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

Countdown to opening night!

Tickets are selling fast for our next production, ‘My Fair Lady‘, and we currently at 75% sold with our Saturday Matinee sold out and limited tickets for the end of the week. Book your tickets now to avoid missing out with best availability earlier in the week by clicking here or calling the Civic Theatre Box Office on 01245 606505. 

We also visited Hylands House in Chelmsford for some fantastic publicity photos! You will also see our cast flyering around Chelmsford in the coming weeks so don’t be afraid to say hello. Take a look at our Current Show page for all the photos and details on the show – it’s going to be “loverly”. 

Why not support caods?

Opening Evening & Friend of caods

Are you interested in joining caods for their next production or want to find out a little bit more about the society? Whether you want to tread the boards, help backstage or find out about our fantastic social programme then why not join us for our next Open Evening on Wednesday 24 April 2019. Here you can meet the current members and Sallie Warrington will be giving us some insight on our Next Show
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. Benefits include prize draws, invitations to preview nights and much, much more!
Remember you can get all the caods news direct to your inbox by joining our Mailing List.

Future Shows and Awards

Celebrating 100 years of success

caods have begun to celebrate 100 years of performing fantastic shows in Chelmsford. Take a look at our Past Shows as we head back in time but we also have exciting future shows coming up soon!

We will be announcing our exciting Autumn 2019 show, directed by Sallie Warrington, very soon so keep your eyes peeled on our social media. We promise it’s worth the wait! Our Spring 2020 show will be wonderful ‘Shrek the Musical’! All details will be posted to our Next Show page.

caods also continue to shine with a nomination for a NODA Award for our recent show ‘Dirty Rotten Scoundrels‘. We’ll let you know when the winners are announced. 

Keep an eye out on website and social media pages for all upcoming shows or join our Mailing List or why not become a Friend of caods?


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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