17th – 20th October 2018
    Palace Theatre

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Spring Awakening

17th – 20th October 2018

Palace Theatre

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Welcome to LODS

Leigh Operatic & Dramatic Society was formed in 1917. Within two years the Society’s success and increased membership made it necessary to move from the original Clarke’s College in London Road to more commodious premises at Elm Hall.

In 1922, after many sleepless nights and committee meetings, LODS decided to take the ambitious move to the Ambassador’s Theatre in Tylers Avenue, opening with Gilbert & Sullivan’s “The Gondoliers”.

In 1932 a move to the first-class facilities at the Southend Hippodrome led to the production of “The New Moon” in 1934. That magnificent show was generally acknowledged as the finest amateur production ever given in the town and created a sensation upon its initial performance. The advent of the “talkies” necessitated a move to the New Palace Theatre, then back to the Ambassador’s in 1936, but returning again to the Palace in 1938. Over the Second World War the Society had to scale down its productions but continued on by regularly giving first-rate revue type entertainment to the troops around the county.

The first post-war production was “Wild Violets” at the Palace in 1946. Ours is a record of which we feel justly proud. We have presented shows ranging from grand opera to the avant-garde (including three world amateur premieres) as well as countless entertainments for charitable organisations.

Today LODS continues this tradition, always ready to take a risk in order to offer something new, something exciting, but above all something entertaining.



18th August 2018 | Priory Park Bandstand


Join us for an afternoon of show tunes performed live at the Priory Park Bandstand this Saturday from 3pm – 5pm.

From to Mean Girls to Jersey Boys, My Fair Lady to The Greatest Showman – we have something for everyone!

You will also be treated to a preview of songs from our next exciting production SPRING AWAKENING!

We look forward to seeing you there.

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