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This is the website of Betchworth Operatic and Dramatic Society, commonly known as 'BODS'. We are a friendly society with a long tradition of high-quality music and drama productions at Betchworth Memorial Hall (between Reigate and Dorking) as well as varied social events. Feel free to explore information here about our history, past productions and future plans. Then come and join us !

The Mikado

By W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan

Betchworth Memorial Hall, 9-12 November 2022

Director: Trevor Allen

Musical Director: Ian Stone

The ninth and probably most enduringly popular collaboration between Gilbert & Sullivan, The Mikado ran for 672 performances after opening in 1885. Inspired by contemporary interest in Japanese culture, the exotic setting allowed Gilbert to disguise in the lyrics his pointed satirical attacks on British politics and institutions of the time

Cast (to be finalized)

Mikado Peter Thomas
Nanki-Poo Peter Telford
Ko-Ko David Longes
Pooh-Bah Colin Bousfield
Pish-Tush Stephen Tickell
Yum-Yum Jane Flanders
Pitti-Sing Linda Slater
Peep-Bo Jane Khan
Katisha Sarah Esser-Haswell
 Chorus Jane Johnson, Christina Usher, Kathy Wilman, David Ames, David Eccles, Gerald Hulf


The Government Inspector

Performances: Betchworth Village Hall 11-14th May 2022

Director: Diane Mayall

First staged in 1836, The Government Inspector is a play set in Russia, written by Ukrainian-born Nikolai Gogol, but its themes are timeless and without geographical boundaries. Over nearly 200 years there have been numerous adaptations and interpretations, and the story even inspired an episode of Fawlty Towers ! Alistair Beaton’s hilarious translation brilliantly captures the dazzling blend of preposterous characters in their all too real situations.

In a small far flung back of nowhere town corruption is rife, with the mayor and his cronies filling their pockets at the expense of the downtrodden citizens but their comfortable situation is thrown into chaos and panic when word comes of an imminent visit by a government inspector ‘travelling incognito’. A classic case of mistaken identity ensues and the hapless officials fall victim to their own stupidity and greed.

 This amateur production of The Government Inspector is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French Ltd


Mayor Roger Nelson
Magistrate - Lyapkin-Tyapkin Amy Mager
Commisioner for Health - Zyemlyanika Gerald Hulf
Director of Education - Khlopov David Ames
Postmaster - Shpyopkin Lucy Hamilton
Doctor Hubner - Physician Ian Stone
Bobchinsky - Landowner Stephen Tickell
Dobchinsky - Landowner Tracey Hulf
Police Constable Linda Peckham
Police Superintendent Jane Khan
Anna - Mayor's wife Linda Slater
Marya - Mayor's daughter Vicki Hodges
Avdotya Lucy Hamilton
Osip Ian Stone
Khlestakov - a minor civil servant Neil Mayall
Waiter David Eccles
Mishka John Mole
Abdulin - Shopkeeper Diane Mayall
Shopkeepers Linda Peckham, David Eccles
Locksmith's Wife Jane Khan
Widow Julie Bickerdike
Khlopov's Wife Julie Bickerdike
Magistrate's Wife Linda Peckham
Korobkin Julian Edney
Rastakovsky John Mole
Gendarme David Eccles


Lighting David Ames, Lee Upton
Sound Amy Mager
Set Construction Julian Edney, Gerald Hulf, Tracey Hulf, Neil Mayall, Stephen Tickell, Neil Williams
Publicity Stephen Tickell
Programme Lucy Hamilton

Rehearsal Photos

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All Time Music Hall

Performances: Betchworth Village Hall 12/13th November 2021

For the first show since 2019, BODS presented a selection of Music Hall  solo and company songs and monologues, together with some more contemporary music 

Musical Director and accompanist: Ian Stone
Director: Julie Bickerdike
Lighting: David Ames

Cast: Lynda Barrett-Mercer, Julie Bickerdike, John Bryant, Carolyn Burnley, David Eccles, Vicki Hodges, Jane Khan, Jane Johnson, Diane Mayall, Stephen Tickell, Sarah Weston

FOH: Alison Cooper, Angela Terribile, Jane Flanders, Roger & Kathy Wilman


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Dates for your diary

Brockham Teas on the Green
Sun 16th Oct 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The Mikado
Wed 9th Nov 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The Mikado
Thu 10th Nov 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The Mikado
Fri 11th Nov 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The Mikado
Sat 12th Nov 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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The Mikado
W.S Gilbert & Arthur Sullivan

Director Trevor Allen, MD Ian Stone
Performance dates 9-12 November. You will still be very welcome to join the chorus, which rehearses on Tuesday evenings in July (then Tuesdays and some Wednesdays from September) 

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