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The Category Operatic and Dramatic Societies is a subset of Opera and Ballet Performances. Browse through the Brief Records in the Category or look at the broader Category to find a List of the Titles of all of the Societies which have so far been described in this Directory. Clicking on a Title will link you to the Society's Full Record.

 

In contrast, the ANNEXE for Operatic and Dramatic Societies lists Societies which do NOT (currently) have Records in 'Open Concerts and Recitals'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

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‘Has performed the G&S operas annually since its foundation in September 1950. We have remained firmly based in the village of Abbots Langley, although now our members come from a much wider area. Gone are the days when, as quoted after the very first production, “You could meet the whole cast by walking up and down Abbots Langley High Street”. As well as our main annual production, we always try to perform each year in our home village with a concert or small production in the local village hall.’

 

+ Abbots Langley Gilbert & Sullivan Society

'We're a friendly amateur society based in the market town of Abingdon, set in the rolling greenery of rural Oxfordshire. We aim to produce two musical shows each year to the highest standards of professionalism. We’re a registered charity and, as well as providing enjoyment to our members, we’re committed to bringing live musical theatre to our audience in and around Abingdon.'

 

+ Abingdon Operatic Society

‘We are a musical theatre group based in the North West. AMAS's first production was way back in 1948 and we are still going strong with two productions a year. We are a friendly group with many social events between shows and we always welcome new people to the society. So if you fancy helping out backstage, on lighting or sound or indeed acting and singing on stage you are more than welcome to come along.’

+ Adlington Music & Arts Society

‘Every member of ACAOS has a passion for performing and producing shows that will delight audiences young, and not so young! The club have been performing since 1910 and have been performing to sell out audiences at The Sir John Wilson Town Hall since 1913. The club is very forward looking and fabulous team work (and hard work!) have produced high quality shows.’

+ Airdrie & Coatbridge Amateur Operatic Society

‘An amateur group holding events and shows in and around the Alcester area including Redditch and Stratford Upon Avon ... Hyperactive, talented and fun loving this young at heart company work hard and play hard. With a strong management team and commitment to good quality yet affordable live entertainment, the company is optimistic about the future and looks forward to many years of success.’

 

+ Alcester Musical Theatre Company

Aldridge Musical Comedy Society, or AMCS for short, is a Drama and Theatre group that prides itself on musical prowess and acting talent. Formed in 1967 in a corroboration with Brownhills, we have performed over 70 shows in a wide variety of theatres in the West Midlands area.’

 

+ Aldridge Musical Comedy Society

Based in Halifax: ‘We are a group of around forty people, of whom thirty or so are performing members. Although the Society is non-denominational, we still retain a Christian ethos and continue to support many local charities. We strive to fill as many roles as possible from our own membership, but also hold open auditions for our shows, which continue to attract new members, singers, actors and helpers’.

+ All Souls' Amateur Operatic Society

'We are an award-winning musical theatre company ... performing excellent quality Broadway and West End shows year after year!'

+ Alnwick Stage Musical Society

'Formed in 1962 as The Ashbeian Gilbert and Sullivan Society. This adult society grew out of the Ashby Boys Grammar School G&S Society.This new society annually performed G&S, opera and operetta until 1993 when the first of the "modern" musicals was performed. Since then as the Ashbeian Operatic Society and recently as the Ashbeian Musical Theatre Group,we have continued to perform annually this genre of musical entertainment.'

+ Ashbeian Musical Theatre Group

Formed 1979: ‘We have always produced fully staged operas with orchestra, welcoming singers of all abilities from the local area and further afield. Each October we put on a concert performance in the Aylesbury area of a full opera. Rehearsals then start for the main production which is staged in early March. We audition for principal roles for the forthcoming season in May each year. New chorus members are always welcome and are not required to audition’.

 

+ Aylesbury Opera

'A cross-community organisation, affiliated to Holy Trinity Church in the Parish of Ballywillan, Portrush, which seeks to promote and encourage all aspects of Theatrical Arts in an environment of friendship, support and responsibility ... The main BDG production is, of course, their musical in which most time, effort and money is invested.'

 

+ Ballywillan Drama Group

‘We are a friendly and award-winning amateur musical society performing two shows a year (operetta to Lloyd Webber) ... We welcome new members, performing and non-performing. If you are interested in joining us we would be pleased to see you at any of our rehearsals, when you can meet us and find out more about what we do.‘

 

+ Banbury Operatic Society

'Barking Operatic Society was started in the 1970s as a Council night school class and was originally called Barking Operatic Workshop ... The Society currently has more than 30 members and is now a well established feature of the musical life of the Borough. In November 2005 Barking Operatic Society decided to change its name and as from January 2006 has become Barking Music and Drama, or ... Barking MAD.'

 

+ Barking Music and Drama

‘The origins of the society go back to the 1930s when the organist at St. Mary’s Church, Langdon Hills, decided to stage Pirates of Penzance to keep the children in the church choir out of trouble at the weekends. Curiously then known as St. Mary’s Athletics Club, the society grew over the years to become first Laindon and District Amateur Operatic Society, and then more recently Basildon Operatic Society. The society performs in both shows and concerts, currently producing its annual show in late May. Then concerts over the summer and in the weeks leading up to Christmas. Originally BasOp’s shows were exclusively selected from Gilbert and Sullivan’s Savoy operas, but these days a good number of musicals are produced too.’

+ Basildon Operatic Society

'Founded in 1922; we are Basingstoke’s oldest musical society and we pride ourselves on providing first-class entertainment to audiences in Basingstoke and the surrounding areas.'

 

+ Basingstoke Amateur Operatic Society

‘Fairly unique in being both an appreciation and a performing society. The society was formed in 1944/5 as an appreciation society and progressed to small private performances for the delights of members. It is now affiliated to both the national Gilbert & Sullivan Society and the National Operatic and Dramatic Association (NODA) ... Whether you enjoy singing, acting or just want to find out more about this great partnership, why not pop along to one of our Friday rehearsals or monthly meetings – we’ll offer you a warm welcome and you won’t even have to audition!  If you want to join in behind the scenes with costumes, make-up, props, stage crew etc. then we’d also like to hear from you.’

 

+ Bath Gilbert & Sullivan Society

‘The beginning of the group can be traced back to 1948, when the Oldfield Park Rangers Company presented a performance of Hiawatha. HMS Pinafore followed the next year. In 1951 Males were added to the company and the whole was thereafter known as Bath Youth Operatic Group ... In 1961 The group was renamed The Bath Light Operatic Group to reflect the removal of the upper age limit, however the emphasis has remained on attracting young members ... We produce a large musical at the Theatre Royal, Bath each Autumn, and a Concert or Smaller Musical each Spring at the Roper Theatre, Bath.’

 

+ Bath Light Operatic Group

‘For over 100 years society members have been passionate about putting on shows to a very high standard and reviewers have often remarked that they wouldn't look out of place at London's West End. The main musical production is performed near the beginning of each year at the Theatre Royal, with one or more smaller productions throughout the year at various other venues around Bath.’

+ Bath Operatic and Dramatic Society

'We are an enthusiastic group of amateur performers dedicated primarily to performing the works of W.S. Gilbert and A.S. Sullivan ... Sir William Schwenck Gilbert and Sir Arthur Seymour Sullivan collaborated on fourteen operettas in total and since its formation, the Society has proudly performed thirteen of them over the years, trying to ensure that the less popular shows get an occasional airing.'

+ Batley Gilbert & Sullivan Society

Formed in 1910, the Society has, with occasional interruptions such as wartime, presented productions every year. Since the late 1980s their number has increased from one to two - and even three - per year. Our early years covered mostly G&S but even by the late 1920s the repertoire was being extended. In recent years we have covered a very wide variety of music, featuring Cole Porter, Irving Berlin and Ivor Novello and others, together with critically acclaimed performances of Fiddler on the Roof, Me and My Girl, Cowardy Custard and Oklahoma!’

 

+ Beaconsfield Musical & Operatic Society

‘NODA-affiliated, award-winning Musical Theatre group based – perhaps unsurprisingly – in Beeston, Nottingham. We perform at the Duchess Theatre, Long Eaton twice a year. We strive to provide the very highest levels of production where orchestra, sound and lighting, staging and choreography are concerned and we have a very talented team of performers and production personnel who really do make the West End Magic happen right on your doorstep! We are a friendly society whose members span a wide age range from students to seasoned performers, and we’re always keen to hear from new people who are interested in joining us!’

+ Beeston Musical Theatre Group

‘Performs a wide range of concerts, shows and musicals to suit all tastes. Our members come from a wide range of backgrounds but we all share a common love of music and singing ... The Company has strong roots in light opera, which come from its origins as Ballymacarrett Operatic Society, and today BOC continues to draw on its extensive choral experience as it widens its musical horizons by embracing contemporary shows. Our annual performances in the Belfast’s Grand Opera House have included not just the well known classics but also shows that are entirely new to Belfast.’

 

 

+ Belfast Operatic Company

'Amateur theatre company which performs musicals and concerts in Belper ... Most of our main productions are performed at Belper School in their Theatre Hall which had a massive facelift back in 2011. We are also delighted to be able to perform smaller concerts throughout the year at other venues, as a form of fundraising. We perform two main productions each year. These are our main show in February and a Concert later in the year ... Belper Musical Theatre was founded in 1975 by local residents who were keen on Amateur Theatre, but who did not want to have to travel to Derby to fulfil their ambitions.'

 

+ Belper Musical Theatre

Founded 1920: ‘Each year The Society stages a musical and on occasion concerts and plays. The Society’s primary aim is to bring the magic of the theatre to local people, by local people and we are very grateful to all our members and audiences who continue to give support in order for us to continue ... We are as strong a Society as ever and regularly welcome new talented, young members, which augurs well for our future. Whatever your age and in whatever capacity you would like to join us in, you can be assured of a very warm welcome indeed’.

 

+ Berwick Operatic Society

'BCOS is a performing musical society with a difference: we rehearse and present works from both the choral and operatic disciplines, usually performing a major choral work in the spring and a staged musical production in the late autumn, both with orchestra. We see this wide repertoire as a strength, combining a wide range of singing styles with the opportunity for socialising which is a characteristic of societies presenting stage productions. We also normally draw our soloists from the society's membership, and are fortunate to have a number of excellent soloists to draw on.'

+ Bicester Choral & Operatic Society

'The society started in 1929 and despite having some moments throughout the years where it looked like we wouldn't be able to continue, we have fought on and produced shows of increasingly high quality. BOS produce one musical show each year at The Brentwood Theatre, Brentwood in March and smaller shows / concert throughout the year.'

+ Billericay Operatic Society

Founded 1963: ‘The Society stages a full show every year, as well as various concerts and social events. A great way to get involved in local theatre and have fun with a friendly group of people, we welcome members of all ages who want to get involved, be it taking to the stage or helping out behind the scenes. Just get in touch with us or visit our website to find out more!’

+ Blackburn Gilbert & Sullivan Society

‘We are the longest established amateur musical comedy society in Blackpool. Established in 1950, we have produced over eighty productions from Operetta to West End Musicals ... A wide range of acting, singing and dancing talent combine to deliver an irresistible mixture of youthful energy and experienced stagecraft. Our professional production team provide direction that is both dynamic and sensitive to the individual production. Like most amatuer companies we are always looking for new members. If you feel like having a go, come along to a rehearsal and have a look for yourselves ... Not an actor or dancer and still feel you could offer something, we still need people to help backstage (costumes and scenery etc).’

 

+ Blackpool & Fylde Light Opera Company

‘The origins of the present society date back to 1934, when a number of parishioners of St. Edmund’s Roman Catholic Church in Bolton, Lancashire, decided to form a musical society with the intention of performing Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic operas ... The Choral Section has been an integral part of BCMCS. since its formation in 1973. We have built up an excellent reputation in Bolton for our performances of many classic choral works ... In 1977 the society changed its name to its present one, Bolton Catholic Musical and Choral Society, and is now known to its friends in and around the town as “Bolton Caths”. There is no requirement to be a Catholic however, and anyone who shares our love of music and theatre is welcome to join.’

 

+ Bolton Catholic Musical & Choral Society
Also indexedBCMCS

‘We are a friendly amateur musical theatre company who stage two shows a year at the Little Theatre, Southport. We welcome anyone who wishes to gain experience in on stage and technical theatre.’

 

+ BOS Musical Theatre Company

BOS Musical Theatre Group is based in Boston, Lincolnshire. We produce two full scale musicals each year at Blackfriars Arts Centre, one in the spring and one in the late autumn. BOS is affiliated with NODA (National Operatic and Dramatic Association) and has won many awards over the years ... Open auditions take place each year for out upcoming productions and we are always keen to welcome new members to the society.’

+ BOS Musical Theatre Group

‘A leading musical theatre company based in Merseyside. Established in 1926, BOST has evolved into a thriving, modern society of dedicated playing and non-playing members, who range in both age and experience. We have members who have been “treading the boards” for years and those for whom BOST is their first foray into musical theatre. We employ a professional director, musical director and choreographer, and encourage all our members to develop their talents. In particular, we take great satisfaction in seeing our young singers develop into confident all-round performers.’

 

 

+ BOST Musicals
Also indexedBirkenhead Operatic Society

Founded 1947: ‘In the early part of the year we rehearse for our Spring Show, usually performed in April and May. We perform our Spring Show in several surrounding theatres, usually featuring popular numbers from many G&S operas. We also on occasion include some non G&S numbers too. Our main production each year is always at the end of October and takes place in the theatre of Poole’s Lighthouse’.

 

+ Bournemouth GaSP
Also indexedBournemouth Gilbert & Sullivan Operatic Society

'For performing members a brief audition will be required so we may “see what you are capable of”. It is nothing to worry about, it is just our way to assess where you would best fit in the society. After all, if you join you will be performing to audiences in theatres such as The Crescent. We place members in singing voices, Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Baritone and Bass. If you don’t know where you fit into the above – don’t worry we will help you! Can you dance? Presently we have dancers who both sing and dance and have joined us from a number of dance schools and have featured in many of our major productions.'

 

+ Bournville Musical Theatre Company

'We are an amateur musical theatre group ... performing two musical shows per year.'

 

+ Braintree Musical Society

‘A long-established opera group in North West London that puts on two fully staged and costumed productions a year.‘

 

+ Brent Opera

‘BAOS aims to present 2 productions every year one in the spring in April and one in late autumn in November.Often both shows are “lib and score” shows but occasionally we perform a revue style of show in the autumn along the lines of “Songs from the Shows”. We welcome new members both on and off stage and endeavour to make everyone feel welcome.’

 

+ Bridgwater Operatic Society

‘Formed as Burton Operatic Society in the 1920s and re-formed in the early 1950s producing mainly Operetta. Since the late 70s, the Society has moved on from Operetta to Musicals and performs two shows a year ... In 2014 the society was renamed “The Burton Musical Theatre Company”, which we feel reflects our true identity. Our shows range from well known “box offcie hits” to lesser known shows that give our audiences the opportunity to see some first class productions with sets built by our crew, and music provided by our excellent band of musicians.’

 

 

+ Burton Musical Theatre Company

Formed in 1902 and typically stages two shows per annum: ‘We’re a NODA award-winning theatre company ... ​We all share one common interest – providing high-quality, entertaining, live performances to the general public ... Bury St Edmunds Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society is always looking for aspiring actors, singers and dancers of all ages, so why not pop along to one of our rehearsals, have a cup of coffee and a chat, and let us persuade you to take up one of the most rewarding of hobbies a person can have? Or join our talent backstage!’

 

+ Bury St Edmunds Amateur Operatic & Dramatic Society

‘A friendly and sociable Cambridge based musical theatre company who perform an annual staged production under a professional director, often with a full orchestra.  In addition to this we try and perform other concerts throughout the year. The society, established in 1910, has gone from strength to strength and enjoys taking on big musical and classical shows to wow our audiences, with the best of the local talent, impressive sets, costume, design and direction.‘

 

+ Cambridge Operatic Society

'Has been performing shows and concerts in the Canterbury area for over 100 years. Whether you like performing or prefer to be out of the limelight doing vital work backstage or front of house, we welcome new members warmly. Please get in contact!'

 

+ Canterbury Operatic Society

‘Chelmsford’s leading amateur musical and dramatic society. Providing local audiences with West End style quality productions since November 1920 ... We welcome new members both acting and non acting at all times. You are sure of a warm welcome from all ... From classical to contemporary, we always deliver an eclectic mix of musicals. Regional premieres rub shoulders with time-honoured favourites.’

 

+ CAODS [Chelmsford]

‘We are the County Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society, an award-winning theatre group based in Lincoln ... and we produce major musical productions at the New Theatre Royal, Lincoln ... We have an established performance pattern of a two week run during the autumn season and, depending on the casting requirements of any given show, we attract between 30 to 60 individuals ... Our audition process is open to all newcomers and usually begins around March / April ... In recent years the society has managed to produce a “second” show (compilation style), of a reduced scale and duration, but spiralling production costs and falling audiences have led us to concentrate on the main, annual production.‘

 

 

+ CAODS [Lincoln]
Also indexedCounty Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society

Formed 1973: 'Award winning society specialising in the works of Gilbert and Sullivan. Our aim is the promotion and advancement of public appreciation of operatic and other musical works, particularly by promoting productions of the Savoy Operas. We put on at least one full production a year, together with several concerts, and are also available to perform Gilbert and Sullivan, Olde Tyme Music Hall and songs from popular musicals at private functions'. ALERT 'At the recent Annual General Meeting of the Chapel End Savoys Players, the members present, reluctantly, decided to wind up the Society. Much as we have wished to avert this, the current number of permanent members and other factors mean that we are no longer able to sustain a company that performs staged productions.'

 

+ Chapel End Savoy Players

‘Musicals and Concerts in and around the Chesham area. We perform major musicals at The Elgiva and use smaller venues for concerts and revue shows.‘

 

+ Chesham Musical Theatre Company

‘A lively, mixed-voice and mixed-age society ... with a rich history and strong performance record ... The Society was first formed in 1971, and began by performing concert versions of the works of Gilbert and Sullivan. In 1981 the society made the transition from concerts to fully staged productions.’

+ Chesterfield Gilbert & Sullivan Society

‘An exciting, friendly and ultimately professional group of musical people. Come and join us ... Consists of around 60 members of all ages. With well over a hundred years of history, the Operatic as it is affectionately known, is one of the best amateur theatre companies in the East Midlands. We're not just saying that either, we regularly win awards for Best Musical in the area and have also won the Cole Hinks Award for Best Overall Performance, beating groups from as far afield as Milton Keynes.‘

 

+ Chesterfield Operatic Society

CADOS is a friendly, thriving amateur theatre group based in Chingford on the East London/Essex border. We stage two musicals or plays a year ... We have two types of membership - Active and Patron .. You need to be over 16 years old and to pass a company audition to become an Active CADOS member. This is in two parts: a simple acting audition (e.g. a short monologue or poem) and a singing audition for those wishing to perform in musicals (you will need to prepare a short piece and bring along a backing track or sheet music unless you wish to sing unaccompanied) ... We're always looking for people to assist backstage or front of house too, so please get in touch however you would like to be involved!’

 

+ Chingford Amateur Dramatic and Operatic Society

'We perform one main Gilbert & Sullivan show a year in middle/ late February, with occasional concerts during the rest of the year.'

+ Clevedon Gilbert & Sullivan Society

CLOC is a group of amateur singers, actors and dancers based in Clevedon. They perform Musicals twice a year at Princes Hall. CLOC Juniors is for 8 - 18 year olds who also perform award winning shows twice a year ... All are welcome to join the club, be it as an acting member, a social member, a technical member or a Patron.‘

 

+ Clevedon Light Opera Club
Also indexedCLOC Juniors

‘We are the premier musical theatre company providing high quality amateur productions for the Rushmoor and surrounding area. Our diverse range of award winning productions include some of the best and newest releases available for groups to perform ... We rehearse throughout the year ... and stage two major musical productions annually in late March and September.’

 

+ Cody Musical Theatre Company

Colchester Operatic Society, COS, and its younger members (who form Colchester Operatic Second Edition, more popularly known as CO2) perform a selection of shows and concerts each year, at various locations throughout Colchester ... From our “amateur” beginnings in 1924, COS and CO2 now receive rave reviews from regional and national press and continue to enjoy a sterling reputation for being one of the region’s most loved operatic societies.‘

 

+ Colchester Operatic Society

‘A small amateur theatre group based in the South East Wales area. The group was set up in order to try to put on productions that were just that little bit different. We wanted to be a society that has everyone involved. Quality of singing and acting is paramount and innovation and "challenging the norm" is at the forefront of everything we do. We enjoy ourselves and take great efforts to ensure our audiences do as well. We believe in nurturing talent and avoiding the pitfalls of bad sets, bad costumes and run-of-the-mill productions. If it is worth doing, it is worth doing well!’

 

+ Concept Players

‘CODS exists to encourage the performance of all forms of amateur theatre, musical, drama and comedy, and is open to all interested persons.’ Usually perform one Musical per year, in the Autumn.

 

+ Cranbrook Operatic & Dramatic Society

'Crediton Operatic Society, now known as CODS, began life in 1964 with a public meeting to form a G and S Society. The first musical production "HMS Pinafore" was staged in 1965 ... HMS Pinafore cost approximately £280 to stage. Contrast this with our current main Musical Productions which cost on average about £15,000- £18,000 to produce. There is no theatre in Crediton so each CODS production is staged in one of two halls at the local College Academy. Everything has to be transported and constructed at either of these halls, and of course, cleared away afterwards!'

+ Crediton Operatic Society
Also indexedCODS

'Formed in 1950 by members of the Parish Church and since that time has performed many musical shows at various venues. Early performances were concerts and revues in local halls, progressing to pantomimes and light opera. Since the 1970s the society has produced at least one major Broadway or West End musical every year.'

+ Crowthorne Musical Players

‘The Society has performed twice a year since 1958 at the beautiful 900 seater Darlington Civic Theatre, re-opening as the 1000 seat Darlington Hippodrome in 2017 following a multi-million pound restoration. We are an “amateur” theatre company but our production values and approach to all aspects of the business are totally professional. We have a national reputation for producing large scale, lavish productions that run for 10 nights. We always welcome new members who are 16 years and over who have bags of enthusiasm and talent - we hold two sets of new member auditions each year (generally April and November).’

 

+ DarlingtonOS
Also indexedDarlington Operatic Society

‘Founded in 1932 as a singing group at Dewsbury Technical College. In recent years, in addition to our annual pantomime in January and musical show in June we have staged an Autumn production of either a cabaret style event showcasing songs from the shows or a short play. Dewsbury Collegians are always happy to welcome new members. If you have a talent for, or an interest in singing, dancing, acting, sound and lighting, costumes or scenery then we'd love you to get in touch.’

+ Dewsbury Collegians Amateur Operatic Society

‘The Society was founded in 1970 and produced their first show HMS Pinafore in 1972. Since then the society has gone from strength to strength. The Society has a good reputation for producing high quality performances of G&S and other light operettas and concerts of more varied music throughout the year.‘

+ Dore Gilbert & Sullivan Society

‘We’re a friendly group who welcome people over the age of 16 to join us. We usually rehearse twice a week and put on one major show a year ... plus smaller shows and concerts at various other venues ... You must be a member of the Dunstable Musical Theatre Company to perform in shows. There is an annual membership fee, you can then audition and if accepted join the company and audition for shows and concerts ... We are always looking for new people to get involved. It doesn’t have to be on-stage as there are a multitude of jobs to be done back-stage too.’

 

 

+ Dunstable Musical Theatre Company

‘Formed in 1959 based in Wroxham, Norfolk, UK and has concentrated mainly on the annual Spring production of a Gilbert and Sullivan opera. Over these years, all the operas have been performed at least once (Utopia Ltd and The Grand Duke) with The Gondoliers having been produced seven times. The exception is, of course, Thespis, where most of the original material has been lost ... The Society's constitution does not dictate that the Gilbert and Sullivan operas should be performed exclusively and so, in addition to the Savoy Operas, Merrie England and Die Fledermaus have also been performed.‘

+ East Norfolk Operatic Society

Founded 1907: ‘Has been entertaining Sussex ... with a wide range of different shows, from plays to much loved musicals and open air Shakespeare in the summer. The three sections of EODS (Dramatic, Operatic and Junior) work together to present fantastic performances every year which are well rehearsed, and feature some incredibly talented people. Some of these actors have gone on to professional roles and have become extremely successful which makes the Society incredibly proud’.

+ Eastbourne Operatic & Dramatic Society

‘Has been entertaining audiences for many years with a wide variety of musicals, operettas and concerts. We currently perform 2 shows a year ... We are a lively and friendly group and new members of all ages are welcome, whether you would like to join as a chorus member, potential principal, to help back stage or front of house, or even produce, direct or play the piano at rehearsals. New performing members can join during the first few rehearsals of each show.’ Footlights Youth Theatre is the Junior Section of EOMS.

 

+ Eastleigh Operatic & Musical Society
Also indexedFootlights Youth Theatre

‘Founded in 1952 as East Berkshire Operatic Society, the society continues to produce award winning pieces of musical theatre and drama. We produce a minimum of four shows every year and perform in the Wilde Theatre at South Hill Park in Bracknell and in our own 70 seat Pinewood Theatre in Wokingham. Pinewood Theatre is the focal hub of the Society. As well as being our theatre, it is also our rehearsal space and is used for a variety of social activities during the year.’

 

+ EBOS Musical Theatre
Also indexedEast Berkshire Operatic Society

‘An award winning society who have been performing since 1930. We perform two main shows each year in addition to a variety of concerts and smaller productions ... Footloose Musicals was established in 2001 and is our junior section for young people aged 8-21. Footloose perform one main show each year and are encouraged to use their thoughts and imagination to create lively performances.’

 

+ Ellesmere Port Musical Theatre Company
Also indexedFootloose Musicals

‘We are a non-profit making and award-winning musical theatre society based in Winchmore Hill N21 in the London Borough of Enfield. Founded in 1953 as The Wheatsheaf Players, the name was soon changed to Enfield Light Operatic and Dramatic Society and from performing mostly Gilbert and Sullivan in the 50's and 60's, the society soon took on the challenge of producing more modern musicals and this has continued to the present day. We produce a mix of classic shows and new productions and are a fully inclusive society, welcoming adults of all ages and children when a show requires under 18's. We perform two musicals per year, usually in April and October.’

 

 

+ ELODS
Also indexedEnfield Light Operatic and Dramatic Society

‘A friendly, thriving amateur Company founded in December 1985 with an established and well deserved reputation for excellent quality, productions of a high musical and dramatic standard. We stage two productions a year at the Epsom Playhouse, usually alternating between light opera and musicals.’

 

+ Epsom Light Opera Company

‘In the late 1940s a few police officers and their wives started a group called “The New Court Players” and performed small plays in an old wooden hut near Police Headquarters, Springfield, Chelmsford, Essex. Several of the original members were moved from Headquarters and this, together with retirements, meant the members sadly depleted. However, a small number remained and the decision was taken to perform a musical and The New Court Players became The Police Headquarters Musical Society. Our first musical, Calamity Jane was performed in 1966 in the newly constructed Assembly Hall at Headquarters. Back in the 1980s the society was renamed The Essex Police Musical Society and since then the Society has produced two shows each year at the Assembly Hall.’

+ Essex Police Musical Society

Founded 1910: ‘Formerly known as Exmouth Amateur Operatic Society, EMCo have a long history of exciting and charismatic performances within the South West. EMCo pride themselves on being a fun-loving and friendly group, who enjoy the challenges and rewards of working together to the highest standards we can achieve ... EMCo work towards two large productions a year; typically a June musical and a November concert. They rehearse weekly throughout the year towards the next show’.

+ Exmouth Musical Theatre Company

Felixstowe Musical Theatre has been producing musicals in Felixstowe since its formation in 1966 winning various awards along the way. We always welcome new members to join us for any of our performances. So pop in and see us.’

 

+ Felixstowe Musical Theatre

'A friendly, Cambridge based musical theatre society for all ages ... The Society currently stages one or two major amateur musical productions each year, with an active year-round social calendar including concerts, quizzes,  and, of course, trips to see both professional and other amateur musicals ... We perform with a live orchestra made up of some of the best semi-professional musicians in the Cambridge area, and have a back-stage crew of Penguins (the local Cambridge amateur back-stage society), theatre staff, costume, make-up and hair, props, lighting and sound teams.'

 

 

+ Festival Players [Cambridge]

'Essentially like any other amateur musical company - the members come from all walks of life, there are more women than men, as the performance dates come around we wonder if it will ever be ready, but afterwards its all been worthwhile and before long we are setting off on next year's venture ...'

 

+ Fife Opera

‘We are a friendly company and have fun but our aim is to put on the very best productions we can. We pick shows that many other companies wouldn’t, like “Honk!” and “Hot Mikado”, as well as the old standards. Our greatest strength is our ability to work together as a group and perform with joy and vibrancy together. We are noted for our ensemble singing and high production standards and our ability to work as a team on and off stage.’

+ Forest Musical Theatre Company

'The Main Society  performs a week of concerts in November each year in the Courtyard Theatre, Ballyearl. These concerts are reprised on a number of occasions throughout the rest of the season (Sep-May), often as fundraising events for local churches, clubs and societies. In addition to the concerts, we perform a musical show for a week in the Theatre at the Mill, usually in March ... FMS Youth performs a full-length show each year. They may also take part in the main society’s concerts, if this can be accommodated.'

 

+ Fortwilliam Musical Society

Geoids Musical Theatre entertains audiences in central London with a varied annual programme, including at least two large productions, smaller cabaret shows and our famed 48-hour panto. We deliver high quality shows for our audiences as well as a friendly and collaborative experience for our performers ... We were founded by King’s College London’s Geography and Geology students over 80 years ago.’

 

+ Geoids Musical Theatre

'The Society was founded in 1973, mainly as an appreciation Society. Since then, however, it has performed all the operas of Gilbert & Sullivan and also hold regular concerts at various venues throughout South Devon.'

+ Gilbert & Sullivan Society (Torbay)

‘The object of the Society is to stage operatic productions and other concerts in order to provide enjoyment for members and the local community, and to support charitable causes ... There is no audition to join the chorus. Ability to read music is helpful, but not essential. Being able to remember a tune and sing it while others are singing their lines is more important! There are various resources available to help members learning their parts. After singing with GMT for one show, or one concert, members become eligible to audition for solo parts.’

 

+ Girton Musical Theatre

‘Widely regarded as one of the country’s leading Gilbert and Sullivan Societies. The Society was founded in 1924 and had its first production, The Yeomen of the Guard, in 1925. Since then (excepting the war years) it has put on a major Gilbert and Sullivan production every year, including the more rarely performed works such as “The Grand Duke” and “Utopia Ltd”.  Currently we perform a fully staged G&S opera every February, with a full orchestra ... In June or July we put on a smaller scale work.’

 

+ Godalming Operatic Society

'Has a deserved reputation for musical excellence and the broad range of music we present. We have a history stretching back to 1912 and we strive to continue with the traditions of live music. We have two strings to our bow, the staged musical events and a choir, which is how we originally began all those years ago, and each year we are producing concerts and shows for the public. We are also very happy to be invited to put on a concert with the choir in aid of a good cause ...'

 

+ Gravesend Entertainment and Musical Society

‘Strives for innovation and inspiration in musical theatre, by staging newly released productions and giving a fresh interpretation to classic shows ... The company has staged several premieres ... Through our productions we hope to demonstrate that non-professional theatre can be as impressive and enjoyable as shows on the West End stage. We have an active membership of around 50 performers, supported by our production and front of house teams and over 100 Friends of Green Room ... The company presents two musicals a year at the Wyllyotts Theatre in Potters Bar.‘

 

+ Green Room Productions

’Guildford Opera has been performing opera and operetta since 1971 ... Working with experienced Music and Stage Directors and performing with talented soloists and an orchestra, we seek to achieve the highest musical and dramatic standards. We attract many young soloists who then go on to successful careers both in the main UK opera houses and internationally ... Our permanent chorus of amateur singers and backstage team are always open to new members, and we offer a regular programme of social events.‘

 

+ Guildford Opera Company

‘The Society formed in 1968 and we gave our first fully staged performance 3 years later. We perform our annual show at The Halifax Playhouse around November time, which is fully staged, fully costumed, and performed with an orchestra ... As well as the annual show we also hold other smaller concerts and club nights through the year in various locations, to raise funds for the Society.’

 

+ Halifax Gilbert & Sullivan Society

‘Amateur theatre company for adults (16 yrs +). We invite anyone to join the society whether that's to perform, help out or just to come and watch a production ... Performing shows in Halifax since 1907.’

 

+ Halifax Light Operatic Society

‘HLOS has been staging shows for over 60 years. We are all amateurs who enjoy singing, dancing or acting (or all three!) and we are always keen to welcome new members. As well as those on the stage we also welcome those who would like to help in the many jobs which have to be carried out behind the scenes, and we always acknowledge that those who work with the stage crew as well as the many other behind-the-scenes jobs, are just as important as those on the stage if a show is to be a success ... At the society's Annual General Meeting in July 2017, it was agreed to change the name to Harpenden Musical Theatre Company, to reflect the wider variety of Musical Theatre available and to appeal to the modern day audience.‘

 

+ Harpenden Musical Theatre Company
Also indexedHarpenden Light Operatic Society

‘Was formed in 1972 by a group of G & S enthusiasts with our first production in Harrogate Theatre in May 1973. The Society has gone from strength to strength over the years and has continued to stage a production each May or June in the same theatre. Since 1986, in addition to our stage production we have held two Christmas concerts each year in conjunction with the world-famous Brighouse and Rastrick Band.’

+ Harrogate Gilbert & Sullivan Society

‘We are a friendly group of professional, semi-professional and amateur singers who come from all over London and the South East but rehearse in Harrow ... Each year we perform one full scale production and we are also renowned for our Workshops, Concerts and Master Classes.’

+ Harrow Opera

'Musical Theatre group presenting shows and staged concerts. We have performed many of the classic musicals and have also enjoyed performing a number of the lesser known musicals ... We currently have around 40 members; some have been with the Society for twenty years or more while others are just taking part in their first show. As always, new members are welcome in all categories, from the back row of the chorus to leading roles - and if you haven't been on stage before, no worries. As long as you can hold a tune and can do some very basic movement, you can be on stage in no time!'

 

+ Havering Music Makers

‘Bringing musical theatre to your eyes and ears in the East Midlands.’ The Company usually produces one show per year, and have used as the venue for each production a range of theatres around Heanor.

+ Heanor Musical Theatre Company

'At least once a year we perform a show, usually one of the famous operettas by W. S. Gilbert and Sir Arthur Sullivan at our local theatre, The Courtyard in Hereford. We also perform in concerts around the county, singing a variety of songs from the traditional G&S tunes to the more modern melodies from musicals that are currently at the West End ...'

+ Hereford G&S Society

‘Herefordshire’s leading musical theatre company. We perform two major musicals a year and a whole host of smaller performances too. We’re a friendly and fun community of like-minded individuals, all with a love of musical theatre. If that sounds like something you’d like to be a part of, why not join us? ... Are you aged 8 to 15? Do you want to perform on stage, sing and dance? Why not join our Youth Group! ... There’s a lot of fun, singing and dancing and the chance to perform in a Youth Group show every year, along with other concerts and performances too.’

+ Hereford Musical Theatre Company

‘Since our first production "Of Mice and Men" at the Corn Exchange in 1919 we have captivated our audiences with a wide range of theatre from hard hitting dramas and lavish musicals right through to our annual pantomimes. HD&OS caters for all ages. There is something in our programme for everyone. We provide opportunities for everyone to get involved too - on and off stage. Those members who are aged between 9 and 17 are well looked after by our Young Idea section.’

 

+ Hertford Dramatic & Operatic Society

‘The Society was formed in 1930, and is affiliated to both the National Operatic and Dramatic Association and to the Greater Manchester Drama Federation. The Junior section, known as “HeyKids”, was formed in 1990. The Society produces two full musicals each year: one for the senior section(16+) and one for HeyKids (8 -18), as well as a play and concerts from time to time ... We are a friendly bunch who are always on the lookout for new members and helpers.‘

+ Heywood Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society
Also indexedHeyKids

‘Founded in 1949 by a small band of employees of the Milk Marketing Board in Thames Ditton, Surrey. They had been enthusiastic members of the Milk Marketing Board’s Theatrical Group, which was disbanded early in that year, a victim of that period of post war austerity ... The Society has gone from strength to strength ... and has produced and performed a diverse array of shows, from the traditional Gilbert and Sullivan operettas in the early days, to modern day musical theatre successes.’ [National Operatic & Dramatic Association]

+ Hinchley Manor Operatic Society

‘Has been around since 1903, which makes us one of the longest-established amateur dramatics companies in west London. We are a friendly crowd, always eager to welcome new faces. Our performing year usually consists of an autumn musical show plus a smaller-scale show, concert or revue in the spring, and other special events from time to time. We have mainly been known as a Gilbert and Sullivan society, performing acclaimed productions of these comic operas, but in the last few years we have expanded our portfolio.’

 

+ HLO Musical Company
Also indexedHounslow Light Opera

‘Formed in 1963 to share an interest in and perform the works of Gilbert & Sullivan, the society actively continues to pursue its aims by producing one fully staged operetta a year with full orchestra and also presents a wide variety of concerts.’

+ Huddersfield Gilbert & Sullivan Society

Our aim is ‘to provide the community of Innerleithen and the Borders area with quality light opera, musical entertainment, and to enhance their social life ... Established in 1908, we now perform one musical show in March each year in the Innerleithen Memorial Hall, which we use as our theatre’.

+ Innerleithen & District Amateur Operatic Society

'We are a community theatre group based in Suffolk, UK. We have been performing for over 60 years. Whether it’s classic shows such as Oklahoma or regional premieres such as The Producers and Sunset Boulevard, we have a rich history of performing award-winning musical theatre.'

 

+ Ipswich Operatic & Dramatic Society
Also indexedIODS Theatre Company

‘In 1971 Pupils Teachers and Parents at Kingsbury High School in North West London so enjoyed a production of "The Mikado" that they wanted to go on, and KAOS was born. A number of members who were in that first show still perform with us today. KAOS performs two staged productions each season and prides itself on the breadth of its offering, from the more traditional Operettas and American Musicals to modern shows and indeed Premieres of challenging works.’

+ KAOS Musicals

'New members of all voices and ages are always very welcome. We have roles for those for those who are happy to go on stage, as well as those who prefer to work behind the scenes – costumes, make-up, sets and scenery, props, stage management, marketing, front of house etc.'

+ Keswick Amateur Operatic Society

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