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Our Story

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Originally known as the Emmanuel, Shelthorpe and Nanpantan Amateurs, the ESNA Players began life in the early 1960’s as a youth group performing plays at the Emmanuel Church Hall in Loughborough.

In 1965 we performed our first musical, A Country Girl, and in 1977 moved to the Stanford Hall Theatre. In 1986 our production of Oliver! heralded a move to the Charnwood Theatre in Loughborough’s Town Hall, where we currently continue to perform two musicals each year.

We currently have over 100 Members of the ESNA Players - acting Membership, its Crew and its Patrons – fortunately we haven’t all tried to get on stage at once… it would be a little cramped!

Some of us have been members for many years and many of us have shared weddings and major birthdays with fellow ESNA folk! However we always welcome new members and it’s great that we regularly have new faces.


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