Durham Amateur Operatic Society (DAOS) was founded in 1908 and gave its first performances of “HMS Pinafore” in 1909. The Society produced other Gilbert & Sullivan operettas until 1914 and the outbreak of the First World War. After the war, the Society started performing again and in 1920 presented “The Gondoliers”, again by Gilbert & Sullivan. Performances continued yearly and other composers were tried out. Modern-day rarities such as “Miss Hook of Holland” and “The Geisha” were mixed with the G & S canon of works. In 1931, The Society presented its 17th show, “The Duchess of Dantzig” and reported a loss of £115 on the production. The country, at the time, was in the grip of the great depression and The Society decided to postpone any new productions until there was an upturn in the financial climate.
History of Durham Musical Theatre Company