The Dedham Players is one of the leading local amateur theatre groups drawing on the Colchester, North Essex and South Suffolk regions. Since being founded in 1970 the Dedham Players have mounted over 60 productions. These include our regular shows at the Assembly Rooms in Dedham, normally in Spring and Autumn, and, roughly every 3 years, an open air production mounted in the marvellous setting of Castle House in Dedham. We are always happy to welcome new members - whether they have been involved in amateur theatre before, or just want to have at go at something different. There are many ways of helping out on a production - from acting, costumes, lighting, sound, directing, finding props, painting sets...and as a member you can also enjoy occasional socials, from quizzes to mystery walks, as well as the company of one of the friendliest amateur dramatics groups in North Essex. Of course, if you would just like to come along to see one of our productions, we would love to see you there.


The Dedham Players

Last year Dedham Players received North Essex Theatre Guild Awards for Best Set and Best Actor, as well as Runner up for best production. Full details of all our nominations can be found on our “Links” page.

Latest News:

Dedham Players’ next production will be our very popular summer Open Air production, held every three years in the lovely grounds of Castle House, Dedham. Running from Wednesday 9 July to Saturday 12 July, this year we will be performing The Recruiting Officer by George Farquhar. This is a raucous and wonderfully English comedy of bawdiness, bed-hopping and meddling servants. Tickets are now on sale -

please click on this link:

The link will take you to our

web-based box office where

you can buy and print your

tickets at no extra charge. You also have the option of receiving tickets by mobile phone or post for a small additional fee. Tickets can also be purchased in person at Hoods Newsagents, High St, Dedham. Tickets can be purchased on 0844 8700 887 (note that this number is for ticket sales only (not reservations) and a booking fee applies).


Please see “Current and future productions” page for more details of this exciting event!