A book detailing the history of a local amateur dramatic group has recently been published to celebrate its 70th anniversary. The Allerton Players, based in Northallerton, were founded in 1942, as the Allertonshire Players, and originated as an evening class as part of the Evening Institute.
Early productions included Moliere plays with huge casts, full period costume, singing and dancing. Seventy years on and the scale of the productions may have changed but the Players are still going strong.
The book, called The show must go on! A history of the Allerton Players, tells the story of the people who have put on over 140 main productions and countless other smaller plays over that time, illustrated with photographs from the 1940s right up to the present day. Deborah Hugill, a current member of the Players and author of the book, said: “Researching the book really gave me a feel for all the ups and downs the Players have been through, and made me very proud to be part of a group with such a long and varied history.” Copies of the book, are available from Deborah on 01609 778649.
* The Allerton Players’ 70th anniversary production will be the comedy, Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime by Constance Cox.
It will be presented at Hambleton Forum, Northallerton on November 8 - 10.