Dereham Theatre Company


Box Office now open for Cats

Telephone 01362 288 124

Bright & Beautiful Flowers
3A Wellington Road, Dereham
NR19 2BP

Dereham Memorial Hall, where most of our productions are performed

Dereham Theatre Company (formerly Dereham Operatic Society) is a charitable Trust and was formed in 1948 to offer the local community education and enlightenment in amateur dramatic arts. A very grand way of saying that we were formed to entertain the people of Dereham and Norfolk!

Our Shakespearian motto "Mere folk who give distraction are we" comes from Cole Porter's musical "Kiss Me Kate", which we first performed in 1970, and is based upon one of William Shakespeare's most famous plays "The Taming of the Shrew".

We stage three productions a year (not including the productions of our youth group) including a major musical in the autumn, a pantomime over the Christmas period and a play in the spring.  There is something for everyone!

If you are looking to join one of the premier operatic and dramatic societies in Norfolk as either a performer (we actively encourage all whatever your ability or experience, whether you are a singer, an actor, dancer, or just enjoy being on stage), backstage helper, front of house staff or just looking to purchase some tickets for our next show ........ you need look no further; Welcome to our website.

Quick Contacts


Rehearsal Studio
The Studio
Rear of Dereham Memorial Hall
62 Norwich Street
East Dereham
Norfolk, NR19 1AD
chairman at dosoc dot co dot uk
treasurer at dosoc dot co dot uk
website at dosoc dot co dot uk


Cats Members Page


The Producers Members Page

Member Notices

69th Dereham Theatre Company Annual General Meeting - 2017

Thank you to all those who attended our A.G.M. on Monday April 24th, when we looked back at a very successful year and revealed what was in store for the future.

This was an evening tinged with sadness as we recently lost our President, Geoffrey Dann, who passed away in March.  Sue DuPont paid tribute to him on the night and all observed a minutes silence. 

Whilst we lost Kevin Jude after many years service on the Committee, for which we thank him, Sophie Blanks will take his place as Vice Chair.  We also welcomed on to the Committee Sharon Davidson, Sue Cashfield and Pennie Jones.

Our new President, Jill Everett, was given a rousing round of applause on her appointment and she paid tribute to Geoffrey on accepting the position.

2017 NODA Awards

The NODA East Conference on Sunday April 8th 2017, held in St Ives, Cambridgeshire, saw Dereham Theatre Company nominated for three awards: Best Technical Production for Rock of Ages; Best Pantomime for Dick Whittington; and Best Youth Production for Grease.  We're delighted to have come away with the Certificate for Best Pantomime - congratulations to the cast, crew, production team and everyone involved.

Show Choices

We always love to hear from our members with ideas for future productions, but unfortunately many suggestions have to be thrown out immediately simply because the licence isn't available for amateur groups. Before making a suggestion, please take some time to find out if the show is actually available by contacting the appropriate rightsholder. To help you out, here is a list of some common rightsholders:
AWM - AWM Music CW - Cecily Ware MU - MusicScope RUG - The Really Useful Group Ltd
BHMP - Boosey & Hawkes DMS - Downfield Musical Society NHB - Nick Hern Books SSL - Stagescripts Ltd
BS - Below Stairs EM - Eric Maschwitz Musicals OIE - Operas In English TWP - Thatched Well Publications
CL - Classic Presentations Ltd FR - Samuel French Ltd OTE - Out There Enterprises Ltd WCM - Warner/Chappell Music Ltd
CP - Capricorn Productions ITM - International Theatre & Music Ltd PM - Pavilion Music WE - Josef Weinberger Ltd





March 2018

Diary Dates



11th - 14th April 2018

Dereham Memorial Hall



DTCo 70th Anniversary Celebration

9th June 2018

Dereham Memorial Hall



DTCo/DOSYTCo 70th Anniversary Concert

20th July - 21st July 2018

Dereham Memorial Hall


2018 Autumn Musical

The Producers

2nd - 6th October 2018

Dereham Memorial Hall


2018 Pantomime

Sleeping Beauty

27th Dec 2018 - 1st Jan 2019

Dereham Memorial Hall