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Please be assured that 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.  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. We will try to add information for these productions as soon as we can.

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!  

10 Music Productions Available

ALL Productions Available

7 Productions Available

ALL Productions Available (31)

ALL Productions Available

13 Productions Available

Whilst most good things come to and end too soon, the singing and dancing did not end for the staff of Martins Bank when they were merged into the workforce of Barclays in 1969. The re-named Martins Operatic Society continued to stage ambitious productions for a further eleven years, as can be seen from these programme covers. We do not have a copy of the programme for the 1979 production, Die Fledermaus, staged for the second time in that particular decade.  If you have a copy we could borrow for scanning, or one you can donate to the Archive, please do get in touch with us at the usual address We are delighted to announce that Martins Operatic Society’s 1971 production – “The Grand Duchess” is now available to view, and includes details from the original programme, and a review of the performance featured in the Liverpool Echo’s Column “The Amateur Stage”.


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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