History:2000 – Present

[1876 - 1977] [1980 - 2000] [2000 - Present]

While our plays were taking our audiences to the more interesting corners of North London, we decided to pull out all the stops musically for our 125th anniversary, the London area Amateur premiere of Barry Manilow’s Copacabana, which was at the West End Cochrane Theatre in January 2002. A return to the lavish musicals of the 1980’s, the show was another Andy Locke special and was very much enjoyed by everyone who saw it and took part in it.

However, audience enjoyment and rave reviews did not translate into bums on seats, which left the Company in a rather parlous state financially. Lacking funding from the Bank, which was still going through integration following the acquisition by RBS, we decided to tighten our belts and look at alternative ways of doing things. And so we followed our sumptuous spectacular with another musical that could not have been more different, the sixties pastiche A Slice of Saturday Night, at the tiny Rosemary Branch Pub theatre in Islington. Put together on a shoestring, this show was nevertheless a smash hit, selling out all six performances and making the first profit on a musical that the company had made in living memory.
Cheered by this success, we then put on Ben Elton’s Popcorn in 2003, again at the Rosemary Branch, which was another sell-out hit.
Following a meeting with the RBS Staff Club association that year, it was decided to change the name of the Company to the RBS Theatre Company.

Sadly, Popcorn turned out to be the last show that the Company put on until 2007. Despite much goodwill, the organisation and sheer effort required to mount a show proved too much for the committee with the twin demands of career and family to cope with and in late 2006 the Treasurer at that time tentatively proposed the Company was wound down. Helen Savvides, the freshest face onto the committee and new to RBS could not bear for a company with such a long and illustrious history to be left to perish. After launching a publicity campaign and spreading awareness across the RBS Group that a theatre company existed, interest was re-ignited. Helen called an AGM in February 2007, a new committee was elected and in September the company re-launched with Marc Camolletti’s Don’t Dress for Dinner, directed by Laura Nunn. The RBS Theatre Company was back on its feet and raring to go…

In 2008 we produced Little Shop of Horrors to a sell-out 4-day run. The cast party was absolutely fantastic and the show was absolute fun to do.

In 2009 we produced Jack The Ripper – The Musical around Halloween time, a musical chosen more because of its connection to our locale than for it being famous, again to a completely sold out run.

In 2010 we planned to have a play around June, but plagued by various mishaps the production required us to change venue and a leading role, to finally make it in August with a production of Tartuffe. We finally produced a classic play!

In 2011 we have set our goal to try and produce for the first time two shows in one year, starting with Lucky Stiff. We had a lot of fun performing it – a crazy and over-the-top musical, again at our favourite theatre in the city, the Bridewell Theatre.
The next production was of John Godber’s 80′s themed play Teechers which we performed at the Network Theatre, the same venue where we performed Tartuffe the previous year.

In 2012 we chose a wonderful and very successful off-Broadway musical, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change. We got the best cast, adapted the 1990′s New York setting to 2012 London, and added for the first time the use of video projections. It resulted in a huge success – both financially and artistically, and finally we have been noticed by other amateur dramatic societies. We are very proud of what we have achieved with this production and are currently working on our next play, due for late 2012.

We hope to see you in one of our productions, either on stage or as a member of the audience.