Croft Archives News:  There are now lots more additions to the archives

Feel like a wander down Memory Lane, or a Historical view for the younger members?

We  have nearly all programmes in our Archives Section,with many photos, newspaper articles & reviews spanning over 100 years.

Quite a few from the 1930's and the Roaring 20's, with some interesting newspaper articles from the 1930's.

The Archives are being added to frequently.

We are still searching for the programmes for:  1930, 1933, and 1934

If you have any memorabillia or photos we can add to the archives or gallery please contact us via the website


Info for new members wanting to join the company: See [About Us]

For more help please  'CONTACT US'


1st November 2018      Davron Hicks (Bustopher Jones)

Due to family commitments, Davron is sadly no longer able to be in our show 'CATS'. We’ll miss you Davron and hope you can join us again in the future. Steve Pashley has kindly agreed to take over the role of Bustopher Jones, and we know he’ll do us proud.

The updated Cast List is published on "What's On"



16th September 2018

Thank you to everyone who came to our auditions.

After 6 hours of deliberations we're really proud to announce our cast.

We think they're going to be purrrfect



17th July 2018

Croft House Theatre Company

are pleased to announce the appointment of our new Vice President JOAN BENNETT.

Joan has been a member of Croft since 1975, as a performer and trustee for many years holding various positions. She is currently our treasurer, a post she has held for over 22 years. Joan is pictured here with Croft President John Higgins.





 17th July 2018

 Congratulations to JAMES BELL - Winner of the 2018 'Brian Revitt Award'









Congratulations to James Bell who is this year’s recipient of the Brian Revitt award.

James took over the role of Luke for the final act of our final performance of '7 Brides for 7 Brothers', after Simon Addy badly injured his knee in the fight scene at the end of Act I.  Simon who is currently recovering from surgery on the knee has been awarded our honorary Oscar.



Simon Addy

Simon spectacularly injured his knee during the

last performance of '7 Brides for 7 Brothers'

We wish him a speedy recovery.

When we say "Break A Leg" Simon  - don't take us literally






Miss Brenda Scaife   -   Honorary Vice President

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our Vice President, Brenda Scaife, who died peacefully on 1st June 2018.

Joining Croft in1946 after the 2nd World War, Miss Scaife was most probably Crofts longest serving member. Her first production with "The Croft House Settlement Operatic and Dramatic Society" was in 1947 at The Sheffield Empire Theatre in "Belle of New York". This aptly describes Brenda as she had many a tale to tell of her cruises to New York;  along with fascinating tales from 'the old days' when the late Laurie Lingard was Director, Douglas Sadler was M.D.. and the famous Connie Grant was choreographer.
She became Croft Secretary in1978 and held this position for over 30 years - until 2008 when she was elected Vice Chairman of the Trustees. She retired from the Trustees committee in 2009 and became Vice President of the Society. Brenda devoted nearly 70 years to Croft House Theatre Company . She was also a staunch member of N.O.D.A. and thoroughly enjoyed participating in the annual conferences and balls held in Bridlington. She was always available for  advice and held a wealth of knowledge about the Society. A much loved and respected veteran member of Croft.



December 2017

Congratulations to Judith Temple & Hazel Crowther

Presented with Croft Life Membership

by CHTC President John Higgins







12th July 2017

Remembering Judi Johnson Hart

Lyceum Chair Plaque



3rd January 2017

23rd September 2016

Get Well Wishes

To our Vice President

Miss Brenda Scaife

Convalescing at Tapton Edge Nursing Home



A.G.M.   5th July 2016

Mr John Higgins (President) Chaired the meeting


 Martin Peacock presents Helen Fidler with the Brian Revitt Award


New Chairman Fiona Hannon with Martin Peacock on his retirement from Croft

We wish Martin all the best in his transfer to Guernsey

New elected Committee are:

Fiona Hannon - Chair

Andrew Stansall - Vice Chair

Shan Bennett - Secretary

Joan Bennett - Treasurer

Kath Kenyon - Business Manager

Gareth Davies - Branding Manager

Melody Cole - Members Liaison Officer

Members Representatives:

Laura Collis, Helen Green, Rachel Pointon



26th November 2015

Happy 30th Birthday to Joe Hamilton (Cinderella's Prince)

Celebrating with the Cast of 'Into The Woods'


Congratulations to Members - Rachel Pointon, Louise Walker & Laura Collis

The next generation of Croft members were born in 2015

10th June 2015      Sebastian Hay Pointon

31st July 2015      Amelia Louise Walker

2nd September 2015      Matilda Jessie Collis



16th December 2015

Congratulations to Dorothy Moore

who has received Life Membership of Croft 

Her first show was Die Fledermaus in 1972

Her last performance with Croft was in Mame 2006

& she has been assistant Treasurer since 2008.


July 2015 AGM

Congratulations to

Christine Minott

Winner of the Arnold Laver Award for 2015


15th November 2014 

GRADUATION  CONGRATULATIONS  to Mark Drakeford & Ellie Hudson

Mark & Ellie as Sandie & Danny in

Croft's production of Grease 2014


22nd October 2014  -  Free Mailing List Draw

The winners name was drawn at rehearsal tonight by our 'Deloris' Sharon Stacey

Congratulations to JULIE BRIGGS who has won 2 tickets to see 'Sister Act' on 10th March 2015


Andrea's Funeral will be at Hutcliffe Wood Cemetery

Wednesday 15th October at 11:30am


 27th September 2014                      ANDREA BAGNALL


Croft House Theatre Company are very sad to announce

the passing of Andrea on Saturday 27th September 2014


Andrea was a member of Croft for over 40 years

Her first production was in 'The Merry Widow' in 1971

She is pictured here in the ensemble for 1982 and in 'Mame'  2006

Our condolences are sent to her friends & family.


Tuesday 2nd September

Sandra & Keith Houldsworth

presented with Life Membership of Croft House Theatre Company

by The President - Kathleen Revitt


Tuesday 2nd September

SHEFFIELD FAYRE  at Norfolk Heritage Park on Sunday 24th August.

(The winning ticket was drawn at the first rehearsal tonight)

The Lucky Winner of 2 tickets to see 'Sister Act' is -

AMANDA POOLE of Southey Green

Thank you to Mary Newey for running the promotion,

with much appreciated help from Sandra & Keith Houldsworth



Miss Brenda Scaife (CHTC Vice President)

presented with NODA 70 years medal from David Streeter ( Councillor for NODA North East)


Louise Walker  -

Receiving the Brian Revitt Award from President Kath Revitt & Chairman Martin Peacock


Life Membership awarded to:

Joan & Ron Bennett, Kath & Neil Kenyon, and Sandra & Keith Houldsworth


22nd May 2014

Congratulations to Janet Sanders

Janet has been awarded her 50 year NODA gold bar for service to Amateur Theatre.

Croft are very proud that Janet has been a member for so many of those years.


April 2014

Well Done to Hazel Handley

Congratulations to Hazel - who has recently been awarded her 50 year

NODA gold bar for service to Amateur Theatre.


Croft are very proud that Hazel has been a member for so many of those years



Grease 2014





Mary  'in the pink'  Newey

From Leading Lady to Lead Programme promoter


Croft President & Past President

Kath Revitt & Basil Andrews

The Presidents Evening in The Lyceum Hepworth Room Wed 12th March 2014

Attended by NODA Officials, Croft Officials & Croft Life Members & friends





Pauline Coopland 'Our Coops' 

Opening Night of Grease 2014



'Break a Leg' to all our members in 'Grease' this week

Best wishes for a stonking week to all the Cast, Crew, Technicians,

& all the un-sung heroes connected with this production

Jack's Funeral

 2:30 on Monday 17th February 2014

St Johns Church, Abbeydale Rd South


Funeral arrangements will be posted when available


A Very Happy Christmas from Team Croft 2013




4th December 2013




Tuesday 19th November 2013

The WINNER of the mailing list draw was randomly selected tonight by our leading Lady & Man

SANDY & DANNY  ( aka  Ellie & Mark )

The lucky winner of 2 tickets for 'GREASE' opening night is C. MITCHELL




16th October 2013

JOHN EATON -  Croft Director from 1969 (Desert Song) to 1974 (Bitter Sweet) died peacefully this morning.

Our condolences are sent to his wife Hazel & two sons.



6th October 2013

Congratulations to Croft Member Philippa Matkin

who got engaged this weekend to Garry.


Good Luck Ellie !

We're very proud of Croft member Ellie Hudson who will be appearing in a new musical
"Our School" with NYMT at the St James Theatre in London from 14 to 17 August.
We're also very pleased to be able to support her in this production through the 1st Judith Silvester Bursary.
Good Luck Ellie from all your friends at Croft


1st August 2013         

Croft House Theatre Company are happy to announce

Kathleen Revitt as our new President

Kath has been a member of CHTC for 60 years and in that time has appeared on stage,
acted as committee member and served as Chairman for more than 10 years.
We look forward to working with Kath in her new role and also to celebrating her 60th anniversary with her.

Brian Revitt Award 2013    

Congratulations to Nick Challenger who was presented with this award by Kathleen Revitt at this years AGM.
His hairdressing skills went beyond the call of duty during show week & the care of wigs was exceptional.

The Oscar 2013

This 'for humour' award was won by our very own Mrs Overall, Helen Kempton, who in the line of duty "the show must go on" performed all week in Acorn Antiques with a very badly sprained calf. This obviously made her facial expressions real & improved her performance.
Runner up was Fiona Hannon who managed to get her lines out on opening night despite nearly choking with a very bad cough & sore throat.


Friday 26th July 2013

HUGE Congratulations to our Stage Manager Paul Minott & Props Maestro Christine Froggatt
who were married yesterday in Western Park Bandstand.
All beautifully staged, of course.
Much love from all at CHTC

25th July 2013:

We are very pleased to annouce that Andrew Griffiths will be our Musical Director for 'Grease'.
Andrew has lots of experience working in Sheffield   & nationally on professional tours such as Evita and Joseph.


Elaine Spall (Member of CHTC in 1980)
Has written these poetic words
I believe she's still dancing  way up high
In a place that is hidden beyond the sky
With her graceful moves and her unmatched style
Classic choreography and winning smile
I believe she's still dancing to an eternal beat
Reminding the angels to point their feet
Needs no glitter or sequins to make her shine bright
And from behind the scenes she still steals the spotlight
I believe she's still dancing directing a show
That will never be witnessed by us here, below
So dance on Miss Judy but take a moment to pause
And you'll hear us, all give you a well deserved applause

RIP Miss Judy. Forever dancing...


Miss Judy's Funeral will be on Thursday July 11th 2013 at 2.00pm
All Saints Parish Church Ecclesall
Ringinglow Road
S11 7PQ

Sheffield Telegraph 4th July 2013

Sheffield Star 27th June 2013


Judith Silvester

It was with great sadness that we learned on Sunday 23rd June

of the sudden death of our President, Judith Silvester.

Miss Judy (as she was known to all) first joined Croft in the 1950s as a dancer.
In the years to come she was to be leading lady, choreographer, director and president.
Her commitment and passion were legendary and she became an inspiration to us all.
Her students have travelled the world, taking with them her discipline and professionalism, but more than that she was a friend to so many of us.
She was able to move with ease from the highest level of professional dance training to gently coaching those less able to deliver a performance with confidence and aplomb.
We are stunned by this sad news and send all our love to her daughters Tracey and Karen.


Gareth Davies & Joan Bennett 2013

NODA Award Winners for CHTC "The Sound of Music Programme"

Antique Acorn Competition Marigold Winners:

1st: Andrew (Gold)  2nd: Jillybean (Pink)  Joint 3rd: Our Mel (Blue) & Richard Roper


CROFT & STOS  Dinner Dance 2013 at Baldwins Omega


NEWS from N.O.D.A. Conference 2013

Croft House Theatre Company WON first prize in the regional competition "Deluxe Programme Class"

for their 2012 "Sound of Music" Programme  (can be viewed in the Archives section of this website)

Chairman - Martin Peacock with Vice President - Brenda Scaife

1) With Judi Johnson Hart & Gareth Davies

2) Members from Sheffield attending the NODA conference pictured with David Streeter (NODA regional councilor )



----->     STAR REVIEW     Read the review on-line for Acorn Antiques

VIP night at 'Acorn Antiques' Lyceum Theatre -  Thursday 21st March 2013

The Lord Mayor, Councillor John Campbell, & Ms Catherine Taylor meet the cast after the show
The Lord Mayor chose the winning ticket for the Antique Acorns Puzzle and
Presented the prize of a pink sequined bottle of bubbly to our Melodie


Opening Night of Acorn Antiques The Musical  19th March 2013

The President of NODA Mr Derek Grattidge meets the cast on stage after the show

Sheffield Star Review  21st March 2013

Can now be viewed in The Archives

Telegraph - Thursday 14th March 2013

Can now be viewed in The Archives

Read all about it at:

Latest News from Sheffields Town Talk  (Acorn Antiques)

Red Nose Day   'Rehearsals'


Watch Kates BIG surprise on film

Courtesy of You Tube

8th December 2012

Congratulations to Andy & Laura Collis

On the birth of their daughter Isabella Mary CollisSaturday 8th December 2012
Best wishes from all your friends at Croft House Theatre Company


Best wishes to all members performing in:

"Thank You For The Music"   24th November 2012


Remembering Malcolm Johnson

Featuring Croft House Theatre Company

Proceeds to The Fire Service Benevolent Fund and Barnsley Hospice

DETAILS & FLYER are already posted on earlier news


19th November 2012   (Competition for Members & Friends of CROFT)

The Antique Acorns Competition

The 'Acorns' are pictured here on holiday in Devon.
There will be postings of them pictured at various venues/sites in and around Sheffield
Competition Rules: Answers to Joan please
You have to tell me where the Acorns are - by private message (FB) Text or email:
ALL correct answers from each photo will be put in a draw to select the overall winner
Anyone publishing the answers on FB comments /Twitter /or other will be disqualified.

STOS  'A Christmas Carol The Musical'    

13th to 17th November 2012

WELL DONE  to all our members & friends who are performing in this superb production
Directed by Mark Feakins, Choreography by Claire Harriott, Musical Direction by Andy Collis,
at The Sheffield LYCEUM this week.




November 2012

Best Wishes & Well Done to Katie Mather

Katie has gained a placement to be a 'Character Performer' 

as part of a Summer work experience


from 10th June to 16th August 2013.


24th November 2012

"Thank You For The Music"


Remembering Malcolm Johnson

Featuring Croft House Theatre Company

Huddersfield Rd, Barnsley S75 1DT
Tickets £6.00
Proceeds to The Fire Service Benevolent Fund
and Barnsley Hospice
for more info






A HUGE CROFT THANK YOU to Richard Roper of Bournemouth

Richard has kindly supplied us with copies of  several 1950's programmes and dozens of
newspaper articles/reviews dating back to 1928 for our Archives section of the website.  
You can read Richards interesting facts on the 'About Us' section of the website.


11th Sept 2012 -  Congratulations & Welcome to 5 new Croft Members

Carla, Becky, Hayley, Lizzie & Rebekah have successfully passed their entrance auditions tonight



Both leave for Theatre Schools on Sunday 9th Sept
Ben (equity name: Ben Millerman) is studying for a 3yr  BA at  The Arden School of Theatre in Manchester.
Eleanor is doing a 1yr Intensive Musical Theatre Course at Performance Preparation Academy in Guildford.

Well Done & Best Wishes from all your friends at Croft.


Tuesday 4th Sept  2012                                                  CROFT Bowling Team

Thank you to Louise who organised a pre-rehearsal social event.
A good time was had by all


KATE GUITE  (Katie Dickinson) sadly passed away on 30th August 2012

Kate, along with her late husband  Eric Dickinson, were Principal Members of Croft during the 60's & 70's.
Their daughter Fiona, followed her talented parents and is a playing member and Trustee of Croft House T.C.
Our condolenses are sent to Fiona Hannon, and family.
Kate's  funeral will be at Rotherham Crematorium on Friday 7th Sept at 3.45.
  Katie pictured in the  Croft 1971 Programme.

Sheffield Jubilee Fayre   26th & 27th August 2012






Congratulations to   Mr ALAN MILLER
The Winner of the Draw to win 2 tickets to see 'Acorn Antiques'
Thank you to Ben & Hayley (Sunday)    &  Andrew, Shan, Judith, Sandra, Keith, Louise & Mark (Monday)


The Brian Revitt Award Winner(s)   'The Sound of Music'    6 Chaper-Nuns  

Jill Beckett, Jenny Bingham, Laura Collis, Katie Mather, Kate Parkin, Emma Townend






       The President, Miss Judith Silvester presents the Award
     With Lisl & The Von Trapp 12 children teams Bread & Jam













AGM 17th July 2012

  • Chaired by Miss Judith Silvester - The President of Croft Theatre Company
  • Joan Bennett has retired as Chairman but will continue as Treasurer.
  • New Chairman is Mr Martin Peacock  (previously Vice Chairman)
  • New Members representative -  Mr Gareth Davies  (Director of last 2 productions for Croft)
  • Additional Vice President -  Mr John Higgins  (former MD of Croft for 28years)
  • Life Membership awarded to Miss Margaret Brown for her long service to the company

The Oscar Nominations 2012

Awarded for daft, funny, outrageous, off the wall antics.

  • Thea - for losing her front teeth during rehearsals but still smiling
  • Maddie - for changing into her PJ's end of rehearsals to be ready for bed

  • David - for writing an entire script for his 'un-scripted' role

  • Joan - for breaking all records with her 22 bows

  • Paul - for saving the nuns from a Nun-Skittle during a live performance.

The Winner was -  Mr Paul Minott  (Production Manager & Life Saver)


24th January 2012:              

E-Mailing List Free Ticket Draw


 Winner:   DAWN BROWN 

The winner was selected by Thea & Maddie  who play the role of Gretl
on alternate nights in 'The Sound of Music'  ~ 13th -17th March





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