismay

December 2020

The next in our Lockdown Series of short radio plays, this one has a Christmas Theme and is to be broadcast on Radio Christmas on December 13th at 7pm, and on Winchester Today Radio on Christmas Eve at 11.15am and 3.15pm. Also available on SoundCloud and YouTube from 9th December 2020.


November 2020

The latest in our 'Lockdown' series of short radio plays, written by Jonathan Edgington. Directed by Rebecca Leadley and sound engineering by Charlie Hellard.

Mystery Shopper (short radio play)

September 2020

The second in our series of short radio plays, this one is written by Cheriton Players member Craig Robb and was recorded and edited by Kevin Gover.


August 2020

Cheriton Players' first radio play, recorded as a result of COVID-19 lockdown. It's just over nine minutes long, so it won't take up too much of your time. Click on the title to read more and get the link to listen.

Diamonds are for Trevor

November 2019

Our autumn 2019 production was a hilarious spoof Bond movie and was a first for Cheriton, inasmuch as it involved a mixture of filmed material and stage acting. As such, it was an interesting challenge and new experience for the actors (film acting is very different from stage acting) and meant a split rehearsal period – filming over the summer in various locations locally – and the stage rehearsals which started in September.

A Very International Variety Show – It’s a Little Bit Bonkers!

April 2019

Carrying on from The Even Greater Cheriton Variety Show in 2017 with its mix of songs from shows, sketches, melodramas and guest appearances, Claire Smith and Tracey Anderson put together an amazing show with a very international theme.

Fallen Angels

November 2018

The Cheriton Players' autumn production 2018 was Fallen Angels, by that master of stylish light comedy, Noel Coward. Set in a society London apartment in the 1920s, two married women receive identical communications from a dashing lover from their past. The second scene as they prepare for his visit is a classic of the theatre, with the two gals getting rather drunk and quarrelling.

The Browning Version/A Matter of Taste

June 2018

This was the third such rehearsed reading by Cheriton Players and was a fundraising evening in support of our 2018 charity, Blue Apple Theatre based in Winchester, who support and encourage live theatre and performing by children with learning difficulties.

Communicating Doors

April 2018

Our Spring 2018 production was Communicating Doors by Alan Ayckbourn, a comedy with several twists including murder, intrigue, suspense and a time travelling portal!

We had a complete sell-out for the whole run and, it being a warm week (an unusual April heatwave arrived for the first night) we nearly ran out of ice creams!

A Christmas Carol Reboot

December 2017

BBV Theatre returns to Cheriton, following the successful tour of Charley's Aunt in May, with a modern day take on Dickens' classic – A Christmas Carol. This story of redemption certainly stands the test of time. And we've even thrown in a twist, too.

The Game’s Afoot

November 2017

It is December 1936 and Broadway star William Gillette, admired the world over for his leading role in the play Sherlock Holmes, has invited his fellow cast-members to his castle for a weekend of revelry.

Young Jane

September 2017

Rehearsed Reading – Young Jane – three plays inspired by Jane Austen’s teenage writings by Cecily O’Neill of 2TimeTheatre, introduced by Cecily herself.

Friday 22nd September 2017, 7.30 pm in Cheriton Village Hall

(Another) Murder in Cheriton!

June 2017

It was the 1950s and in Cheriton yet another murder shook its people to the core. It seems everyone had a secret… and the village and police needed your help to solve the mystery.

Charley’s Aunt (A BBV Production)

April 2017

For the first time ever, Cheriton Players played host to a touring production by another group, BBV Productions. The result was a delightful evening of fun with a comedy classic.

The Even Greater Cheriton Variety Show

March 2017

A fund raiser for the Cheriton Village Hall, and back by popular demand, The Cheriton Players and the Cheriton Village Hall committee presented the Even Greater Cheriton Variety Show to packed houses over four nights in March 2017.

Cash on Delivery

November 2016

Cash on Delivery is a traditional farce, written by Michael Cooney (son of Ray Cooney) and featuring, amongst other unlikely characters, a washing machine with a mind of its own.

A Month of Sundays

March 2016

'A Month of Sundays' is a touching comedy with plenty of laughs – and one or two rather poignant moments too. A really lovely story of human frailty and our ability to use our sense of humour to overcome it.

Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime

November 2015

Hugely popular Oscar Wilde-based comedy costume drama. Third time produced by Cheriton Players, previous productions being 1979 and 1994.

Third Week in August

June 2015

Our second outdoor production ever, this hugely popular comedy by Peter Gordon, set in a run-down campsite, played to packed audiences in the grounds of The Flower Pots Inn. Meet Neville, the camper you would most definitely NOT want to park your caravan next door to, plus a load of other dysfunctional characters.

The Great Cheriton Variety Show

March 2015

A fundraiser in aid of Cheriton Village Hall, this was a bit of a throw-back to the days of our Old Time Music Halls, and proved to be as popular as ever.

Oh Clarence!

June 2014

Based on PG Wodehouse's Blandings stories, this delightful comedy follows the antics of Clarence, The Ninth Earl of Emsworth, his formidable sister Connie, dippy son Freddie, arch rival Sir Gregory Parsloe-Parsloe and many others.

An Inspector Calls

December 2013

A fine classic from the pen of J.B. Priestley. The mysterious Inspector Goole calls with life-changing news and life for the Birlings is never going to be the same again.

A Bolt from the Blue

April 2013

A most unusual, zany comedy that got our audiences intrigued and laughing in equal amounts. April 2013.

Season’s Greetings

December 2012

Clerical Errors

November 2011

A bitter sweet comedy about a homeless family and how they affect a Methodist Minister


June 2011

With a cast of over 20, some playing two characters apiece, Alice provided a challenge for everyone not least because it rained on and off for four of the five performances.

The Champion of Paribanou

January 2007

An unusual Ayckbourn - more of an adventure story than his usual black comedy. Starring lots of teenagers of the time.