Dereham Theatre Company


Tickets now on sale for DOSYTCo's Concert

"Everybody's Talking About DOSYTCo" 


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
All queries should be directed
through our Facebook Page 

Guidelines for Performers
Grievance Procedure
Musical Members' Page
Panto Members' Page
Play Members' Page

Member Notices



2019 NODA East Awards

We are delighted to announce that our 2018 productions of "A Passionate Woman" and DOSYTCo's "Cats" were both successful at the 2019 NODA Awards.

Best Play in District 5 - A Passionate Woman:



Best Youth Production in District 5 - Cats:




Membership Form 2018-2019

For a PDF copy of the 2018-2019 DTCo Membership Form please click here.



For a PDF copy of the following statement please click here


From 25th May 2018 the way that your data is processed and used will be changing under the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). This replaces the Data Protection Directive.
Dereham Theatre Company (DTCo), will comply with applicable GDPR regulations as a data processor when they take effect.

DTCo will hold the information you provide in a password protected database. This will only be accessible by the relevant DTCo committee members. Your details will not be shared with any third parties, other than to meet our obligations as outlined below.

This information is required for DTCo to meet their legal obligations for insurance purposes, membership and person validation and who to contact in the event of an emergency.

DTCo will hold this information for a maximum of 3 years, if your membership is not renewed. You do have the right to request your details are removed, in writing to DTCo before the end of this period, if your membership expires or is terminated.

Should you wish to raise a data subject complaint, this may be presented to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), via If you wish to receive the correspondence by email, please could you confirm to the Assistant Secretary of DTCo. The words: "I agree that Dereham Theatre Company (DTCo) may hold my contact details on their electronic database” with:

  • Your name
  • Your email address

In the event that we do not have your permission to continue to contact you via email, the correspondence will not be able to be sent to you by email.




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




June 2019

Diary Dates



Everybody's Talking About DOSYTCo
12th - 13th July 2019
Dereham Memorial Hall


2019 AGM

71st Annual General Meeting
29th April 2019
The Studio


2019 Autumn Musical

1st - 5th October 2019
Dereham Memorial Hall


Christmas Pantomime

27th Dec 2019- 1st Jan 2020
Dereham Memorial Hall