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



caods can now announce that we hope to bring ‘Sweet Charity‘ to the Civic Theatre stage in September 2021. This will be directed by Sallie Warrington and expect fantastic songs and dancing in this hit musical. All details will be announced on our Current Show page.
caods are following Government guidance and are working closely with the Civic Theatre to ensure that when caods does come back to the stage this is done in a safe and Covid-compliant way. We can’t wait to get back on stage as we know how much everyone is missing the theatre at the moment. 


Kipps – The New Half A Sixpence Musical

It is with a heavy heart that caods have decided to postpone  ‘Kipps – The New Half a Sixpence Musical’ due to the current situation surrounding Covid-19. This decision has been made to keep our Society, patrons, cast and crew safe in these difficult times. caods are pleased to announce that we have postponed this show to March 2022. 

caods wishes you all the best in these uncertain times and we thank you for your support during these difficult times.


Looking through the archives

caods are taking the opportunity to go back through the archives at all our previous shows as we cannot take to the stage at the moment.

From our most recent production of ‘Shrek The Musical‘ in February 2020 to our very first show of ‘HMS Pinafore‘ in 1920 – it has certainly been a momentous 100 years and we had hoped to celebrate this year but plans have had to be put on hold. caods has triumphed through 100 years and we hope to be back on the stage soon with future shows. Why not take a look at our Past Shows and see if you can spot any familiar faces over the years.

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Audiences Say…

“Congratulations to you all. I brought a coach party to your afternoon matinee yesterday, and we all thoroughly enjoyed the show immensely, and thought it was your best ever. Such an enormous cast, and the dancers were so all together, professionals could not have done better. The main characters were excellent, such strong voices – I certainly could not have been able to remember all that script!!!”

— Audience member, My Fair Lady, March 2019