Much Ado About Nothing

Opens 8th June!

Much Ado About Nothing

by William Shakespeare

Director: Rafaela Lacerda
Designer: Alexandra Bochmann

The war is over. Don Pedro of Aragon, with his followers Benedick, Claudio, and Don John, his bastard brother, visit Leonato, the governor of Messina, and father of Hero and uncle of Beatrice. Claudio falls in love with Hero and their marriage is agreed upon. Beatrice and Benedick despise love and engage in comic banter. The others plot to trick them to fall in love with each other. Meanwhile, Don John contrives a more malicious plot with the assistance of his follower Borachio: Claudio is led to believe that he has allegedly witnessed Hero in a compromising situation on the night before her wedding day.

Almost four and a half centuries later, mankind remains the same: the same issues, the same mischievous attitudes, the same romantic altercations…

Come witness all the fuss from June 8th — 24th, Thursday to Saturday at 9 p.m., with a Sunday matinee at 4 p.m. on the 18th.

Cast: Alex Peracaula, Alexander Wiss, Aly Shulika, Celia Williams, Eduardo Ribeiro, Elizabeth Bochmann, Erik Spett, Joana Afonso, Jonathan Weightman, Keith Esher Davis, Mårten Jedehulth, Mick Greer, Patrick Ferroni, Philip Manley, Rhyanna Blakeley, Rui Vasco.

8th – 24th June at Estrela Hall
Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 21.00 (9 pm)
Sunday Matinee on 18th June at 16.00 (4 pm)

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

Proposals for 2017-2018 season

Call for directors’ proposals

for 2017 – 2018 season

The Lisbon Players is now open to written proposals from any potential director whether or not they have worked with us before.

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Our new 2017/18 committee and news of forthcoming celebrations

Dear Members and supporters,

First of all, many thanks to everyone who came to the AGM on Sunday 12th March.

The new structure for the 2016/17 committee, elected at the AGM, is as follows:

Cassandra Woolford (treasurer)
Colin Lee-Warden
Eduarda Sousa (secretary)
Elettra Sacchi
Elizabeth Bochmann
Joyce Jones
Katerina Karachaliou
Nicki Bailey
Peter Dawson
Stephen Bull (chairman)
Suresh Nampuri

Following the new organisation by departments created by the committee last year, we have assigned representatives of 4 main areas of interest, who can be contacted by you, as and when applicable, for any queries, suggestions or proposals:

Artistic department
Suresh Nampuri:

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

Estrela Hall Action department
Stephen Bull:

and a new department:
Press and Communication, will soon be formed. We have assigned people on the new committee for specific functions but will be seeking a person to take on the role of coordinating this area. For now, the contact person is Stephen Bull:

Please do not hesitate to contact us. Of course, if you are not sure of which department to  write to, you can still use and you can visit our website ( or our facebook page (

And, with our 70th birthday today (our first production opened on 29th March, 1947), we are planning our 70th Birthday Celebrations: 70 years! Play on.

More news soon.Elettra Sacchi


Thanks to all of you who supported our sold-out charity performance of The Mikado on December 18th. We are pleased and proud to announce that, from ticket sales and contributions, we were able to make a contribution of €994 to the Conselho Português para os Refugiados. This is of course a drop in the ocean in dealing with the thousands of dislocated lives globally but it will go towards supporting two centres in the Lisbon area, one for adult asylum-seekers and the other for unaccompanied minors.


Dear friends,

We stand poised on the brink of an historic opportunity for the Estrela Site to return to the ownership of the people of Lisbon.

The division of the Estrela Site in the land registry is now almost complete. This means that its current owners, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, can choose to offer the site to the Câmara Municipal de Lisboa, who then have a two week window to save Estrela hall by accepting the offer.

In the event that the CML do not accept this offer, the proposed sale of this land to a private buyer will go through, and we will be facing ‘Vacant Possession’ i.e. Lisbon Players, the oldest theatre group in Lisbon, and a source of joy and culture to you, the people of this city, for nearly 70 years, will be evicted from its home !!!

With your unstinting support and that of the CML, we are confident this will not be the case and we will continue to be open to serve you for the next 70 years!! Our future hangs on these decisions to be made!!

We will be keeping you posted here on any development as it happens. So keep checking. We need your support now more than ever to keep going!


we are continuing to do what we do best- to delight, entertain and provoke- all of which, judging by the popular response, the season opener at LP, ‘Cooking with Elvis’ , did with masterly aplomb and explosive sass. We intend to match this spectacular production with our forthcoming Portuguese premiere of the deliciously frolicsome labor of love , ‘The Mikado’, by Gilbert and Sullivan, opening 1st December. The new year at LP promises to be a bold one, with several audacious productions lined up and most importantly, the CELEBRATION OF OUR 70th ANNIVERSARY! Yes, time, that gleeful zephyr, does have a magnificently willful flight when it ripples through the limelight! Our first production opened on 29th March 1947!

Stay tuned for what we have in store for our birthday bash!! It has been quite a journey, and we are looking forward to enjoying our celebrations with the people who made it possible- YOU!

Yours, as ever,

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.


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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