Category Archives: CODA

Jane Austen’s favourite given a night out on the Wandle

DRAMA IN THE PARKS: It’s been a busy week for our veteran arts correspondent, BELLA BARTOCK, as she’s been out and about with the return of local AmDrams’ summer productions, starting with CODA’s Pride and Prejudice Anticipating that getting her … Continue reading

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Wandle Park offers ‘immersive’ theatre at the bandstand

Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen’s beloved classic of wit and romance, the tale of Lizzie Bennet and Mr Darcy, is coming to a bandstand near you this summer, as CODA – the Croydon Operatic and Dramatic Association – once again … Continue reading

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Pride and Prejudice, CODA at Wandle Park, Jul 27-30

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Do you have what it takes to play a role alongside Mr Darcy?

CODA are back in town, and are looking for men. Well, three men in particular. CODA – the Croydon Operatic and Dramatic Association – is one of the borough’s leading community theatre companies. It is returning to the bandstand in … Continue reading

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An invitation to audition for Pride and Prejudice in Wandle Park

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Tears among the hairspray as CODA takes on Steel Magnolias

Anyone who is anyone in Chiquapin, Louisiana – from the local curmudgeon to the prettiest girl in town – has a standing appointment at Truvy Jones’s beauty salon. It’s the only place to be for the gossip. But when the … Continue reading

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CODA presents Steel Magnolias, CryerArts, Apr 27-30

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Little Women help CODA make covid comeback at the Cryer

CODA, the Croydon Operatic and Dramatic Association, is back after the pandemic with a run of performances of Little Women at the Cryer Arts Centre in Carshalton next month. The production had been due to be staged last November, but … Continue reading

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Little Women helps CODA make its comeback at the Cryer

CODA, the Croydon Operatic and Dramatic Association, is back after the pandemic with a run of performances of Little Women at the Cryer Arts Centre in Carshalton this November. Louisa May Alcott’s moving family story follows four sisters in 19th … Continue reading

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CODA’s Old Time Musical Hall, Sanderstead, Sep 24-25

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Unfinished and incomplete: where’s Fairfield £41m been spent?

And… Breathe! The Fairfield Halls has finally re-opened, with a gala concert planned for tonight. But after over-running by 15 months and over-spending by £11million, the refurbishment is not yet finished and is incomplete. Our photo-journalist, DANNY LEIBOVITZ, reports It … Continue reading

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Who’d pay £50 to see Barry from accounts as Max Bialystock?

It may be more than a year late in re-opening, and is at least £11million over budget, but that hasn’t stopped the operators at the Fairfield Halls from continuing to pursue their pointless exercise of re-naming the Ashcroft Theatre. Workmen … Continue reading

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You can help CODA produce a return to the Ashcroft Theatre

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 … Continue reading

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CODA presents The Elephant Man, Royal Russell, Apr 17-20

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CODA make a real song and dance out of their 75th birthday

Culture correspondent BELLA BARTOCK dusted off her glad rags, and her Zimmer frame, to get along to the Braithwaite Hall for an innovative take on a birthday party It’s not often I get invited along to birthday parties these days, … Continue reading

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Come to Croydon’s cabaret: 5 Spectacular tickets for price of 4

Inside Croydon readers who want to help to celebrate CODA’s big birthday party next week can now do so with a really Spectacular money-saving offer. CODA – the Croydon Operatic and Dramatic Association – is marking its 75th anniversary year … Continue reading

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Spectacular – CODA’S 75th anniversary cabaret, Nov 7-10

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Youthful promise in latest Shakespeare staged in Wandle Park

Our culture correspondent BELLA BARTOCK went to see how the star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet manage under Croydon’s moon-lit sky I was joined for the evening at East Croydon by my friend, Claudia de Boozy, who winced when I mentioned … Continue reading

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Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers face fate in Wandle Park

In the city of Verona, the Montagues and the Capulets are locked in a long-standing family feud. A chance encounter between Romeo, the only son of the Montagues, and Juliet, the only daughter of the Capulets, sparks an intense love … Continue reading

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CODA returns to South Norwood with a song and dance

CODA’s going Into The Woods in South Norwood later this month. The Croydon Operatic and Dramatic Association is in the late stages of rehearsals for a new production of Stephen Sondheim’s musical Into The Woods, which is being performed at … Continue reading

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CODA present Into The Woods, Stanley Halls, Oct 25-28

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Park’s Pirates are a magical delight around the bandstand

Our arts correspondent BELLA BARTOCK got all hot and bothered on a cool summer evening by some of the racier performances at CODA’s outstanding production of Pirates of Penzance Such fun! I was saying only the other day over coffee … Continue reading

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CODA adds some swash and buckle to Gilbert & Sullivan

CODA will be performing around the bandstand in Wandle Park next week in their fourth annual outdoor production – a boisterous new production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic opera The Pirates of Penzance. The Pirates of Penzance is one of … Continue reading

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There’ll be Pirates coming to Wandle Park this summer

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CODA find the right stage to give Croydon enough Rope

For CODA, the play must go on, even if all the larger theatrical venues in Croydon and Sutton have been shut, and especially if the trains aren’t running. CODA, the Croydon Operatic and Dramatic Association, has been around since 1943, … Continue reading

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