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At Chelmsford Civic Theatre

Tues 25 to Sat 29 September 2018

Box Office 01245 606 505


Welcome to caods – Chelmsford’s leading amateur musical and dramatic society. Providing local audiences with West End style quality productions since November 1920, caods uses professional directors and musicians to support its talented amateur cast. Affiliated to the National Operatic & Dramatic Association, caods have achieved rare status in winning numerous NODA awards for its productions in recent years.

caods presents two shows a year at the Civic Theatre, and with its modern, yet intimate auditorium, and state-of-the-art staging and lighting perfectly showcases the society’s top-drawer productions. caods appeal for Chelmsford audiences seems to be our ability to simultaneously surprise and delight. From Gershwin to Berlin, Lerner & Loewe to Lloyd Webber caods eclectic mix of musicals ensures continued success and an enviable reputation.

caods has charitable status and has been self-funding since its inception.

Recent News

Top Hat

We’re putting on the Ritz

Visit our Current Show page for all information on ‘Top Hat’, our next show directed by Sallie Warrington who recently directed ‘All Shook Up‘, ‘Legally Blonde‘ and ‘Sister Act‘ for caods.

The Box Office is now open so book your tickets now for the Essex premier of ‘Top Hat’. The Saturday matinee is 53% sold so book now so you don’t miss out!

We also have lots of upcoming publicity days so keep an eye on our website and social media for sneak peeks and competitions!

Future Shows

We’re heading to the swamp!

We are pleased to announce that our Spring 2020 show will be ‘Shrek the Musical’! We hope you are as excited as we are – what a fabulous show for the start of our Centenary celebrations during 2020/2021. Keep an eye out on website and social media pages for all upcoming shows – and why not look back our Past Shows.

Our Spring 2018 show will be ‘My Fair Lady’ directed by Ray Jeffery. Auditions will be taking place on Saturday 22 October and information can be found on our Next Show page. We will shortly be realising details of our Autumn 2019 show so keep a look out and why not support caods or join our Mailing List for information straight to your inbox. Full details can be found on our Join Us page.


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Keep in touch with caods

Keep an eye on our website and social media for details on all our upcoming shows! To get all the news direct to your inbox why not join our mailing list by emailing us at! Or why not become a non-acting member for £15 a year to support caods. Visit our Join Us and Get Involved pages for more information.

Audiences Say…

“I came to see you last night with my family. Such talent. We all really enjoyed the musical. I could not take my eyes off the stage. Thank you for a lovely evening.”

— Audience member, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, March 2018

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The sun is shining again, we have two rehearsals this weekend and our tickets sales are great, what is there not to be happy about!

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