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Playgoers Society of Dartington Hall

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Welcome to Dartington Playgoers

We've been making theatre in and around Dartington (south Devon) for over 70 years. We are committed to creating the best shows we can and presenting our audiences with dynamic, imaginative and engaging productions.


Until now, we've staged three shows a year in the studio spaces at Dartington Hall, along with a series of rehearsed readings and other theatrical events at venues including the Great Hall, Bogan House and Totnes Library.


We also exist to provide opportunities in acting, directing, technical and front of house management. We are always looking for new people to join us and develop their theatre skills.

However, we could now be without a home at Dartington – at least for the time being – so there will be a new approach to making plays in 2024.  We are planning workshops and “new directors” short productions in the Spring 2024, and we have two plays in the pipeline for next year:


Jerusalem by Jez Butterworth, directed by Ceni Wyatt, June 2024


Tartuffe by Moliere, a version by Roger McGough, directed by Patrick Cooper,  November 2024

Upcoming shows
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Lorca's The House of Bernarda Elba, translated by Rona Munro. 
Directed by Richard Clark.  

Performances: 22nd to 25th November

Now fully cast and in rehearsal!


We can always use more backstage and FoH support - please get in touch if you'd like to help.


Tickets are available now from the Dartington Arts box office.

Please note that performances will be in Studio 1, Lower Close, not our usual venue.  If you've never been to Studio 1 before, see our location maps here...

More about the play...

Production photos:

Brian Tilley's stunning images from our recent shows (All My Sons, Circle Mirror Transformation and As You Like It ) have been added to our gallery...  

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Join us...

We're now back into our cycle of at least three productions each year, plus members have already enjoyed play readings and an exciting series of character/text workshops.  Why not
join Playgoers now?  Your subscription will run through to the end of 2024, and you'll be able to participate in all our activities.  Or contact us to be added to our mailing list and be the first to know of our plans...

In a time of change and uncertainty at the Dartington Hall Trust, we felt it would be a good time to document a history of the Playgoers.  Committee member Zoe, with the help of Peter Tysoe, has made a start.  Please read her article here, and if you have any additions, comments or corrections, we'd love to hear from you...

Other theatre events at Dartington

Visit Dartington Arts' website for details of theatre, music and exhibitions.

Amateur Theatre in South Devon

John Miles of TOADS keeps up to date with as many theatre events throughout south Devon as he can find.  You can download the latest copy of his listings here...

Please note that Playgoers is not responsible for the accuracy of information contained in third party listings.

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