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Please be assured that the staff of Martins Bank don’t spend ALL of their time going to extremes to be helpful at work!  At play too, they really know how to entertain and engage an audience, and under the auspices of Martins Bank Society of the Arts, there are SIX operatic and/or dramatic societies to choose from.  Martins really do know how to put on a show, and from the 1940s until 1980, productions are staged that showcase the talents of Martins Bank’s veritable army of theatrical types. 



Following the Merger with Barclays, Martins Operatic Society manages to carry on, having (sadly) dropped the word “Bank” from its title, and we remain indebted to Mike Ellis, Geoffrey Kelly and the late Beryl Creer for making available a number of the programmes printed for some of these post-merger productions. We now have copies of the original programmes for all but one of the shows from 1970 to the winding up of the Operatic Society in 1980, and these are featured at the bottom of this page. We will try to add information for these productions as soon as we can.  There is so much material in the archive relating to productions and performances staged over the years, it has taken us a long time to be able to add them to this site.  Menus are now available as shown below – simply click on a leaflet – each of them takes you to a choice of productions for you to explore!  

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Whilst most good things come to and end too soon, the singing and dancing did not in fact end for the staff of Martins Bank as soon as they were merged into the workforce of Barclays in 1969. The re-named Martins Operatic Society actually continued to stage ambitious productions for a further eleven years. We have programmes for all but one of these - the 1979 production, Die Fledermaus, (which the company staged twice in that particular decade).  If you have a copy we could borrow for scanning, or one you can donate to the Archive, please do get in touch with us at the usual address

In the meantime, we have made progress adding some of the post-Martins era offerings, and you can currently choose from SIX of the 1970s productions - from “Bless the Bride” (1970) through to “The Gipsy Baron” (1975). You will find them by clicking on the MARTINS BANK OPERATIC SOCIETY leaflet above. We will add the remaining productions up to 1980 as and when we have enough information and images.


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