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Our History

The Markham Players was founded by Joan and Bob Elvy in 1994.

Joan was keen to start something to replace the W.I. concert parties which were coming to an end and decided that a pantomime would be an ideal starting point, involving people of all ages from the village

At that time the village of East Markham was between Village Halls, the old one having been demolished and the new one not fully completed, and so the first Markham Players production was performed on a tiny platform stage in the school room at the back of the Methodist Chapel on the High Street (now a private house).

This first performance, in 1995, was a pantomime of Cinderella which was written by Joan Elvy.
The show was a success and launched the Markham Players which has since gone on to present plays and further pantomimes, attracting new talented performers, directors and inspirational stage crew over the years.

The Markham Players annual pantomime has become a popular feature of village life and continues to enjoy an excellent reputation in the area.

More recently, Markham Players has started to experiment with new activities including the performance of a traditional Mumming Play at village events. In September 2010 we hosted and performed our first Murder Mystery evening which was written by two of our members.