Our History

Our History

Our productions from 1890 to the present day

 Please click on a date to see our shows for each year

1890

The society was founded in The Fenton Hotel in October 1890. The first production, ‘H.M.S. Pinafore’ was performed at the Coliseum on Cookridge Street in the December of that year.

1937

Saw the society move to its current home at the Leeds Grand Theatre and Opera House. That years’ production was the smash hit ‘La Fille de Madame Angot’.

1953

Merrie England, In celebration of the Queen’s Coronation, the society produced ‘Merrie England’. Merrie England has been performed six times over the years, all of which were at some point of historical celebration.

1960

Silverdales Swimming Pool

The society purchased a swimming pool for the Silverdales Holiday Camp for under-privileged children. After being open for more than 100 years the camp closed and was sold in 2016 to a neighbouring holiday camp.

1972

The Merry Widow

The Society were asked to put on ‘The Merry Widow’ in a tent in Roundhay Park, to celebrate the Park’s centenary.

1975

Showboat

1985

Carousel

1994

Chess

The society presented the Yorkshire Amateur Premiere of ‘Chess’, pre-empting the recent Abba revival.

1998

Crazy For You

2001

My Fair Lady

2003

42nd Street

2005

Jesus Christ Superstar

After great success with ‘Hello Dolly’ and ‘42nd Street’ at the Grand, the theatre had to close for major refurbishment. The Company became the first amateur society to play at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, and achieved 95% attendances for Jesus Christ Superstar. The Civic Theatre was taken over as a museum, and the autumn ‘Musical Years’ was performed firstly at the famous City Varieties and the following year at the new Carriageworks Theatre.

2007

Ragtime

LAOS produced Ragtime at West Yorkshire Playhouse, a very emotional and moving performance by all involved.

2009

The Producers & The King and I

Double performances of ‘The Producers’ and ‘King and I’.

2011

South Pacific

Just one show this year but a great one, ‘South Pacific’ at West Yorkshire Playhouse from 26 March 2011.

2013

The Sound of Music & Footloose

Another busy year with ‘The Sound of Music’ in March at Leeds Grand Theatre and ‘Footloose’ at The West Yorkshire Playhouse in September.

2015

Hairspray

A spectacular and highly acclaimed production of ‘Hairspray’ at Leeds Grand Theatre in May, attended on Gala night by the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire, Major S M Hardy, rounded off our 125th Year in style.

2018

Cats

From cheeky comedic duos to acrobatic solos along with plenty of whole cast numbers in between. Amazing.  see reviews

2020

My Fair Lady – The production that never was.

Unfortunately due to the Covid19 Pandemic this production had to be abandoned 2 weeks before opening night.

1893

This years’ production was ‘La Fille de Madame Angot’, an opéra comique in three acts by Charles Lecocq with words by Clairville, Paul Siraudin and Victor Koning.

1939

Glamorous Night

Following a successful performance of Ivor Novello’s ‘Glamorous Night’, the society ceased producing shows until after World War II. The society re-formed in 1948.

1955

Carousel and Oklahoma!

The society went on to produce a mix of old shows and new releases, similar to nowadays, with hits such as ‘Carousel’ and ‘Oklahoma!’.

1966

Waterford International Festival of Light Opera

It was decided to enter ‘Song of Norway’ into the Waterford International Festival of Light Opera. This involved the whole production moving to Ireland for the festival. The society was triumphant, sweeping the boards, which was then repeated the following year with ‘The Count of Luxembourg’, followed by a 3rd place with ‘The Vagabond King’ twelve months later.

1974

Oklahoma

1980

Brigadoon

1989

100 Musical Years

In its centenary year, the society went back to its roots and produced ‘100 Musical Years’ at the Civic Theatre. Due to it’s success this production became a regular addition to the LAOS calendar for many years.

1995

Cabaret

1999

Anything Goes

1999

Carousel

Also in 2002 LAOS produced the NODA cabaret performance in Bridlington.

2004

Hello Dolly

2006

West Side Story and Jazz it up

Sell out for ‘West Side Story’ at West Yorkshire Playhouse, and a ‘songs from the show’ performance named Jazz it up at The Carriageworks theatre.

2008

Sweeney Todd & Oliver

Sell out for ‘Sweeney Todd’ at West Yorkshire Playhouse. LAOS return to Leeds Grand Theatre to perform ‘Oliver!’, achieving 98% attendance and highly acclaimed reviews.

2010

Fiddler on the Roof & Beauty and the Beast

A busy year with ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ and ‘Beauty and the Beast’.

2012

Chess and Guys & Dolls

LAOS performed ‘Chess’ at Leeds Grand Theatre from 13th to 17th March 2012 and ‘Guys and Dolls‘ at West Yorkshire Playhouse 22nd-29th September 2012.

2014

42nd Street & Aspects of Love

A return to ‘42nd Street’ kicked off 2014 in great style at Leeds Grand Theatre and was followed, at the start of our 125th Year, with a dramatic production of ‘Aspects of Love’ in The Courtyard Theatre at The West Yorkshire Playhouse.

2017

The Full Monty

After a year break, the society returned to Leeds, but this time the City Varieties theatre with a production of The Full Monty.

2019

West Side Story

If ever a musical had the ‘wow’ factor, then this is it. see reviews

2021

All Together Now

A cabaret production held to bridge the gap between main productions during the uncertain times of COVID-19.

2023

Kinky Boots

Our return to the Leeds Grand Theatre & Opera House following 4 years of disruption due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

1890

The society was founded in The Fenton Hotel in October 1890. The first production, ‘H.M.S. Pinafore’ was performed at the Coliseum on Cookridge Street in the December of that year.

1893

This years’ production was ‘La Fille de Madame Angot’, an opéra comique in three acts by Charles Lecocq with words by Clairville, Paul Siraudin and Victor Koning.

1937

Saw the society move to its current home at the Leeds Grand Theatre and Opera House. That years’ production was the smash hit ‘La Fille de Madame Angot’.

1939

Glamorous Night

Following a successful performance of Ivor Novello’s ‘Glamorous Night’, the society ceased producing shows until after World War II. The society re-formed in 1948.

1953

Merrie England, In celebration of the Queen’s Coronation, the society produced ‘Merrie England’. Merrie England has been performed six times over the years, all of which were at some point of historical celebration.

1955

Carousel and Oklahoma!

The society went on to produce a mix of old shows and new releases, similar to nowadays, with hits such as ‘Carousel’ and ‘Oklahoma!’.

1960

Silverdales Swimming Pool

The society purchased a swimming pool for the Silverdales Holiday Camp for under-privileged children. After being open for more than 100 years the camp closed and was sold in 2016 to a neighbouring holiday camp.

1966

Waterford International Festival of Light Opera

It was decided to enter ‘Song of Norway’ into the Waterford International Festival of Light Opera. This involved the whole production moving to Ireland for the festival. The society was triumphant, sweeping the boards, which was then repeated the following year with ‘The Count of Luxembourg’, followed by a 3rd place with ‘The Vagabond King’ twelve months later.

1972

The Merry Widow

The Society were asked to put on ‘The Merry Widow’ in a tent in Roundhay Park, to celebrate the Park’s centenary.

1974

Oklahoma

1975

Showboat

1980

Brigadoon

1985

Carousel

1989

100 Musical Years

In its centenary year, the society went back to its roots and produced ‘100 Musical Years’ at the Civic Theatre. Due to it’s success this production became a regular addition to the LAOS calendar for many years.

1994

Chess

The society presented the Yorkshire Amateur Premiere of ‘Chess’, pre-empting the recent Abba revival.

1995

Cabaret

1998

Crazy For You

1999

Carousel

Also in 2002 LAOS produced the NODA cabaret performance in Bridlington.

1999

Anything Goes

2001

My Fair Lady

2003

42nd Street

2004

Hello Dolly

2006

West Side Story and Jazz it up

Sell out for ‘West Side Story’ at West Yorkshire Playhouse, and a ‘songs from the show’ performance named Jazz it up at The Carriageworks theatre.

2008

Sweeney Todd & Oliver

Sell out for ‘Sweeney Todd’ at West Yorkshire Playhouse. LAOS return to Leeds Grand Theatre to perform ‘Oliver!’, achieving 98% attendance and highly acclaimed reviews.

2007

Ragtime

LAOS produced Ragtime at West Yorkshire Playhouse, a very emotional and moving performance by all involved.

2005

Jesus Christ Superstar

After great success with ‘Hello Dolly’ and ‘42nd Street’ at the Grand, the theatre had to close for major refurbishment. The Company became the first amateur society to play at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, and achieved 95% attendances for Jesus Christ Superstar. The Civic Theatre was taken over as a museum, and the autumn ‘Musical Years’ was performed firstly at the famous City Varieties and the following year at the new Carriageworks Theatre.

2009

The Producers & The King and I

Double performances of ‘The Producers’ and ‘King and I’.

2010

Fiddler on the Roof & Beauty and the Beast

A busy year with ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ and ‘Beauty and the Beast’.

2011

South Pacific

Just one show this year but a great one, ‘South Pacific’ at West Yorkshire Playhouse from 26 March 2011.

2012

Chess and Guys & Dolls

LAOS performed ‘Chess’ at Leeds Grand Theatre from 13th to 17th March 2012 and ‘Guys and Dolls‘ at West Yorkshire Playhouse 22nd-29th September 2012.

2013

The Sound of Music & Footloose

Another busy year with ‘The Sound of Music’ in March at Leeds Grand Theatre and ‘Footloose’ at The West Yorkshire Playhouse in September.

2014

42nd Street & Aspects of Love

A return to ‘42nd Street’ kicked off 2014 in great style at Leeds Grand Theatre and was followed, at the start of our 125th Year, with a dramatic production of ‘Aspects of Love’ in The Courtyard Theatre at The West Yorkshire Playhouse.

2015

Hairspray

A spectacular and highly acclaimed production of ‘Hairspray’ at Leeds Grand Theatre in May, attended on Gala night by the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire, Major S M Hardy, rounded off our 125th Year in style.

2017

The Full Monty

After a year break, the society returned to Leeds, but this time the City Varieties theatre with a production of The Full Monty.

2018

Cats

From cheeky comedic duos to acrobatic solos along with plenty of whole cast numbers in between. Amazing.  see reviews

2019

West Side Story

If ever a musical had the ‘wow’ factor, then this is it. see reviews

2020

My Fair Lady – The production that never was.

Unfortunately due to the Covid19 Pandemic this production had to be abandoned 2 weeks before opening night.

2021

All together Now

A cabaret production held to bridge the gap between main productions during the uncertain times of Covid19.