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... are an amateur-dramatic group that presents medieval mystery plays annually in London.

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The Birth of Christ, Corpus Christi (2014)

Auditions and rehearsals

On Monday September 5, there will be an introductory read-through and familiarisation get-together for anybody who might be interested in taking part in the Wakefield Cycle this year, whether on-stage or off. More formal auditions will be held on Monday September 12 and Thursday September 15. All three sessions will be held at St Saviour's, details of which are on our Contacts page.

Rehearsals commence on Monday 19 September, and the intention is to rehearse on Mondays and Thursdays, and possibly some Fridays close to production week (though we would prefer to avoid that if possible).

Performances will be either Tuesday to Saturday or Wednesday to Saturday in the week beginning November 28.

Please note the new Production link in the main navigation menu. It takes you to a page of interest to anyone considering, and eventually actually, taking part in this year's show. It is somewhere the director (Gill Taylor this year) can post announcements and schedules for the cast and crew. It also features a calendar/diary for rehearsals and other activities relating to the production; the details given are at the moment provisional and simply reflect the intention outlined above. It is not of course meant to supplant traditional means of communication, but to complement them, and obviously can and will be updated.

 

Welcome to the Players of St Peter

We are an amateur-drama group founded in 1946 and specialising in medieval drama, specifically the cycles of mystery plays based on stories from the Bible. These were performed annually by the trade guilds at the midsummer festival of Corpus Christi until they fell into disfavour, casualties of the Reformation some 500 years ago.

The Birth of Christ, Corpus Christi (2014)

Auditions and rehearsals

On Monday September 5, there will be an introductory read-through and familiarisation get-together for anybody who might be interested in taking part in the Wakefield Cycle this year, whether on-stage or off. More formal auditions will be held on Monday September 12 and Thursday September 15. All three sessions will be held at St Saviour's, details of which are on our Contacts page.

Rehearsals commence on Monday 19 September, and the intention is to rehearse on Mondays and Thursdays, and possibly some Fridays close to production week (though we would prefer to avoid that if possible).

Performances will be either Tuesday to Saturday or Wednesday to Saturday in the week beginning November 28.

Please note the new Production link in the main navigation menu. It takes you to a page of interest to anyone considering, and eventually actually, taking part in this year's show. It is somewhere the director (Gill Taylor this year) can post announcements and schedules for the cast and crew. It also features a calendar/diary for rehearsals and other activities relating to the production; the details given are at the moment provisional and simply reflect the intention outlined above. It is not of course meant to supplant traditional means of communication, but to complement them, and obviously can and will be updated.

 

Only four texts survive substantially intact, plus fragments from other cycles, and it is from those four – Wakefield, York, Chester and Corpus Christi itself – that we draw the bulk of our material, presenting a selection from each in turn, year by year. Recently we have added a fifth element to the pattern, dubbed The Director's Choice, in which the director is given licence to mix-and-match the plays, which gives us the opportunity to perform some of the rarer scenes.

Our next production

... is back on track after the uncertainty caused by the loss of our venue at St George in the East. We are happy to report that the Rev Paul Nicholson has welcomed us warmly into the Church of St Saviour, South Hampstead (Chalk Farm station on the Northern line), for 2016 at least, and that we will be celebrating the seventieth anniversary of the founding of the Players with a selection from the Wakefield Cycle, as originally planned. Performance dates have not been absolutely finalised, but will be from either Tuesday November 29 or Wednesday November 30, to Saturday December 3; but in that week anyway. Note that this breaks for various reasons with our traditional Monday-Friday performance pattern.