WLOS has been entertaining South West London for over 80 years. Starting as a light opera society specializing in Gilbert and Sullivan, we’ve evolved with the times and now concentrate mainly on book musicals. Although we do like to throw in the odd G&S now and again. Explore our rich history of previous productions in this section of the website

Date
Show
Synopsis
May 2014 Fiddler on the Roof One of the most popular and beloved of all stage musicals, Fiddler on the Roof is set in Tsarist Russia in 1905 and is based on Tevye and his Daughters and other tales by Sholem Aleichem. A fabulous cast brought this heartbreaking yet heartwarming musical to life at The Secombe Theatre, Sutton.
Oct
2013
Honk! Based on Hans Christian Andersen’s ‘The Ugly Duckling”, ‘Honk’ tells the story of an odd looking baby duck, Ugly, and his quest to find his mother. With many varied character parts and a surprisingly sophisticated music score, this delightfully quirky show had something for everyone.
Jun 2013 Anything Goes A visually stunning production of this Cole Porter Classic was staged at The New Wimbledon Theatre.
Nov 2012 A Little of What you Fancy An Old Time Edwardian Music Hall staged in the atmospheric Lingfield Hall.  Audience members were transported back to the ‘good old days’; entertained with songs, dances & sketches from the era; participated in a nostalgic sing-a-long and enjoyed a slap-up bangers & mash supper!
May 2012 Curtains Kander & Ebb’s last musical got the WLOS treatment.  This fabulous murder mystery was a great success for us, with gorgeous tunes and a marvellous cast!
Nov 2011 HMS Pinafore (re-launched!) WLOS took the G&S classic and made it into a fresh new show set on board a Navy cruise ship(!).  Extramusic and topical jokes gave this production extra punch!
May 2011 Singin’ in the Rain This MGM classic film is given the WLOS treatment as it charts the story of the rise of the ‘talkies’
Nov 2010 Dad’s Army: What a Song & Dance a musical revue loosely based on Dad’s Army scripts
June 2010 My Fair Lady Celebrating 80 years of WLOS, this stunning production of the classic musical (based on George Bernard Shaw’s play ‘Pygmalion’) was presented at the New Wimbledon Theatre
Nov 2009 Babes In Toyland A holiday classic in America,  ‘Babes’ was first performed in New York in 1903
May 2009 Kiss Me, Kate A musical version of “The Taming of the Shrew” is about to open in Baltimore. Beautiful music and so many well known songs
Nov 2008 Die Fledermaus An evening of disguise, debauchery and infidelity, coupled with a beautiful Johann Strauss score.  Performed at the Secombe Theatre, Sutton
May 2008 Follies Sondheim does Broadway – one of the all-time greats of musical theatre, packed with songs – a glorious extravaganza.
Nov 2007 Jack the Ripper: A Musical Play Rave reviews and packed houses. Authentic musical hall atmosphere enhances performances by a wonderful cast.
May 2007 Anything Goes A sizzling production of Cole Porter’s spectacular & very funny show, which showcased many new stars.
May 2006 Hello, Dolly! The glossy, glamorous story of matchmaker Dolly Levi, with all the songs you know and love. Director Alex Sutton, Music Director Holly Stout, Choreographers Francesca McCoid, Jocelyne Wilson. Performed at the London Oratory School Arts Centre, Fulham.
Oct 2006 Mouse in the House A show for children performed at Lingfield Hall, Wimbledon village.
Nov 2006 The Pirates of Penzance One of the most creatively original – while still being true to its traditional roots – and successful G & S productions that WLOS has ever produced. Directed by Stephen Roe, with Music Direction by Holly Stout and Choreograhpy by Jocelyne Wilson. Performed at the Secombe Theatre, Sutton.
June 2006 Across the Pond The Cannizaro Festival! A shortened version of Al Clogston’s revue Across the Pond – Rock to Rock, directed by Al Clogston, co-director Jocelyne Wilson.
Nov 2005 Across the Pond – Rock to Rock An original review by Al Clogston. A hilarious journey through time from the Pilgrims’ arrival in America to Rock and Roll. Directors Al Clogston and Kelly Philpott, with choreography by Vanessa Aves. Performed at Merton Hall, Wimbledon.
May 2005 Sweeney Todd Grisly, gruesome and gory – Sondheim’s masterful story of crime and poverty in Old London Town. Director Benet Catty & Musical Director Clare Caddick.  Performed at the London Oratory Arts Centre, Fulham.
Dec 2004 Iolanthe Fanciful fairies and prosaic peers… an evergreen love story and a recurring political theme, the reform of the House of Lords. Director Ian Walton, Music Director Clare Caddick and Choreographer Elfie Eden. Performed at the London Oratory School, Fulham.
June 2004 Oklahoma! A tale of courage, conflict and romance in the early American mid-West. Performed at the Wimbledon Theatre.
May 2003 The Mikado Directed by Stephen Roe, with a contemporary spin on Gilbert and Sullivan’s classic opera. Performed at the London Oratory School Theatre, Fulham
Dec 2003 Sweet Charity Directed by Ben Catty, with Musical Director Clare Caddick and choreography from Helen Guscott, a fast, fun and funky tale of a New York dance hall hostess looking for a man, any man, to make her happy. Performed at the London Oratory School Theatre, Fulham
May 2002 Guys and Dolls Damon Runyon’s story of New York life: will the gambler get his game, or will the mission dame rock the boat? Performed at the Wimbledon Theatre.
Nov 2002 As Time Goes By A review of music through the ages, performed in Merton Hall, directed by Marilyn McPherson.
May 2001 Fiddler on the Roof Based on the stories of Sholem Aleichem, telling of the pull of tradition against new ideas. Set in Anatevka, an imaginary village in Tsarist Russia. Secombe Theatre, Sutton.
Nov 2001 Carmen Bizet’s opera in a special English version with score adapted by Paul Sadler. Performed in The Secombe Theatre under the direction of John la Bouchardiere. Performed at the Secombe Theatre, Sutton.
June 2000 High Society A proliferation of well-known songs, and the ‘hanky panky’ surrounding a New England society wedding are the essential ingredients of Cole Porter’s exhilarating musical. Performed at Secombe Theatre, Sutton.
Nov 2000 Oliver! Staged at Wimbledon Theatre, where Lionel Bart’s musical based on Dickens’ Oliver Twist was first performed 40 years ago. Our highly successful production was seen by an audience of over 5000 throughout its seven performances.
May 1999 The Gondoliers The Gilbert & Sullivan operetta set in Venice, which has a plot revolving around baby swapping and very early marriage!
Nov 1999 Crazy For You Gershwin’s fun-filled 1930s musical contrasting life in New York and Deadrock, Nevada, tells the story of a young businessman who longs to take to the stage and dance. Performed at the Secombe Theatre, Sutton.
May 1998 The Merry Widow Franz Lehar’s traditional Viennese operetta set in the Paris Embassy of the mystical state of Pontevedro, containing all the intriguing elements of a sought-after rich widow, Paris night life and supposed marital infidelity.
Nov 1998 Kiss Me Kate Cole Porter takes us behind the scenes with a group of actors putting on a musical version of The Taming of the Shrew.
May 1997 Me and My Girl Cockney, Bill Snibson, becomes heir to an earldom but the twist is that he must turn into a gentleman first and give up his girl! Performed at the Wimbledon Theatre.
Nov 1997 Travelling Light Fast-moving revue of songs from around the world. Performed at Merton Hall.
May 1996 Carousel Rodgers and Hammerstein’s 1945 musical about Billy and Julie’s love at the carousel which is doomed when Billy turns to robbery and is killed but then then his posthumous second chances lead to love and understanding. Performed at Secombe Theatre.
Nov 1996 Pirates of Penzance A comedy romp with the Pirates of Penzance who want to marry the General Sergeant’s daughters with lots of obstacals and fun along the the way. Secombe Theatre.
Apr 1995 Lets Face the Music and…. A revue, devised, directed and choreographed by Marilyn McPherson. Performed at Merton Hall, Merton.
Nov 1995 Orpheus in the Underworld A comic tale of love and discontentment, heaven and hell, gods and men, nymphs and shepherds, and of course the Can Can. Performed at the Secombe Theatre.
Jun 1994 Anything Goes A sizzling production of Cole Porter’s spectacular & very funny show, which showcased many new stars. Performed at the Secombe Theatre, Sutton
Dec 1994 Ruddigore The story of a cursed family who must commit a crime a day or die but deception and twists and turns change everything. Performed at the Secombe Theatre, Sutton.
Apr 1993 A Little of What You Fancy An Edwardian Musical Hall Performed at Merton Hall.
Nov 1993 Beggar’s Opera A funny satire on marriage, money and morals, where beggars and thieves create a world of love, lust, violence, deceit, greed. Performed at the Secombe Theatre
May 1992 Sugar The hilarious antics of two men who decide to dress as females and join an all female band to escape the Mob after witnessing a crime, leading to love and misunderstandings. Performed at the Wimbledon Theatre.
Nov 1992 HMS Pinafore When the captain’s daughter falls in love with a common sailor, even though she is betrothed to a First Lord of the Admiralty, a surprise twist changes everything in this classic show with great music. Performed at the Secombe Theatre.
Jun 1991 South Pacific Set in the SouthPacific during WW2, a love story of love and death interspersed by some of the best musical numbers around. Polesen Lacey Open Air Theatre.
Nov 1991 The Mikado Performed at the Secombe Theatre, Sutton.
Nov 1990 Brigadoon Once every 100 years this mysterious village appears, and the show is full of enchantment, as the villages go through their rituals until two tourists stumble into the village resulting in serious results. Performed at the Wimbledon Theatre.
May 1990 The Yeomen of the Guard Or The Merryman and his Maid.  Set in the 16th century this is the darkest, and possibly the most emotionally engaging of Gilbert & Sullivan’s operettas.  Performed at the Secombe Theatre.
Jun 1989 Princess Ida The comic tale of a princess who teaches women that they are superior to men and should be the rulers, but this is discovered by her husband who with a friend, disguise themselves as women students and then there is war between the sexes!! Polsesden Lacey Open Air Theatre.
Nov 1989 Kismet Secombe Theatre.
Apr 1988 It’s a Musical World A fully staged presentation of hi-lights from musical hit shows – Secombe Theatre.
Oct 1988 Show Boat Performed at the Wimbledon Theatre.
Jun 1987 The Gondoliers A comedy romp with the Pirates of Penzance who want to marry the General Sergeant’s daughters with lots of obstacles and fun along the the way. Performed at the Polesden Lacey Open Air Theatre.
Dec 1987 Welcome Yule Revue – WLOS 16th annual Christmas Extravaganza.  Performed at Merton Civic Hall.
May 1986 The Count of Luxenbourg Performed at the Secombe Theatre.
Nov 1986 South Pacific Wimbledon Theatre.
March 1985 Princess Ida The comic tale of a princess who teaches women that they are superior to men and should be the rulers, but this is discovered by her husband who with a friend, disguise themselves as women students and then there is war between the sexes!! Secombe Theatre.
Oct 1985 Keep Smiling Through A Musical Review  of the 30s and 40s. Performed at the Merton Civic Hall.
March 1984 The Gipsy Baron The story involves a fortune telling Romany Queen, a self-important Major, a band of gipsies and a troop of Hussars, all set in Hungary in the 18th Centry around the story of a marriage of a landowner and a gipsy girl who is eventually revealed as the owner of hidden treasure. Performed at Wimbledon Theatre.
Oct 1984 Oklahoma! A tale of courage, conflict and romance in the early American mid-West. Performed at the Secombe Theatre, Sutton.
May 1983 Merrie England Set in Elizabethan England, this is the tale of Court, love and rivalry. Merton Civic Hall.
Oct 1983 Just a Song at Twilight A music hall style entertainment, featuring songs form and about the Victorian and Edwardian eras in all their many moods.  Performed at Merton Civic Hall.
March  1982 Pirates of Penzance A comedy romp with the Pirates of Penzance who want to marry the General Sergeant’s daughters with lots of obstacles and fun along the the way. Performed at Merton Hall, Merton.
March 1982 Music Hall
1982 La Belle Helene Performed at Wimbledon Theatre.
1981 Trial by Jury The tale of a man in love with many women and his promises to marry them until he is in front of the judge for breach of promise which leads to many funny situations.
March 1981 Music Hall Magnificently Magnumptious, Processional Production, Profusely Produced and Proudly Presented by WLOS.  A Music Hall Revue.
Nov 1981 The Merry Widow Franz Lehar’s traditional Viennese operetta set in the Paris Embassy of the mystical state of Pontevedro, containing all the intriguing elements of a sought-after rich widow, Paris night life and supposed marital infidelity. Performed at Wimbledon Theatre.
Apr 1980 Lilac Time The operetta gives a fictionalized account of Schubert’s romantic life,his shyness in courting his young love and the resulting twists and turns. Performed at Wimbledon Theatre.
1980 Iolanthe Fanciful fairies and prosaic peers… an evergreen love story and a recurring political theme, the reform of the House of Lords.
1979 The Gondoliers The Gilbert & Sullivan operetta set in Venice, which has a plot revolving around baby swapping and very early marriage!
1979 The New Moon The story of a young man forced to flee his country and sell himself as a bond-servant but love, escape and intrigue run through the show until a happy ending and love prevails.
1978 Patience Gilbert & Sullivan’s sixth collaboration.  A satire on the aesthetic movement of the late 19th Century, this operetta sees the poets Bunthorne and Grosvenor both in love with a simple milkmaid named Patience.
Nov 1978 Die Fledermaus An hilarious romp, with a healthy dose of mistaken identities, cheating spouses and a dastardly villain with the most glorious music running through the whole show. Performed at the Wimbledon Theatre.
1977 Chu Chin Chow A musical comedy based on Ali Baba and the forty thieves.
May 1976 The Mikado Performed at the Wimbledon Theatre.
Nov 1976 Naughty Marietta 1780 in New Orleans, and a Captain is trying to capture a notorious pirate with the help of the Contessa. Many well-known songs including ‘Ah Sweet Mystery of Life’. Merton Civic Centre.
1975 HMS Pinafore When the captain’s daughter falls in love with a common sailor, even though she is betrothed to a First Lord of the Admiralty, a surprise twist changes everything in this classic show with great music.
1975 Cox and Box Sullivan’s first comic opera written with FC Burnand.  A landlord lets a room to two men, one who works during the day, and one at night, when one has a day off they meet and tempers flare.
1975 Orpheus in the Underworld A comic tale of love and discontentment, heaven and hell, gods and men, nymphs and shepherds, and of course the Can Can.
1974 Song of Norway This operetta tells of the early struggles of Edvard Grieg and his attempts to develop an authentic Norwegian national music
1974 Waltzes from Vienna
1973 The Pirates of Penzance A comedy romp with the Pirates of Penzance who want to marry the General Sergeant’s daughters with lots of obstacles and fun along the the way.
1973 The Gipsy Baron The story involves a fortune telling Romany Queen, a self-important Major, a band of gypsies and a troop of Hussars, all set in Hungary in the 18th Century around the story of a marriage of a landowner and a gypsy girl who is eventually revealed as the owner of hidden treasure.
1972 The Gondoliers The Gilbert & Sullivan operetta set in Venice, which has a plot revolving around baby swapping and very early marriage!
1972 The White Horse Inn This operetta is about the head waiter of the White Horse Inn in St Wolfgang who is desperately in love with the owner of the inn, a resolute young woman who at first only has eyes for one of her regular guests.
1971 Desert Song Set in Morocco, an exotic love story with beautiful music by Sigmund Romberg.
1971 Iolanthe Fanciful fairies and prosaic peers… an evergreen love story and a recurring political theme, the reform of the House of Lords.
1970 Die Fledermaus An hilarious romp, with a healthy dose of mistaken identities, cheating spouses and a dastardly villain with the most glorious music running through the whole show.
1970 Student Prince A young German prince must choose between true love and royal duty.
1969 The Merry Widow Franz Lehar’s traditional Viennese operetta set in the Paris Embassy of the mystical state of Pontevedro, containing all the intriguing elements of a sought-after rich widow, Paris night life and supposed marital infidelity.
1969 Chu Chin Chow Wimbledon Theatre.
1968 Merrie England Performed at the Town Hall.
1967 The Count of Luxenbourg Performed at Wimbledon Theatre.
1967 Orpheus in the Underworld A comic tale of love and discontentment, heaven and hell, gods and men, nymphs and shepherds, and of course the Can Can. Performed at Wimbledon Theatre.
1966 La Belle Helene Wimbledon Theatre.
1966 Trial By Jury The tale of a man in love with many women and his promises to marry them until he is in front of the judge for breach of promise which leads to many funny situations. Performed at the Wimbledon Theatre.
1966 The Pirates of Penzance A comedy romp with the Pirates of Penzance who want to marry the General Sergeant’s daughters with lots of obstacles and fun along the the way. Performed at the Wimbledon Theatre.
1965 The Merry Widow Franz Lehar’s traditional Viennese operetta set in the Paris Embassy of the mystical state of Pontevedro, containing all the intriguing elements of a sought-after rich widow, Paris night life and supposed marital infidelity. Performed at the Wimbledon Theatre.
1964 Ruddigore The story of a cursed family who must commit a crime a day or die but deception and twists and turns change everything. Performed at the Wimbledon Theatre.
1964 Die Fledermaus An hilarious romp, with a healthy dose of mistaken identities, cheating spouses and a dastardly villain with the most glorious music running through the whole show. Performed at the Wimbledon Theatre.
1963 Passion Flower The story is essentially the same as for Carmen but has been adapted for the amateur stage. Performed at the Wimbledon Theatre.
Dec 1963 The Mikado Performed at the Wimbledon Theatre.
1962 Princess Ida The comic tale of a princess who teaches women that they are superior to men and should be the rulers, but this is discovered by her husband who with a friend, disguise themselves as women students and then there is war between the sexes!! Performed at the Wimbledon Theatre.
1962 The Gondoliers Performed at Town Hall, Wimbledon
1961 The Merry Widow Franz Lehar’s traditional Viennese operetta set in the Paris Embassy of the mystical state of Pontevedro, containing all the intriguing elements of a sought-after rich widow, Paris night life and supposed marital infidelity. Performed by the Town Hall, Wimbledon.
1961 The Yeomen of the Guard Or The Merryman and his Maid.  Set in the 16th century this is the darkest, and possibly the most emotionally engaging of Gilbert & Sullivan’s operettas.  Performed at the Town Hall, Wimbledon
1960 Die Fledermaus An hilarious romp, with a healthy dose of mistaken identities, cheating spouses and a dastardly villain with the most glorious music running through the whole show. Performed at Wimbledon Theatre.
1960 HMS Pinafore When the captain’s daughter falls in love with a common sailor, even though she is betrothed to a First Lord of the Admiralty, a surprise twist changes everything in this classic show with great music. Performed at the Town Hall, Wimbledon.
1960 Trial By Jury The tale of a man in love with many women and his promises to marry them until he is in front of the judge for breach of promise which leads to many funny situations. Performed at the Wimbledon Theatre.
1959 Patience Performed at the Town Hall, Wimbledon.
Oct 1959 The Pirates of Penzance A comedy romp with the Pirates of Penzance who want to marry the General Sergeant’s daughters with lots of obstacles and fun along the the way. Performed at the Wimbledon Theatre.
1958 Les Cloches de Cornville Performed at the Town Hall, Wimbledon
1958 Iolanthe Fanciful fairies and prosaic peers… an evergreen love story and a recurring political theme, the reform of the House of Lords. Performed at the Wimbledon Theatre.
1957 The Bartered Bride

Doomed young love, brokered marriage, and numerous adventures. A complete contrast of mood, tragedy and humour. Performed a the Town Hall, Wimbledon.

Apr 1957 The Mikado Performed at The Town Hall, Wimbledon.
1956 The Rebel Maid Performed at the Town Hall, Wimbledon
Oct 1956 Ruddigore Performed at the Town Hall, Wimbledon.
Apr 1955 Princess Ida The comic tale of a princess who teaches women that they are superior to men and should be the rulers, but this is discovered by her husband who with a friend, disguise themselves as women students and then there is war between the sexes!! Town Hall, Wimbledon.
Nov 1955 The Gondoliers Performed at the Town Hall, Wimbledon.
Apr 1954 The Yeoman of the Guard Or The Merryman and his Maid.  Set in the 16th century this is the darkest, and possibly the most emotionally engaging of Gilbert & Sullivan’s operettas.   Performed at the Town Hall, Wimbledon.
Nov 1954 Merrie England Performed at the Town Hall, Wimbledon.
1953 HMS Pinafore When the captain’s daughter falls in love with a common sailor, even though she is betrothed to a First Lord of the Admiralty, a surprise twist changes everything in this classic show with great music.
1953 Trial By Jury The tale of a man in love with many women and his promises to marry them until he is in front of the judge for breach of promise which leads to many funny situations.
Nov 1953 The Pirates of Penzance A comedy romp with the Pirates of Penzance who want to marry the General Sergeant’s daughters with lots of obstacles and fun along the the way. Performed at the Town Hall, Wimbledon.
Apr 1952 The Mikado Performed at the Town Hall, Wimbledon.
Nov 1952 Patience Performed at the Town Hall, Wimbledon.
Apr 1951 Old Chelsea A musical romance. Performed at the Town Hall, Wimbledon.
Nov 1951 Ioanthe Fanciful fairies and prosaic peers… an evergreen love story and a recurring political theme, the reform of the House of Lords. Performed at the Town Hall, Wimbledon.
May 1950 The Rebel Maid A romantic light opera in three acts. Performed at the Town Hall, Wimbledon.
1950 The Gondoliers The Gilbert & Sullivan operetta set in Venice, which has a plot revolving around baby swapping and very early marriage!
1949 Ruddigore The story of a cursed family who must commit a crime a day or die but deception and twists and turns change everything.
Nov 1949 The Yeomen of the Guard Or The Merryman and his Maid.  Set in the 16th century this is the darkest, and possibly the most emotionally engaging of Gilbert & Sullivan’s operettas.  Performed at the Town Hall, Wimbledon.
1947 Merrie England Set in Elizabethan England, this is the tale of Court, love and rivalry.
1947 The Mikado Gilbert & Sullivan’s satire on British politics set in the exotic locale of Japan.
May 1946 The Gondoliers Performed at the New Baths Hall, Wimbledon.
1940 to 1945 Concerts Concerts for the Troops, ARPs and Hospitals.
Apr 1939 Iolanthe Fanciful fairies and prosaic peers… an evergreen love story and a recurring political theme, the reform of the House of Lords. Performed at the New Baths Hall, Wimbledon.
Apr 1938 Haddon Hall Performed at New Baths Hall, Wimbledon.
Nov 1938 Rose of Persia Or ‘The Story-Teller and the Slave’. Performed at New Baths Hall, Wimbledon.
Apr 1937 The Yeomen of the Guard Or The Merryman and his Maid.  Set in the 16th century this is the darkest, and possibly the most emotionally engaging of Gilbert & Sullivan’s operettas.  Performed at New Baths Hall, Wimbledon.
Nov 1937 Monsieur Beaucaire Performed at New Baths Hall, Wimbledon.
Apr 1936 The Mikado Performed at the New Baths Hall, Wimbledon.
Nov 1936 Merrie England Set in Elizabethan England, this is the tale of Court, love and rivalry. Performed at the New Baths Hall, Wimbledon.
Apr 1935 Ruddigore The story of a cursed family who must commit a crime a day or die but deception and twists and turns change everything. Performed at New Baths Hall, Wimbledon.
Nov 1935 Princess Ida The comic tale of a princess who teaches women that they are superior to men and should be the rulers, but this is discovered by her husband who with a friend, disguise themselves as women students and then there is war between the sexes!! New Baths Hall, Wimbledon.
1934 The Gondoliers The Gilbert & Sullivan operetta set in Venice, which has a plot revolving around baby swapping and very early marriage!
1935 HMS Pinafore When the captain’s daughter falls in love with a common sailor, even though she is betrothed to a First Lord of the Admiralty, a surprise twist changes everything in this classic show with great music.
1933 Patience Gilbert & Sullivan’s sixth collaboration.  A satire on the aesthetic movement of the late 19th Century, this operetta sees the poets Bunthorne and Grosvenor both in love with a simple milkmaid named Patience.
1932 Pirates of Penzance A comedy romp with the Pirates of Penzance who want to marry the General Sergeant’s daughters with lots of obstacles and fun along the the way.
1931 The Mikado Gilbert & Sullivan’s satire on British politics set in the exotic locale of Japan.
1931 The Yeomen of the Guard Or The Merryman and his Maid.  Set in the 16th century this is the darkest, and possibly the most emotionally engaging of Gilbert & Sullivan’s operettas.
1930 Ruddigore The story of a cursed family who must commit a crime a day or die but deception, twists and turns change everything.
1930 The Gondoliers Performed at the New Baths Hall, Wimbledon.