Founded in 1898 as Rochdale Amateur Operatic Society, the 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 with the exception of 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. Our current home is Mathew Moss High School.
In 2015 the society changed its name to Rochdale Musical Theatre Company 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.
President – David Heaton
Chairman – Daniel Killeen
Secretary – Kathryn Meredith
Treasurer – David Heaton
General Committee – Daniel Killeen, Kathryn Meredith, David Heaton, Tricia McHale, Grant Hindle, Francesca Astley, David Edwards