Director’s Perspective

Twenty years ago I watched a brilliant performance of ‘Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me’, by the Company of Ten (St Albans) – promptly fell in love with this masterpiece of a play, and have always hoped to direct it one day. Well, twenty years later, here we are!

Frank McGuinness’ piece is hugely demanding of its cast, requiring not only wide-ranging acting skills, but physical stamina as well; ‘on stage’ throughout the action, each character is ‘on’ the whole time.

It has been richly rewarding to work with three highly committed actors, seeing them tease out the depths or their individual protagonists, and building the storyline of their incarceration; set in Beirut some twenty five years ago, their plight is just as relevant today.

The hostages experience wild mood swings – sometimes supportive of one another, then full of anger and fight – but unable to touch, chained as they are; reversions to childhood – some happy, some not – even centuries-old national hatred surfaces – inevitably it all comes back to their frustration and fear of not knowing whether they will be released – or even will they live or die?

Please come along and find out. Join us at the Henderson Hall from 29th March to 1st April – this is a play that you won’t forget – yes, there are tears – but plenty of laughs as well.

Sylvia Pool

Summer Production

Abbots Langley Players’ July play is “Summer End” by Eric Chappell, a sort of murder mystery set in an old people’s home. The cast comprises four women and one man: two elderly ladies aged at least 70 +, one of when is feisty and forthright (a.k.a awkward and rude) while the other is much more “traditional old lady” but by no means slow. There is a sharply-spoken manageress of the care home, and a somewhat hostile care assistant, and the man, a little bad-tempered, is the son of one of the elderly ladies.

There will be a reading of this on Thursday 19th January at 8 pm in the Abbots Barn, with auditions the following week, Tuesday and Thursday 24th and 26th January. Anyone is welcome to come to the reading and to audition. If you’re interested but not sure where the Barn is, please contact the director, Jean James, .

Performances will be on 5th to 8th July 2017.

Chairman’s update



Abbots Langley Players are presenting Frank McGuinness’ ‘Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me’ from 29th March to 1st April in The Henderson Hall. Come and see how three very different men react to being held captive in 1990’s Beirut. Chained, they cannot reach each other, and their characters are anything but compatible – so expect rage, frustration, fear, stress – but a growing support and understanding as well, interspersed with reversions to childhood, and juvenile enactments of wished-for treats. This is a play that you won’t forget – join us – you’ll laugh weep, and tremble for our trio!

a quote from a cast member

Brian Hibberd sends this message to our followers:

‘I’m sure you were all shattered when we had to cancel/postpone “Someone who’ll watch over me” last month. Not as much as we, the actors, were though! We’ve worked hard on it. We’d really got it to a tense pitch and become a close team. So I expect you’ll be as relieved as we are to know that we’ll be putting it on at the end of March. We’re raring to go so I hope you are as well! Best get it in your diary now – March 29-April1. No Matinee this time, but there again, the evenings will be brighter and warmer by then.’

‘Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me’ – Cancellation

It is with great regret that Abbots Langley Players theatre group has to announce the cancellation of all performances of the above due to unforeseen circumstances. Any member of the public who has paid for a ticket will be eligible for a complete refund, which can be obtained by applying to the box office on the telephone number as advertised at the bottom of the ‘Book Tickets Online’ page. The production team, cast and director would like to thank you for your support, and the company hopes to see you at future productions, which will be announced on this site when details become available.

Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me

The Publicity Manager for this production, Steve Parker, confirmed recently that things are progressing to plan for next month’s play ‘Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me’. The set design is agreed and the rehearsals are on schedule for opening night, Wednesday 16th November at 8:00PM. Go to the ‘Book Tickets Online’ tab for more details!