Welcome to The Clarence Players’ website.

The Clarence Players, Belfast, is one of Northern Ireland’s oldest and most successful drama groups.

They were formed in 1931 as the Dramatic Art Section of CIYMS (the Church of Ireland Young Men’s Society). Their name derives from the hall where they first performed — The Clarence Place Hall in May Street, Belfast — hence The Clarence Players.

They’ve been appearing at Drama Festivals, Summer Theatre Seasons and Belfast’s famous Group Theatre for over 50 years with plays such as Michael MacLiammoir’s Ill Met By Moonlight (1957); Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman (1962) and A View From The Bridge (1990); Alan Ayckbourn’s How the Other Half Loves (1982); Brian Friel’s Translations (2004) and Ibsen’s John Gabriel Borkman (2018).


The Clarence Players regret that due to extenuating circumstances they have had to cancel their production of Gaslight.


Director Des Loughridge and the cast of Gaslight are hard at work in preparation for next year’s Festival Circuit. You can catch our production of Patrick Hamilton’s Gaslight at the following Festivals: Portadown on Wednesday 8 March 2023 Ballymoney on Saturday 11 March Newtownabbey on Tuesday 14 March Bangor on Friday 17 March Strabane on…


Des Loughridge, director, holds his first casting reading of Patrick Hamilton’s Gaslight, our 2023 Festival Production.