The staff of Martins Bank don’t spend ALL of their time going to extremes to be helpful at work.  At play too, they know how to entertain, and under the auspices of Martins Bank Society of the Arts, there are SIX operatic and/or dramatic societies to choose from – although despite prolific features covering five of these societies,Martins Bank Magazine covers just one production from the sixth – the Manchester Players, and that was actually staged in Liverpool at Head Office.  Martins really do know how to put on a show, and from the 1940s until 1980, productions are staged that showcase the talents of Martins Bank’s veritable army of theatrical types. 



Following the Merger with Barclays, Martins Operatic Society manages to carry on, having (sadly) dropped the word “Bank” from its title, and we remain indebted to Mike Ellis, Geoffrey Kelly and the late Beryl Creer for making available a number of the programmes printed for some of these post-merger productions. We now have copies of the original programmes for all but one of the shows from 1970 to the winding up of the Operatic Society in 1980, and these are featured at the bottom of this page. There is also so much material in the archive relating to the productions and performances staged over the years, it is likely to be some time before we can feature ALL of them on this site.  Menus are now available for most of the societies and groups shown below – simply click on a leaflet – and each of them has a choice of productions for you to enjoy!  

12 Productions Available

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11 Productions Available

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7 Productions Available

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8 Productions Available

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1 Production Available

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13 Productions Available

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The singing and dancing did not end in 1969. The re-named Martins Operatic Society continues to stage ambitious productions for a further eleven years, as can be seen from these programme covers. We do not have one for 1979, and at time of writing we are uncertain as to whether or not a production was staged in that year.  If you know the answer, please let us know at the usual address gutinfo@btinternet.com.


Bless the Bride



The Grand Duchess



Die Fledermaus



Gipsy Love



Orpheus in the Underworld



The Gipsy Baron


The Grand Duke


La Perichole


The Merry Widow








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