Cooking with Elvis

Only until October 29th!!

Cooking with Elvis
by Lee Hall

Director: Robert Taylor

appropriately shocking….inappropriately funny

 ADULT COMEDY – 16 yrs+

Strong language warning

When an amateur Elvis impersonator is paralyzed in a car crash, his wife and daughter are forced to cope with the aftermath. Jill finds comfort in the kitchen, cooking and eating. Mam finds solace in sex and alcohol. When Mam invites her lover, Stewart, to move in to the family home with her, Jill, Elvis and the pet tortoise, things turn nasty.

Set in Newcastle in the north of England, this is a darkly comic tale about a dysfunctional family and the way they come to terms with tragedy.
Punctuating the play and making it even more bizarre and entertaining are the “Elvis moments”, when Dad breaks out of his wheelchair and performs various Elvis numbers.

The play was first staged at Live Theatre, Newcastle in 1998, and the following year at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival where it was highly acclaimed. The author, Lee Hall, is best known for the screenplay of the film “Billy Elliot”.

The show is directed by Robert Taylor, responsible for the hugely successful 2015 production of Stephen Berkoff’s “Kvetch” at the Estrela Hall.

Cooking with Elvis offers a provocative look at the wreck and sadness of everyday human lives, whilst enjoying three of the greatest pleasures in the world: SEX, FOOD AND THE KING.

Cast: Elizabeth Bochmann, Amanda Booth, Simon Mount & Eduardo Ribeiro.

13th – 29th October at Estrela Hall
Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 21.00 (9 pm)
Sunday Matinee on 23rd October at 16.00 (4 pm)

All tickets on Thursday, 20th October are €5!!

To book, please go to Reservations and fill in the form. 


Auditions – The Bald Soprano


Director João Telmo will be holding auditions for actors for our January 2017 production of Eugène Ionesco’s THE BALD SOPRANO. The auditions will be on Monday 24th October from 4 pm to 9 pm, with a call back (if necessary) on Tuesday 25th at the same time.

The auditions will be for the roles of Mrs. Smith, Mr. Smith, Mrs. Martin, Mr. Martin, Mary the maid and The Fire Chief.

The production will run from January 26th to February 11th, 2017

Pick a scene from the play for the role you’d be interested in playing. Follow this link to find the full playscript:

A good level of spoken English is required.

If you’re interested just turn up on Monday 24th October at Estrela Hall, Rua da Estrela, 10.

For more information, email

The Lisbon Players is a voluntary organization and no-one is paid for their work.





Sunday September 11th at 3pm at Estrela Hall


Places are filling up fast for this workshop! If you’re interested, send an email to before Sunday 28th of August

After the great success of last year’s production of The Pirates of Penzance, the Lisbon Players will be putting on what is perhaps Gilbert & Sullivan’s best-known opera, The Mikado, in December 2016 and to give a taste of  what is in store will be running a workshop for actors, singers and dancers in which participants will be asked to join in a scene which will include a chorus number and a dance routine.

No previous experience is necessary and the workshop is open to all. However a reasonable level of English is obviously a requirement.

The workshop will be conducted by Jonathan Weightman,  Jon Luxton (music), Louise Kakoma (pianist and chorus work) and Keith Esher Davis (choreography)

The workshop is free but previous enrollment is necessary as there is a limit on numbers.


English-speaking Stage Manager (M/F) for the Lisbon Players’ December production of the comic opera The Mikado.

The right person for this challenging job will be someone with an interest in theatre, someone who’s good at managing people and works well with both the production team and the multinational actors/singers/musicians.

It will involve a couple of production meetings and presence at the rehearsals from the beginning of November (two evenings a week and one weekend afternoon). During the run – Thursday to Saturday, 1st to 17th of December, she/he will be required to be at the theatre from 7.30 pm until the final curtain.

The stage manager (director de cena/contra-regra) is responsible for the smooth running of the show, scene changes, prompting at rehearsals,  making sure everyone is in place on time and  taking notes and assisting the director at rehearsals

If you’ve had no experience of this kind of work but think you have the necessary skills and enthusiasm, this is a great opportunity to gain experience and confidence.

Interested? Contact Jonathan on or 964475745


The Lisbon Players is a voluntary organization and no-one is paid for their work

2016-2017 Season

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2016 Timeline of Recent Events

To read more about recent events at Estrela Hall, click here to read our 2016 Timeline of Recent Events.

Our new 2016/17 committee and an update on Estrela Hall

Dear Members and supporters,

First of all, a huge thank you to all who came to the AGM on Sunday 20th March. Vital points were brought up, which the current committee is now committed to discuss and reflect upon.

The new structure for the 2016/17 committee is as follows:

Alexandra Bochmann (chairman)
Cassandra Woolford (treasurer)
Celia Williams
Colin Lee-Warden
Elizabeth Bochmann
Jonathan Weightman
Keith Davis
Nicki Bailey
Peter Dawson
Stephen Bull (secretary)
Suresh Nampuri

This year the committee has assigned representatives of 3 main areas of interest, who can be contacted by you, as and when applicable, for any queries, suggestions or proposals:

Artistic department
Celia Williams:

Operations department (day-to-day running)
Cassandra Woolford:

Estrela Hall Action department
Stephen Bull:

Please do not hesitate to contact us should you so require.  Of course, you can also contact us via  and via our facebook page

Our petition has been gaining huge support, but we need to keep on collecting signatures.  Please share the link with everyone you can think of.  To date we have 1,793 signatures – let’s get to 5,000 soon!

Here is the link again:

Recent press coverage includes the following link to the programme on TVi last Wednesday, an article in the Portugal News,, and another article in last week’s magazine Sábado.

We will update you soon with more information and news of our forthcoming production of Antigone, which opens on April 21st.

Onwards and upwards!


The President of the Junta de Freguesia of Campo de Ourique, Pedro Cegonho, yesterday proposed to the Assembleia Municipal de Lisboa that they should recommend to the Câmara Municipal (CML) to consider buying the Estrela Site; this was accepted unanimously.

You can see the minutes here:,000075/index.htm

Lisbon Players have always maintained our wish to continue providing English speaking theatre in Estrela Hall.
This is not only for the British community who we have served for many decades, but also the growing public of English speakers of many origins in Lisbon, not least the Portuguese.

We are now optimistic that the people of Lisbon, through their elected representatives, are seeking a solution that ALL involved can benefit from, be they theatre-goers, patients who might use the British Hospital, others with a historical link to the ‘Estrela Site’ or people who care about Lisbon’s rich history.

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