The Hampstead Players 2009 Spring Production
31 January 2009 at 7.30pm
Hampstead Parish Church has been at the heart of the community for over 1,000 years, from Hampstead's beginnings as a village in Middlesex, through its incorporation into Greater London in 1889, and up to the present day. The church building dates from 1745, and the last major refurbishment took place in the 1980s. There is an urgent need to update and extend the meeting rooms, kitchen and toilet facilities, situated in the vestry extension at the rear of the building, which are used daily by the wider community. The work is scheduled to start in 2009, and all profits from this production will be applied to that project.
Recent reviewers have called The Hampstead Players admirable ensemble players, true lovers of performance and superb. They perform three major productions a year, in the Parish Church and elsewhere, ranging from Shakespeare to Brecht, T.S. Eliot to Tom Stoppard, Anouilh to Arthur Miller. Dramatic contributions to the worship of the church, play-readings, poetry evenings, workshops and theatre visits, for both adults and young people, offer a wide range of activities through the year.
The Choir of Hampstead Parish Church is a team of professional singers under the direction of Lee Ward, who is also Director of Music at the London Oratory School. Building on the fine tradition established by Martindale Sidwell (organist 1945-1992) they regularly sing a wide range of church music at the two principal Sunday services. There is also a lively Junior Choir whose members will take the part of the charity children who sang here in the 19th century.