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Our Background

ROS has been performing live shows to audiences in the beautiful market town of Richmond, North Yorkshire since the early 1920s and is still going strong today. Producing at least two shows a year, we are honoured to perform at the Georgian Theatre Royal in the town, an amazing and historic venue. Our history previously saw us performing at the building now known as the Influence Church, previously the Zetland Cinema. We have been residents of the old Methodist Chapel on Bargate since the 1940s, known to us now as the 'ROS Hall' - this is where we rehearse for our shows, but we also welcome bookings for local groups, birthday parties, dance classes and more.

In the early years, the shows we performed were more traditional than those performed today, with a strong emphasis on operetta and Gilbert and Sullivan in particular. These days, we offer a much more varied programme, with recent shows including Little Shop of Horrors, Sweeney Todd and Return to the Forbidden Planet. Combining these modern shows with a classic repertoire, we now appeal to a much wider audience and member base. We also ensure that one show a year has room for Junior involvement - our future senior members have to start somewhere!

The society prides itself on its friendly and welcoming atmosphere. Anyone looking to join is always offered a warm reception. We traditionally rehearse on a Tuesday and Thursday evening and you are more than welcome to pop along and have a chat with one of our members. As well as rehearsals and performances, we have a packed social calendar for you to enjoy throughout the year.


We are also on the lookout for future Directors, Musical Directors and indeed show suggestions, so would love to hear from anyone with ideas, traditional or modern! Feel free to get in touch!

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