Amateur players revive the roaring 1920s as they return to their roots

    The cast of The Mikado in Tonbridge

    A musical theatre group are celebrating their 90th birthday by returning to the place where it all began – Tonbridge.

    The Local Amateur Musical Players, known as the LAMPS, originated in 1927 when players from The Judd School’s Rugby Club took to the stage to raise money when funds were running low.

    Their first production, entitled ‘Query?’ was penned by an ex pupil and raised an invaluable £35.

    Encouraged by their success the props and forwards continued to play male and female parts until they were joined by pupils from Tonbridge [Girls] Grammar School after a few years.

    Nearly a century and 107 shows later and the LAMPS were looking for a new venue after losing their home – the Royal Victoria Theatre in Southborough – due its planned demolition to make way for the multi-million pound ‘Town Hub’ development.

    But they have found refuge in the EM Forster Theatre, where their production of the Mikado will be running from April 4-8.

    The cast were out promoting the show on the weekend, with LAMPS friend Edward Hickmott driving his 1914 Wolseley Stellite around town to pull in the crowds (pictured).