LADIES’ DAY by Amanda Whittington. JUNE 7th, 8th, 13th, 14th & 15th.

John Pibworth, our director of the June show “Ladies’ Day”, has selected his cast of ladies and gents(!) and rehearsals are under starters orders! Congratulations to:

Pearl – Gill Richardson
Jan – Helen Lewis
Shelley – Helen Robson
Linda – Emma Walker
Joe/ Patrick – Jamie Pouw
Jim/ Barry – Bill Hansell
Fred/ Kevin – Gerry Mills
Cameraman – Peter Smith

If you are able to help with any of the off-stage roles, then please do contact our production manager – Bill Hansell –
TICKETS WILL BE ON SALE SOON! – guaranteed to be more fun and cheaper than a day at the races!


An exuberant comedy about four likely lasses from the Hull fish docks on a day trip to the races, from the author of Be My Baby

Work, love and life are just one long, hard slog for the fish-filleting foursome Pearl, Jan, Shelley and Linda.  But their fortunes are set to change when Linda finds tickets to Ladies’ Day at Royal Ascot the year it relocated to York.

Out go the hairnets, overalls and wellies as the four ditch work, do themselves up to the nines and head off to the races for a drink, a flirt and a flutter.  If their luck holds, they could hit the jackpot – and more besides…

Read-through/ Social and Auditions

Our first show meeting will be the read-through which is a chance for anyone to just come along and join in the social aspect without any commitment to the show at all. 

Please do come down no matter what your interest may be.  Whether you would like to audition, play a role off-stage or are just interested in listening to a play read; no matter, you’ll be welcome.  Got a friend that might be interested in the show?  Bring them along too…the more the merrier.

Our auditions are very relaxed; no standing in front of panels and acting out prepared pieces.  Just come along and read for whichever part(s) you might be interested in. 

Here are the dates to put in your diary (also available on the Google calendar on our website)

All meetings are in The Jubilee Hall at the Victoria Halls, Hartley Wintney.

Read through – Thursday 7th March 2024 8pm
Auditions – Tuesday 12th and Thursday 14th March 2024, both at 8pm
Rehearsals – from Tuesday 19th March, every Tuesday and Thursday 8-10pm
Sunday rehearsals near to the show (probably two Sundays) TBA
Get in – Saturday 1st June 2024 10am – 4pm
Technical rehearsal – Sunday evening 2nd June 2024
Dress Rehearsal – Tuesday 4th June 2024, curtain 7.45
Trial Performance – Thursday 6th June 2024, curtain 7.45
Show dates…

Friday 7th June 2024, curtain 7.45

Saturday 8th June 2024, curtain 7.45

Thursday 13th June 2024, curtain 7.45

Friday 14th June 2024, curtain 7.45

Saturday 15th June 2024, curtain 7.45

Get-out Sunday 16th June 2024, 10-12pm

Which role is for you?

4 females and up to 6 males in cameo roles:

Pearl, a fish packer – mid-fifties – 381 lines

Jan, a fish packer – mid-forties – 382 lines

Shelley, a fish packer – mid-twenties – 490 lines

Linda, a fish packer – mid-twenties – 254 lines

Joe, their supervisor – 67 lines

Fred, a ticket tout – 14 lines

Jim McCormack, a TV pundit – 128 lines, including almost a full page to camera; also has to teach the girls the bookies hand signals (tic-tac)

Patrick, an Irish Jockey – 54 lines, includes two ½ page speeches

Kevin, a gambler – 25 lines

Barry, a bookie – 55 lines

Murder on the Overnight Express! February 23rd, 24th 29th. March 1st & 2nd

All aboard – Can you solve a murder?!!


A COMEDY MURDER MYSTERY SUPPER THEATRE, with YOU, the audience guessing “Who dunnit”!

Inspector Pluckett and Constable Lou Tennant will be leading the investigation with a little help from you! Our cast are busy rehearsing and learning their lines to provide a wonderful evening of entertainment. You will have a chance to personally question the suspects during the interval to see what they know and what they are hiding!!!

A delicious supper will also be served in the interval provided by local company Signature Catering Ltd. The menu and tickets are available from

View the Menu Here

Will you guess who dunnit?! A prize for the winning team each night.

Tickets and menu at Box Office: 07899 998906


Fully Licensed bar, tea & coffee

We look forward to welcoming you on board the Overnight Express!!

Book your tickets Now!

Murder on the Overnight Express! Congratulations to our Murder Mystery cast:

Inspector Pluckett – Giles Webb

Constable Lou Tennant – Julie Farrow

William Williams – Gerry Mills

Brigadier – Bill Hansell

Lady Brig – Emma Walker

Wee Jeanie McMumble – Helen Robson

Alphonse le Chevalier – Jamie Pouw

Brenda Grubbley – Luci Bland/ Sarah Lee

Dolores Delgado – Amy Spiller-Davey

Show dates:

Friday 23rd, Saturday 24th,Thursday 29th February, Friday 1st, Saturday 2nd March.

Reminder! Read through and auditions for “Scrooge’s Nightmare!” 8pm Thursday 9th November.

TONIGHT we have a read through and auditions for “Scrooge’s Nightmare!” A 20 min play that is being directed by Lesley Nicholls as part of our Christmas production “Merry Music & Christmas Capers”

Come and get into the “spirit of Christmas!”

8pm Lady Kaye Room
Victoria Halls
Hartley Wintney



Marley’s Ghost

Fanny, Scrooge’s sister

Ghost of Christmas Present

Friend of above

Pizza Delivery person (walk on part)

Show dates: HAG Rocks! Christmas Concert 8th & 9th December 2023 7.45pm.

Members and non members welcome. A fun show for our actors and audiences!


Important Dates for your Diary.

31st October Read Through Mystery Murder Jubilee Hall 8.00pm

2nd November Auditions Mystery Murder Jubilee Hall 8.00pm

7th November Auditions Mystery Murder Jubilee Hall 8.00pm

9th November Read Through/Auditions “Scrooges Nightmare” Lady Kaye Room 8.00pm

16th, 23rd & 29th November Rehearsal “Scrooges Nightmare” Lady Kaye Room 8.00pm

8th-9th December HAG Rocks Christmas Concert Victoria Hall 7.45pm

Tickets available from the Box Office 07899 998906 and


What a fabulous first week of our show!

Comments received from our audiences were so wonderful:

“So clever and entertaining, great job by you all.”
“It was very impressive. Truly. Well done cast and crew. Bravo.”
“Such an amazing production for an amateur group. One of the best I have ever seen!”

Click here for a sneak preview!

If you haven’t been to see Dracula yet, then be quick as tickets are “flying” out the door and there are only a handful of seats remaining for Thursday, Friday and Saturday this week.


 Hartley Arts Group is excited to be working with the new look Auriol Wine Bar in the village, to bring you a pre-theatre dining experience. Auriol Wine Bar is newly refurbished (but is still a wine shop too) and is offering grazing boards of charcuterie, cheese (from their award winning friends at Village Maid in Riseley), or both. The platters are the perfect way to dine before coming to see Dracula and John and his team are looking forward to hosting you.
The wine list and food menu is here. Numbers are limited so don’t miss out, please do call them asap on 01252 843 190 to reserve your table.

Live local and love local with a theatre and dining experience on your doorstep.

We look forward to welcoming you to Transylvania for the final 3 performances of this thrilling, chilling production!

19, 20, 21 OCTOBER 2023
Tickets £15

All our shows have a licensed bar serving alcohol, soft drinks, snacks and tea and coffee will also be available. Seating is around tables to make for a more comfortable experience.

Box office 07899 998906 /
Can you help? We’re always looking for new members (sound, lighting, set building, costumes, props!). To find out more about what really goes on behind the scenes, come and join us on or off the stage!
Email us at

September 2023 News Update

HAG is a hive of activity at the moment and there’s an exciting feeling that something very special is being created in Hartley Wintney.  Under the expert guidance of our wonderful director Gill Richardson, HAG is rehearsing a contemporary staging of the most successful horror story in history – DRACULA!
 13, 14, 19, 20, 21 OCTOBER 2023  Tickets £15
We have a licensed bar serving alcohol, soft drinks, snacks, tea and coffee. Seating is around tables to make for a more comfortable experience.

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HAG ROCKS! CHOIR  Choir re-started on 4th September and are rehearsing for the Christmas Show – now is a good time to join; learn new songs; make new friends and be energised by singing.  Come along on Monday evenings in the Jubilee Hall 7.30pm to 9.30pm. The first night is free, so why not give us a try!