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GALLERY: A look into the history of theatre in Fakenham

PUBLISHED: 11:11 02 May 2019 | UPDATED: 11:22 02 May 2019

Fakenham and District Light Operatic Society perform Half a Sixpence in 1974. Picture: Archant Library

Fakenham and District Light Operatic Society perform Half a Sixpence in 1974. Picture: Archant Library

Fakenham and District Light Operatic Society

These archive images offer a valuable insight into the history of theatre in Fakenham.

Fakenham Youth Theatre Group's Wizard of OZ production 17.2.97. Picture: ArchantFakenham Youth Theatre Group's Wizard of OZ production 17.2.97. Picture: Archant

With the oldest picture taken in 1974, they show how theatre in the town has developed over the years and display many of the different productions that different theatre groups, such as Fakenham and District Light Operatic Society, have put on.

This includes Half A Sixpence, based on the 1905 novel Kipps by H. G. Wells with music and lyrics by David Heneker and book by Beverley Cross, as well as 1950s inspired Grease.

They also show old nativity pictures from years gone by, along with other popular productions such as The Wizard of Oz.

Do you have any memories of theatre in Fakenham or have any old photos you would like to share? Post them in the Enjoy Fakenham More Facebook group or get in touch with our reporter Daniel Bennett by emailing daniel.bennett@archant.co.uk.

Fakenham and District Light Operatic Society perform Grease. Picture: ArchantFakenham and District Light Operatic Society perform Grease. Picture: Archant

Fakenham Youth Theatre Group's Wizard of OZ production 17.2.97. Picture: ArchantFakenham Youth Theatre Group's Wizard of OZ production 17.2.97. Picture: Archant

Fakenham Youth Theatre Group's Wizard of OZ production 17.2.97. Picture: ArchantFakenham Youth Theatre Group's Wizard of OZ production 17.2.97. Picture: Archant

Wild West Youth Theatre members in Fakenham, from left, front, Stuart Anthony and Chris Weavers, with Adam Walford, James Armstrong, Jenna Hathway, Mike Daley, Tracy Jenkins and Robin Longdin 10/9/96. Picture:  Graham Corney.Wild West Youth Theatre members in Fakenham, from left, front, Stuart Anthony and Chris Weavers, with Adam Walford, James Armstrong, Jenna Hathway, Mike Daley, Tracy Jenkins and Robin Longdin 10/9/96. Picture: Graham Corney.

Children from the Kershaw and Youngs family get together to perform their own nativity in Fakenham. mary: Emily Youngs Joseph (in the green): William Kershaw Shepherd (in the blue):Daniel Youngs King: Nicola Kershaw Angel: Leanne Kershaw Picture:SONYA BROWNChildren from the Kershaw and Youngs family get together to perform their own nativity in Fakenham. mary: Emily Youngs Joseph (in the green): William Kershaw Shepherd (in the blue):Daniel Youngs King: Nicola Kershaw Angel: Leanne Kershaw Picture:SONYA BROWN

Fakenham and District Light Operatic Society perform Grease. Picture: ArchantFakenham and District Light Operatic Society perform Grease. Picture: Archant

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