The Harlequin Players Club first formed in Northwich in 1946, as part of the local Arts and Music Society. Originally there were 32 members and there was a pillar in the centre of the stage for the first play that the group performed. In 1984, the group moved into the current premises on Queen Street, The Harlequin Theatre, which has been the groups permanent base ever since. More about the history of the Harlequins can be read here.

The Harlequin Theatre is a black box theatre, seating 96 audience members per performance. The Harlequins has a reputation as one of Cheshire’s leading amateur theatre and has presented some of Cheshire’s most memorable award-winning theatrical experiences. The theatre presents six productions a year with an additional two performances from our Youth section aswel as hosting workshops with theatre practitioners and performances from visiting companies.

In September 2013, the youth section was launched and has thrived ever since with our youngsters performing to sell out audiences and winning a number of awards.

We are always looking to expand our membership and we rely on volunteers to keep the groups going.

  • Getting involved in a production

    If you are interested in performing on stage or helping backstage for a production you can look at our 'What's On' section or click on the show that you are interested in. We recommend that you come along to the readings, that way you can meet the director for more information and those also wanting to get involved in the show. 

  • Behind the scenes

    To produce our award winning shows we are always on the look out for new directors, light and sound technicians, stage managers, props makers, set builders and costume, the list is endless. If you have any skills that you could offer at the theatre backstage to help make the magic happen on stage we want to hear from you!

    We are currently looking for directors for next season (2019/2020), if you would like to direct, please see the section below for more information.

  • Front of House

    We are always looking for individuals to help as part of our front of house team. We are looking for those:

    • who have a passion for theatre and the arts;

    • are reliable, punctual and diligent;

    • who are confident with customers; and

    • who like to learn new skills. 

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Calling All Directors


Each year, our Play Selection Committee chooses the next year's programme from those plays submitted for selection. Normally a potential director will submit a couple of plays, so the Committee may select the best choices to put together a balanced season.

If you would like to submit a play, please download and read the guidelines and then use the downloadable form.  Let us know via the contact form above, if you have any problems or require further information.

Once you have completed the Play Submission Form, please submit to

For further information, please call us on +44 (0)1606 246 831.

The Harlequin Theatre is a registered charity. Charity No. 507845