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Founded in 1898, Rochdale Amateur Operatic Society originally performed Light Operettas and then Gilbert & Sullivan. The society has posters dating back to the early 20th century which indicate that they once performed a different operetta on alternate nights, with the cast switching between leading parts and chorus!

The society has a virtually unbroken history of performances since its inception except for a short break at the end of WW1 and a longer break during 1941 – 45 when many of the 50+ strong chorus were actively involved in other equally dramatic events.

Having played for many years at the Theatre Royal and then the Hippodrome in Rochdale, the Society moved to a temporary home at the ABC cinema before moving to The Gracie Fields Theatre in 1977.  

In 2015 the society changed its name to Rochdale Musical Theatre Company (RMTC) as, in more modern times, productions have been musical theatre rather than of an operatic nature. The new name is also a more accurate reflection of the professional nature of the company’s productions.

In October 2021, RMTC found their new home at the iconic town centre venue Champness Hall and brought theatre back to the heart of Rochdale, with the hugely successful, sell out production Legally Blonde. This was followed in May 2022 with the equally successful Broadway musical comedy The Producers. 

Cinema Complex

1898 –2023 

1898 ​Rochdale Amateur Operatic ​Society Formed

1899 ​The Mikado


1900​ Yeomen of the Guard

​Pirates of Penzance

1901 ​Gondoliers


1902​ Iolanthe


1904​ Dorothy

​The Gondoliers

1906​ Merrie England

1907 ​Dorothy

​Vicar of Bray

1908​ Mikado

​Yeomen of the Guard

*Suspended during the war

1922​ The Gondoliers

1923​ Iolanthe

1924​ Merrie England

1925​ Utopia Limited

1926​ Cavalleria Rusticana

​HMS Pinafore

1927​ Dorothy

1928​ Tom Jones

1929​ The Mikado

1930​ The Arcadians

1931​ Katinka

1932​ Duchess of Dantzig

1933​ The Desert Song

1934​ Student Prince

1935​ Gipsy Love

1936​ Goodnight Vienna

1937​ The New Moon

1938​ No, No Nanette!

1939​ Waltzes from Vienna

1940​ Lilac Time

*Suspended during the war

1946​ Student Prince

1947​ The Vagabond King

1948​ Wild Violets

1949​ Showboat

1950​ Hit the Deck

1951 ​Arcadians

1952​ Magyar Melody

1953​ The Dancing Years

1954​ Brigadoon

1955 ​Goodnight Vienna

1956​ Oklahoma

​Merrie England

1957​ The White Horse Inn

1958​ Carousel

1959​ Summer Song

1960 ​Maid of Mountains

​Paint your Wagon

1961​ The Merry Widow

1962​ South Pacific

​The Lilac Domino

1963​ Viktoria and her Hussar

​Annie Get Your Gun

1964 ​The Desert Song

​The Quaker Girl

1965​ Chu Chin Chow

1966​The Student Prince

1967 ​The Most Happy Fella

​Kings Rhapsody

1968​ The Count of Luxembourg

1969 ​Kismet

1969 ​Carousel

1970​ The Merry Widow

1971​ Kiss Me Kate

1972​ The Desert Song

1973​ Finian’s Rainbow

1974 ​The Land of Smiles

​The Student Prince

1975​ Brigadoon

1976 ​The Waltz Dream

1977 ​Bitter Sweet

​South Pacific

1978​ The Quaker Girl

​Calamity Jane

1979 ​Rose Marie

​Robert And Elizabeth

1980​ Oklahoma

1981​ The Great Waltz

​The Pajama Game

1982​ My Fair Lady

1983​ Summer Song

​Guys And Dolls

1984​ The Merry Widow

1985​ Irene

​Fiddler on the Roof

1986​ The King and I

1987​ Hello Dolly

​The Sound of Music

1988​ The Music Man

1989 ​Finian’s Rainbow


1990​Annie Get Your Gun

1991 ​Kismet

​Half a Sixpence

1992​ Calamity Jane

1993 ​West Side Story

1994 ​Anything Goes


1995​Sweeney Todd

​Sweet Charity

1996​My Fair Lady

1997 ​Me and My Girl

1998​ Pirates of Penzance

​South Pacific

1999 ​Oklahoma

​Guys & Dolls

2000 ​Mack & Mabel

​Gala 2000

2001 ​Kiss Me Kate!


2002 ​Crazy for You

2003 ​The Music Man

2004 ​The Scarlet Pimpernel

​The Giants of Broadway (Concert)

2005 ​Titanic

​Magic of the Musicals (Concert)

2006 ​Chess

​Jekyll & Hyde

2007 ​Broadway & Beyond (Concert)


2008 ​An Evening of Song & Dance 


​Hello Dolly

2009 ​Another Evening of Song & Dance

2010 ​Copacabana

2011 ​Sweeney Todd

2012 ​The Sound of Music

2013 ​Witchfinder

2014​ When The Lights Go On Again

2015​ Oliver!

*Changed name to Rochdale Musical 

Theatre Company

2016​ A Tale of Two Cities

2017​ The Full Monty

2018​ RENT

2019​ Showcase

2021​ Legally Blonde

2022 ​The Producers

2023 Grease The Musical

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