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Great Expectations for the Saddleworth Players

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Reporter : Stuart Littleford

Charles Dickens’ classic story Great Expectations is being performed at the Millgate this November.

Saddleworth Players will start the Christmas season with performances of the stage-adaption of Charles Dickens’ classic story, Great Expectations, at the Millgate Arts Centre in Delph from November 25 to December 2.

First published in 1860, Great Expectations is one of Dickens most-loved and enduring stories. It tells of the adventures of young orphan Pip, whose chance encounter with […]

Frankly my dear, we do give a damn!

Saddleworth players

Stuart Coleman

Reporter Judith Grinter

This Saturday evening, I visited the tiny Millgate Arts Centre theatre in Delph, somewhere I’ve only been once before but years ago. The experience was a delight and had right in the middle of Saddleworth. On arriving the staff were very welcoming as they continued to be throughout the evening. The Saddleworth Players are a group of 150 people, all involved in working behind the scenes, running the theatre, set production and actors to […]

Moonlight and Magnolias for the Saddleworth Players

Saddleworth News - Millgate Arts Centre

Moonlight & Magnolias, a delightful madcap comedy that is also a valentine to the golden days of Hollywood, is being brought to the area by the Saddleworth Players at the Delph Millgate Arts Centre.

Legendary film producer David O. Selznick is five weeks into shooting Gone With the Wind when he realizes the script is awful, and that the director doesn’t have a clue. He has five days to replace them, and restart the shoot, or the production will shut […]

The Day After the Fair – Saddleworth Players

The Day After the Fair production starts tonight at the Millgate Arts Centre in Delph and run through to May 27.

Anna, a servant, meets an attractive stranger called Charles, a Barrister from Manchester, at the county fair. Anna, being illiterate, persuades her mistress to carry on a correspondence with him on her behalf, with surprising results.

Booking is now open for this and all other shows in the new season.

They have now teamed up with Delph Library to […]

Spring & Port Wine in Delph

Spring & Port Wine – the family

There has been quite a lot of pungent cooking in the theatre lately. The Saddleworth Players revival of Bill Naughton’s family drama features a plate of herring. Perhaps there should be a new term for this kind of gritty culinary realism – kitchen stink drama.

Spring & Port Wine is a Northern Comedy set in Bolton. A family play about a family. And a play about relationships between siblings. A play about […]

She Stoops to Conquer at Saddleworth Players

Liz Travis and Tony Wright

This Much Loved Comedy of Mistaken Identity opens Saturday May 28 in Delph.

When Marlowe mistakes Kate’s house for an inn and treats her father like an inn keeper, things are not going to go smoothly for him. With her brother causing mischief, her father insulted and her mother plotting a marriage nobody wants it’s no wonder Kate has to stoop to conquer.

Writing in 1773, Goldsmith believed comedy should provoke laughter by exposing […]

The Handyman starts tonight in Delph

Cressida and Julian Field live comfortably in the English countryside with their elderly Ukrainian odd-job man and friend of the family, Romka. Suddenly the police arrive. What has Romka done? Is he guilty? Is there a time limit on revenge and punishment?

The Handyman by Ronald Harwood is a play with two themes: a real did-he-do-it? drama, but also one that ponders the question of guilt and retribution for acts committed during the Second World War, exploring the questions of […]

THEFT – In Delph ……

Saddleworth Players kick off their new season at the Millgate Arts Centre in Delph with Theft, by Eric Chappell.

A couple return home to find they have been burgled but the burglar is still there, and convinces them that he is a policeman investigating the break-in.

Once his true identity is known the burglar reveals all kinds of uncomfortable truths about the couple and their friends. A tongue-in-cheek, witty comedy-thriller with twists and turns to keep you guessing the outcome!


A little bit of Italy comes to Delph

Not to be outdone by brass bands from Europe and Australia, Saddleworth Players have created their own piece of Italy on the stage at Delph’s Millgate Arts Centre, for their current production which runs this week.

Set in 1940’s Naples, ‘Filumena’ by Eduardo de Filippo, this comedy drama sees Filumena Maraturano on her deathbed awaiting her marriage to Domenico Soriano, the man who has kept her as his mistress for 27 years.

No sooner has priest completed the […]

Saddleworth Players third production in their current season

Saddleworth Players kick off the new year with the third production in their current season at the Millgate Arts Centre in Delph. “Absurd Person Singular” by popular comedy writer Alan Ayckbourn, is set in three kitchens over three Christmases. Sidney Hopcroft, an ambitious tradesman, and his submissive wife Jane. Architect and adulterer Geoffrey Jackson and his depressed wife Eva. Ronald Brewster-Wright, a banker, and his alcoholic wife Marion. The play charts the relentless rise of the socially aspiring Hopcrofts at […]

WW1 remembered at Millgate Arts Centre

Saddleworth Players commemorate the centenary of the start of the great war with Peter Whelan’s drama “Accrington Pals”, with performances at Delph’s Millgate Arts Centre from 22 to 29 November 2014 at 7.30pm.

At the outbreak of war in 1914, the 700 strong local battalion from Accrington, Lancashire marched off optimistically in response to Lord Kitchener’s call – Your Country Needs YOU ! This powerful and poignant play is set in the early years of the First World War, as […]

New season of plays at The Millgate Arts Centre

New season of plays – The Millgate Arts Centre in Delph

Saddleworth Players have kicked off bookings for their 2014/15 season of plays at The Millgate Arts Centre in Delph.

There is something for everyone and it opens with a comedy, ‘Key For Two’ by John Chapman and Dave Freeman from 4 – 11 October.

The second show commemorates the anniversary of the start of the First World War, ‘Accrington Pals’ tells a moving story of a group of […]

Finishing with a bang!

Saddleworth Players round off their current season at the Millgate Arts Centre in Delph, with Bill Naughton’s well known Lancashire comedy “All In Good Time” opening on 31 May until 7 June (excluding Monday). Naughton spent most of his career based in Bolton and wrote a number of well known classic plays, some of which were adapted for the big screen.

This robustly humorous play centres on the sensitive Arthur and his new bride forced by economic circumstances to live […]

Saddleworth Players presents a true Agatha Christie classic ‘And Then There Were None’ at the Millgate Arts Centre

Saddleworth Players presents a true Agatha Christie classic ‘And Then There Were None’ at the Millgate Arts Centre from 5 – 12 April 2014.

In this superb mystery comedy, eight strangers are lured to a house by their apparently absent host, marooned there along with two house servants. They are all separately accused of having committed murder in the past and then one guest is poisoned. One down and nine to go ……

A true Agatha Christie classic, […]