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Pavilion Arts Centre,
May 2024.

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February 2024.



Pavilion Arts Centre,
November 2023.

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Buxton Festival Fringe,

July 2023.



Pavilion Arts Centre,
May 2023.



February 2023.



Pavilion Arts Centre,
November 2022.



Green Man Gallery,
September 2022.



Buxton Opera House,
May 2022.



February 2022.

'Shakespeare Jukebox is the link between the Fringe and The Festival. It enhances the overall experience for theatre-goers and the forecourt of the Opera House simply would feel very empty without it. I am certainly going back for more, as each night promises to be different. This really is street theatre at its best!' - Buxton Fringe review 2012

'Buxton Drama League continue their tradition of early New Year pantos, and this has to be one of the best yet ... the production is slick and contains all the elements you might expect in a panto – oh yes it does! ... The acting is great throughout, and it is lovely to see the enjoyment on the faces of these (mostly) young performers.' - Review of Red Riding Hood & Her Merry Men, 2023

'Scattered with sharp, witty lines, this is a performance which commands undivided attention to the often-wordy philosophical arguments ... Buxton Drama League has once again shown that the amateur can be every bit as professional as those who do it for a living. With such a fine performance, it is a pity that all the effort and skill runs for only three nights' - Pure Buxton review of Breaking the Code 2013

'The Winter’s Tale was a triumph – possibly the best Drama League production I can remember. I have been much less moved (and more irritated) by professional productions of this, admittedly difficult, but really profound play. 

... The acting was uniformly strong, even to attendant lords, ladies and messengers. All deserve high praise;

... the production, like the play, was great. I went prepared to forgive, but came out dewy-eyed and cheering.' - Review of The Winter's Tale 2013

Buxton Drama League past shows

(This is an incomplete list. If you can remember other BDL shows that we've forgotten, email

1922 – Bazhouka Meets The Gods

1923 – The Master of the House

1924 – Playgoers

1925 – Isabel, Edward & Anne

1926 – Husbands Are A Problem, Becky Sharpe

1927 – Kick-In, The Dover Road

1928 – The Bill of Divorcement, The Chinese Puzzle

1930 – Passing Brompton Road, The Eternal Spring

1931 – The Romantic Young Lady

1933 – Murder on the Second Floor

1934 – The Circle

1935 – Laburnum Grove, Black Coffee

1936 – Children To Bless You

1937 – The Two Mrs Carrolls, Eden End

1938 – Night Must Fall, Eight Bells

1939 – Still Life, Crisis Comes Home, London Wall

1940 – They Fly By Twilight

1948 – Grand National Night, An Inspector Calls

1949 – Richard of Bordeaux

1950 – The Chiltern Hundreds

1951 – The Blind Goddess, By Candlelight

1952 –The Seventh Veil, Home at Seven

1953 – Treasure Hunt, The Wandering Jew

1954 – Love from a Stranger, The Noble Spaniard

1955 – A Symphony in Two Flats, Night Was Our Friend

1956 – The Happy Marriage, Relative Values

1957 – A Murder Has Been Arranged, A Bride in Samaria

1958 – Teahouse of the August Moon, The Man Who Came To Dinner

1959 – My Sister Eileen, The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial

1960 – Blithe Spirit, Hans, The Witch & The Goblin

1961 – The Matchmaker

1962 – Doctor in the House, One-Act Plays (Villa for Sale, Collect your Hand Baggage, The Bear), Affairs of State

1963 – Pygmalion, One-Act Plays (Living Image), The Kingmaker

1964 – Brush with a Body, The House by the Lake, One-Act Plays (The Proposal, Holiday Eve, The Eccentric)

1965 – One-Act Plays (A Family Occasion), Love's A Luxury

1966 – Arms & The Man, Harlequinade

1967 – The Italian Straw Hat, Semi-Detached

1968 – The Bride & The Bachelor, Hotel Paradiso, The Heiress

1969 – The Heiress, One-Act Plays (The Return of Arlecchino, Gentle Rain, El Campasino), Christmas Punch

1970 – The Chalk Garden, Triple Bill (The Orchestra, The Faithful Widow of Ephesus, The Public Eye), More Christmas Punch

1971 – Under Milk Wood, The Crucible

1972 – Hobson's Choice, A Christmas Carol

1973 – The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Dinner with the Family, Dear Octopus

1974 – The Murder of Maria Marten (or the Red Barn), Arsenic & OId Lace

1975 – She Stoops To Conquer

1976 – The Love of Four Colonels, Blithe Spirit

1977 – Macbeth, Play It Again, Sam

1978 – Everything in the Garden, When We Are Married

1979 – The Importance of Being Earnest, The Hollow, Under Milk Wood

1980 – Habeas Corpus, And Then There Were None, Toad of Toad Hall

1981 – How the Other Half Loves, The Glass Menagerie, Doctor Who & The Seven Keys to Doomsday

1982 – Bedroom Farce, The Man Who Came To Dinner

1983 – Murder by the Book, Billy Liar, A Christmas Carol

1984 – The Enquiry, Fur Coat & No Knickers, Tom Jones

1985 – Boeing Boeing, Spring and Port Wine, The Creature Creeps

1986 – The Secretary Bird, An Inspector Calls, Close The Coalhouse Door

1987 – A Bedfull of Foreigners, Charley's Aunt, Season's Greetings

1988 – Fur Coat and No Knickers, The Happiest Days Of Your Life, Ring Around The Moon

1989 – A Chorus of Disapproval, Fatal Attraction

1990 – Rebecca, Outside Edge, No Sex Please, We're British

1991 – Miranda, Confusions, A Voyage Round My Father

1992 – My Cousin Rachel, A Month of Sundays

1993 – The Killing of Sister George, The Roses of Eyam, Run For Your Wife

1994 – Humpty Dumpty, Last Tango in Whitby, Lord Arthur Savill's Crime, The Real Inspector Hound

1995 – Mother Goose, Sherlock Holmes, How the Other Half Loves

1996 – Sinbad the Sailor, Arms & The Man, It Runs In The Family


1997 – Goldilocks & The Three Bears, Family Circles, The Roses of Eyam, Shadowlands

1998 – The Grand Old Duke of York, Comfort & Joy

1999 – Robinson Crusoe, Suddenly Last Summer, Something Unspoken, Mixed Doubles, Maskerade

2000 – Cinderella, Black Comedy, Mansfield Park, Merry Regiment of Women

2001 – Babes in the Wood, Habeas Corpus, An Inspector Calls

2002 – Aladdin, Move Over Mrs Markham, Relative Values

2003 – House of Dreams, Beyond Reasonable Doubt

2004 – King Arthur, Hobson’s Choice, Office Suite, Carpe Jugulum

2005 – Old Mother Hubbard, Body Language, Seeds of Doubt, The Shakespeare Jukebox, Stepping Out

2006 – Old King Cole, Communicating Doors, Chopin & The Eurovision Song Contest, The Shakespeare Jukebox, Flare Path

2007 – Theseus & The Maze of the Minotaur, The Memory of Water, The Shakespeare Jukebox, The Darling Buds of May

2008 – Babes in the Wood, Steel Magnolias, Come Wind, Come Weather, Gym & Tonic

2009 – The Pied Piper & The Rats of Hamelin, Contiguity, The Shakespeare Jukebox, Witness for the Prosecution

2010 – Aladdin, The Venetian Twins, Beginnings, The Shakespeare Jukebox, I Remember Mamma

2011 – Snow White & The Nine Aliens, Absurd Person Singular, Hungry Generations, The Shakespeare Jukebox, Alarms & Excursions

2012 – The Three Musketeers, Mort, The Shakespeare Jukebox, Habeas Corpus

2013 – Frankenstein the Panto, The Winter’s Tale, The Shakespeare Jukebox, Breaking the Code

2014 – Oh, What A Lovely War!, Caroline, The Shakespeare Jukebox

2015 – Treasure Island, Butley, The Shakespeare Jukebox, Season's Greetings

2016 – One Man, Two Guvnors, The Shakespeare Jukebox, Theseus & The Maze of the Minotaur

2017 – 1001 Arabian Nights (and a Matinee), Enlightenment, The Shakespeare Jukebox, Dracula

2018 – Knight Fever!, Telling Lives, The Shakespeare Jukebox

2019 – Captain Hook's Revenge, Bedroom Farce, Contractions, The Shakespeare Jukebox, The Box of Delights

2020 – Mother Goose, Alice Goes Elsewhere (online), The Shakespeare Jukebox (online)

2021 – The Shakespeare Jukebox

2022 – Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs, The Crucible, A Whiter Shade of Pale (online), The Shakespeare Jukebox, 100 Years in One Night, Wyrd Sisters

2023 – Red Riding Hood and her Merry Men, Blithe Spirit, Two, The Shakespeare Jukebox, Uncle Vanya

2024 – Goldilocks & The Three Bears, Ladies' Day

Awards and Nominations

2005 – Buxton Fringe Awards: Best Actor nominations – Maria Carnegie, Robbie Carnegie, Margaret Gill (Seeds of Doubt)

2006 – Buxton Fringe Awards: Best Actor nomination – Rebecca Widdowson (Chopin & The Eurovision Song Contest)

2008, 2010–2019, 2021–2023 – Buxton Fringe Awards: Best Street Theatre winner – The Shakespeare Jukebox

2014 – Buxton Fringe Awards: Best Production nomination – Caroline; Best Actress nomination – Ioana Voisei (Caroline)

2015 – NODA East Midlands Awards: Best Production nomination –Season's Greetings

2016 – Buxton Fringe Awards: Best For Families nomination – Theseus & The Maze of the Minotaur

2018 – Buxton Fringe Awards: Best Production nomination – Telling Lives

2019 – Buxton Fringe Awards: Best Actress nomination – Corinne Coward (Contractions)

2022 – Buxton Fringe Awards: Best Spoken Word nomination – A Whiter Shade of Pale, Spirit of the Fringe winner – The Shakespeare Jukebox

2023 Buxton Fringe Awards: Best Production nomination – Two, Best Actress nomination – Corinne Coward (Two), Best Actor nomination – Andrew Freeman (Two)

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