Southampton’s oldest musical society celebrates its centenary

Southampton’s oldest musical society celebrates its centenary

SOS Presents (“SOS”) is the performing name of Southampton Operatic Society, the city’s oldest musical society, which celebrates its centenary this year.

Having performed shows at the Guildhall, the Mayflower and the Nuffield Theatre in the past, in 2022 SOS adopted the wonderful MAST Mayflower Studios as its new theatrical home. The Society has performed five shows there to date, of which two have won NODA (National Operatic & Dramatic Association) Accolades of Excellence Awards and the most recent (Spamalot, January 2024) enjoyed full houses and glowing reviews.

SOS Presents Chair, Dr Brigitte Lavoie, says “SOS provides a creative outlet for up to a hundred local people, when you add up those working on stage, behind the scenes and in the band, and we entertain thousands more! We work hard to achieve our exceptionally high production standards, but we have fun too, with regular social events including a weekly pub club. We audition for new members in September and January and we’re always delighted to see new people wanting to get involved.”

To celebrate its 100 year anniversary the Society has chosen Guys And Dolls as its summer production, back at the MAST Mayflower Studios and with the same director and choreographer responsible for their award-winning Seussical the Musical in June 2023.

Show director Sophie Barnard says “Guys And Dolls is one of the best-loved romantic comedies from the Golden Age of Broadway Musicals. It’s a show that never goes out of style and we can’t wait to put our own creative spin on it.”

Southampton has a rich cultural heritage and SOS is delighted to be still going strong and right at the heart of it. Unfortunately, the cost of living crisis has hit amateur theatre hard, and the Society is keen to attract a local business sponsor to enable them to keep doing what they do so well. If any business would consider supporting this hard working, multi-award-winning community group please contact the Business Team via

Tickets for Guys And Dolls (10-13 July 2024, MAST Mayflower Studios) are available from the Box Office 02380 711811 or online at


  • Image shows SOS production of Legally Blonde.


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