CAOS Musical Productions

Founded: 
1910
Active status: 
Status unknown
Company Type: 
Community
About Us: 

CAOS Musical Productions, formally known as Chichester Amateur Operatic Society, was formed in January 1910 by the lay vicars of Chichester Cathedral and some local business men of the City. They met on Thursday afternoons  (which was early closing day) and planned their productions.

The first performance that these good folk staged was Gilbert & Sullivan’s ‘The Pirates of Penzance’ in May 1911, which was performed in East Street, at the Corn Exchange. For those of you that know the area, the company Next have their building on that site now.

Some years ago we changed the name of the Society to CAOS Musical Productions to reflect the wider variety of Musical Theatre which appeals to the modern day audience. That said, we do perform Gilbert & Sullivan and other Operettas occasionally. In June 2011, as a tribute to ‘Our Ancestors’ and to celebrate our 100th Anniversary we did perform ‘The Pirates of Penzance’ in fairly traditional way but with a more modern slant.

Over the past few years we have been privileged to be able to perform our main show at the Minerva Theatre in Chichester and have enjoyed full houses for several of our productions there.  Included in that list are Hello Dolly, Guys & Dolls, and most recently The Sound of Music in 2012.  Since then due to refurbishment at the Festival Theatre CAOS has performed at Westbourne House School, Shopwhyke, Chichester, and at the Riverside Theatre, Chichester College, Chichester.  Sweet Charity was performed at the Riverside, and we were very honoured to receive an accolade of excellence for that production.

We hope to be back at the Minerva in the near future but in the meantime we are very much looking forward to our next show, the musical Annie which will be at Westbourne House School in May of 2014.

Finally, if you can sing, dance or just want to get involved please email us at info@caos-chichester.com

Elizabeth Peacock

History: 
1911 - Pirates of Penzance
1911 - The Mikado
1912 - Iolanthe
1913 - H.M.S. Pinafore
1919 - Patience
1920 - The Gondoliers
1921 - The Yeomen of the Guard
1922 - The Sorcerer & Trial by Jury
1923 - The Mikado
1924 - Iolanthe
1925 - The Pirates of Penzance
1926 - Ruddigore
1927 - The Gondoliers
1928 - H.M.S. Pinafore & Trial by Jury
1929 - Princess Ida
1930 - Dorothy
1931 - Merrie England
1932 - The Yeoman of The Guard
1933 - The Mikado
1934 - Ruddigore
1936 - (March) Jolly Roger
1936 - (October) The Gondoliers
1937 - Princess Ida
1938 - Pirates of Penzance
1947 - Merrie England
1948 - (March) Tom Jones
1948 - (October) Jolly Roger
1949 - H.M.S. Pinafore
1950 - The Mikado
1951 - The Gondoliers
1952-  Merrie England
1953 - Patience
1954 - lolanthe
1955 - Ruddigore
1956 - The Yeomen of the Guard
1957 - H.M.S. Pinafore
1958 - The Gondoliers
1959 - Princess Ida
1960 - (March) Pirates of Penzance
1960 - (October) The Mikado
1961 - Ruddigore
1962 - The Sorcerer and Trial by Jury
1963 - lolanthe
1964 - The Yeomen of the Guard
1965 - H.M.S. Pinafore
1966 - Patience
1967 - The Gondoliers
1968 - The Mikado
1969 - Princess Ida
1970 - Ruddigore
1971 - Pirates of Penzance & Municipal Asset
1972 - lolanthe
1973 - The Sorcerer and Trial by Jury
1974 - The Yeomen of the Guard
1975 - H.M.S. Pinafore
1976 - Patience
1977 - (Spring) Merrie England (Concert)
1977 - The Mikado
1978 - (Spring) Tom Jones (Concert)
1978 - The Gondoliers
1979 - (February) Ali Baba
1979 - Ruddigore
1980 - Jack and the Beanstalk
1980 - Pirates of Penzance
1981 - ( February) Aladdin
1981 - Princess Ida
1982 - (March) Old Time Music Hall
1982 - lolanthe
1983 - Trial by Jury and Breach of Promise
1983 - The Sorcerer
1984 - H.M.S. Pinafore & Cox and Box
1984 - Old Time Music Hall
1985 - The Yeomen of the Guard
1985 - Scrooge
1986 - The Merry Widow
1986 - Patience
1987 - The Mikado
1988 - Waltzes from Vienna
1988 - Delights of Music Hall
1989 - The Gondoliers
1989 - The Merry Widow
1990 - Trial by Jury and Pirates of Penzance
1990 - Carousel
1991 - Brigadoon
1991 - The Yeomen of the Guard
1992 - Princess Ida
1992 - Oklahoma
1993 - The Delights of Music Hall
1993 - H.M.S. Pinafore
1993 - The Mikado
1994 - The Sorcerer
1994 - Die Fledermaus
1995 - Underneath the Arches
1995 - Kismet
1996 - The Gondoliers
1996 - Fiddler on the Roof
1997 - More Delights of Music Hall
1997 - Pirates of Penzance
1998 - Waltzes from Vienna
1998 - My Fair Lady
1999 - H.M.S. Pinafore
1999 - Half a Sixpence
2000 - Oklahoma!
2000 - Ninety Years of CAOS (Concert)
2000 - Scrooge! & Trial by Jury
2001 - The Yeomen of the Guard
2002 - Iolanthe in Rome
2002 - Victorian Songbook
2003 - Pirates of Penzance
2003 - Annie Get Your Gun
2004 - Hiawatha’s Wedding Feast (Concert)
2004 - Carousel
2005 - Let the People Sing (Concert)
2005 - The Mikado
2006 - Merrie England (Concert Version)
2006 - The Boyfriend
2007 - From the Pirate to the Phantom (Concert)
2007 - Brigadoon
2008 - A Viennese Musical Gala (Concert)
2008 - Die Fledermaus
2009 - Guys and Dolls
2009 - Thank You for the Music (Concert)
2010 - Hello, Dolly!
2011 - The Pirates of Penzance
2011 - The Delights of Music Hall
2012 - The Sound of Music
2012 - Sweet Charity
2013 - West End to Broadway
2013 - The Wedding Singer
Address: 
Chichester
United Kingdom