About Us

The Cotswold Savoyards was formed in 1962 to produce the works of Gilbert and Sullivan. We have presented staged versions of all 13 surviving operas, a reconstruction of Thespis, and other operettas by Sullivan, Lehar, Offenbach and Strauss. Over the past few years we have widened our repertoire to include shows such as Salad Days, Sweeney Todd, Candide, Into the Woods, Scrooge the Musical and Titanic the Musical. Approximately half our shows are now Gilbert and Sullivan, and half from other composers.

We stage two productions per year, each running for a week; one at Cheltenham's intimate theatre, The Playhouse, which seats just over 200 people, the other at the town's professional theatre, The Everyman, which seats over 600.

We are always willing to consider requests from other organisations to stage concerts on behalf of charity. We can produce a short cabaret by a small group of singers or a whole evening's entertainment with full chorus. Concerts in the past have included a staged and costumed performance of Trial by Jury in Gloucester Crown Court and a Sullivan Centenary Concert at Cheltenham Town Hall.

The society is always keen to attract new members, whether as singers or as helpers in some capacity. We are always pleased to see new faces on (and off) stage. In addition to our regular productions, we organise a variety of social events and you would be made most welcome.

Details about joining the the society can be found on the Contact Us page.

We are very proud to have as President of the the Cotswold Savoyards the world-renowned soprano, Marilyn Hill Smith.

The Society has a Constitution, which outlines the principal aims of the society, and how it is set up.

Please click here for new member information.

Click here for Cotswold Savoyards audition guidelines.


Officers and Committees of the Cotswold Savoyards



Marilyn Hill Smith

Vice Presidents

Gill Cogzell

Margaret Craven

Don Holland

Duncan Hooper

Simon Lewis

Richard Schofield

Peter Walker

Life Members

Mavis Boulton

John Cogzell

Ann Cox

Jean Hawkins

Anthony Jones

Penny Lewis

David Manifold

Geraldine Rowley

Executive Committee


Vickie Long

Vice Chairman

David Manifold


Sheila Ham


Fiona Gordon-Smith

Publicity Manager

Helen Carter

Additional Committee Members

Megan Donnelly

Anthony Jones

Tom Mullins

Samantha (Sim) Small

Concerts Committee




Patrons of the Cotswold Savoyards


Mr & Mrs B. Benson
Mrs M. Birkin
Miss P. Bowyer
Mr J.M.R. Clarke
Rev & Mrs G.Cox
Mrs M. Craven
Mr A. Eccles
Mrs S. Edmunds
Mr & Mrs T. Flack
Mrs S. Garland
Mr K. Sherwood
Mrs G. Hewlett
Mrs P. Holland
Mrs J. Johnson
Mrs M. Kilminster
Mr B. Large
Mr P. Leppard
Mrs C. McNaughton

Mr A. Melville-Smith
Mr D. Mills
Mrs S. Morgan
Mr J. Norris
Mrs C. Oddy
Mr J. Pannett
Mr. M.Rainbow
Mrs M. Pingriff
Mr R. Pocock
Mrs J. Roberts
Mr & Mrs S. Seaton
Mrs M. Simms
Sir M.H. Simms
Mr J. Stevenson
Mr J. Stubbings
Mrs J. Whales
Mrs J. Wilson
Mrs A. Wynn


An Introduction to NODA

The Cotswold Savoyards are proud members of NODA.

The National Operatic and Dramatic Association (NODA), founded in 1899, is the leading representative body for amateur theatre in the UK. The Association has a membership of approximately 2000 amateur theatre groups and approximately 800 individual members staging musicals, operas, plays, concerts and pantomimes in a wide variety of venues ranging from the country’s leading professional theatres to village halls. Covering a broad spectrum of age ranges NODA member societies meet the needs of all levels of both performers, whether dramatic, dance or musical, and those involved backstage, front of house or in society administration.

NODA aims:

Membership of NODA provides theatre groups and individuals with a wide range of benefits including access to NODA’s advice service at national and regional level, as well as representation to government, access to funding agencies, direct access to rights holders and the media as well access to regional and national conferences, workshops and seminars to help share information on best practice. NODA holds an annual residential Summer School (with bursaries available) offering training from professional tutors in a wide range of both performance and technical courses. NODA also holds an annual national and regional programme and poster competition to encourage high standards in design. Through its trading arm, NODA Limited members have access to a varied range of products and services including insurance for both societies and individuals, long service awards that recognise the dedication made by individuals to amateur theatre, discounts on plays, vocal scores, libretti and technical books and a range of NODA branded merchandise. As a rights holder NODA Limited has 150 pantomimes by leading authors as well as a growing catalogue of plays and musicals.

National Operatic and Dramatic Association Headquarters: 15 The Metro Centre, Peterborough, PE2 7UH
Telephone: 01733 374790
Email: info@noda.org.uk
Website: www.noda.org.uk




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