The Argyle Players are a friendly theatre group formed in 1954.
The group is based at The Tovey Hall Theatre, Central United Reformed Church, in Bath.

'An Evening with Noël Coward:
Three Comedies from the
Master of Wit’
Three comic one-act plays - ‘Hands Across the Sea’, ‘Red Peppers’ and ‘Ways and Means’ - see Coward take us from the hilarious, criss-crossed conversations of a well-to-do drawing room, to the backstage banter of a washed-up music hall act, and the Côte d’Azur, where a couple living beyond their means are desperate to resolve their gambling debts by a variety of scandalous schemes!

Performances take place from Wednesday 3rd - Saturday 6th May at 7.30pm.

Tickets £10 (including programme and interval refreshment) from Bath Box Office:
T: 01225 463362
W: See link below


'Out of Focus'
A Comedy by Peter Gordon
Set in the annexe of a church hall, a group of people assemble, each thinking they are there for a separate activity - a Brownie troupe meeting, table-tennis, a badminton game, an illustrated talk on steam locomotives and auditions for the vicar's wife's pantomime - and confusion reigns. Finally, this unlikely group unite to perform the pantomime but this too becomes impossibly confusing and eventually descends into complete, hilarious chaos!

Performances take place from Wednesday 30th November - Saturday 3rd December 2016 at 7.30pm.

Tickets £10 (including programme and interval refreshment) from Bath Box Office:
T: 01225 463362
W: See link below

'The Hound of the Baskervilles'
by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle,
adapted by Tim Kelly
On the lonely wasteland of desolate Dartmoor, something evil is afoot. Sherlock Holmes' most spine chilling mystery finds Sir Henry heir to the vast Baskerville fortune, a legacy that comes with a family curse - death at the fangs of a horror that prowls the moor. Only Holmes can stop the beast. While mysterious lights signal Baskerville Hall and the hound terrifies the countryside, suspicion falls on sinister servants, butterfly collectors, ladies in distress and escaped convicts. Who wrote the letter that summoned the hound? Is Sir Henry's romance with the lovely Kathy doomed? Is the supernatural at work?

Performances take place from Wednesday 24th - Saturday 27th August 2016 at 7.30pm.

Tickets £10 (including programme and interval refreshments) from Bath Box Office:
T: 01225 463362
W : See link below

'Out of Order' by Ray Cooney
When Richard Willey, a government junior minister, plans to spend the evening at the Westminster Hotel with Jane Worthington, one of the opposition party's secretaries, things go disastrously wrong, beginning with the discovery of a body trapped in the hotel's sash window. In desperation, Richard calls for his Parliamentary Private Secretary, George Pigden, to help him out of this increasingly sticky situation!

Arnold Ridley's 'The Ghost Train'
When a party of passengers (including two newlyweds, an estranged couple, a self-indulgent young man and an elderly spinster with a parrot) become stranded on a remote railway station, they learn of the local legend of the Ghost Train, which brings death to anyone who sees it. Urged to flee for their lives by the Station master, events overtake the group when the Station master himself drops dead and a seemingly terrified young woman bursts into their midst asking for protection.

'Sleuth' by Anthony Shaffer
The ultimate game of cat-and-mouse is played out in a cosy English country house owned by celebrated mystery writer, Andrew Wyke. Invited guest Milo Tindle, a young rival who shares not only Wyke's love of the game but also his wife, has come to lay claim. Revenge is devised and murders plotted as the two plan the ultimate whodunnit.

‘Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime'
by Constance Cox
Adapted from Oscar Wilde's lively comedy, when palmist Mr Podgers predicts that Lord Arthur Savile will commit a murder, the hapless Lord feels duty bound to get the murder over with before his imminent marriage to the lovely Sybil Merton. Despite help from his butler Baines and cheerful anarchist Herr Winkelkopf, attempt after attempt to kill off his various relations fails. Will Lord Arthur complete his mission in time for the wedding?

All our shows are held at the following theatre:
The Tovey Hall Theatre
Central United Reformed Church
Grove Street
Bath BA2 6PJ

If you're interested in joining The Argyle Players or would like more information about our productions, please get in touch using the form below.
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Aug 17, 2016
Argyle Players receive 'Best Actor' Nomination in Rose Bowl Amateur Theatre Awards 2015/16!

Brian Hudd has been nominated for his role as George Pigden in Ray Cooney's 'Out of Order', in the 'GREG LATCHAMS SOLICITORS AWARD for BEST ACTOR (Drama)' category of the Rose Bowl Amateur Theatre Awards 2015/16. The Award Ceremony takes place in Bristol on 23rd October 2016.

Jun 1, 2016
Play reading dates for Winter production

Play readings for our Winter 2016 production (performances Weds 30th November - Sat 3rd December 2016) will take place at the Central United Reformed Church on the following dates:
Tuesday 21st June 7.30pm
Tuesday 5th July 7.30pm
Tuesday 12th July 7.30pm
Tuesday 19th July 7.30pm
If you're interested in coming along, please get in touch using our contact sheet.

May 16, 2016
Summer Production Announced!

Our Summer production will be 'Hound of the Baskervilles' adapted by Tim Kelly from the classic thriller by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Performances will take place from Wednesday 24th - Saturday 27th August 2016.

The Argyle Players, who were formed in 1954, are a very friendly group that welcomes new members at any time, whether you prefer to be on stage or back stage. We put on three productions each year, in May, Summer (July/August) and December. Whether we are doing comedy, farce or murder mystery, we always try to select plays that give everyone the opportunity to play a part. We have regular use of our own theatre so rehearsals are always on the “real” stage.

The Argyle Players won the 2013 Rose Bowl Amateur Drama Award for Creativity and Design and their recent productions ‘Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime’ and ‘Sleuth’ were nominated in three categories for the 2015 awards.

Chairman - Michael Burgess (T: 01225 858112)
Honorary Secretary - Helen Brettell (T: 01225 423866)

The Argyle Players' first production,
'The Happiest Days of Your Life', performed in 1954.
'Father and Son: Son and Father' by Revd Neville Boundy - Easter 2015
'Prepare to meet thy Tomb' by Norman Robbins
- Autumn 2014
'The Hollow' by Agatha Christie - Spring 2014
'The Hollow' by Agatha Christie - Spring 2014

'Oh Clarence!' by John Chapman - Autumn 2013
'Oh Clarence!' by John Chapman - Autumn 2013
'The Wayward Spirit' by Charlotte Hastings - Spring 2013
'The Wayward Spirit' by Charlotte Hastings - Spring 2013
'A Small Family Business' by Alan Ayckbourn - Winter 2012
'A Small Family Business' by Alan Ayckbourn - Winter 2012
'The Small Hours' by Francis Durbridge - Spring 2011
'The Small Hours' by Francis Durbridge - Spring 2011

'Bath Chronicle' review of 'Out of Order' by Emma Pagano
(Published 10 May 2016)

The 'hapless' George Pigden in a compromising position with Minister's wife Pamela Willey.

When junior minister Richard Willey checks into the Westminster Hotel, he's hoping for a night of naughtiness with Jane Worthington, the Leader of the Opposition's secretary. But passion turns to panic when Jane discovers a body sprawled in the sash window. Seeing his marriage and career on the line, Richard calls his Private Secretary, George Pigden, to come and sort things out – but their problems have only just begun.
The twists unfold, the lies get more outlandish, and soon Suite 648 is besieged by an irate husband, an exasperated hotel manager, a waiter with an eye to the main chance and a befuddled private detective – not to mention several scantily-clad ladies…
Winner of the Olivier Award for Best Comedy in 1991, Ray Cooney's Out of Order is a fast-moving, inventive farce that relies on teamwork and comic timing to succeed, and The Argyle Players rose to the challenge.
Michael Davis was confident in his role as the errant MP, and Brian Hudd excellent as the hapless George, who greeted each fresh development with an increasingly despairing 'Oh God'.
The cast were clearly enjoying themselves almost as much as the audience, who were laughing throughout. Saucy, silly and uproariously funny, Out of Order was a great night out.

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