Dereham Theatre Company


Box Office now open for Priscilla Queen of the Desert!

Box Office for Beauty and the Beast and A Passionate Woman opens on Monday September 18th (Patrons Priority Booking from Monday September 11th)

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


A Passionate Woman


Thursday March 8th 2018 at 7:30pm
Friday March 9th 2018 at 7:30pm
Saturday March 10th 2018 at 7:30pm

Box Office opens Monday September 18th.  Friends Priority Booking from Monday September 11th

Tickets: 13 (11 concessions for over 60s and under 18s)

Discount on Group Bookings:

Buy 10 tickets, get 11th (of cheapest value) free of charge.  To book, please contact Paul on

For audition and production information, click here

Kay Mellor's "A Passionate Woman" (which gave rise to an excellent TV adaptation as well as having a long run on the London stage) centres around Betty, a doting mother who finds it hard to accept that her son is finally leaving the fold to be married.
On the morning of the wedding, she retreats to the attic where she relives her long-lost youth and a passionate affair she enjoyed before becoming bogged down in a listless marriage.
As Betty recalls her memories, triumphs and regrets they can feel poignantly familiar and Dereham Theatre Company are delighted to treat you to this heartfelt and beautifully constructed play in March 2018.

August 2017

Diary Dates

14th - 15th July 2017
Dereham Memorial Hall

Priscilla: Queen of the Desert
3rd - 7th October 2017
Dereham Memorial Hall

Beauty and the Beast
27th December 2017 - 1st January 2018
Dereham Memorial Hall

A Passionate Woman
8th - 10th March 2018
Dereham Memorial Hall


2018 DOYSTCo Musical


11th - 14th April 2018

Dereham Memorial Hall



DTCo 70th Anniversary Celebration

9th June 2018

Dereham Memorial Hall



DTCo/DOSYTCo 70th Anniversary Concert

21st July - 22nd July 2018

Dereham Memorial Hall