Welcome to Hamilton Operatic Society

Hamilton Operatic Society has cemented its role as one of the most successful and professional musical theatre groups in New Zealand.

With history dating back over 100 years, we are proud of our roots and traditions but not afraid to push boundaries to make sure we stay relevant and continue to captivate our audiences, both young and old.

Our enduring success is largely due to an unwavering commitment to producing theatre with high production values. This means we donโ€™t cut corners. Ever.

Our audiences know that a night out at a Hamilton Operatic production is a guaranteed feast for the senses which will leave them with a spring in their step.

As a not-for-profit organisation, we are reliant on volunteers and the generosity of the community and local businesses.

From the onstage performers to our creative leaders and technical experts, we are an organisation that values and nurtures our talent and diverse skillsets. We do this in myriad ways, sometimes partnering with local high schools, offering a variety of workshops and regularly producing theatre for youth and led by youth.

Past cast members are now household names and include Dame Malvina Major, the late Rob Guest, Suzanne Lee, Max Cryer and Kimba Johnson (Kimbra). In 2012 the Society was privileged to have international sensation, Richard Oโ€™Brien, play the role of Fagin in their acclaimed season of Oliver! at Founders Theatre.

The Society is made up of financial members represented by a Board of Management, which are elected annually at their Annual General Meeting. Click here for membership information.The Board of Management and officers of the Society give their time voluntarily. Hamilton Operatic Society Inc. is a registered incorporated society with not for profit status.

Hamilton Operatic Society Inc. can only operate with the continued generosity of support of the community and businesses who give so much of their time and energy keeping musical theatre alive and well in Hamilton.

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Grease 1978
The New Zealand Premiere - another premiere by HOS ๐Ÿ‘
Check out the bar prices in the programme ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿฅ‚
We also staged this show in 1986 and 2004. Is it time for Sandy and Danny to be together again??Image attachmentImage attachment

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Grease is still the word!

I loved this show. 9 week season only Friday and Saturday nights

My late mother played Mrs Lynch in that show

Love grease as a show! I played Marty at Riverlea-so much fun and would be awesome to see it staged again!!!

The choices in beers has improved dramatically!

What is a crackling wine?!

From that show.

This was before the move

Grease is the word!

Lisa Baty

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Now, more than ever, Hamilton Operatic, your Society, needs you!

Our 100 year plus history has taken us through wars, depressions, recessions, crises and two pandemics.

Still we continue: nurturing local talent, showcasing our up and coming performers and delighting audiences with our fabulous productions.We survived the first pandemic a hundred years ago but COVID-19 has been a heavy blow.

Please help us continue our rich musical theatre tradition by becoming a member. Buy one for yourself or perhaps one for a friend or relative. A Hamilton Operatic Society membership makes a great gift. With memberships starting from just $20 per year its easy, and there are many options to choose from - all with differing levels of benefits.

Become a member today and be part of theatre history. 
We look forward to seeing you soon!


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We support you and will be back watching your shows and cheering you on.

Great display of communication, empathy for your members, your patrons and those who support you. Good on you HOS, you've had your battles of recent times and you're still doing the best for all concerned. Kia Kaha HOS.

Such sad news but we really hope to see the wonderful CAST of Chicago smash this production out next year!! Please ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™

Tara Given, I guess no clashes with your uni performance after all. Still sad though.

Mike Williams๐Ÿ˜ข

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Whos keen??

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Yes I'm interested

Victoria Phok yes yes yes yes yes!!!! Alllll the fabrics for our collections next semester ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

Yes for sure!


Yes when

Yes please

Sandra Jensen

Chris Li

Anne Brown you would love this

Carman Dyer

Zoe Nyika

Julia Liefting

Fiona Jones

Sue Barlow thought this might interest you

Adi Star

Kristine Hoff

Yes. Trish Gapes too?

Sandy Hart!!

Nigel-Katrina Murphy

Mary Archer?

Jenny Cameron ??

Shih-Wei Chiu

Would be great! Win win situation for all!

Yes from Hastings so would appreciate some notice

Yes yes yeeeees!

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What’s On

We’re proud to bring several world-class shows to Waikato every year. Find out about our upcoming productions, auditions and meetings, and plan your visit to Hamilton.

Get Involved

We believe theatre is for everyone – all ages and walks of life! Whether you want to be on stage or behind the scenes, you will love the thrill of bringing a production to life.


Do you need a costume for a party? Props for a corporate event? Or a hand painted back cloth for a production? Our expert costumers and wardrobe staff are eager to help.

Our People

It’s our dedicated members that make Hamilton Operatic Society so great. Meet our fabulous team of elected officers, advisors, life members and staff.

We couldnโ€™t do what we do without the support of our community funders.
Thank you for your generous sponsorship.