Shrewsbury Amateur Operatic Society was founded in 1923 by Madame Nina Robinson and the early shows took place at the Royal County Theatre. Apart from periods during the Second World War, the Society has sung and danced its way into the hearts of several generations of audiences to the people of Shropshire and beyond. In 1936 the Society moved to the Granada Cinema, a 1500 seat venue, but unfortunately, in 1972 the Granada Cinema closed and the Society moved to the Music Hall. In 1985 the Music Hall underwent a major renovation with a totally refurbished stage area and much more modern technical equipment, but once again we needed to find a new venue, as in 2009 the Music Hall closed. In 2011 SAOS opened at the new Theatre Severn in Shrewsbury, playing to full houses with their production of Oliver!
Since then, SAOS has performed award-winning shows at Theatre Severn such as Titanic the Musical, Chess, Fiddler on the Roof, Sister Act, Return to the Forbidden Planet, A Tale of Two Cities, Oliver, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, and our most recent production Jesus Christ Superstar.
In September 2019 the members took the momentous decision to change our name from Shrewsbury Amateur Operatic Society to Shrewsbury Musical Theatre Company. We did this to reflect the evolution of the company from light opera to West End musicals.
Nearly a century on and the Company is still flourishing. In 2019 we welcomed fifteen new members to our already talented cast. If you would like to join us for our next production, The Wizard of Oz, please look out for dates of our open auditions. We guarantee you a warm welcome.