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Seventy years of entertainment in Northallerton
2:53pm Wednesday 22nd August 2012 in News
SEVENTY years of entertainment are celebrated in a new book detailing the history of one of the region’s popular amateur dramatic groups.
The Allerton Players, based in Northallerton , was founded in 1942 as the Allertonshire Players, and originated as an evening class.
Early productions included Moliere plays with huge casts, full period costume, singing and dancing.
Seventy years on and the scale of the productions may have changed but the Players are still going strong.
The book, “The show must go on! A history of the Allerton Players” tells the story of the people who have put on over 140 main productions and countless other smaller plays over that time.
It is also illustrated with photographs from the 1940s right up to the present day.
Author Deborah Hugill, a current member of the Players, said: “'Researching the book really gave me a feel for all the ups and downs the Players have been through, and made me very proud to be part of a group with such a long and varied history.”
The book is expected to be of interest to members, past members and anyone who has attended productions over the years. It can be obtained by contacting Deborah on (01609) 778649.
*The Allerton Players' 70th anniversary production will be the comedy Lord Arthur Savile's Crime by Constance Cox. It will be presented at Hambleton Forum, Northallerton, from November 8 to 10.