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Founded in 1902 and having over 400 members and patrons Hitchin Thespians is one of the oldest and largest amateur operatic societies in the country.

Our thriving, award-winning society, offers members a wide number of opportunities to participate in shows and concerts.

Musical Theatre

Each year we present two fully staged musicals at The Gordon Craig Theatre in Stevenage. We thrive on challenge and have presented some shows that many other societies are wary of. Our bravery has paid off with La Cage Aux Follies and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, both very challenging shows, winning regional awards.

In addition there are occasionally smaller scale productions of musicals which are performed at our purpose built rehearsal suite, Woodside Hall, or at the Town Hall, Hitchin.

Sometimes groups of members get together and perform concerts and shows with a smaller cast and the society is always happy to offer support to such initiatives.

Concerts and Choral Works

In addition to our musical theatre activities we have a thriving choir. The variety of music performed by this group is staggering, as one member put it – "from Bach to Bernstein!"

There are typically three concerts each year, often performed at Woodside Hall, but sometimes in more surroundings that might suit the performance better such as the lovely parish church of St. Mary's in Hitchin.

 

Workshops and Sponsorships

We are proud to fulfil our educational aims and ambitions through workshops and sponsorships. In recent years we have sponsored members to attend voice and performance training at the Little Benslow Music School in Hitchin. Workshops have also been arranged for members to participate in vocal masterclasses with professional singers and voice coaches.

One of our Musical directors has also led a fascinating series of lectures on wide-ranging aspects of music.


Young Thespians

Our youth group is fairly new. It has quickly proved to be another very successful feature of Thespians. Please take a look at their page.

Social Events

Rehearsals, concerts and shows are all social events in themselves. In addition to that a member of Thespians can also attend the numerous social events through the year - quiz nights, barbeques, treasure hunts, barn dances… to name but a few.

Woodside Hall
Walsworth Road
Hitchin
SG4 9SP

Despite being very busy with Thespian events alone our rehearsal venue, Woodside Hall, is available for bookings. There are a number of clubs and societies that meet in our hall on a regular basis. In addition the hall can be hired for parties and weddings. We regret that the hall is not available for 18th birthday parties.
The photographs below show what the hall is like when it is decorated for a function - click on the pictures to see larger ones. For further information see our contacts page.
       
   

 

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