Dereham Theatre Company


Tickets now on sale for RENT 


Telephone 01362 288 124

Bright & Beautiful Flowers
3A Wellington Road, Dereham
NR19 2BP
(closed Weds pm)

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 

Aladdin Members' Page


Director - Paul Woodhouse

Musical Director - Michael Stoker

Choreographers - Emma Hammond and Danielle Standing


Notable dates:-

Read-throughs on 4th and 11th Sept

Auditions on Saturday 14th Sept

Performances 27th Dec to 1st Jan



Details of characters, read-throughs, auditions will appear here later in the year


All cast should note the following information:-


      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 payable at the first rehearsal.

      Script fees [tbc]

      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.



Post-audition key dates:


15 Dec - Get In (Hall booking 9am to 10pm)

16 Dec - Technical Set-Up (Hall booking 9am to 10pm)


18 Dec - Rehearsal on-stage (Hall booking 7pm to 10pm)

19 Dec - Technical Rehearsal (Hall booking 4pm to 11pm)

20 Dec - Dress Rehearsal (Hall booking 4pm to 11pm)


27 Dec - Rehearsal on-stage followed by 7:30pm performance (Hall booking 12noon to 11pm)

28 Dec - 2:30pm and 7:30pm performances (Hall booking 12noon to 11pm)

29 Dec - 2:30pm and 7:30pm performances (Hall booking 12noon to 11pm)

30 Dec - 7:30pm performance (Hall booking 6pm to 11pm)

31 Dec - 2:30pm performance (Hall booking 12noon to 6pm)

01 Jan - 2:30pm performance followed by Get Out (Hall booking 12noon to 11pm)


July 2019

Diary Dates




2019 Autumn Musical

1st - 5th October 2019
Dereham Memorial Hall


Christmas Pantomime

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