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Preston Musical Comedy Society

Type:Event Venue

C/o 511 Blackpool Road, Ashton On Ribble, Preston, Lancashire, PR2 1EQ

Tel: 01772 721 835

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Preston Musical Comedy Society

Preston Musical Comedy Society was formed in 1953 performing its first production, The Desert Song, at The Royal Hippodrome in 1954. This was the first full scale amateur musical in Preston since before the Second World War and was a huge gamble for the Committee, some of whom “took fright believing the show would never reach the boards”. The courage of the remaining Committee paid off and, despite the show costing over £2,000, it played to packed houses and the Society was able to donate a substantial sum to charity.

In 1957, during rehearsals for Brigadoon, The Hippodrome closed and the Society took the bold step of moving to the larger Gaumont Theatre at considerable expense. Despite Brigadoon being staged in the September that year, at the height of the Asian Flu Pandemic, the Society continued to go from strength to strength and performed at The Gaumont until 1962. The production of The King & I there in 1961 was believed to have broken all box office records for an amateur show in Preston with an incredible 16,000 tickets sold! In 1963 and 1964, following the removal of the Gaumont’s stage and dressing rooms to make way for the Odeon Cinema, the Society staged its productions at The Empire Theatre. The stage and dressing rooms of The Empire had not been used for 35 years and a considerable amount of refurbishment was required, including the replacement of the stage equipment, in order for the productions to go ahead.

The show dates of The Student Prince in 1964 had to be changed when Preston North End made it to the FA Cup Final! From 1965 to 1972 the Society changed venue again and performed at The Queen’s Hall - better known to many at Saul Street Baths. Since the opening of The Charter Theatre in 1973 the Society has performed over 50 shows there, most recently Me & My Girl in September 2013 to rave reviews.

The Society has also performed a number of shows at The Playhouse Theatre in Preston and for the sixth year running is staging a pantomime there this Christmas, Mother Goose.

Over the years the Society has helped many of its members on their way to a successful career in showbiz - Alfie Boe (the Nation’s favourite tenor and TONY award winner), John Thomson (Coronation Street, Cold Feet, The Fast Show), Tupele Dorgu (Coronation Street, 2012 UK tour Chicago), Jessica Pieterson (nee Taylor, Liberty X), Sophie McDonnell (CBBC presenter) and Julie Atherton (Mamma Mia, 2012 UK tour Sister Act) to name just a few.

Preston Musical Comedy Society continues to be one of the most highly regarded companies in the North West. In recent years having won more NODA awards than any other group in the region and continue to present top quality musicals and pantomimes for the people of Preston.

Early in 2013, due to popular demand, the Society formed a show choir to perform at community and charity events, weddings, parties and corporate functions. The repertoire is very diverse from musical theatre, pop, gospel and film to classical pieces. A PA system can be provided and from just a soloist through to a full choir to ensure your event/party is one to remember. The team can adapt their performance to fit your individual requirements and where possible will take requests for particular songs.

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