Hethersett Pantomime began in 1970 in the old church hall in Henstead Road and there have subsequently been 45 pantos in an unbroken run.
The pantomime moved to the new village hall in Back Lane in 1996. Over the years productions have raised over £71,000 for various organisations and local charities.
The first 40 shows were written and produced by Duncan Pigg. In 2010 Lloyd
Parfitt took over. The full list of productions is as follows. You can read
reviews of the pantos from 2007 to 2014 by clicking on the links.
The pantomime has an interesting beginning. On January 20th, 1966 almost 50 handicapped people from the Forehoe and Henstead District were guests at a party given by Mrs Hagg to celebrate her birthday.
Bingo and games were enjoyed and guests were entertained by "a most amusing pantomime" which subsequently sparked the idea of a regular village panto.
For much of its time the pantomime has been written and produced by Mrs Hagg's son Duncan Pigg who takes up the story.
"The panto was supported by my mother. She was aware of a committee in the Forehoe and Henstead District Council which helped the handicapped. January 17th was her birthday and she wanted to give them a party. We played party games and sung to them. They preferred to listen and watch rather than join in. We got a bit more ambitious and put on an ad lib panto where the cast did the words. One or two people said 'why don't you put on a performance for the public?"
And that's what they did in 1970.
Other Pantomime Group Links:
We meet producer and writer Duncan Pigg and Director Sarah Wright. Click here to read the interview.
A full review of the 2007 production of Jack and the Beanstalk along with photographs can be viewed by clicking here.
A full review of the 2008 production of Mother Goose along with photographs can be viewed by clicking here.
A full review of the 2009 production of Aladdin and His Wonderful Ruby Lamp with photograph can be viewed by clicking here
Surprise party for Duncan Pigg. Click here
A full review of the 2012 production of Dick Whittington can be viewed by clicking here.
A full review of the 2013 production of Cinderella can be viewed by clicking here.
A full review of the 2014 production of Beauty and the Beast can be viewed by clicking here.
A full review of the 2016 production of Jack and the Beanstalk can be viewed by clicking here