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The Society Today

Beverley Musical Theatre perform Musical Shows, Pantomimes and concerts in Beverley, Hull and the surrounding villages. The East Riding of Yorkshire is fortunate in having a large number of amateur operatic and dramatic societies. This means that competition for the attentions of the theatre-going public is intense, and consequently the standard of the performances is very high.

Beverley Musical Theatre is no exception. Based largely in Beverley itself, the society performs at the New Theatre in Hull and Beverley Memorial Hall.  Most year’s we perform our main musical show in May or June and a pantomime in November or December. 

The company enjoys a lively social programme including our Annual Dinner, barbecues, theatre trips, and of course the usual parties (any excuse!). There’s always plenty to do even when we’re not rehearsing for shows.

Join Us

We meet in the Masonic Hall, Trinity Lane, Beverley on Wednesday from 7:30pm to 9:30pm and Sunday from 7:00pm to 9:00pm

We are always looking for new members whether on stage or behind the scenes. There is always help needed with lighting, sound, props, music and much more as well as needing actors on stage.

 

Why not get in touch and find out more? We'd love you to join us.

Our History

Beverley Amateur Operatic Society (1927 – 1937)

Productions from 1927 to 1935

February 1927     Iolanthe

February 1928     Mikado

February 1929     The

                              Gondoliers

February 1930     Dorothy

March 1931          Trial by Jury /

                              HMS Pinafore

February 1932     Rebel Maid

February 1933     The Geisha
October 1933      Concert in aid

                              of the Hospital

February 1934     The Yeomen

                              of the Guard
November 1934  Florodora

November 1935  Pirates of

                              Penzance

The Beverley Amateur Operatic Society was formed in 1927, conducted by H.Malkin who also conducted the Beverley Choral Society at this time. The Society’s first performance was Iolanthe in February 1927.

In the 1920s and 30s the Society largely performed Gilbert and Sullivan shows, although others such as Dorothy and Rebel Maid were also performed. Most of the shows were presented at the Gymnasium Hall in Beverley.

In 1937 the Beverley Amateur Operatic Society was wound up due to a lack of support from membership, the lack of a suitable hall in the town for opera performances and declining audiences which was causing financial difficulties.

The Beverley Amateur Operatic Society was formed in 1927, conducted by H.Malkin who also conducted the Beverley Choral Society at this time. The Society’s first performance was Iolanthe in February 1927.

In the 1920s and 30s the Society largely performed Gilbert and Sullivan shows, although others such as Dorothy and Rebel Maid were also performed. Most of the shows were presented at the Gymnasium Hall in Beverley.

In 1937 the Beverley Amateur Operatic Society was wound up due to a lack of support from membership, the lack of a suitable hall in the town for opera performances and declining audiences which was causing financial difficulties.

The Mikado February 1928 

Beverley and District Amateur Operatic Society (post-war)

The first show after the war by the newly re-formed Beverley and District Amateur Operatic Society was due to be The Gondoliers in 1947 at the Marble Arch Cinema, but this was cancelled because of a lack of fuel for heating.

Instead, concert versions of Merrie England and Tom Jones were performed in 1947 and 1948, and staged shows were re-commenced in 1949 with The Gondoliers at the Marble Arch in March. 

Productions from 1947 to 1959

1947       Merrie England

               (concert version)

1948      Tom Jones

               (concert version)

1949       The Gondoliers 

1950       Pirates of Penzance 

1951        Rebel Maid 

1952       Emerald Isle 

1953       Ruddigore

1954       Vagabond King 

​1955       Desert Song 

1956       Rose Marie 

1957       The King and I 

1958       Summer Song 

1959       Merry Widow 

From the Memorial Hall to the Hull New Theatre

Productions from 1960 to 1989

1960   Song of Norway

1961    The Belle of New York

1962   Land of Smiles

1963   Bitter Sweet

1964   King’s Rhapsody

1965   Vagabond King

1966   Glamorous Night

1967   The Boyfriend 

1968   Robert and Elizabeth

1969   The King and I

1970   Merry Widow

1971   Camelot

1972   Vagabond King

1973   Merry England

1974   White Horse Inn

1975   My Fair Lady

1976   The Great Waltz

1977   Merry Widow

1978   Fiddler on the Roof

1979   Hello Dolly

1980   Summer Song

1981   White Horse Inn

1982   Oliver!

1983   My Fair Lady

1984   Mame

1985   Pirates of Penzance 

           (Broadway version)

1986   Fiddler on the Roof

1987   Oliver!

1988   Merry Widow

1989   Hello Dolly!

By the late 1950s the society had dropped ‘and District’ from its name to become Beverley Amateur Operatic Society. In 1959 they moved their performance venue from the Marble Arch cinema, which was due to be demolished, to the Memorial Hall, where they performed the Merry Widow.

This was their home until 1967 when the success of their performance of Camelot prompted them to look for a bigger venue for the following year’s performance of Robert and Elizabeth.

For the next 22 years the Society performed at Hull’s New Theatre.

Beverley Operatic Society and Beverley Musical Theatre

From 1990, when financial difficulties necessitated the return of the, then Beverley Operatic Society, to the Memorial Hall, the Society presented two performances a year, a musical and a pantomime. In 2000 they were again able to return to the New Theatre with Guys and Dolls, but also continued to perform a pantomime each Christmas at the Memorial Hall.

In September 2006 the society re-launched itself as Beverley Musical Theatre in order to appeal to 21st century audiences and attract new members to the world of musical theatre. Beverley Musical Theatre continues to perform two shows a year: a main show in the late spring at Hull New Theatre and a pantomime at Christmas at the Beverley Memorial Hall.

Productions from 1990 to present

1988   Merry Widow 

1989   Hello Dolly!

1990   Cinderella

1991    Oklahoma!

            Aladdin

1992   Pirates of Penzance

           Dick Whittington

1993   South Pacific

           Jack and the Beanstalk

1994   My Fair Lady

           The Sleeping Beauty

1995   Annie

           Mother Goose

1996   The King and I

           Puss in Boots

1997   Oliver!

           Humpty Dumpty

1998  Oklahoma!

           Beauty and the Beast

1999   Me & My Girl

           The Little Mermaid

2000  Guys & Dolls

           Aladdin

2001   Hello Dolly!

           Mother Goose

2002  South Pacific

           Dick Whittington

2003   Me & My Girl

           Jack & the Beanstalk

2004   The King and I

            Cinderella

2005   My Fair Lady

            Babes in the Wood

2006   Anything Goes

            Sleeping Beauty

2007   Guys & Dolls

            Robinson Crusoe

2008   Oliver!

            Aladdin

2009   My Fair Lady

            Dick Whittington &

            Sam the Cat

2010    Hello Dolly!

            Mother Goose

2011    South Pacific

            Snow White & the

            Seven  Dwarves

2012    Annie

            Cinderella

2013   The Sound of Music

           Aladdin

2014   Fiddler on the Roof

           Babes in the Wood

2015   Singin’ in the Rain 

           Jack & The Beanstalk

2016   9 to 5 the Musical 

           Dick Whittington

2017   Dirty Rotten

           Scoundrels

           Sleeping Beauty

2018   Legally Blonde

            Goldilocks and the

            Three Bears

2019    Wizard of Oz

Famous members

Ruth Madoc

Ruth Madoc spent part of her childhood in Beverley, and in 1957 played the part of Prince Chulalongkorn in the Society’s version of The King and I, before leaving Beverley to become a household name.

Ruth Madoc (centre) with other members of Beverley Musical Theatre

Peter Martin

One of Peter Martin’s earliest acting jobs was singing “with a fine tenor voice” in Beverley Amateur Operatic Society’s 1967 version of Camelot. Since then he has gone on to be a television actor, appearing in many Yorkshire and Lancashire based shows, and may be best remembered as Len Reynolds in Emmerdale. Other TV shows include Heartbeat, Dalziel and Pascoe, The Royle Family and All Creatures Great and Small. He has appeared in one film, the Yorkshire-based miner drama Brassed Off.