The present Watlington Players (there had been a group previously) was formed in February 1976 after a group of like-minded people together had performed variety shows in the village. The driving force behind its formation was Dick Stone, who had been a member of the former group and became the Chairman of the new society. The clock over the entrance door to the present main village hall is in his memory.
In the early days the society met in the old corrugated village hall, affectionately known as “The Black Hut”. When the new village hall was opened in May 1988 the society moved there for rehearsing and performing and enjoyed the benefit of a purposely designed stage. When the present Jubilee Hall extension was added in 2000 the society had the benefit of extended back stage and dressing room facilities.
Back in 1976 the first production which the new society performed was a short play entitled “Mr Fothergill Joins the Angels” which was presented in the village and at the Hunstanton Festival that year. Since then the society has performed a wide range of plays, pantomimes and musicals and has encouraged talent in all age groups including youngsters with the formation of COWPS (Children of Watlington Players) and more recently WYPS (Watlington Young Players) many of whom have continued in the society as adult members. The society has been fortunate over the years to have talent not only on stage and musically but behind the scenes in costume making, stage construction and painting and sound and lighting. The Society has always tried to maintain high standards in front of house and box office services.