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Welcome to LADS



Loughton Amateur Dramatic Society, known as LADS, was formed on 6th January 1924. Our founders wished to establish a "village society" with the aim of presenting plays with “genuine dramatic worth”.  Now in our 100th season LADS is still going strong, and although  Loughton can no longer truly be described as a “village”, one thing has remained constant - that original aspiration of “genuine dramatic worth”.

LADS has over 50 members, aged from 18 to 80. We perform and rehearse at Lopping Hall, conveniently situated in Loughton High Road, just a few minutes walk from Loughton tube station.  Click here for a map of Lopping Hall and the immediate vicinity.

We produce four plays a year, ranging from classics by Shakespeare, Shaw and Arthur Miller through favourites such as Hobson’s Choice, See How They Run and An Inspector Calls to the latest contemporary drama. LADS are proud of a reputation for presenting plays fresh onto the amateur circuit. We were one of the first amateur companies to produce "The Madness of George III", "Amy’s View", "Les Liaisons Dangereuses" and "Proof. Our production of "The Stepmother" was probably the first in this country by any company – amateur or professional. We are consistently nominated for Best Play in the NODA London regional awards, in 2013 winning the award for our production of "My Boy Jack", and in 2018 for "Breaking the Code".  In 2018, Dean Bartholomew won Best Actor for his portrayal of Alan Turning in "Breaking the Code", and LADS won the District 6 Flame Award for the production of “A Streetcar Named Desire”.

We are always looking for new members to join the society whether they want to tread the boards or to get involved with one of the many crew roles that are vital in producing each production.  If you have a skill and some time to give then please do inquire and get involved.  If you would like more information about joining or being put on our mailing list please click the membership tab at the top of this page.

Recent productions



What's on the website?
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Here you will find details of our current production, awards and other news.

Current Season
Brief details and dates of the plays in our current season 2023/2024.

How and when you can book tickets.

Why not join LADS?  We're always pleased to welcome new people.  Or perhaps you'd just like to come along to one of our events.  Here you will find information on how to get involved, either on-stage or behind the scenes.

Details of past productions, including photos and reviews.

Whether you're looking to come and see our latest production, or thinking of joining the society, we hope you find our website useful and informative.

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