The History of Thame Players
In 2019, Thame Players celebrated 75 years of live performance in Thame.
While there were players groups performing in the late 1920’s and early 1930’s, the oldest Thame Players program discovered dates from 1944. As with many amateur dramatic groups, the lack of a permanent home required that rehearsals take place anywhere that space can be found, and performances were put on in a Town Hall or the like.
The Players Theatre
The Players Theatre as we know it today started life as a church hall. Thame Players were able to acquire a 50 year lease on the building in 1977 and so became one of the few amateur theatre groups in the country with their own theatre.
In 1997, Thame Players was able to acquire the freehold of the building which meant they could now begin to develop the theatre as they wished.
A major refurbishment in 2002 saw the building reshaped into its current configuration.
Thame Players Theatre Company Limited
With the acquisition of the freehold of the theatre building, and the responsibilities that went along with that, Thame Players changed their status to a limited company.
Thame Players Theatre Company Limited was formed in 2002 and have been operating as a limited company ever since.