International Stars of Stage and Screen
In 1911 one of the major celebrities of the day, UK and USA stage and film actor George Arliss, the first British Academy Award winner, and his wife Florence, rented a cottage in the middle of the village. He was followed by friends like Johnston Forbes- Robertson, the ‘Hamlet of his day’ who had also been a big stage star here and in America, who bought a country house ‘Bloms’ at the top of Bay Hill in 1918. A family friend of the Forbes- Robertson’s, Noel Coward, rented ‘White Cliffs’ and other houses on the beach in 1945. Coward entertained many of his famous friends such as actors Spencer Tracey and Katherine Hepburn, John Mills and writer Daphne du Maurier at weekend parties at the house. In 1951 Coward sublet a house to another friend, Ian Fleming, who based part of one of his famous Bond books, ‘Moonraker’ on the adjacent cliffs. Peter Ustinov bought a house here in the 1950’s after falling in love with it during his wartime service in the village. This was later bought by the award winning actress Miriam Margoyles.
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The St Margaret's Players
Located on the famous White Cliffs of Dover and the supposed birthplace of James Bond, St Margaret’s at Cliffe/Bay the home of many stage and screen stars have seen The St Margaret's Players successfully performing for over 60 years. With such a rich history in the industry and many professionals volunteering to help produce shows, The St Margaret’s Players have played host to many memorable performances.
We truly are Redefining Local Theatre
Our group is open to all ages and abilities but particularly those between 12 & 30 years old, both male and female. We are always on the lookout for those keen to hone their talents behind the scenes such as carpentry, lighting, sound and stage hands so if you want to take part in a very ongoing and social group but don’t want to be on stage acting, still come along… There is far more to a production than the actors and actresses!!
We aim to produce 3 shows a year in January (Panto), May and October. We sometimes squeeze one into July! Rehearsals generally take place on Mondays and Fridays at the hall from 7.15pm onwards.
We are an extremely friendly bunch (excuse the cliché!) so if you want to join in, JUST TURN UP!
Chairman - Tony Clark
Treasurer - Pete Wash
Secretary - Nadine Lawson