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Milborne Port Opera

When a group of friends and colleagues got together to perform in a one-off charity concert, who would have guessed that more than thirty years later we would still be in existence as an award-winning company performing light opera and musicals to appreciative Somerset audiences?

Our next show is... The Drowsy Chaperone 3rd - 6th April 2024 -


About Us

Our first concert was a semi-staged version of Gilbert and Sullivan's Trial by Jury, and Milborne Port Opera, as our group was soon named, has gone on to perform every one of the G & S operettas, from the much-loved works like The Pirates of Penzance and Iolanthe to the almost-forgotten Utopia Limited. Along the way, MPO has brought audiences more operetta from the likes of Lehar and Strauss, premiered three comic works by a talented member, and branched out into the world of musicals with stand-out shows such as Sondheim's Into the Woods and Cole Porter's Anything Goes. It has received numerous awards from the Somerset Fellowship of Drama.

One of the most remarkable features of Milborne Port Opera is that the company re-creates its own venue every year, turning Milborne Port Village Hall into a versatile theatrical space. In the early days, the Village Hall had no stage, and the shoe-string performances were somewhat rough and ready, staged on a low platform with minimal scenery. What a difference thirty years of gradual innovation can make! These days the Village Hall boasts a "small but perfectly formed" stage, which MPO extends forward, with our set designers creating amazing scenery year after year. A full lighting rig is put up, tiered seating goes in for the audience, our wonderful orchestra tunes up and we're ready for show time!


Want to know more or get involved?


Maybe you've seen one of our shows or glanced at our Facebook or Instagram posts – but have you ever considered joining us?  

If you've never trodden the boards before, don't worry – we are a very friendly bunch and rehearsals are fun for all. There are no auditions to be in the chorus, so if you enjoy yourself and want to continue, you are in!  Rehearsals are a couple of hours per week September through to Easter so the time commitment is manageable.


Want More?

If you want to find out more, please contact our secretary, Sarah Bignell by e-mail

You can also get in touch and keep up to date with our latest news on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter - please find and follow us @milborneportopera @mpopera


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MPO wins the double at the Somerset Drama Awards

Milborne Port Opera scooped two awards at the prestigious Somerset Fellowship of Drama David Beach Awards for musical theatre at Taunton on Saturday 7th March.

The group were nominated for a total of five awards for their last year's production of "Anything Goes". The two categories in which there were successful were-

Best made set – for the transformation of the Milborne port Village hall into an ocean liner. The adjudicator called it "A triumph".

Best male support actor – Matthew Baker for his portrayal of Sir Evelyn Oakleigh. The adjudicator commented " This was a lovely standout performance using every ounce of your physicality to portray the character... great timing and comic ability"

Virtually every drama group in Somerset participates in these annual awards .It is a great honour to be nominated in this competition, which is rigorously adjudicated by a team of experienced performers and producers.