Glastonbury and Street are townships of roughly equal size situated in central Somerset within two miles of each other.
Glastonbury resides on the Isle of Avalon (no longer an island since the 'levels' were drained a thousand years ago by the monks of Glastonbury Abbey), with it's mystical Tor rising majestically above the town. It is the legendary site of Camelot, burial place of King Arthur and Queen Guinevere and was reputedly visited by Joseph of Arimathea. On a musical note, since 1970, "Glastonbury" has given its name to the world famous annual Festival of Music and Performing Arts, held near the village of Pilton.
Street has a more solid claim to fame, growing to prominence as the headquarters of shoemakers Clarks International, founded in 1825, with its Clarks' Village shopping centre becoming a modern visitor attraction in more recent times.
There were theatrical precursors in the form of historical pageants, miracle plays, and pantomime clubs, but this Society was started by a group of enthusiasts in 1930 and was named Glastonbury Operatic and Dramatic Society. Shows were put on in Glastonbury Town Hall which had a small proscenium stage and some basic lighting equipment. Dressing room space was short and players often had to scurry outside the building to change in the Council Chambers above the front entrance.
In 1963, Strode Theatre was completed as part of the Strode College complex in Street and through the 60's it developed into a popular venue both for for film and stage theatre. A faction of the Society proposed moving their productions from the Glastonbury Town Hall to the Strode Theatre where there were much better facilities. This was fiercely resisted by others who felt the Society would lose its Glastonbury identity and who had great attachment to the old building in spite of its inconvenience.
There were strong disagreements and some resignations but in 1973 the last performance took place in the Town Hall (Half a Sixpence) and in 1974, the first in Strode Theatre, (Hello Dolly). At the same time, the name was changed from 'The Glastonbury Operatic and Dramatic Society' to 'Glastonbury and Street Musical Comedy Society', the new name more accurately reflecting the offering.
Apart from a break between 1940 and 1946, musical productions have been staged every year up to the present, with the Society collecting awards and enthusiastic audiences along the way.
In 2010, in response to the cut-backs in Arts Funding, the society embarked on a joint venture with the Strode Theatre to present an annual Christmas pantomime with profit-sharing helping to offset the funding losses suffered by the theatre. The first production, in 2010, was extremely well received and the 2011 offering attracted sell-out audiences and won the cup for "Best Pantomime in the South West" at the 2012 NODA Awards.
Our pantomimes have continued to provide funding for the theatre, winning further awards (our 100th show, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, won the prestigious "Rose bowl Award" for Best Pantomime in 2017) and entertaining huge audiences whilst out Spring Shows remain highly acclaimed, must-see, annual performances, bringing the West End to Central Somerset.
So far, mission accomplished!
Our Past Shows & Programme Archive
|104||2018||Goldilocks and the 3 Amazing Bears|
|102||2017||Jack and the Beanstalk|
|101||2017||Guys and Dolls|
|100||2016||Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs|
|95||2014||Witches of Eastwick|
|94||2013||Puss in Boots|
|89||2011||Jesus Christ Superstar|
|87||2010||Beauty and the Beast|
|82||2005||Kiss Me Kate|
|80||2003||Half a Sixpence|
|79||2002||My Fair Lady|
|78||2001||Mack and Mabel|
|77||2000||Singin' in the Rain|
|76||1999||Crazy for You|
|75||1998||Me And My Girl|
|73||1996||Fiddler on the Roof|
|68||1991||7 Brides for 7 Brothers|
|67||1990||The Pyjama Game|
|65||1988||Annie Get Your Gun|
|64||1987||West Side Story|
|63||1986||The Music Man|
|62||1985||Half a Sixpence|
|61||1984||Guys and Dolls|
|60||1983||My Fair Lady|
|54||1977||Fiddler on the Roof|
|50||1973||Half a Sixpence|
|49||1972||No No Nanette|
|47||1970||Maid of the Mountains|
|46||1969||Annie Get Your Gun|
|44||1967||Call Me Madam|
|43||1966||The New Moon|
|42||1965||A Likely Tale|
|41||1965||The White Horse Inn|
|40||1964||Wedding in Paris|
|37||1962||Here We Come Gathering|
|36||1962||A Country Girl|
|35||1961||Missing Believed Married|
|34||1961||Dear Miss Phoebe|
|33||1960||The Night Must Fall|
|31||1959||Bride and the Batchelor|
|29||1958||The Quaker Girl|
|27||1956||Day of Rest|
|19||1952||Call It A day|
|17||1951||And So To Bed|
|13||1949||A Runaway Girl|
|9||1939||The Rose of Araby|
|8||1938||Les Cloches de Cornville|
|7||1937||No No Nanette|
|6||1935||Miss Hook of Holland|
|5||1935||The Quaker Girl|
|3||1933||A Country Girl|
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