Cinderella 2017 Cast Announced!

We are incredibly proud to announce the cast for the 2017 panto, Cinderella, which hits the Copthorne Village Hall Stage from 26th to 29th January 2017.

Director Nicki Barnett said, “I was overwhelmed with the standard at auditions…  I am so happy with our wonderful line up.”

Tickets will be available to book soon.  Email to be added to our mailing list or keep an eye on our Facebook page.

The Cast

Cinderella – Catherine Carpenter

Prince Charming – Will Lewis

Dandini – Nikki Chapman

Gert and Daisy (the ugly sisters) – Rob Carpenter and John Barnett

Buttons – Marcus Kirby

Bill and Ben – Andy Dale and Teresa Carlile

Petunia – Gemma Hodsdon

Baron Hardup – Mike Mcahon

Miss Mabbs – Ellie Skipper

Sir Jasper Grabbit – Jon Birch

Pantomine Horse – Jacquie Perry & Sian Taylor

It’s panto time – oh yes it is!

We are delighted to announce that next year’s panto will be Cinderella.  It will be performed in Copthorne Village Hall on 26-29 January 2017.

A read through and introduction to auditions will be held at the village hall on Sunday 4th September at 3pm – 5pm with auditions taking place at the Morgan Hall on Sunday 11th September at 3pm – 5pm.  We are looking for principles and chorus along with help behind the scenes with everything from costumes to scene painting.  If you are interested in being involved either on stage or off please contact the director, Nicki Barnett by email to register.

The auditions will be informal but anyone interested in a principal role will be required to read a short extract from the script and sing (where there are solos or duets).  The chorus will be asked to participate in some basic dance moves and some company singing.  Audition pieces will be available shortly.

We look forward to welcoming you for a fun couple of hours on 4th and to being part of our Pantomime.  Please feel free to forward to family, friends and anyone else you think might be interested in joining us.  We would love to welcome new members.

List of Principal Roles

Gert and Daisy – The Ugly Sisters

Daughters of Baron Hardup. Traditional dame parts to be played by very attractive men! Comedy songs and movement with excellent comedy timing


Can be played by a male or female. Baron Hardup’s right hand man and Cinderella’s best friend (but wishes it was more!).  Needs excellent comedy timing, must build a rapport with the audience. Some singing

Prince Charming

Can be played by male or female.  Traditional principal boy.  Every inch the prince. Singing and dancing required.


Can be played by male or female.  The Prince’s right hand man.  Dashing and suave or at least he thinks he is! A real ladies man. Singing and dancing required.

Petunia – The Miller’s Daughter (small speaking part)

Sweet girl and Dandini’s love interest.  Is kkeen on Buttons to begin with.  The archetypical girl next door.  Some singing and dancing.  Also part of the chorus.


Daughter of Baron Hardup.  Very sweet nature.  Should have a nice singing voice.  Typical panto princess.  Dancing and singing required.

Baron Hardup

Broke owner of Hardup Hall and father to Cinderella and the Ugly Sisters. Loveable uncle character/mad inventor.  Some singing.

Miss Mabbs (Fairy Godmother)

Owner of village store and Cinders Fairy Godmother.  Some singing required.

Sir Jasper Grabbit

Supermarket owner and villain of the piece.  Think melodrama/silent movies.  Some singing.

Bill & Ben (the Brokers Men)

Comedy duo (could be male or female) excellent comedy timing and consummate double act. Some singing.

Pantomime Horse

Two people of similar size required to make up panto horse.  Not on stage much – could potentially be chorus members.

FREE Dance Workshop

The Copthorne Players will be offering a free dance workshop on Monday 24th August at Copthorne Village Hall, starting at 7.45pm.  The evening will be led by Jacquie Perry who will be treating us to an hour or so of fun and exercise in the form of learning a choreographed dance routine.
All ages and abilities are very welcome to come and join in.  It would be great to see as many of you as possible. Please wear comfortable clothing and trainers or dance shoes.
We look forward to seeing you there.

Copthorne Players celebrates 45 years at their Summer Party

On Sunday 2nd August the Players celebrated 45 years with a summer party and BBQ.  We were incredibly lucky with the weather and had lovely sunshine throughout.

There was a great turnout, and everyoIMG_20150802_150912508ne had a lot of fun catching up and playing table tennis, croquet, skittles and table football.  Jeremy hosted a brilliant quiz and there was even a huge game of Team Charades.

Thanks to all of the members who spent time organising, setting up and ensuring the afternoon ran smoothly.  Everyone had a brilliant time.  Hopefully, Keith and Val will be kind enough to use their beautiful garden as a venue again next year!

We are famous!

Well, sort of…

Jacquie, super-star choreographer who has been super-busy putting us all through out paces for ‘Showstoppers’ spotted the players in the Daily Mail:

“Amusing article in the Daily Mail regarding Copthorne Hotels sending a cease and desist letter to the Copthorne Association saying they cannot under legal terms use the name of their Copthorne and Millenium group however… is one of the photos of our hall with the poster outside! Can’t get better advertising than that!”

Showstoppers runs from 14th to 16th May at the Chequer Mead Arts Centre.  Tickets are available from the Box Office on 01342 302000