Dereham Theatre Company


Tickets now on sale for both The Producers and Sleeping Beauty!

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 

Sleeping Beauty Members' Page


Musical Director - Micky Stoker


Assistant Choreographer - Emma Hammond

Production Co-ordinators - Angela Ludman and Lorraine Whitehead



First Rehearsal - Tue 9th October


If you are interested in being considered for any of the uncast roles, please send us a message via the Dereham Theatre Company Facebook page. 




This year the Panto is Sleeping Beauty.  It will run from 27th December to 1st January 2019.



AUDITION RESULTS (15th Sept) (updated 21st Sept)


Well done to all the people who have taken part in auditions, it was lovely to see you all doing your best.

Billy  Paul Woodhouse 


Carabosse Laura Marvell-James


Fairy Peaceful Laura Jude


King Norbert Gary Davison

Queen Dotty Ben Francis


Spindleshanks Maisy Jessop


Aurora ClaraBelle Whitehead


Kitty Rebecca Ludman


Prince Orlando TBC (15-20, M)


Fairy Graceful- Heather Neave


Fairy Thoughtful Sue Jude


Fairy Beautiful Sandra Miller


Small roles will be allocated during rehearsals.


Dance Team:-

Maddison Mower

Thomas Wilson Gotobed

Maddie Taylor

Teejay Standing

Jacqui Shah

Danielle Standing



Milo Milton

Pippa Marvell-James

Jesse Darkins

Luke Van DeMerwe

Anais Hall

Harriett Lawler

Abigail Shah

Blake Barley

Ryan Standing

Miami Standing

Scott Hitchman

Mary-Ann Van DeMerwe

Sue Jude

Heather Neave

Sandra Miller


Congratulations to all involved, please look out for an email from Angie & Lorraine over the next few weeks with details of the first rehearsal on Tuesday 9th October.

If you are interested in being considered for any of the uncast roles, please send us a message via the Dereham Theatre Company Facebook page.


If you are considering auditioning for a part that is yet to be cast please consider the following information carefully:-


      Rehearsals will be on Tuesday and Thursday evenings usually from 7.30 until 9pm (children)

      You may be required to attend on other evenings as requested by the production team

      All young people, 16 or under and in full time education will require an adult to chaperone at rehearsals and performances when requested by our lead chaperone.

      You will require Dereham Theatre Company membership Adults 25 Children 15 payable at the first rehearsal.

      Script fees 10

      You will be required to submit dates in advance of any rehearsals you are not available to attend.

      You will be required to participate in planned promotional events. This includes the Dereham Lights switch on 2/12/18 and a promotional set in Morrisons 17/11/18.


Performance dates are as follows:-


27th December 7.30

28th December 7.30

29Th December 2.30 & 7.30

30th December 2.30

31st December 2.30

1St January 2.30 & 7.30


Other dates:-

Sunday 16th Get in Day

Monday 17th Tech set up

Wednesday 19th Tech Run

Thursday 20th Dress Rehearsal




PRINCE ORLANDO - Dashing and handsome, with a slightly hesitant charm.  This role can be played by a male or female.  A good singing voice is important.

Audition Song - Marry You



September 2018

Diary Dates




2018 Autumn Musical

The Producers
2nd - 6th October 2018
Dereham Memorial Hall


2018 Christmas Pantomime

Sleeping Beauty
27th Dec 2018 - 1st Jan 2019
Dereham Memorial Hall


2019 Spring Play

7th - 9th March 2019
Dereham Memorial Hall