Rossum’s Universal Robots – Workshop and Rehearsed Reading

The Lisbon players will be holding a Workshop, followed by a Public Rehearsed Reading / Debate, between Friday 1st and Sunday 3rd December, at Estrela Hall, on a 1920’s play by the Czech writer Karel Čapek,

Rossum’s Universal Robots

which looks into a future in which robots take over the world.
It has been variously described as a “Fantastic melodrama”, a “Futuristic fairy tale”, or “Dark comedy”.

The Workshop will take place on:

Friday 1st December – 15h-20h
Saturday 2nd December 15h-20.30h
(There will be an hour’s break each day, between 17.30h and 18.30.)

Sunday 3rd December – 14h – 15.30h – Rehearsal
16h – A Public Rehearsed Reading

Followed by a debate about issues raised in the play

We are currently looking for actors interested in participating.

The roles are:
Harry Domin: Managing Director, Rossum’s Universal Robots, male, mid thirties
Fabry: Technical Director, R.U.R., male, similar age as Domin or older
Dr. Gall: Head of Physiology and Research Department, R.U.R., male, similar age as Domin or older
Dr. Hallemeier: Head of Dept. of Robot Psychology and Behaviour, male, similar age as Domin or older
Busman: Commercial Director, R.U.R., male, similar age as Domin or older
Alquist: Head of Construction, R.U.R., male, older than the above
Helena Glory, early twenties
Nana:  Helena’s Nanny

Marius: Robot, male
Sulla: Robot, female
Radius: Robot, male
Damon: Robot, male
Primus: Robot, male
Helena Robot: Robot, female
Robot Servants and soldier robots. These include speaking and non-speaking roles.

The Workshop is free to all Lisbon Players members.
If you are not a member, you will need to join on the first day (5€, which entitles you to discounted tickets for a year.)

To enrol, or if you have any questions, please write, by Monday 20th November, to Stephen Bull, who is directing the project:

A Christmas Carol


A Ghost Story of Christmas

(For All Ages)

A Christmas Carol

by Charles Dickens

A dramatized reading, directed by Keith Esher Davis

The miserable and miserly man of business, Ebenezer Scrooge, is visited by the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come and is transformed, changing his attitude both towards the festive season and towards other human beings.
Christmas as we know it was largely the invention of Charles Dickens (1812-1870)…”the only time …when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people as if they really were fellow-passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys”

Lisbon Players is proud to present this revival of a dramatized reading of this classic story of hope and optimism.

with: Amanda Booth, Valerie Braddell, Mick Greer, Celia Williams, Jonathan Weightman, Ian Mendes, Agnès Parlange, Ana Jacobetty , Kieran Hennigan and Marten Jedehulth.

Performances: Wednesday 13th, Thursday 14th, Friday 15th, Saturday 16th December 2017 at 9pm/21h,

Matinée: Saturday 16th December 2017at 4pm/ 16h.

2017-2018 Season

The Maids (Jean Genet)

A Christmas Carol (Charles Dickens)

Curtain Raiser Concert 2018 (Filipe Thomaz and Jonathan Luxton)

Landscape/Ashes to Ashes (Harold Pinter)

Sexual Perversity in Chicago (David Mamet)

Home (David Storey)

The Diary of Anne Frank (Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett)

Update on Estrela Hall

In May the Committee was invited by the Embassy to a meeting with the prospective buyer of the Estrela Site (who signed a promissory contract to buy in March 2016, which is still active).

Continuing our policy of keeping communication open with all parties involved, we accepted the invitation, and the director of Arquimelo, the property development company, explained aspects of their plans and showed us architectural drafts.

Other people and organisations with an interest in the Estrela Site, and influence on its future, will be shown these plans.

You may recall that the Assembleia Municipal and the Junta de Freguesia showed, in their vote early in 2016, that they hope to protect LP in Estrela Hall. There are also plans to create a Centro de Saúde on the site, and other organisations who wish to stay. Parking remains a local concern. With the Embassy, the prospective buyer, Junta de Freguesia, other stakeholders, and the Câmara Municipal (whose approval is indispensable), outcomes are hard to predict, though a slow process of decision making must be anticipated, which might be counted in years rather than months.

While it is a positive development that discussions take place on a possible future for the Estrela Site, and with Lisbon Players included in both the planning and in that future, we must stress that these are early days.

We would like members to know that the Committee continue hopeful of a good resolution, are taking legal advice, keep in touch with as many relevant people as possible, and will keep you informed if at some point major developments or decisions become imminent.

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

2016-2017 Season

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