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Welcome to the website of DE Caversmill Theatre Company.
Bringing theatre to the heart of the community since 1993.


D E Caversmill Theatre Company is a local amateur theatre company, set up to give any child or adult from any walk of life, the chance to take part in theatre activities in our local community. This was the view over 24 years ago and we still follow the same ideals now. Our theatre company is active all the year round, not just at Panto time. We are involved in drama festivals, cabaret shows, murder mystery events and also provide live actors for themed events with local companies, also we teach drama so the students are ready for their LAMDA examinations. On this site you can find out more about our history, news about up and coming productions and how to book tickets for our productions and shows. You can also contact us for more information on how to get involved with theatre. Enjoy looking around and come back soon!


DE Caversmill Theatre Company was formed in 1993 as a fund raiser for Caverswall Scouts, the D of E, and the Windmill Venture Unit. The first show we produced was Cinderella at the old Meir Community Centre. Such was the success of this production, that the following year, the panto was performed at the Mitchell Memorial Theatre (now The Mitchell Arts Centre). We have progressed from a fund raising company to a full on Drama company that performs many different styles.


The subsequent 27 years have been a rollercoaster ride, with a total of27 pantomimes. Our 2017/2018 production was our 25th. The company has also been involved in the local One Act Play Festivals where we have been very successful. Our Murder Mystery Nights continue to break their own records. These have proved immensely popular and selling out almost overnight all over the area, including extra performances, most notably at the Spode Works and the Potters Club.

We realised our ambition to start a drama club that gets all those taking part ready for LAMDA exams..... these nights consist of workshops and drama performances and our first round of exams has yielded wonderful results.

But this year has been really interesting with Coronavirus( COVID-19),we lost the All England Drama Festival, Murder Mystery in May and June. We also lost nights for valuable fund Raising.
But while there have been negative points, we have also a lot of plus points.
We Set Up our own COVID-19 Group to help others who are in isolation or cannot find items in local shops.We created Rehearsals on Zoom, we kept people motivated with Quizzes and Game Shows. We also have a weekly chat to keep everyone’s spirits high.
Also, we have created Q and A sessions on streamyard, with Trustees, cast members and celebrities too.


We have already begun to broaden our horizons by venturing into the world of Musical Theatre, with our debut Musical, Annie, proving to be a resounding success and establishing D.E. Caversmill as a major player in local community theatre. Our second musical , SEUSSICAL was a huge success and we are already planning our next foray into the world of musical theatre. This company might still be young, but there is a vibrant family atmosphere and we strive to be the best that we can become and to give young people the chance to perform without major expense. So, in June 2022, we will be performing our 3rd musical at The Rep Theatre. This will be the biggest challenge to date. We continue to strive for excellence in everything we do, so the next step is to expand and build on the success of our LAMDA classes.
Keep checking on this website for future events.

Upcoming Productions

Upcoming Productions From DE Caversmill Theatre Company

Join us for our next journey into the enchanting world of pantomime. This wonderful adaptation from Alan P. Frayn, brings the beloved tale of Sleeping Beauty to life whilst being packed with music and comedy. You can expect a side-splitting and action-packed adventure, together with some dramatic and tender moments.

As always you can expect a joyous escapade for all the family as DE Caversmill's special brand of magic fills the theatre. Be sure to book early, as tickets become scarce very quickly.
Once again, DE Caversmill is venturing forth into the world of musical theatre, with this timeless classic. With all the well-loved characters and all the songs we know and love, we are excited to be bringing this fabulous musical to Stoke Rep.

Creative Team

Our team of creatives has a wealth of experience in all aspects of theatre, both on and off the stage.


Ian Hill


Ian has been responsible for producing and directing countless productions and can usually be found performing as our Pantomime Dame.


Deb Hill

Producer / Director

Debs is our multi award winning director and producer. She has directed many of our company's one act plays as well as some of our pantomimes. Recently, Debs has begun to tread the boards herself in our Murder Mystery evenings.


Becs & Rob Mills

Murder Mystery Co-ordinators

Becs is our resident Murder Mystery author, penning two or three sellout productions per year. She also directs and produces the unique plays too. Rob is the master of organisation when it comes to looking after our Murder mystery guests which is no mean feat. Both Becs and Rob are also regular performers with the company, in Pantos, One-Acts and the Murder Mysteries themselves.


Melanie Fox-Crowther

Choral Mistress

Mel is responsible for teaching the entire cast to sing the many songs we use in our productions. From Musical Theatre to the latest pop songs, Mel soon has the cast sounding amazing. Mel also teaches the choreography to the cast and on top of all that, performs in our shows too.


Well 2020 has been a testing year. We have had yet another panto breaking box office records in the form of Beauty and the Beast. We played to packed houses on every performance and the atmosphere was amazing.

For the Third year in a row, we have received a nomination for "Best Pantomime in District 3" at the West Midlands NODA awards. Which we won.

Our signed performance was a storming success once again. But During the Pantomime, we lost Chris Hill ( Company Secretary and Treasurer, Producer ) she was one of the people who has been there from the very beginning. She has been one of the people who created what this company stands for. Chris will be sadly missed.

In March We were ready to defend the titles we won at the North Staffs One Act Play Festival. But along came CORONAVIRUS, and that has changed what DE Caversmill has done. DE Caversmill has done what it does best, comes together as a family.We created a COVID 19 Group. Weekly Chat Nights, Weekly Quiz nights, Games shows, Q & A Sessions.All this to keep everyone motivated, and for those who have struggled this has been essential.

We have still managed to do rehearsals via zoom for Murder Mystery, so when they get the go ahead they will be able to perform at The Red House , Caverswall.

At this moment we still don’t know if panto will go ahead, but we are ready to go as soon as it looks like we can perform at The Rep.

We can't wait to see what the next 12 months will bring.

What We Do

Here are just some of our activities. In addition, we put on Summer Shows and occasionally provide live actors for theme events. We have now begun a new journey into the world of Musicals. We are excited to see where this new direction will take us.


Our hugely successful pantomimes are performed every year to sell out audiences. We enjoy fabulous feedback from our audiences who keep coming back year after year. Our pantos represent a wonderful family afternoon or evening out, with our own special brand of mayhem. jokes and sillyness. We usually audition in June, so keep checking our "What's On" page for audition information. Even better, sign up to our Mailing List to be kept informed about all our activities.

One Act Play Festival

Our company has entered the All England Theatre Festival for a number of years, scooping many awards in Junior, Youth and Adult sections. Our plays have progressed to the Quarter and Semi-finals on numerous occasions. The Stoke on Trent One Act Play Festival serves as the first round of the competition.

Murder Mysteries

Our Murder Mystery Dining Experiences are performed at The Red House, Caverswall. Enjoy a two or three course meal whilst putting your sleuthing skills to the test. The popularity of our Murder Mystery evenings is ever expanding, with all performances selling out completely and extra performances being booked for private functions. Some guests even book for our next event before leaving at the end of the night. The intimate setting of these productions adds a new challenge for our actors, as they are in amongst the audience rather than on a conventional stage. These performances are a significant fundraising source, as our Murder Mystery team strives to uphold our philosophy of affordable accessible theatre for all.


In 2016, we set out on a new mission to break into the world of Musical Theatre. Taking our vast experience of producing quality pantomime, we took things that one step further and produced a massively successful production of Annie. We are building on this success by putting together an even bigger and more ambitious project, as our production of Seussical - The Musical begins it's journey to the stage in early 2018. We might be relatively new to musical theatre, but we have arrived with a bang and we are committed to becoming one of the finest theatre companies in the area.

Lamda Exams

Our company has now begun to offer training towards LAMDA exams, in order to promote and support local talent.


We occasionally put on showcase performances to allow our members to shine in their favourite way.

Check us out on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news on our productions.

Client Testimonials

Fabulous panto again, as always DE caversmill theatre company! Thoroughly enjoyed Dick Whittington, see you next year!

Dick Whittington - Stoke Rep

Wow, wow, wow!!! Jack and the beanstalk was absolutely brilliant, big shout out to all cast, the manager and the rest of the team! DE Caversmill well done, see you all next year xxx

Jack And The Beanstalk - Stoke Rep

WOW what a brilliant opening night! So professionally done. What amazing value for money. Couldn't believe how good the youngsters and oldsters performed. A MUST SEE - CATCH THE SHOW WHILE YOU CAN

Dick Whittington - Stoke Rep

Photo Gallery

Here are just a few pictures of the fun we have.

Contact Us

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Company Producers:

  • Ian & Debbie Hill
  • 3 Langland drive
  • Blurton
  • Stoke on Trent
  • ST34DA
  • (01782) 316299

Murder Mystery Co-ordinators:

  • Rob & Becs Mills
  • (01782) 248786
  • Web Editor & Digital Artist:

  • Antony Clowes