At Chelmsford Civic Theatre

Tuesday 26 February - Saturday 2 March 2019

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

My Fair Lady

Cast Announcements

After amazing auditions we have a fantastic cast who are gearing up to bring this classic musical to the Civic Theatre Chelmsford. We are still looking for men for smaller roles, dancers and ensemble. Please get in touch and all information can be found on our Current Show page.

And we aren’t just looking for people to tread the boards – if you are interested in costumes, props or scenery it’s a great chance then get in touch to find out more. Remember you can get all the caods news direct to your inbox by joining our Mailing List.

Future Shows

We’re heading to the swamp!

We will be announcing our very exciting Autumn 2019 show next year so keep your eyes peeled. We promise it’s worth the wait! We can however 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. All details will be posted to our Next Show page.

Keep an eye out on website and social media pages for all upcoming shows or join our Mailing List – and why not look back our Past Shows.


Become a Friend of caods

Support your local society

NEW FOR 2019! Why not become a Friend of caods? Support your local amateur society and charity with fantastic perks and benefits to receive all year round! Visit our Join Us page for further information on this fantastic new option to support our award winning society.
caods are pleased to announce they have received a NODA nomination for ‘Best Musical’ for our February 2018 production of ‘Dirty Rotten Scoundrels‘. Congratulations to all the cast, crew and production team who were involved. What a fantastic way to start the new year. We will find out the results of the Awards in May. 
Why not take a look at our Past Shows or get a sneak peek of our upcoming show ‘My Fair Lady‘ that will be playing at the Civic Theatre in February 2019.

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