Playgoers Archive

A little history...


Leonard Elmhirst and his American wife Dorothy began their experiment in rural regeneration at Dartington Hall in the 1920s. Dorothy’s passion was the arts, and one of her many initiatives was to establish the Playgoers, initially for the benefit of the community that lived and worked on the estate. The group began in 1946, and in their first year of productions (1948) they staged NoahMedea and You Never Can Tell in the Barn Theatre (now the Barn Cinema). The theatre group gradually grew beyond the estate, and drew an active membership from all parts of south Devon. Playgoers continued to stage several high quality productions each year, including, from 1974, its iconic outdoor Shakespeare in the private garden of Dartington Hall, often with a professional director. The society has also presented shows at venues outside the estate, including Totnes Castle, Bogan House and KEVICC. 


Our archive of past productions is currently undergoing reconstruction, so do return soon to check on progress.  In the meantime, here's a list of all the shows presented since 1948. Where the venue isn't given, the show will have been performed in the Barn Theatre (now the Barn Cinema).


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