The History of the Compton Players

A little background to the drama group

Amateur Theatre, in some shape or form, has been taking place at the home of Compton Players for almost 100 years.  In the 1920s  ‘The Compton Pierrots’ performed under the guidance of a Mrs Wrigglesworth, and in the 1930s ‘The Young Peoples’ Society’ entertained with performances of the Aldwych Farces.

However, the intervention of WW2 curtailed these peaceful activities and it was not until 1949 that the Winchmore Hill Congregational Church amateur Drama Group (now known as The Compton Players) was formed and have been performing plays every year since.

The first play performed was The Admirable Crichton.  This was performed over two nights on 13 and 15 October.  Two of the members of the Company that performed on those nights are still active members of Compton Players.

A list of recent plays can be seen by clicking here.the-compton-players-winchmore-hill-london-n21-amateur-drama-group

Notable events in the history of The Compton Players

2008 Following Celebration (2004), Barefoot in the Park (2005) and Time of my Life (2007) the Odd Couple wins The Compton Players the BBDC Comedy Award for the fourth time in five years.
2003 The Compton Players win the Best Director Award for the third time with Lord Arthur Saville's Crime.
1998 The Compton Players return to Drama Competition entering Bedroom Farce in the Barnet Borough Drama Competition (BBDC). To our surprise and delight we win the Best Director Award and are runners up to the Best Production. This marks the beginning of a mainly successful association with the BBDC.
1989 Dangerous Corner performed on 40th Anniversary.
1984 Autumn Manoeuvres was the first performance in the newly built and redesigned Waterhouse Hall. This was believed to be the first performance by amateurs anywhere in the world. A World Premiere no less!
1983 Compton perform Haul for the Shore in the Church as the Waterhouse Hall was destroyed by fire.
1981 The Hollow by Agatha Christie is entered in the Enfield Drama Competition and "almost had the audience falling off their chairs with suspense."
1974 Queen Elizabeth Slept Here revived for the Company's 50th production.
1964 Separate Tables presented as the 21st Anniversary production. In the same year the Drama Group changes its name to The Compton Players.
1963 The Drama Group performs over four nights for the first and last time.
1955 The first Compton performance of Happiest Days of your Life, which was revived in 1995. Norman Last appeared in both productions but not in the same part. Other plays Compton have performed twice are Blithe Spirit (1970 and 2002), Separate Tables (1970 and 1996), Queen Elizabeth Slept Here (1953 and 1974), A letter from the General (1968 and 1983) and The Odd Couple (1993 and 2008).
1952 First recorded Press Notice refers to "Yet another success for Edgar Chaplin and his talented company". Included in that talented company were Norman Last and Margaret (Meg) Robb who are currently President and President Emeritus of Compton Players.
1949 The Winchmore Hill Congregational Church Drama Group is formed. Edgar Chaplin is appointed as producer, a role he performed successfully for many more years, and subscriptions to the Drama Group were set at 2/6d (12.5p).