(2016 production of Hamlet)


"A high energy and gripping 2 hours"

(The Stage)

(2017 production of Merry Wives of Windsor)


"a clear adaptation and abundant talent"


patron Dame Judi Dench

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We are delighted that our production of Henry V will tour in 2021.

Tour details and booking information can now be found on the Tour page (click here or the button below).

The Festival Players' patron Dame Judi Dench with the cast of the 2018 tour 'The WInter's Tale'


Richard Westcott died on December 20th, 2020 aged 85.  He was a founder member of The Festival Players Theatre Company at the formation in 1985.

Richard had been designing and creating costume for some time and this led to his very successful Agency ‘Dressing Up’ which he ran with his wife Anne from their home near Banbury.  

Richard played many roles for the company over the next 26 years among them an original ‘Bottom’ in Mid-summer Nights Dream in his red boiler suit and an unforgettable Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Ernest – those amazing hats made, of course, by Richard!  A marvellous company member always cheerful and reliable with a great sense of humour which sometimes crept into the performances unrehearsed!  

A good friend who supported the Players through the transition to Equity minimum and Touring status in the late 90’s. During this time Richard’s other work as a Pantomime Dame continued each season. His costumes were sensational – who will ever forget that sparkling walk-down Christmas Tree!  He teamed up with Richard Cowley, the television cook, as Ugly sisters on many occasions.  Richard then devised his own One Man Show ‘There is nothing like Dame’ which toured Nationally with huge success.  This show became ‘Confessions of a Pantomime Dame’ which delighted audiences until a few months ago.  

He will be greatly missed by all his friends both in the profession and those among his larger audiences in the many W. I's around the country.

    “Good night, sweet prince; and flights of angels
     Sing thee to thy rest”

Trish Knight- Webb

Actor, Costume Designer and Pantomime Dame


to the Festival Players International Survival Fund