Bath Voice Theatre News: Bath Light Operatic Group gears up for Showtopia at the Roper Theatre with Songs From the Shows

The Bath Light Operatic Group are set to present a stunning musical show at the Roper Theatre in Bath in April with Showtopia. Featuring songs from the shows such as Oklahoma, Spamalot, Carousel, Bat Boy, Les Miserables, Back to the Future, Dear Evan Hansen, Phantom, Guys & Dolls, Hamilton and many more – taking the audience on a journey they’ll never forget. Showtopia runs from Thursday 4th April 2024 – Saturday 6th April 2024.

The Bath Light Operatic Group produce a large musical at the Theatre Royal, Bath each Autumn, and a Concert or Smaller Musical each Spring at the Roper Theatre, Bath. 

The beginning of the group can be traced back to 1948, when the Oldfield Park Rangers Company presented a performance of Hiawatha. HMS Pinafore followed the next year. In 1951 more men joined the company forming The Bath Light Operatic Group. 

Their first performances were The Pirates of Penzance (1951), The Mikado (1952), and Patience (1953). In 1954 with five shows under the group’s belt came the move to a real theatre, The Palace Theatre, opposite the present Theatre Royal. The group stayed at The Palace for two years producing The Gondoliers (1954), and The Quaker Girl (1955). At this time the group’s constitution was established under the then management committee. In 1956 the group moved to the Theatre Royal Bath where they produced The Geisha and apart from in 1982 when the theatre underwent extensive renovations they have been there ever since. In 1961 the group was renamed The Bath Light Operatic Group to reflect the removal of the upper age limit, however the emphasis has remained on attracting young members.

In 1968 in an attempt to recoup large production costs Cyril Haskins (the then Musical Director) started a series of annual concerts titled SONGS FROM THE SHOWS. These concerts have continued annually and contribute significantly to the yearly running costs of the group. They have developed into a three-nightly presentation, presented for a long time at the elegant PUMP ROOMS, BATH with a grand piano, also at the very large and opulent BANQUETING HALL in the GUILDHALL, BATH. In 2013 they moved to the hi-tech and sleek modern venue, THE ROPER THEATRE, Bath

 Showtopia runs from Thursday 4th April 2024 – Saturday 6th April 2024.

For tickets visit

Roper Theatre Bath at Hayesfield School, West Wing, Upper Oldfield Park Campus, BA2 3LA

Box Office: 07974014490