Tickets for our productions can be purchased
in person from our Box Office
open 10am to 4pm Monday to Friday; 10am to 12noon on Saturday
and from 7pm on the evening of a performance
01883 349850 during the above hours
Online bookings will be confirmed by the issue of an e-ticket which may be printed at home. We regret it is no longer possible for tickets ordered online to be collected at the theatre. You may opt to have a printed ticket sent to you but TicketSource will make a charge of £1.75 to cover the cost.
We do not charge booking fees on any transactions.
Volunteering at The Miller Centre
All of the activities at the Miller Centre are undertaken by volunteers.
There are a number of opportunities for those who would like to join one of our friendly teams.
In particular, we are always looking for help with:
- front of house duties at our performances
- Box Office duties (one morning or afternoon per week)
- set building
- wardrobe hire (occasional Saturday mornings)
- costume making
- various Club activities
Our Wardrobe Department has a stock of over 2,000 items with a full range of costumes for men, women and children. It does a brisk business hiring out costumes for other productions and also for fancy dress affairs, children's parties and other events calling for a special costume.
Many of the costumes in stock are made by the busy sewing group which meets every Wednesday in the Miller Centre.
Call at the Wardrobe Department for just about anything from a fur coat to a flying jacket. The chances are you'll find it can be hired from the Miller Centre Wardrobe Department.
We are open for business to the public every Saturday morning (except during August) from 9.30 - 12:00 noon. Please note that a deposit is required for all items.
(Special arrangements to view at other times can be made for drama companies, schools etc wishing to hire costumes for productions)
Our Furniture Hire Department, run by Cas Frost, is where you can hire anything from a kitchen sink to a dining room suite. We have a wide range of period and modern furniture to suit most productions.
Please telephone Vernon on 07860 777410 for more information or to make an appointment.
Our Props Hire Department, run by Stella Corney, is where you can hire anything from an Abacus to Milk-Maids' Yokes, and Stage Blood to Zulu Spears.
For the purpose of rehearsals, etc., props can be loaned for an extra week in advance at no extra cost.
Please telephone Stella on 020 8405 7955 for more information or to make an appointment.
The Miller Centre is home to two community groups: The Miller Centre Theatre Company and The Miller Centre Club. New members are welcome in both groups..
The Theatre Company is the group you should join if you wish to be involved in productions (acting on stage, directing or helping behind the scenes in any capacity).
If you wish to take part in the Club activities, or volunteer for ‘front of house’ duties (box office, bar, ushering and the like) you should join the Miller Centre Club.
Joining The Miller Centre Theatre Company
To join The Miller Centre Theatre Company, please print the Membership Application Form and send it, with your cheque for the annual subscription, to the Secretary.
Joining The Miller Centre Club
For more information and a Welcome Pack please contact the Box Office by telephone (Tel: 01883 349850) or visit weekdays between 10am and 4pm or Saturdays from 10am to 12pm
To join the Club, please print the Membership Application Form and send it, with your cheque for the annual subscription, to the Secretary.
The Miller Centre Players was formed in 1991 following a merger of the Miller Centre Workshop and the Caterham Players.
Dorothy Miller, whose portrait hangs at the top of the stairs from the foyer to the auditorium at the Miller Centre, founded the Caterham Players in 1945. Their first play – The Late Christopher Bean by Emlyn Williams – was presented in April on the tiny stage of St John's School.
Subsequent plays were staged in the old St John's Hall in Stafford Road – not an ideal venue as the members had to build a portable stage that had to be taken down after every show. In 1951 St John's Church decided to rebuild and enlarge the building – renamed Stafford Hall - thereby providing a welcome improvement in facilities.
By 1977 it became obvious that Stafford Hall would require considerable refurbishment if it was to continue as a suitable home for the Players and their audience. However, at this time, Michael and Christine Pilch had founded a charity for older people, the Park Hill Trust (now called The Miller Centre Trust), and planned to convert the old (and now abandoned) St John's School into a combined retirement centre and theatre.
The intention was that a club would be established for retired people, who would provide all the services needed to underpin a small theatre – making costumes and scenery, running the box office, staffing the bar and the front-of-house teams needed on performance nights. In return the costs of the day centre would be subsidised from ticket sales.
As the Caterham Players were unable to commit themselves to more than five shows a year – insufficient to support the day centre or justify full-time occupation of the theatre throughout the year - a new company, the Miller Centre Workshop was formed and agreement reached that each group would stage five shows a year with seven performances for each show.
The Caterham Players staged the first show at the Miller Centre in October 1977 and continued to adopt a fairly conventional policy in choice of plays. In contrast, the Miller Centre Workshop sought to broaden the range of drama offered to audiences, staging Equus, Steaming and The Bacchae along with musicals, pantomimes, experimental work, improvisation and new writing. In 1987, the Miller Centre Workshop was honoured to receive the British Theatre Association's award for best amateur theatre in the country.
In 1991, the two groups agreed that they should merge to become the Miller Centre Players.
Nine productions are now staged each season, each running for nine performances. Auditions are open to non-members and anyone not wishing to tread the boards will find ample opportunity for involvement in a live theatre environment as members undertake all aspects of the productions.
In 2010 the name of the charity was changed to The Miller Centre Theatre Company although the previous title, Miller Centre Players, was retained as a registered working name.
The Miller Centre Theatre Company is a registered charity (No 1044236) and is managed by a board of trustees, elected annually.
(adapted from A Short History of The Miller Centre Players, 1945-2005 by Tony Miles and Michael Pilch)
How To Find Us
We are close to Caterham station on the Southern Caterham branch from East Croydon & Purley. Change at East Croydon or Purley onto a train to Caterham Station
Bus routes 400, 407, 409, 509 and 540 all serve Caterham. However all routes except for the 407 usually run to early evening only. Route 407 which runs from Sutton via Croydon and Purley operates until the early hours.
Parking is available in the side roads around the Miller Centre. On performance nights (plays and films) free parking is available between 7pm and 11pm (2pm to 5:30pm for Saturday matinees) in the Croudace Homes Group car park in Tupwood Lane (from Godstone Road, turn into Tupwood Lane then first right through the yellow gates.) Please note: these are the only times when parking is available at Croudace.
The Miller Centre Young Players
The Miller Centre's own youth theatre group meets every Monday and is for young people aged 8 to 16. They work on all kinds of acting techniques using well-known plays and devised theatre. They perform at the Miller Centre, in other local theatres and festivals.
William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night
Adapted by Vicky Bovingdon
19 & 20 July 2019
This drama is one of the great comedy plays by William Shakespeare. Viola, cross dresses and takes the man's name of Cesario. Viola enters the service of the Duke of Illyria, Orsino. Orsino longs for the love of a neighbouring countess. Viola (Cesario) then falls in love with Orsino. To add to the farce Viola's (Cesario) identical twin, Sebastian arrives on the scene. Living in Olivia’s household is her uncle, Sir Toby Belch, a merry character. The steward of the household is the conceited Malvolio.The plot illustrates jealousy, mistaken Identity, cross-dressing and features fights and duels. In the end Sebastian and Olivia fall in love and marry. Orsino realises that it is Viola that he loves and she agrees to marry him. Sir Toby Belch and Maria also decide to marry! Twelfth Night ends and everyone, except Malvolio, is happy and Shakespeare speaks of the madness of love.
Recent Young Player productions:
Collected Grimms Tales
by Grimm Brothers, Tim Supple, Carol Ann Duffy
21 & 22 July 2018
The Grimm tales are an enchanting collection of stories well known to children and adults alike. This production revisits the most popular and famous collection of folktales in the world and brings them together into one exciting performance. The Young Players will perform Hansel and Gretel, Little Red Cap (Little Red Riding Hood), Ashputtel (Cinderella), The Golden Goose, Snow White and Rumpelstiltskin. Tim Supple's dramatisation enables us to retell the stories in a unique style. You'll feel like you've entered a construction site where the stories are told by young actors in hard hats & dungarees! "The stage is the setting, the atmosphere of the stories is the cement, and the audience's imagination provides the rest". It promises to be an unforgettable evening of magic and creativity from a very talented cast of young actors.
Photos: Keith Orton
The Wind in the Willows
Adapted by Glyn Maxwell from the book by Kenneth Grahame
21 & 22 July 2017
“Oh it's not a day for cleaning! Perhaps it's a day for nothing I expected” So says little Moley as she ventures out into the Wide World for the first time, a realm of sunshine and darkness, comfort and threat. There she will meet the friendly Ratty, secretly dreaming of lives he could have led, the mystical Badger from the deep heart
of the Wild Wood, and of course the splendid and preposterous Toad of Toad Hall, who lives life to the full and leaves chaos in his wake. Meanwhile, somewhere in the shadows, a certain Weasel is hatching a plan that would ruin Moley's world forever ...
Glyn Maxwell's Wind in the Willows tells the beloved tale once more in all its wistful charm, set in a timeless England where a spirit of friendship, grace and compassion 'lets the best be done, and the worst undone.'
This modern retelling of Kenneth Grahame’s classic story, performed here by the talented Miller Centre Young Players, was premiered in July 2015 in the Open Air Theatre at Grosvenor Park, Chester. It is fast-moving, fun and full of all the characters you know and love.
Photos: Jan Kool
A thriller by Bram Stoker, adapted for the stage by David Calcutt.
22 & 23 July 2016
This is the story of the vampire who rises from the grave at night to feast on the blood of innocent young ladies. The original story, written by Bram Stoker in 1987, remains a favourite and has thrilled cinema audiences in numerous horror film versions.
Today's play, by David Calcutt, is adapted especially to be performed by young actors. It simplifies the story and changes the theme to suit the modern stage - for example, the evil Dracula is destroyed through the work of the two female characters, particularly Mina. But you will not be disappointed.
The action will still send a shiver down your spines as you watch these very talented young players bring the whole dreadful tale to life - and death
Photos: Chris Myers
A Midsummer Night's Dream
by William Shakespeare, adapted by Victoria Bovingdon
17 & 18 July 2015
A cast and crew of twenty-five young people will present a fresh version of Shakespeare’s popular A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The powerful story of four lovers who switch partners through the trickery of the mischievous Puck. As Lysander tells us: ‘The course of true love never did run smooth.’ The chaos erupts before our eyes, as human and magical worlds collide. We’ll see Hermia’s feud with with Helena over Lysander and Demetrius, the lovers tiff between Titania and Oberon (the fairy King and Queen) and a play-within-a-play introduced by a kindly group of fellows named ‘The Mechanicals’.
Photos: Tony Gingell
Alice in Wonderland and Through The Looking Glass
by Lewis Carroll, adapted by Adrian Mitchell (commissioned and first produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company)
12 July 2014
On a glorious summer's afternoon, young Alice happens upon a smartly dressed rabbit looking at his watch and muttering "I'm too late!" This being an unexpected occurence, she follows him down a nearby rabbit hole and falls into Wonderland. And thus begins the magical mystical story of a small girl in another world.
Photos: Steve Bishop
The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe
A musical adaptation of C S Lewis' classic story.Dramatised by Adrian Mitchell. Music by Shaun Davey.
20 July 2013
A fresh and vibrant production of the classic CS Lewis novel featuring 25 young actors aged 8 to 17, all members of The Miller Centre Young Players.
Through a musical originally commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company, Narnia comes to life with all your favourite characters including Mr Tumnus, Aslan, Lucy and the children; of course, no story is compete without its villain – and Lewis' White Witch is definitely one of the most terrifying!
The Miller Centre Young Players present their production of Peter Pan in a musical version of JM Barrie's classic story by David Barrett.
14 July 2012
Photos: Avril Jones