Leigh Operatic & Dramatic Society is at the forefront of Essex amateur theatre, bringing West End quality performances to Southend-on-Sea.

LODS love to push the boundaries and choose to perform a wide range of musical theatre productions. From the modern, quirky and artistic choices of brand new shows to the more traditional classics and everything in between.

Whatever the show you can be sure it will be of the highest quality with not only our  incredibly talented cast but some of the hardest working and professional production teams and crew members around.

LODS stage two productions each year at the Palace Theatre and we would love to see you there! Visit the link below for more information about our upcoming productions and how to book.



Essex amateur theatre LODS Spring Awakening


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-World War II 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. To see our full history and to learn more click on the link below.



LODS are always on the look out for new members to join our society. LODS love to nurture talent, and will help you reach your performing potential!

We have two audition dates a year, where we will ask you to perform a musical theatre song, learn a short and simple dance routine and then run through some dialogue to allow you to showcase all of your talents.

We rehearse on Monday and Thursday evenings at Eastwood Community Centre in Leigh-on-Sea. Nearer show week we also rehearse on Sunday afternoons. Our membership is open to anyone over the age of 18. To be an acting member of LODS costs £120.00 per year, discounts are available for students in full time education.

If your talent isn’t performing, never fear there’s still plenty of ways you can get involved… From directing to costumes, crew to publicity, props to lighting we want to hear from you! Non-acting members pay a membership fee of just £40 for the year and this also includes a free ticket to every show.

Being a part of LODS isn’t just about being on stage, we are a very friendly group and hold lots of socials throughout the year including our show week socials, Summer Soiree, Pool Party, Christmas drinks and more!

If you would like to join our family, contact our membership secretary Helen at membership@lods.co.uk for more information or contact us via our website.

Next audition date: October 2024.

Contact LODS here