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ROS is a society full of lively, enthusiastic and talented people – but there’s always room for more…

As well as encouraging folk who want to sing, dance and act, we welcome those looking for a place to practise their set-designing, costume-making and tea-brewing skills.

Drop us a line, give us a call or come and see a show; a whole other world beckons.

If you’d like to get involved with the society and play some part in our future, onstage or off, please get in touch.

Go to the Contact Us page and send us an email. Tell us what you think of our shows or which ones you’d like to see. We’d love to hear from you.

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The Ruislip Musical Society came about as a result of a public meeting held on 17th December 1923. For many months the Society concentrated its efforts on rehearsals, building up a repertoire and adding willing volunteers to the list of members. The first public performance by the Society was a concert version of Merrie England given in April 1925. The handbills advertising the event politely stated that the Society “had spared no pains to do justice to the Opera and hopes it will be the first of many successes.” It was.

The Society decided to change its name to Ruislip Operatic Society in 1935.

In 1939, despite the outbreak of World War II, ROS made the decision to carry on – as far as possible – presenting at least one production each year. The Society is proud that it has maintained an unbroken run since 1925.

During the early war years the fear of imminent invasion led to the introduction of some imaginative schemes designed to confound an invading army. The Society played its part in the war effort by allowing the deletion of part of the word Ruislip from the front page of the programme for each show. Confusing enough for the locals, let alone an enemy force.

ROS continued to thrive in spite of the demands of the war. Tom Jones was performed in June to avoid as much of the blackout as possible and the 1943 show Blossom Time featured a male chorus chiefly comprised of Air Raid Wardens and Home Guards. On a more sinister note, the 1944 presentation of Katinka was performed to a finish despite the sound of the first “doodlebugs” passing overhead, during the finale of Act II.

The programme for the 1961 production of The Gypsy Baron observed that the show cost more than £500 to produce. Those were the days. The budget for each of today’s shows comes in at well over twenty thousand pounds and every seat must sell to make even a modest profit.

1972 was the year of the power crisis and the chorus regularly arrived at Thursday rehearsals for The Grand Duchess with candles and paraffin lamps, in case of power cuts.

ROS chose to celebrate its 75th anniversary in 1998 by presenting “the musical of the century”, My Fair Lady. Its appeal was confirmed when the show was sold out weeks before opening night. Since then, ROS has welcomed audiences to a range of productions; each designed to showcase the Society’s talents. From the swashbuckling fun of The Pirates of Penzance – Broadway Version to the dark complexities of Sweeney Todd, ROS does its best to make an impact on the audience.

NEWS 2016

  • 16 Dec         TMM Cast List
  • 12 Oct         Thoroughly Modern preparations
  • 12 Oct         Thoroughly Modern scripts
  • 14 Sep         Thoroughly Modern workshops
  • 14 Aug         80 Days Box Office Opens
  • 03 Jul         NODA Awards


16 December TMM Cast List

Slightly delayed, but welcome all the same, here’s the cast list for Thoroughly Modern Millie…

12 October Thoroughly Modern preparations

Music rehearsal this Thursday, 15th October. 7:30pm start, please note.

New member auditions Thursday 22nd October.

Auditions Sunday 1st November.

Get in touch with Janice, via the Contact Us page, for more details.

12 October Thoroughly Modern scripts

Thoroughly Modern Millie scores are now available.  We will need a £25 deposit (cash or cheque),which is refundable at the end of the show on the safe return of the score.  There is a fee of £10 for hire, payable separately by cash or cheque (made payable to ROS).

14 September Thoroughly Modern workshops

Our spring 2016 show is the all-singing, all-dancing, music-fest Thoroughly Modern Millie, running at the Winston Churchill Theatre from April 6th to 9th. On Thursday October 1st we’re holding a taster workshop run by the show’s director Annie Hertler-Smith. The following Thursday, October 8th, sees the launch of the show, followed by a tap taster session. Both events will take place at 8pm at our usual rehearsal venue, St Martin’s Church Hall, Eastcote Road, Ruislip, HA4 8DG. If you’d like to come to one or both events, please email Tasha Ewing on

14 August 80 Days Box Office Opens

The box office is open for Around the World in 80 Days, so spread the word. Call 07905 932366 and choose your seats for a musical adaptation of Jules Verne’s story of adventure and romance.

03 July NODA Awards

ROS members were out in force at the NODA London Conference on Sunday June 28th, thrilled that the society had been nominated for several annual awards.  The programme for our production of The Wiz was Runner Up in the Standard Class while the poster for the same show was acclaimed as Highly Commended.


ROS StageWorks Summer School won the YOUNGSTARS award for Best Youth Production in 2014, for Beauty and the Beast. A number of students, proudly wearing their BATB t-shirts, were on hand to accept the award. (Click on the lozenge at the top of the screen to go to the Summer School site.)


Join in

We like to include all sorts of folk in the ROS mix. If you’ve seen one or two of our productions and you’re thinking about joining us on stage, come along and show us what you can do – we’re always happy to welcome new performing members.

Equally, we’d love to have you around if you’re handy with a paintbrush or a sewing machine or have a burning desire to shift scenery. And if you can brew a decent cuppa, we’ll probably dust off the red carpet…


Something for everyone

For those with a little less time to spare, becoming a Friend of ROS lets you support local theatre (for a nominal sum of £15 a year), gives you priority booking facilities, regular copies of the ROS newsletter – Tempo - and a nice warm glow.

Click on the button to contact us, and we’ll send you more details about the various levels of Society membership.

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ChairmanOliver Spinks

Vice Chairman – vacant

SecretaryJanice Lim

Treasurer - Ian Green

Business ManagerDavid Hampton

Publicity Manager – vacant

Social SecretaryAlison Coe

Membership SecretaryTasha Ewing

Committee Member - Helen Bailey


Please come and help us…

  • Committee members
  • Painting
  • Set building
  • Refreshments
  • Chaperones
  • Props
  • Costumes
  • Stage crew
  • Publicity and leaflet distribution
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80 Days…
Want to help with our next production? Do you have a flair for sewing? Would you like to make some costumes? Talent with a hammer? Help our set builders! Send us your details...

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Simply click the contact button below to get involved with Ruislip Operatic Society.



The National Operatic and Dramatic Association (NODA) was founded in 1899 ‘to protect and advance the interests of Operatic and Dramatic Art, and of Societies engaged therein’. ROS is an active and enthusiastic member, one of 2,500 amateur societies and 3,000 individual members throughout the UK.

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The aims are…

• To give a shared voice to the amateur theatre sector

• To help amateur societies and individuals achieve the highest standards of best practice and performance

• To provide leadership and advice to enable the amateur theatre sector to tackle the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century


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Past Productions
  • 2013 Into the Woods
  • 2013 Oklahoma!
  • 2012 Pride and Prejudice

2013 Into the Woods

Stephen Sondheim’s fractured musical fairytale revolves around a baker and his wife, a rapping witch, an angry giant and other fairytale characters as they journey Into the Woods, to live happily ever after… or do they?

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  • Noda Report

2013 Oklahoma!

Oklahoma! is the first musical written Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein and tells the storoff cowboy Curly McLain and his romance with farm girl Laurey Williams. A secondary romance concerns cowboy Will Parker and his flirtatious fiancée, Ado Annie.

Featuring songs: People Will Say We’re in Love, Surrey with a Fringe on Top, I Cain’t Say No and title song Oklahoma!

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  • Noda Report

2012 Pride and Prejudice

“It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife”.

Here begins what is arguably Jane Austen’s best-loved story, with the arrival of the single, wealthy and charming Mr Bingley and his party into the town of Meryton. He meets the Bennets and so this classic story begins….

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  • Noda Report

2012 Red Hot and Cole

A sparkling blend of biography and music, Red Hot & Cole celebrates the American songwriter who brought style, elegance and sophistication to the stages and soundstages of Broadway and Hollywood.

Featuring songs Night and Day, Anything Goes, Let’s Do It, and Love for Sale to name but a few – the show tells Cole’s life story.

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2011 Musical Magic

A selection of songs from stage, film and even the pop charts. ROS and ROS stageworks took audience members through decades of popular, entertaining and – yes- musical magic.

Featured songs: Any Dream Will Do, There’s No Business Like Show Business, Let’s Twist Again, You’ll Never Walk Alone, America and All That Jazz.

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2011 Hello Dolly

Dolly Levi, professional matchmaker and incorrigible meddler, sets out to capture the heart and wallet of the well-known Yonkers half-a-millionaire, Horace Vandergelder.

One of Broadway’s best-loved shows, this sparkling musical comedy features a host of hit songs, including Put On Your Sunday Clothes, Elegance and Hello, Dolly!

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2010 Little Shop

Seymour Krelborn works in Mushnik’s Flower Store on Skid Row, alongside Audrey, the girl he secretly adores. Business is so bad that Mr Mushnik agrees to showcase the plant that mysteriously appeared to Seymour. Customers start flocking to admire it and buy up all of Mushnik’s stock. Sales continue to improve but one night, Seymour discovers the dark secret behind the plant’s fantastic powers; it wants blood, the fresher the better, and lots of it.

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2010 Blitz!

Full of feisty characters and appealing songs, Lionel Bart’s Blitz! tells the story of an East End community fighting the battle of the home front in between the air raids, early in WWII.

Sending soldiers off to war and evacuees to a safer life in the country, those who are left to face Hitler’s bombs struggle to maintain some sort of normality, day to day.

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  • Noda Report

2009 ‘Farndale’ Mikado

The ladies of The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Operatic Society brought their own special brand of musical theatre to Ruislip. Their show featured all The Mikado’s best bits, including quite a few of its most famous songs, but added a certain something. In fact, those who saw it wonder why anyone still bothers with the traditional version…

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  • Noda Report

2009 Chess

The World Chess Championships are taking place against a Cold War backdrop. American faces Russian and feelings run high. Rivals in love as in chess, who will win the game? Away from the spotlight, political intriguers add to the atmosphere of mistrust and manipulation. Chess – lyrics by Tim Rice, music by Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson – sets the eternal love-triangle to song in a classic rock opera.

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ROS StageWorks / ROS StageWorks Summer School

Theatre workshops for young people

An introduction – for anyone aged 7 to 17 – to the art of performing. Learn to act, sing and dance, regardless of any previous experience, in a safe, supportive environment.

Meeting every Saturday morning in Ruislip, contact Malcolm Unwin on 020 8866 3110 or click on the link below for more details.


Summer School for young people

An opportunity for young performers to take part in a specially adapted (junior) version of a well known musical, after a week of rehearsals and workshops. Audition for the chance to play a leading role or be an all-important member of the chorus.

Click on the link below for more details.

Stageworks Summer School

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If you have a query, comment or enquiry, please contact the relevant person listed in the box to the right. If you don’t know who to contact please email the general address and we’ll make sure the right person sees your message.


Fran Hampson

Box Office

07905 932366

General Enquiries


Tasha Ewing

Production Secretary

Janice Lim

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