Tuesday 25 - Saturday 29
February 2020,
Civic Theatre Chelmsford



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 are excited to announce that tickets are now available for ‘Shrek The Musical’ opening at the Civic Theatre Chelmsford in February 2020. Call 01245 6060505, visit in person or click here to book your tickets online.

Rehearsals have started and the cast are enjoying their time in the swamp with new Director Chris Cumming. Please find all information on our Current Show page.

‘Shrek The Musical’ is based on the Dreamworks film with all your favourite characters hitting the Civic Theatre stage. Keep an eye on our social media and website for all the details and be sure to book your tickets to the swamp before they all go!




caods production of ‘Evita’ is now finished and we had fantastic performances to sell out audiences. A musically difficult and emotional show are audiences were amazed and some came back for more. 
Take a look at our reviews and photos from our most recent production on our Evita page. If you managed to come and visit then we hope you enjoyed it, our cast and crew definitely did. 
Don’t forget to get your tickets for our next show ‘Shrek The Musical’ as the Box Office is open now. 


Flash Bang Wallop – What a Show!

caods are also pleased to announce that our Autumn 2020 show will be ‘Kipps – The New Half a Sixpence Musical’. This amazing update of the classic musical will be a first for caods and the Civic Theatre. 

caods are pulling out all the stops for our centenary celebrations.  With a fantastic season of shows you will want to book your tickets and be a part of the action. If you have ever wanted to join caods either on or off stage then why not look at our Join Us page for all the information. 

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