About Us

On 17th February 1892 at a meeting in the High Street, Worcester, the Worcester Operatic & Dramatic Society was founded. The first production, HMS Pinafore, was presented at the Public Hall in Worcester to capacity houses. The second production, Patience, was moved to the Theatre Royal in Angel Street. A surplus of £60 was donated to the Royal Infirmary.

At the Annual General meeting at the Star Hotel in 1893, the membership subscription was fixed at one guinea (£1.05) per year, to include six free seats! Since these inaugural days, a considerable sum has been donated to many local charities.

Recent decades have seen many changes in the work of the Society, moving on to more ambitious productions, including most of the modern full scale musicals. In 1954 we lost the Theatre Royal due to redevelopment, but happily moved to the Festival Theatre Malvern, where we performed our Autumn shows for many years.

A Worcester Society

Conscious of being a Worcester Society, we consider ourselves fortunate in having the Swan Theatre in Worcester, where, since 1966 we started staging our Spring shows. The theatre is now run by Worcester Live and since 2007 has become our main venue for our bi-yearly large scale musical productions.

In 1981 with the support of members and friends, the society purchased its own home at St Mary’s Hall, Northfield Street, Worcester, where we rehearse and stage our smaller productions.

WODS consistently produce great quality amateur theatre productions with a strong emphasis on Musicals. We stage 2 large scale productions a year at The Swan Theatre Worcester as well as smaller productions that are performed in our own rehearsal space.

We rehearse on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. Tuesday is usually for Principal members of cast and Wednesday is our main rehearsal night. Wednesday is for all cast members, as well as any non-cast members of the society who wish to pop down to watch and socialise. All rehearsals are held at our own rehearsal space in the centre of Worcester.

If you’re interested in joining us, you can get more information or arrange a visit by using our contact form.

A History of our Past Productions

 – Clicking on a year will show a gallery of pictures from the shows –

2018
Into the Woods

2017
Made in Dagenham
HMS Pinafore (and Other Infernal Nonsense!)

2016
South Pacific
[Nominee Best Musical Award 2016, NODA District 10]
Children of Eden

2015
Sunset Boulevard
[Winner Best Musical Award 2015, NODA District 10]
West Side Story

2014
Mack & Mabel
[Winner Best Musical Award 2015, NODA District 10]
Guys and Dolls

2013
Anything Goes
[Winner Best Musical Award 2013, NODA District 10]
Summer Holiday

2012
The Producers
[Nominee Best Musical Award 2012, NODA District 10]
My Fair Lady

2011
A Chorus Line
[Nominee Best Production Award NODA Region 10]
Hello Dolly

2010
Jekyll & Hyde
[Winner Best Production Award NODA Region 10]
Calamity Jane

2009
Thoroughly Modern Millie
Little Shop of Horrors

2008
The Full Monty
Titanic
[Winner Best Production Award NODA Region 10]

2007
Oliver!
The Full Monty
[Nominee Best Production Award NODA Region 10]

2006
Godspell
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

2005
Sweeney Todd
HMS Pinafore (Australian version)
[Winner Best Production Award NODA Region 10]

2004
Carousel
Jesus Christ Superstar

2003
Kiss me Kate
Chess
[Winner Best Production Award NODA Region 10]

2002
La Cage aux Folles
West Side Story

2001
The Sound of Music
The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas

2000
South Pacific
 Pirates of Penzance (Broadway Version)

1999
My Fair Lady
Damn Yankees

1998
Crazy for You
Sweet Charity

1997
Hot Mikado
Me & My Girl

1996
Singin’ in the Rain
Little Shop of Horrors

1995
42nd Street
Brigadoon

1994
Barnum
Anything Goes

1993
The King & I
Cabaret

1992
Mame
Annie
[Runner Up Best Production, Newport International Festival]

1991
Guys and Dolls
The Wizard of Oz

1990
Oliver!
The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
[Winner Best Production, Newport International Festival]

1989
Annie get your Gun
How to Succeed in Business without really Trying

1988
Hello Dolly
The Boy Friend

1987
Camelot
South Pacific

1986
Fiddler on the Roof
Chicago

1985
Hans Andersen
The Pajama Game

1984
My Fair Lady
Irene

1983
Carousel
Salad Days

1982
Kiss me Kate
Calamity Jane

1981
The Wonderful World of the Musical Part 2
Guys and Dolls

1980
Bless the Bride
Oklahoma!

1979
Gigi
 Love from Judy

1978
West Side Story
No No Nanette

1977
Half a Sixpence
The Wonderful World of the Musical Part 1

1976
Bitter Sweet
Anne of Green Gables

1975
Show Boat
Sweet Charity

1974
Music Man
Fiddler on the Roof

1973
Charlie Girl
Camelot

1972
Hello Dolly
Brigadoon

1971
The Sound of Music
Oliver!

1970
Kismet
 Finian’s Rainbow

1969
My Fair Lady
The Quaker Girl

1968
Orpheus in the Underworld
Oklahoma!

1967
Call me Madam
The Wizard of Oz

1966
The King and I
Salad Days

1965
Calamity Jane
The Boy Friend

1964
Kiss me Kate
Gems of Gilbert & Sullivan

1963
The Dancing Years
The Pajama Game

1962
South Pacific
Gems of Gilbert & Sullivan

1961
White Horse Inn

1960
Carousel

1959
The Merry Widow

1958
Annie get your Gun

1957
The Desert Song
Trial by Jury

1956
Oklahoma!

1955
King’s Rhapsody

1954
The Arcadians
The Yeomen of the Guard

1953
Show Boat

1952
The Belle of New York
The Mikado

1951
The Student Prince

1950
The Quaker Girl
The Gondoliers

1949
The New Moon

1948
Bitter Sweet

1947
Chu Chin Chow

1946
Rose Marie

The Desert Song

– War period –

1939
The Lilac Domino

1938
Maid of the Mountains

1937
Nina Rosa

1935
No No Nanette
The Vagabond King

1934
The Desert Song

1933
Florodora

1932
A Waltz Dream

1931
The Arcadians

1930
The Emerald Isle

1929
The Quaker Girl

1928
The Mikado

1927
Tom Jones

1926
Utopia Ltd

1925
The Gondoliers

1924
The Pirates of Penzance

1923
A Country Girl

1922
San Toy

1921
Iolanthe

1920
Cigarette

1919
HMS Pinafore

– War Period –

1914
Princess Ida

1912
Patience
The Mikado

1911
Merrie England

1910
The Mikado

1909
The Emerald Isle

1908
The Vicar of Bray

1907
The Gondoliers

1906
Falka

1905
Les Cloches de Corneville
The Pirates of Penzance

1904
Dorothy

1903
Iolanthe

1901
La Mascotte

1900
Cigarette

1899
The Yeomen of the Guard

1898
The Vicar of Bray

1897
Erminie

1896
The Mikado

1895
Trial by Jury

1895
HMS Pinafore
Les Cloches de Corneville

1894
Iolanthe

1893
The Pirates of Penzance

1893
Patience

1892
HMS Pinafore