Beeston Musical Theatre Group is a NODA-affiliated, award-winning Musical Theatre group based – perhaps unsurprisingly – in Beeston, Nottingham. We perform at the Duchess Theatre, Long Eaton twice a year, with a full show in the Autumn and a concert in the Spring. Our upcoming show is All Shook Up in May 2017 and then Monty Python’s Spamalot in October! We strive to provide the very highest levels of production where orchestra, sound and lighting, staging and choreography are concerned and we have a very talented team of performers and production personnel who really do make the West End Magic happen right on your doorstep!
We are a friendly society whose members span a wide age range from students to seasoned performers, and we’re always keen to hear from new people who are interested in joining us! If that sounds like you then please get in touch with us via our contact form and one our committee will let you know when we next have new member auditions!
Lisa Smith – Chairman • Craig Butterworth – Vice Chairman • Jane Cottee – Treasurer • Beth Yearsley – Patrons & Subs • Ronja Breitkopf – Publicity Officer • Rob Holsman – Other Publicity Officer • Claire Rybicki- Society Rep • Rob Charles – Society Rep • Mina Machin – Secretary
Beeston Operatic Society was founded in 1967 by Graham Anderson, John Hackney, Paul Middleton and Ted Morris who were all members of “other” societies but thought that Beeston should have its own operatic society for the people of Beeston who were supporting the neighbouring groups.
An inaugural meeting was called to assess interest and 90 people attended! Michael Wright, a local councillor and business man, had experience in amateur operatics and was invited to become Producer; Andrew Nicklin was invited to become Musical Director – both accepted. The decision was made to form ‘Beeston Operatic Society’ and the first show produced was ’White Horse Inn’ which was performed at Round Hill School.
BOS grew in number and popularity and eventually the move was made to a real theatre – the Co-Op Arts Theatre on George Street in Nottingham for performances; Round Hill School remained our rehearsal venue. Every show was performed at George Street until 2000 when the future of the theatre was in doubt and so we moved to The Duchess Theatre in Long Eaton. Sadly, our stay there was short as the theatre burnt down two weeks after our production of ‘Kismet’. We returned to Round Hill School and performed our shows there from 2004 – 2010, joyfully returning to The Duchess for ‘My Fair Lady’ and ‘The Full Monty’ in 2011.
Our return to The Duchess Theatre was a double celebration as our production of ‘My Fair Lady’ was nominated for and won the NODA award for Best Musical – a very proud moment for everyone involved. We won the award for the second time with out 2015 production of Into The Woods.
Another major change came when we renamed the society in 2003. Having never produced an “opera”, it was decided to update our name to give a more realistic idea of what we actually did! BOS became BMTG – Beeston Musical Theatre Group. Our first production as BMTG was ‘Kismet’!
Recent productions have shown us performing more modern musicals – ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ in 2006, ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ in 2010, ‘The Full Monty’ in 2011, and in 2012 our fabulous production of ‘RENT’. In June 2014 we sadly left Round Hill School but found a new home at Bramcote Church of England School.
We hope to continue to produce and perform for the people of Beeston and Nottingham for many more years.