Richmond Operatic Society prepares for final show of centenary year

Richmond Operatic Society is preparing for final show of its centenary year.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame will be performed at the Georgian Theatre Royal between the November 15 and 18.

The first show performed by the group was HMS Pinafore using only the budget from fundraising concerts the year prior.

The society has gone on to perform more than 176 shows in the last 100 years.

Chair Suanne Hutchins said: “I’m so proud to be chair of Richmond Operatic Society and honoured to be here in our historic 100th year.

“We have had such a variety of performances, people and friendships made and I love hearing all the stories from past and present.

“When I reflect on people’s experiences, I can relate to them so much and I witness the same experiences time and time again through our members mutual love of musical theatre.

“This is an exciting year and whilst we are busy in the background putting plans into place. It will be worth all the hard work to celebrate this huge achievement.”

Celebrations have been taking place throughout the year for the society with a centenary concert, which featured popular songs from the last 100 years of shows performed by the society, as well as a centenary dinner at The Station attended by old and new members.

Hunchback of Notre Dame is a  new musical based on the novel by Victor Hugo while also incorporating songs from the 1996 Disney film.

Producers say that although slightly darker than the Disney version, it’s a show that explores prejudice, lust, morality, and justice and begs the question “what makes a monster and what makes a man?”

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