Days Gone By: Years of shows by am-dram group captured on camera

1999: 42nd Street at the Ipswich Regent Picture: RICHARD SNASDELL

1999: 42nd Street at the Ipswich Regent Picture: RICHARD SNASDELL - Credit: Archant

For 63 years the Ipswich Operatic and Dramatic Society has entertained thousands with their colourful shows at local theatres.

1988: Kiss Me Kate at the Ipswich Corn Exchange Picture: JERRY TURNER

1988: Kiss Me Kate at the Ipswich Corn Exchange Picture: JERRY TURNER - Credit: Archant

Months of hard work and rehearsals come together when the curtain goes up on the opening night. The first show was Country Girl, performed at the Ipswich Art Gallery in High Street in 1955. After three shows at the gallery they moved to the Hippodrome Theatre in St Nicholas Street in 1957, with their production of Carousel.

For many years shows were at the Gaumont Theatre, now the Regent, where in July this year they are presenting My Fair Lady.

1988: Kiss Me Kate at the Ipswich Corn Exchange Picture: JERRY TURNER

1988: Kiss Me Kate at the Ipswich Corn Exchange Picture: JERRY TURNER - Credit: Archant

This week I feature images from this newspaper’s files of some shows from the past.

Can you add names to any of the faces or have memories to share? To submit a letter, in less than 300 words, write to David Kindred, Days Gone By, Ipswich Star/EADT, Portman House, 120 Princes Street, Ipswich, IP1 1RS or e-mail info@kindred-spirit.co.uk

1988: Kiss Me Kate at the Ipswich Corn Exchange Picture: JERRY TURNER

1988: Kiss Me Kate at the Ipswich Corn Exchange Picture: JERRY TURNER - Credit: Archant

1965: South Pacific at the Gaumont, Ipswich Picture: IVAN SMITH

1965: South Pacific at the Gaumont, Ipswich Picture: IVAN SMITH - Credit: Archant

1965: South Pacific at the Gaumont, Ipswich Picture: IVAN SMITH

1965: South Pacific at the Gaumont, Ipswich Picture: IVAN SMITH - Credit: Archant

1966: Carousel at the Gaumont, Ipswich Picture: COLIN MACER

1966: Carousel at the Gaumont, Ipswich Picture: COLIN MACER - Credit: Archant

1966: Carousel at the Gaumont, Ipswich Picture: COLIN MACER

1966: Carousel at the Gaumont, Ipswich Picture: COLIN MACER - Credit: Archant

1968: Guys and Dolls at the Gaumont, Ipswich Picture: COLIN MACER

1968: Guys and Dolls at the Gaumont, Ipswich Picture: COLIN MACER - Credit: Archant

1968: Guys and Dolls at the Gaumont, Ipswich Picture: COLIN MACER

1968: Guys and Dolls at the Gaumont, Ipswich Picture: COLIN MACER - Credit: Archant

1975: South Pacific at the Gaumont, Ipswich Picture: DAVID KINDRED

1975: South Pacific at the Gaumont, Ipswich Picture: DAVID KINDRED - Credit: Archant

1975: South Pacific at the Gaumont, Ipswich Picture: DAVID KINDRED

1975: South Pacific at the Gaumont, Ipswich Picture: DAVID KINDRED - Credit: Archant

1975: South Pacific at the Gaumont, Ipswich Picture: DAVID KINDRED

1975: South Pacific at the Gaumont, Ipswich Picture: DAVID KINDRED - Credit: Archant

1972: Song of Norway at the Gaumont, Ipswich Picture: OWEN HINES

1972: Song of Norway at the Gaumont, Ipswich Picture: OWEN HINES - Credit: Archant

1972: Song of Norway at the Gaumont, Ipswich Picture: OWEN HINES

1972: Song of Norway at the Gaumont, Ipswich Picture: OWEN HINES - Credit: Archant

1972: Song of Norway at the Gaumont, Ipswich Picture: OWEN HINES

1972: Song of Norway at the Gaumont, Ipswich Picture: OWEN HINES - Credit: Archant

1999: A colourful scene from the Ipswich Operatic Society’s production of 42nd Street at the Ipswich

1999: A colourful scene from the Ipswich Operatic Societys production of 42nd Street at the Ipswich Regent. Picture: RICHARD SNASDELL - Credit: Archant


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