You can help CODA produce a return to the Ashcroft Theatre

CODA’s 2017 summer production of the Pirates of Penzance, staged around the bandstand in Wandle Park, was acclaimed as a hugely enjoyable success. Pic: Angela Johnson

After a seven-year absence, Croydon’s foremost AmDram group is preparing for a return to the Fairfield Halls when the council-owned arts venue re-opens in September after a £41million-plus refurbishment.

And CODA wants you to be part of their week-long run of The Producers at the Ashcroft Theatre.

CODA – the Croydon Operatic and Dramatic Association – have been given the first week’s run at the re-fitted Ashcroft, when they will present Mel Brooks’s dazzlingly entertaining, side-splittingly hilarious and gloriously politically incorrect musical The Producers, from September 17 to 21.

It will be the first performances by CODA at the Fairfield Halls since their production of West Side Story at the Ashcroft Theatre in 2012.

And now they are looking for fresh new talent to join them.

Next week, they are staging auditions for members to join the cast and crew.

CODA are seeking members aged 16 or over who are talented and enthusiastic, who can act, sing or dance – and sometimes more than one at the same time – as well as those wanting to get involved in directing, production management, technical production, stage management, costume design, set design and prop design.

There’s CODA auditions next Tuesday, April 9, at 7.30pm, followed with a “meet and greet” for The Producers on Thursday April 25, and then auditions for the show on Sunday May 19, all to be held at the Royal Russell School, Coombe Lane (trams stop near the main entrance).

“All you need to do is to come prepared to sing a piece of your choice, perform a monologue and try out a bit of movement,” says CODA.

CODA’s next production is The Elephant Man by Bernard Pomerance, running from April 17-20 at Royal Russell School. Ticket booking details can be found by clicking here.

CODA performed West Side Story at the Ashcroft Theatre seven years ago. Pic: Paul Grace

More details are on CODA’s website at, or contact Sarah Block CODA’s secretary by email at

CODA was founded in 1943, and is Croydon’s leading amateur dramatic theatre company, performing both musicals and plays to a high standard. CODA’s recent performances have included Wind In The Willows, Witness For The Prosecution, All That Fosse, Rope, Into The Woods and Blithe Spirit.

CODA have also become known for their summer open air productions at Wandle Park, including A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Much Ado About Nothing and Romeo and Juliet, The Importance Of Being Earnest and Gilbert and The Pirates of Penzance.

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