Kemp's Men of Norwich
" many things merry - nothing hurtful "
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Kemp's Men of Norwich are named in honour of Will Kemp, colleague of Shakespeare, fellow shareholder in the Globe Theatre, Europe's most famous comic actor and Morris dancer extraordinaire. In 1599, the two Wills fell out; Will Kemp resigned from the Globe and, the following year, went on to dance the "Nine Daies Wonder" from London to Norwich as a turn of the century publicity stunt.
Founded in 1956, Kemp's Men have been at it ever since. We dance a wide mixture of Cotswold Morris together with dances from our own local "tradition" of Norwich-upon-Wensum.
Our dancing year runs from May through to the following April so, if you're here looking for where to find (or avoid) us next then you'll find our events calendar below - click an event for more details and directions. Likewise, the latest squit from Facebook appears with it. If you'd like to know more about us, our history, our kit, our musicians and dancers then dig a little deeper through the menus.
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