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The Rococo Players

A brief history

Formed in 2003, The Rococo Players originally performed outdoor productions of Shakespeare’s plays each summer at the Rococo Gardens in Painswick from where the society gets its name.

In 2007 an invitation was received to perform Marlowe’s “Edward II” at Berkeley Castle, an event which was to dramatically change the future direction of the Players. Performing such a play in the magnificent setting of Berkeley Castle, where some of the events of the play took place, was a remarkable and deeply rewarding experience for everyone involved. Over the next three years the Players went on to perform Edward II at Warwick Castle, Gloucester Cathedral, Oriel College Oxford and once again at Berkeley Castle, and they were subsequently able to make a significant donation from ticket receipts to the fund for the restoration of Edward’s magnificent tomb in the Cathedral.

The Players continued to mount open air summer productions, Richard III in 2010, The Rivals in 2011, both at The Rococo Gardens, and most recently The Importance of Being Earnest at Blackfriars Priory and Hawkwood College near Stroud in 2015.

The Players’ interest in historical plays has not diminished and since 2010 the repertoire has included a number of historical plays performed in exciting venues. Productions have included Schiller’s extraordinary play “Mary Stuart” at Blackfriars Priory, a tour of Howard Brenton’s gripping and tragic “Anne Boleyn” and, most recently, a production of James Goldman’s “The Lion in Winter” performed in the atmospheric settings of the Chapter House at Gloucester Cathedral and the Great Hall at Postlip Manor in January 2017.

The Players’ are proud that their connection with Gloucester Cathedral has remained strong and rehearsals are usually held in the magnificent setting of the Parliament Rooms. How extraordinary it was, and what fun, to rehearse actors for the roles of Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII in the room next to the one in which they slept in 1545!

The Rococo Players have gone from strength to strength over the years and have built an enviable reputation for mounting quality productions in engaging locations. Anyone interested in becoming a member should contact our Secretary, Chris Moore at chrismoore4@outlook.com.