The Long Company Mummers

The Long Company Mummers are a long-established team of players who delight audiences with their traditional play on only four nights in early January every year, ending on Twelfth Night (6 January).

The dates and venues of the Long Company’s performances in January 2020 have just been divined:
Thursday 2 January at the Golden Lion, Todmorden;
Friday 3 January at the Fleece Inn, Elland;
Sunday 5 January at the Hogs Head, Sowerby Bridge;
Monday 6 January at the Old Bridge Inn, Ripponden.
All performances will start at 8.00pm prompt.

What is the Long Company Mummers’ Play?

The play itself is an amalgam of traditional texts which have been selected by each player to be the best representation of their character.
The characters are King Christmas, St George, The Prince of  Paradine, Common Jack, The Doctor and Beelzebub.
Supported by a band of musicians, the players arrive from the dark, deliver their seasonal play by lantern light, and disappear back into the night.

Each performance is followed by a music session in the pub, featuring songs, tunes and seasonal novelties performed by the assembled company.

Have a look at some samples of previous years’ performances HERE  on the VIDEO page.

January 2019:

Photo: Jan Adams

The magical Long Company Mummers have finished their 2019 season of 4 lantern-lit traditional street plays with a fabulous performance followed by music, song, and dance at the wonderful Old Bridge Inn, Ripponden.

Ryburn 3 Step is delighted that, thanks to the generosity of the audiences who supported the Long Company Mummers in 2019, the collection raised £90 to support each of our four chosen charities: Incredible Edible, Happy Days,  Overgate Hospice, and St Bartholomew’s Church. Thank you all, and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

January 2018:

The Long Company Mummers completed their 4 performances of 2018, welcoming in the New Year at the Golden Lion in Todmorden, the Hogs Head in Sowerby Bridge, The Alma in Cottonstones, and the Old bridge Inn in Ripponden. Despite the heavy rain for the first two performances, and the freezing temperatures for the other two, many people turned out at each venue to watch. The play started each night at 8pm prompt, and was followed by seasonal music, songs, and jollity in the pubs afterwards which brought enjoyment to all. Once again the Long Company thanks the staff for welcoming us to their pubs for these traditional English seasonal performances.

Many thanks to all who came to see the 2018 New Year in with Long Company. Cheering, booing, heckling, singing, dancing, playing – however you took part – thank you.
Now we’ll see what the rest of the year will bring.

January 2017:

What better way to welcome in the New Year than with the Long Company Mummers?

The Long Company Mummers: Left to Right: Common Jack, St. George, King Christmas, Prince of Paradine, The Doctor, Beelzebub. (Photo: Andy Day)

The Long Company Mummers have completed their 4 appearances in 2017 with a performance at the picturesque Olde Bridge Inn in Ripponden on 12th night, watched by over 200 people. The performance finished with a spectacular firework display as the Mummers disappeared into the night, not to be seen again until January 2018.  Afterwards the song and music session in the bottom bar was heaving with singers, musicians, and dancers, some of whom had travelled from places far away from the Calder Valley – Sheffield, Lincolnshire, and even Lancashire!

St. George battles it out with the Prince of Paradine (Photo: Andy Day)
The Doctor comes to heal St. George of his wounds. (Photo: Andy Day)
Look out behind you! Beelzebub comes in for the final reckoning. (Photo: Andy Day)

The Mummers’ first 3 performances were at the Navigation Inn in Sowerby Bridge, the Hinchliffe Arms in Cragg Vale, and the Alma Inn in Cottonstones. All were lively gatherings, with songs and tunes inside the pubs afterwards. We thank all the staff for welcoming us to their pubs for these traditional English seasonal performances.

January 2016:

The Long Company  performed their Mummers play at the Alma Inn, the Navigation Inn, the Hinchliffe Arms, and the Old Bridge Inn to the delight of assembled onlookers. We are delighted to announce that, thanks to the generosity of the audiences, the collection of £300 has been donated to Calderdale Flood Relief.

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