About the CVP’s

About the CVP’s

The Cottesmore Village Players were formed in 1979 by a group of locals who shared a love of music, drama and dance. The group now has around 30 members from varied backgrounds, who live and work all around the Rutland and Stamford area. They are lucky to have a very enthusiastic and talented set of junior members amongst them.

The group were originally based at the Sun Inn at Cottesmore where there was a small stage at one end of the restaurant, and which would turn itself into a small theatre very easily, although it could be a bit tight sometimes trying to squeeze in all of those who came to see the plays and pantos – but we did reserve some special space for Prince Andrew when he visited us in his Officer role on board HMS Cottesmore! As time went on and the groups popularity grew it became obvious that they needed to find a larger venue – and to escape the leaky dressing room roof.

The Players moved to Market Overton Village Hall in 1996. With the help of a lottery grant of £15,000, they bought much needed new equipment including curtains, an electric piano and computerised light and sound systems. They also made a generous donation to funds for the village hall, which was at that time undergoing some major improvements.

The Players usually produce two shows a year. A pantomime in mid to late January and a comedy, musical or drama in mid to late summer. All members are welcome to suggest a script they would like to see the group perform. If more than one script is put forward, the whole group is asked to vote for the show they would most like to perform with the final decision being made by the
Committee.

As well as being an amateur theatre group, the Players also have a good social calendar, which includes the ‘Post Panto Dinner’, a summer barbeque, ten pin bowling, theatre trips and greyhound racing. If you would like to get involved then just head over to the “Join CVP’s” page to find out more.