About Us

The Chatsworth Players were formed in 2007 by Sylvia Jackson, a professional actor and director who moved to live in Bakewell. We have been performing in Chatsworth’s beautiful little theatre ever since.

We’ve built a wonderfully loyal following of hundreds of patrons from all over the country. We even have patrons from abroad (from as far as Canada, the USA and Japan) who make sure that their visits to the UK coincide with our productions. Now that’s true dedication!

We began with Arthur Miller’s shocking play ‘The Crucible’, touring the village halls of the Peak District, culminating in a performance at Chatsworth House. Since then, we’ve been playing to sold-out houses. We choose plays that complement the beautiful theatre, usually historic or classical: from ‘Jane Eyre’, to ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ to ‘A Man for all Seasons’. We have a talented group of players and crew from as far afield as Sheffield and Mansfield. We’re all amateurs, from a variety of walks of life, with an age range from 15 to 86!

You would be very welcome to come and join us if you love theatre and have enthusiasm and time. We would love to meet you if you fancy acting, hairdressing, designing, painting, hunting for props, organising, prompting, welcoming our guests, book-keeping and many other things!

We’re a bunch of ordinary folk who love the theatre and come together to do something extra-ordinary twice a year. We would be very happy to welcome you to our merry band. Come and be part of our success – or failing that, join our mailing list and come along to enjoy the performance. It’s the kind of community endeavour that makes life worth living – even though we’re simply players on a stage…………..


Sylvia founded the Chatsworth Players in 2007. The theatre has been Sylvia's life - after training at the Albert Hall in the Central School of Speech and Drama in the 50s, she has performed, directed and taught drama for over 60 years. Sylvia directed all of the Players' productions until 2018. Her focus has always been on quality and a desire for the best. Her direction has always been of the highest possible standard and her pre-show chats with the audience are the stuff of legend!


Lindsay is a founder member of the Players. After performing in our first production, she moved abroad and so was only able to help behind the scenes. But after returning home in 2017, she's much more active.  She's now the Chair of the Players. 

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