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Southampton Musical Society is Southampton's premier amateur musical society bringing musical theatre to Hampshire since 1928.

Currently rehearsing:  Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Coming to: The Point, Eastleigh in October 2022

5TH - 8TH OCTOBER 2022


Sweeney Todd has become a bloody, worldwide success since being awarded eight Tony's, (including Best Musical), for its Broadway premiere. Stephen Sondheim's and Hugh Wheeler's tasty, thrilling, theatrical treat has simultaneously shocked, awed and delighted audiences across the world.

An infamous tale, Sweeney Todd, an unjustly exiled barber, returns to nineteenth century London, seeking vengeance against the lecherous judge who framed him and ravaged his young wife.

The road to revenge leads Todd to Mrs. Lovett, a resourceful proprietress of a failing pie shop, above which, he opens a new barber practice.

Mrs. Lovett's luck sharply shifts when Todd's thirst for blood inspires the integration of an ingredient into her meat pies that has the people of London lining up... and the carnage has only just begun!

Director - David Humphries         Musical Director - Gem Tunley

Sweeney Todd - Liam Baker

Mrs. Lovett - Katy Watt

Anthony - Joe Chamberlain

Johanna - Rebecca Woodhead

Judge Turpin - Dan Ferrett

The Beadle - Dave Smith

Pirelli - Eden Jack

Beggar Woman - Lauren Wilson

Toby - Fiona Wyatt


Carrie Bellett, Rory Blincow, Suzie Dove, Dorothy Evans, Emily Forrester, Sally-Jayne Graham, Rebecca Headley, Charlotte Hollin, Adrian Jones, Andrew Knight, Fiona Lynn, Andrew Saint, Bethany Smirk, Symon Smirk, Jim Smith, Harry Taylor, Suzanna Tompkins


Wednesday 5th October 2022


Thursday 6th October 2022


Friday 7th October 2022


Saturday 8th October 2022

2:30pm & 7:30pm



“The chemistry within this cast is undeniable, providing an infectious energy on stage. The principals are truly wonderful, each adding their own delightful quirkiness to the whacky family dynamic!”

Aimee Collins, Sardines Magazine

“This is a show that requires – demands – strong character performances, and SMS has assembled a hugely impressive line-up”

Mark Ponsford, Scene One Plus

Director - Jon Chalkley

Musical Director - Gem Tunley

Choreographer - Sarah Earnshaw


Daniel Ferrett, Katy Watt, Lauren Wilson, Logan Robinson, Dave Smith, Danielle Fletcher, Adrian Jones, Dave Brown, Bethany Churcher, Jim Smith, Elliot Broomfield, Jill Corbett, Suzie Dove, Emily Forrester, Sammi Gardiner, Charlotte Hollin, Eden Jack, Claire Meehan, Andrew Saint, Rebecca Savory, Jess Tyson, Fi Wyatt



2016 Rock of Ages (27)
2018 Note in time (14)
2017 Made in Dagenham (2)
2017 Made in Dagenham (16)
2016 Rock of Ages (16)
2016 Rock of Ages (3)
2017 Made in Dagenham (19)
2018 Note in time (7)
2018 Note in time (12)
2018 Note in time (28)
2019 Magic Touch (1)
2019 Magic Touch (8)
2018 Note in time (17)
Wedding Singer-228
Wedding Singer-364
Wedding Singer-092

2013 Jekyll and Hyde

2012 The Producers

2011 The Best of Times

2011 Boogie Nights

2010 Dick Whittington

2010 The Great American Songbook

2010 Up Among the Stars

2009 Crazy For You

2009 The Broadway Collection

2008 Me and My Girl

2008 Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

2007 The Boyfriend

2007 West Side Story

2006 Calamity Jane

2005 Carousel

2005 Anything Goes

2005 Concert 2005

2004 42nd Street

2003 Creation to Crazy

2003 Crazy For You

2002 Copacabana

2002 Sweet Charity

2001 Little Shop of Horrors

2000 Cabaret

1999 South Pacific

1999 Pal Joey

1998 Oklahoma!

1998 The Sound of Music

1997 Annie

1997 Chicago

1996 42nd Street

1996 Some Enchanted Evening

1995 Kiss Me Kate

1995 Golden Showstoppers

1994 The King and I

1994 Guys and Dolls

1993 La Cage Aux Folles

1993 Anything Goes

1992 Half a Sixpence

1992 Red, Hot and Cole

1991 Brigadoon

1990 Showboat

1990 Irene

1989 My Fair Lady

1989 My Cinders

1988 South Pacific

1988 Annie Get Your Gun

1987 Hans Anderson

1987 Camelot

1986 Cabaret

1986 Dick Whittington

1985 Oliver!

1985 Annie

1984 The Sound of Music

1984 Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

1983 Paint Your Wagon

1983 Hello Dolly

1982 West Side Story

1982 Gigi

1981 Carousel

1981 Kismet

1980 Guys and Dolls

1980 Cinderella

1980 The Wizard of Oz

1979 Oklahoma!

1979 The Wizard of Oz

1978 Calamity Jane

1978 Pickwick

1977 Viva Mexico

1977 Mame

1976 Brigadoon

1976 The Great Waltz

1975 Oliver!

1975 The Pyjama Game

1974 Half a Sixpence

1974 The New Moon

1973 Camelot

1973 Fiddler on the Roof

1972 My Fair Lady

1972 Flower Drum Song

1971 South Pacific

1971 Kiss Me Kate

1970 Oklahoma!

1969 The King and I

1968 Rose Marie

1968 Song of Norway

1967 The Merry Widow

1967 Bless The Bride

1966 Carousel

1965 Chu Chin Chow

1964 Show Boat

1963 The New Moon

1962 The Dancing Years

1961 The Desert Song

1960 The Merry Widow

1959 The White Horse Inn

1957 Rose Marie

1957 Oklahoma!

1956 Goodnight Vienna

1955 Lilac Time

1954 Floradora

1953 Merrie England

1952 Waltz time

1951 The Vagabond King

1950 The Geisha

1949 The Arcadians

1948 A Country Girl

1938 Goodnight Vienna

1937 The Quaker Girl

1935 Tom Jones

1934 Hiawatha

1932 Elijah

1931 Hiawatha

1929 Messiah

1928 Haydn's The Creation


Southampton Musical Society has been performing in the Southampton and Winchester area for nearly 100 years. Our previous shows range from the traditional such as Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and Me and My Girl to more recent releases including the discotastic Boogie Nights and the hilarious The Producers!

We also put together regular concerts which has a dual purpose of raising money for the society and to allow members to perform great songs from musicals that aren't often available to amateur groups.

We are lucky to have a great range of ages in our membership allowing us to tackle some great shows and numbers. We also are lucky to have directors and choreographers in the society who are up for any challenge we give them.

We are a very a sociable society, holding regular events including summer BBQ's, fundraising balls and karaoke nights.

We rehearse on Tuesday's and Thursday's at 7:30pm to 10:00pm at St Mark's Institute, Victoria Road, Woolston (the hall with the red door, just up the road from Masala Indian Restaurant).



General Committee


A little shy of a century ago, in 1927, Southampton Musical Society was formed under the musical direction of Arnold Williams with the intention of broadening the local musical repertoire.

SMS, as the Society is more fondly referred to, held its very first performance of Haydn's The Creation on the 26th September 1928 at the Central Hall, Southampton.

1931 saw SMS broadening its horizons by showcasing Hiawatha, the premiere for the show outside of London. And from 1935 the Society performed numerous operettas, at the Palace Theatre, Above Bar, Southampton.

The Second World War had a major impact on front line Southampton and destroyed many iconic buildings including the society’s home, The Palace Theatre. As a result, SMS did not return to the stage until 1948. However, the Society returned in style with a performance of The Country Girl boasting a lavish set and elegantly dressed cast.

Following the aftermath of the war the next two decades saw SMS host one major show a year; performing in a series of venues, including the Royal Pier Pavilion and the Plaza Theatre.

In 1960, financially strong from its steady success through the 1950s, SMS arrived at the 2,000+ seated Gaumont Theatre. Under the direction of long standing members Dorothy Snook and Frederick Duerden, SMS performed for the first time Lehar's The Merry Widow. The Society grew from strength to strength and under the direction of Charles Rose between 1963 and 1971, and large scale productions were staged biannually at the Gaumont Theatre (now the thriving Mayflower Theatre).

In 1972 SMS took a new direction, employing professional producers who staged classics such as My Fair Lady, West Side Story, Showboat and Cabaret. The Society also became renowned for staging innovative productions which included the spectacular La Cage Aux Folles, Chicago, Little Shop of Horrors and the South Coast premiere of Copacabana.

In 1999 SMS staged South Pacific, its final performance, at the Mayflower Theatre. The difficulty in competing with touring professional companies and ever rising costs meant SMS had to move on. The Society performed regularly with great success at the Nuffield Theatre, Southampton with shows including Sweet Charity and Return to the Forbidden Planet.

In 2004 SMS commenced their 10-year residence at Theatre Royal Winchester, with the Society’s second performance of 42nd Street. Over the coming years a number of shows including West Side Story, Boogie Nights, Copacabana and the Producers drove the success and reputation of the Society within local musical theatre scene.  In 2014 The Wedding Singer became the last show performed by SMS at Theatre Royal Winchester after which the society moved to The Berry Theatre, Hedge End to showcase successful productions of Our House and West End Exchange.

Increasing in number, SMS continues to evolve with enthusiasm using social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to drum up a strong following with both new members and audiences. SMS continues to perform at The Point in Eastleigh and it’s sister theatre The Berry in Hedge End.

Nearly 100 years on from the first curtain up, SMS continues doing all it can to keep amateur musical theatre alive in Southampton.


Interested in becoming a member? You will need to audition, but don't worry, it isn't scary, it just allows us to see what you can do.

At the audition you will:
- Sing a song of your choice. You will need to provide a backing track on mp3 or you can even sing a capella!
- Act out a small piece of script we will give you on the night.
- Perform some simple movement that we will teach you on the night.

The application form and fact sheet can be found below. If you have any further questions or wish to confirm your attendance at our next audition, contact us on Facebook or complete the contact form. You must let us know you are intending on auditioning before you arrive.

We usually hold new member auditions twice a year before launching our next show.


If you’re interested in joining us fill out your details below and we’ll get back to you ASAP!