A Winchester opera society are preparing their new musical performance at the Theatre Royal next month.

A Chorus of Disapproval, performed by Winchester Musical Opera Society (WMOS), will be at Winchester Theatre Royal from November 10-13.

The group's first performance at the theatre in two years is a play with music set in 1985 which tells the story of an amateur dramatics group putting on The Beggars Opera.

The story centres around Guy, played by James Ashby who appeared as as Gabriel Utterson in 2019’s Jeykll and Hyde.

Guy auditions for the local amateur dramatics society and gets cast in a minor role.

During the course of the play, Guy rises through the male roles, but he becomes entangled in the lives of the other members, such as Dafydd the larger than life and oblivious director (played by Adrian Hickford).

Fay (played by Katie Hickson) who seduces Guy at a dinner party and Hannah, Dafydd’s homely wife who longs for a bit of romance (played by Annie Tatnall).

The play is performed with songs from The Beggar’s Opera and is full of jokes, 80s nostalgia and characters recognisable to anyone who has been involved in any kind of community group.

The show came to the West End in 1985 with Michael Gambon playing the role of Dafydd, Bob Peck as Guy and Imelda Staunton as Hannah. It was more recently on the West End in 2012 when Rob Brydon played Dafydd.

For more information about the show and how to book tickets, visit: wmos.org.uk.