Mumming in Hampshire: The Crookham Mummers



2015 performance - 2018 here



The Paper Boys 2014

The Exchequer (Crondall Rd) Noon
The Black Horse (The Street) 12.45pm
The Crescent Green (Pilcot Road) 1.30pm
The Queens Head (Dogmersfield) 2.00pm

The play stars King George, England's hero, battling his adversaries. A quack Doctor heals the injured, Father Christmas eggs on the fighting and Johnny Jack and the Press Gang turn up to cart everyone off to join the Navy.

With sword fights, jokes and colourful characters, the play is great fun for all the family to watch. Its a bit like Panto crossed with Lord of the Rings.

Each year about 1000 people turn up to watch, so make sure you get there on time. A collection is taken with all proceeds going to a local charity. It lasts about 25 minutes.


A special 50 years for ancient Tradition (2012)

Good things come in threes: it's 50 years since the first James Bond film, The Beatles first single and the revival of The Crookham Mummers Play.

"In these uncertain times there is one thing you can count on. The Crookham Mummers will be out and about on Boxing Day bringing good luck and good fortune to all who watch."

That is the message from supporters of the Crookham Mummers Play, one of Britains oldest and strangest traditions.

The play, which has been entertaining gentry and commoners for generations will be performed in Crookham Village (near Fleet, Hampshire) on Boxing Day (December 26th). The play lasts about 20 minutes. It stars King George, England’s hero battling his adversaries. With sword fights, jokes and colourful characters, the play is great fun for all the family to watch. There’s literally nothing else quite like it. Each year about 1000 people turn up to watch, so make sure you get there on time. You can watch the play outside:

The Exchequer (formerly The George & Lobster) 12.00pm
The Black Horse 12.45pm
The Crescent Green 1.30pm
The Queens Head 2.00pm

Long-time Mummer, Tom Dommett who will be performing in the play for the 30th year in a row said: "The play has been performed in the Village since before 1880. It used to take place every year up until World War Two. After the war it was only performed at private parties and by request until the late Stan Knight revived the play in 1963."

"This year will mark the 50th year in a row that the play has been performed in public in the village. With the support of the pubs, we have raised thousands of pounds for the Fleet, Crondall and Crookham Welfare Trust, helping old folk with their heating bills."

Tom adds: "My father was one of the mainstays of the Mummers in the 1960’s and 70’s. All my brothers have been it over the years and our great grandfather used to go Mumming as a young man."

"The Crookham Mummers is free to watch, and makes a nice break from too much food and too much telly and you can have a drink in the local pubs before and after the show "

Note to editors:

For further information or and photos contact Tom Dommett 07505 437169

Email to tnrb at btinternet.com

The Crookham Mummers Play has been seen on regional television news, heard on Radio 4 and is mentioned in numerous books on folk traditions

P.S. Crookham raised £700 for charity in 2011. Good luck for 2012!

An almost history of Crookham Mummers.









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