History, Past Shows & Programmes

History, Past Shows & Programmes

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

No.Year Title 
1042018Goldilocks and the 3 Amazing Bears
1022017Jack and the Beanstalk
1012017Guys and Dolls
1002016Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
992016Sister Act
982015Peter Pan
952014Witches of Eastwick
942013Puss in Boots
932013Acorn Antiques
91201242nd Street
902011Sleeping Beauty
892011Jesus Christ Superstar
882010Dick Whittington
872010Beauty and the Beast
852008Hot Mikado
842007Anything Goes
822005Kiss Me Kate
812004Sweet Charity
802003Half a Sixpence
792002My Fair Lady
782001Mack and Mabel
772000Singin' in the Rain
761999Crazy for You
751998Me And My Girl
731996Fiddler on the Roof
72199542nd Street
701993High Society
691992Anything Goes
6819917 Brides for 7 Brothers
671990The Pyjama Game
661989Hello Dolly
651988Annie Get Your Gun
641987West Side Story
631986The Music Man
621985Half a Sixpence
611984Guys and Dolls
601983My Fair Lady
581981South Pacific
561979Calamity Jane
541977Fiddler on the Roof
521975Charlie Girl
511974Hello Dolly
501973Half a Sixpence
491972No No Nanette
481971The Girlfriend
471970Maid of the Mountains
461969Annie Get Your Gun
441967Call Me Madam
431966The New Moon
421965A Likely Tale
411965The White Horse Inn
401964Wedding in Paris
391963The Hollow
381963The Boyfriend
371962Here We Come Gathering
361962A Country Girl
351961Missing Believed Married
341961Dear Miss Phoebe
331960The Night Must Fall
321960Magyar Melody
311959Bride and the Batchelor
301959Belinda Fair
291958The Quaker Girl
271956Day of Rest
261956Wild Violets
241955Rose Marie
231954Fresh Fields
221954Rio Rita
201953Show Boat
191952Call It A day
181952Desert Song
171951And So To Bed
151950Goodnight Vienna
141949Acacia Avenue
131949A Runaway Girl
121948The Girlfriend
111947Hay Fever
101947Mercenary Mary
91939The Rose of Araby
81938Les Cloches de Cornville
71937No No Nanette
61935Miss Hook of Holland
51935The Quaker Girl
41934San Toy
31933A Country Girl
21931Highwayman Love
11930The Mikado

Click here to view an archive of the programmes for many of our past shows G&SMCS Programme Archive.docx