Top Hat creative team and first meeting announced

We are very excited to announce the production team for Top Hat!

Director: Stuart Burrows
Musical Director: Sam Fisher
Choreographer: Kim Findlay

Stuart previously directed Sweet Charity for us and starred as Man in Chair in The Drowsy Chaperone, Sam worked with us on The Witches of Eastwick and is current MD of 9 to 5: The Musical, and Kim previously choreographed Guys and Dolls and The Drowsy Chaperone for the society and was Christmas Eve in Avenue Q. We think you'll agree that we have a pretty amazing an experienced team for our 2018 tip-tapping spectacular!



We are also pleased to announce that the pre-audition rehearsals and audition dates are as follows:

First get together - Tuesday 26th September; 8:30pm
Audition music/dance rehearsal - Thursday 28th September; 7:30pm
Audition music/dance rehearsal - Tuesday 3rd October; 7:30pm
Audition music/dance rehearsal - Thursday 5th October; 7:30pm
Auditions - Sunday 8th October; from 4pm
Auditions - Tuesday 10th October; 7:30pm
Recalls (if necessary) - Thursday 12th October; 7:30pm
First rehearsal - Tuesday 17th October; 7:30pm

All meetings will take place at St Barnabas Church, 146 Lavenham Road, Southfields SW18 5EP.

If you have any questions about the pre-audition meetings, or the auditions themselves, please email our dedicated Top Hat address at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Audition info will be available on the website from 26th September. Keep an eye on the website, and keep checking our Facebook and Twitter pages for Cygnets' updates. We can't wait to get started! 


Cast announced for 9 to 5: The Musical!

After two days of stellar auditions and some very tough decisions for the production team, we are delighted to announce the cast for our September show, 9 to 5: The Musical!

Take a look at the cast information page to see who will be struttin' their stuff on the Putney Arts Theatre stage from 5 - 9 September 2017We are tremendously excited about the cast, and can't wait to get started - it's gonna be a rip-snorter of a production!

Keep an eye out here, and on our our Facebook and Twitter pages for more details and box office information coming soon.


Let's Do It Review

We had a blast celebrating the life and work of Victoria Wood, performing Let's Do It for some enthusiastic audiences in St Barnabus Church - and it seems NODA enjoyed coming to see it too! 

Tony Sweeney was complimentary of our talented cast and the intent behind the show - click here to read the entire review.


Box office open, cast announced for Let's Do It!

We are pleased to announce that the box office for Let's Do It is now open!

You can either book your tickets online via this website, call our box office directly on 07941 448 689, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Tickets are £14, with concessions at £12. 

Not only that, we have also announced our fabulous cast - so head on over to the cast information page to see the talented group that will be performing for you at St Barnabas Church from Wednesday 10th to Saturday 13th May 2017.

We look forward to seeing you there!

9 to 5 Audition Dates

It's time to announce the dates for the first meeting, workshops and auditions for our next production, 9 to 5: The Musical!

Our auditions page contains all the necessary information, including full details of times and venues, and it also includes links to the audition forms, information pack and audition pieces.

The dates for your diary are:

Thursday 18th May - Introductory Meeting
Tuesday 23rd May - Music & dance audition workshop
Thursday 25th May - Music & dance audition workshop
Thursday 1st June - Auditions
Sunday 4th June - Auditions
Tuesday 6th June - Recalls

Can't wait to see you there!



9 to 5: The Musical Production Team

We have exciting news - we can officially reveal the superb creative team who will be heading 9 to 5: The Musical!

Director: Adam Walker-Galbraith
Musical director: Sam Fisher
Choreographer: Lauren O'Mara

The show is being performed early September this year at the Putney Arts Theatre. Stay tuned for more information regarding the first meeting and audition dates coming soon! Keep an eye on the website, and keep checking our Facebook and Twitter pages for Cygnets' updates. We can't wait to get started!

Top News for 2018

"We're puttin' on our top hats, tyin' up our white ties, brushin' off our tails."

And that's exactly what we'll be doing in February of 2018, when we'll be bringing one of the greatest dance musicals of all time to the London Oratory Stage... 

We're absolutely thrilled to be one of the first amateur companies to be granted the rights to TOP HAT. Packed full of classic Irving Berlin tunes, including Cheek to Cheek, and Puttin' on the Ritz, Top Hat transports you to a world of 1930s Hollywood glamour.

And we don't know about you, but we can't wait to 'face the music and dance'!

Communication is key

Keeping our potential audiences informed about our upcoming productions is a crucial ingredient in the success of a show.

One of the groups of people we target are audience members who have bought on Ticketsource and selected ‘yes’ to receiving marketing communications from us.

Email marketing in Gmail is our chosen channel for keeping these customers up to date. This was pretty simple until last autumn, when Gmail became much stricter about the number of emails we could send before being frozen out of our account, or being identified as spam.

It was then our Communications Manager discovered GMass, which has a load of features we could use, but, most importantly for us, it enables us to send a show-specific email to a large number of recipients.

Thanks to GMass we can continue to send out emails to this important potential audience.


Calendar of Events

Sat 19th August
Cygnets BBQ
Our annual BBQ where Cygnets old and new can get together and catch up!


Tue 5th - Sat 9th September
9 to 5: The Musical
Join us at Putney Arts Theatre for Dolly Parton's hilarious musical comedy!

Sat 30th Sep 

Cygnets' 20th Anniversary Party
Join us for a night to remember!



Show Reviews

“Cygnet Players should once again be rightly proud of what they achieved with Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Comedy is notoriously difficult to do well but they sailed through this with ease, giving us frequent laughs, toe-tapping dance routines and left me wanting to download the cast recording so I could re-live some of the numbers.”

 “Rachel Kitchen’s portrayal of Jolene was one of the highlights of the show for me. She had great energy and led the number Oklahoma brilliantly.”

Sarah McPartlan
Musical Theatre Musings Review

“Jonny Clines as the leading con man was suave and projected the regal feel essential for his unlikely background as a deposed prince … His rendition of ‘Love sneaks in’ was the musical highlight of the show.”

“Charlotte Donald, a superb dancer as well as an excellent singer, was perfect for the part giving it real presence.”

Tony Sweeney
NODA Review

“The highlight is Hughes as Freddy ... so very natural and understated in the role that it is perfectly pitched. From rookie swindler, to devastated sufferer of Dance Fever, to PC-challenging Ruprecht, each role is effortlessly portrayed with comic timing to boot.”

“What I really enjoyed ... was the amount of dance and ensemble movement ... Choreographer Kim Schenkelaars created simple, beautiful routines that seamlessly complemented the songs.”

"Cygnet Players have once again charmed me with their simple and precise portrayal of a show.”

From the House Seats Review

“The comedy duo that really came into their own during act two was Katy Thompson and Russell Bramley. They were perfect together, and their post-coital scene on the balcony was laugh-out-loud funny. Russell particularly had exceptional comic timing throughout.”

“I also absolutely adored all the costumes. The whole show was a rainbow of colour.”

Jess Pether
Sardines Review

"Rachel Kitchen (Elle) was ideal for the role and her transformation from a blonde airhead to a strong savvy woman really gave the show backbone and was delivered to perfection"

Tony Sweeney
NODA Review

"Kate Chesworth played the comedic role of Paulette and this was an example of perfect casting. Her facial expressions alone had me laughing along with Paulette, with the Irish section in Legally Blonde remix being a perfect example."

"This is a fun production which is worth seeing for Rachel Kitchen as Elle alone. It stays true to the spirit of Legally Blonde and they balance the froth on the surface well with its true message of looking beneath the surface. Well done to all at Cygnet players for another success!"

Sarah McPartlan
Musical Theatre Musings Review

"It really was a bright and lively piece, which sits up there with several previous Cygnets shows."

"The show's final number, 'Look at me', left me in tears - these three ladies were a true triumph and all equally impressive."

"The production line of outstanding productions continues apace. Congratulations to all involved."

Steve Macvicar
NODA Review

"The was an excellent production of a technically complex show, and should be considered a great achievement for this rapidly expanding company."

"Charlotte Donald, Helen Burgess-Bartlett and Rhian Roberts effectively owned the stage each time they appeared, ensuring all eyes were upon them, and playing off each other very effectively."

Chris Abbott
Sardines Review

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