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100 years of The Porthill Players

The Porthill Players is a non-profit making amateur dramatic and musical society, founded in 1911, performing in Stoke-on-Trent and Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire. It exists to provide access to musical entertainment for the local community.

Members of Porthill Pantomime c. 1916 who became The Porthill Players
Members of Porthill Pantomime c. 1916 who became The Porthill Players


The society has grown to almost one hundred members, who regularly stage major musicals and one-off concerts in and around Stoke-on-Trent.

Porthill Players are affiliated to the National Operatic and Dramatic Association, NODA which was founded in 1899 "to protect and advance the interests of Operatic and Dramatic Art, and of Societies engaged therein". Lord Andrew Lloyd-Webber is the patron of NODA.

Recent Porthill Players productions include 42nd Street, Summer Holiday and Oklahoma. Many productions are hosted by BBC Radio Stoke presenter, Tim Wedgwood who is the patron of Porthill Players.

Although many of the productions are of professional production standards most of the members are unpaid amateurs. The society has an equal opportunities membership policy and members are aged 10 to 80 years, all from the local community. Participating in theatre and drama can also allow people, especially younger people, the freedom to express themselves in ways they would find difficult in other contexts.

Productions are staged at venues in and around Stoke-on-Trent, including the Victoria Hall, the Regent Theatre in Hanley and the Stoke-on-Trent Repertory Theatre.