Hyde Musical Society was founded in 1940 as a break off group from The Hyde Light Opera Company. Originally putting on productions at the Theatre Royal Hyde, we were the only North West theatre company to produce shows during the war. We now perform in a beautiful Victorian theatre in Hyde, Cheshire
Hyde Festival Theatre.
Over the years we have won a number of awards for performance, production and technical merit. Something we are proud of are the negotiations between ourselves and New York producers enabling us to become the first amateur company to produce 'Mack & Mable' in 1982. Our Chairman at that time was telegraphing directly to Jerry Herman to enable the show to be released to amateurs.
Our normal year consists of auditions in the autumn with rehearsals taking place through the winter (to keep us warm) all in preparation for our yearly production which take place in the Spring. Our current rehearsal space is The United Reform Church in Hyde, Cheshire.
We are known for being a friendly society that welcomes all. We are proud to say - we may be amateurs, but there is no such thing as an amateur audience. We believe we have the best audiences with many travelling from far and wide. We expect a lot from our cast members, but we have been told they get a lot back. Judging by the numbers of cast and audience that come back year on year, we must be doing something right.
We look forward to welcoming to you to our next production Bonnie & Clyde.