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  • Photo by Mick Mercer
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This is the website of Betchworth Operatic and Dramatic Society, commonly known as 'BODS'. We are a friendly society with a long tradition of high-quality music and drama productions at Betchworth Memorial Hall (between Reigate and Dorking) as well as varied social events. Feel free to explore information here about our history, past productions and future plans. Then come and join us !

Dates for your diary

Thespis performance
Wed 7th Nov 7:45 pm - 10:00 pm

Thespis performance
Thu 8th Nov 7:45 pm - 10:00 pm

Thespis performance
Fri 9th Nov 7:45 pm - 10:00 pm

Thespis matinee
Sat 10th Nov 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Thespis performance
Sat 10th Nov 7:45 pm - 10:00 pm

Next event

Thespis, by W.S. Gilbert and A. Sullivan

Directed by Lynda Barrett-Mercer

7-10th November, Betchworth Memorial Hall

This is a unique production of the earliest G & S work, for which no musical score survives. MD Ian Stone has worked with Lynda to painstakingly reconstruct the music from Sullivan's later repertoire, and we hope you'll be excited as we are to see the result. 

All are invited to the first rehearsal on 5th June (back room at the hall) when Lynda will introduce the opera and the music which has been selected. Sheet music will be provided, but those wishing to audition for principal roles (26th June) will not need to learn it immediately, as they may sing their own choice of G & S pieces.


News (most recent first)

Noda review of The 39 Steps
Saturday, 23 June 2018

Jon Fox reviewed our May production of The 39 Steps on behalf of NODA. He had to attend the dress rehearsal due to other commitments, but still enjoyed the performance

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Thespis schedule and auditions
Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Following the first sing-through on 5th June when Lynda Barrett-Mercer and Ian Stone introduced Thespis, a rehearsal schedule and dialogue audition pieces are now available

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Book now for The 39 Steps
Thursday, 03 May 2018

Only a couple of weeks till our production of The 39 Steps, so book now ! You can choose seats and pay online, or reserve by phone/email for payment on the door.

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