At Chelmsford Civic Theatre

Tuesday, 27th September until Saturday, 1st October 2016 

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Tuesday 28 February to Saturday 4 March 2017


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


Publicity Day – 3 September 2016

Join the cast of ‘Barnum’ on Saturday 3 September at High Chelmer shopping centre in Chelmsford for a fun-filled look at our upcoming show.

Meet our cast of comical clowns who’ll be singing some of the songs from the show and providing hilarious entertainment for children and adults alike. Join us for face painting, juggling, balloons and more!

Show times are: 10.30am, 12pm, 2pm and 3.30pm with entertainment between.


Barnum Publicity Photos @ Jump Evolution

Thank you to Jump Evolution for the use of their fantastic facilities for our recent ‘Barnum’ publicity photo shoot. Keep an eye on our social media and our Current Show page for photos! Click here for more information on Jump Evolution.

We also featured in the Essex Chronicle newspaper recently. Click here to see our article.

Book your tickets now by clicking on the link below or calling the Box Office direct on 01245 606505.


All Shook Up

Autumn 2017 Show Annoucement

caods is excited to announce ‘All Shook Up’ as our our Autumn 2017 show directed by Sallie Warrington which will run at the Civic Theatre, Chelmsford from 26-30 September 2017.

‘All Shook Up’ is a jukebox musical based on William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night with the songs of Elvis Presley such as ‘Jailhouse Rock’, ‘A Little Less Conversation’, ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ and ‘Love Me Tender’ to name a few! Set in 1955 in the deep midwest in a town where music and dancing is strictly forbidden. Enter a motorcycle-riding rebel ready to break all the rules and you have a town that is ‘All Shook Up’!

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“Fantastic show – was my first time but not my last”

— Audience Member, Legally Blonde March 2016