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Briton Ferry Musical Theatre Company

The Next Production

Acorn Antiques - The Musical

October 9th - 13 2012

Princess Royal Theatre Port Talbot

01639 763214

Princess Royal Theatre Port Talbot

Briton Ferry Musical Theatre Company Past Productions

1949 - The Pirates Of Penzance   - first at The Public Hall

1972 - Carousel

1996 - Hello Dolly

1950 - Merrie England

1973 - Viva Mexico

1997 - Half A Sixpence

1951 - Tom Jones 

1974 - The Desert Song

1998 - The Pirates Of Penzance

1952 - Bless The Bride

1975 - The Maid Of The Mountains

1998 - The Boyfriend

1953 - The Vagabond King

1976 - Brigadoon

1999 - Pickwick

1954 - Waltz Without End

1977 - Calamity Jane

2000 - Oliver

1955 - Pink Champagne

1978 - The Card

2001 - Carousel

1956 - Night In Venice

1979 - Lady Be Good

2002 - My Fair Lady

1957 - Land Of Smiles

1980 - King's Rhapsody

2003 - Annie

1958 - Maritza

1981 - The Music Man

2004 - The Music Man

1958 - The Belle Of New York

1982 - Oklahoma

2005 - Me And My Girl

1959 - Wedding In Paris

1983 - Charley Girl

2006 - Oklahoma   - last at The Gwyn Hall

1960 - Naughty Marietta

1984 - Annie Get Your Gun

2007 - The Boyfriend

1961 - Pajama Game

1985 - The Wizard Of Oz

2008 - The King And I   - first at The Princess Royal Theatre in Port Talbot

1962 - Balalaika          - last at The Public Hall

1986 - The King And I

2009 - Gigi

1963 - A Country Girl   - first at The Gwyn Hall

1987 - Hans Anderson

2010- Summer Holiday

1964 - New Moon

1988 - Gigi

2011 - Pirates Of Penzance

1965 - Rose Marie

1989 - Underneath The Arches

2012- Acorn Antiques

1966 - Bless The Bride

1990 - This show featured a young Katherine Jenkins as one of the many children

1967 - Goodnight Vienna

1991 - The Sound Of Music

1968 - White Horse Inn

1992 - Anything Goes

1969 - Oklahoma

1993 - Fiddler On The Roof

1970 - Sweethearts

1994 - Guys And Dolls

1971 – Hello Dolly

1995 – Blitz

The interior of The Public Hall Briton Ferry, where The Briton Ferry Musical Theatre Company first performed. It has since been demolished. This is a still from the film "Only Two Can Play" which was filmed in and around Swansea and at the Public Hall in 1961
The Gwyn Hall Neath, where they performed up until 2006 when it was due to be refurbished. A year later it was destroyed by a fire. Its future now secure due to reopen in 2012
Their current performance venue at the Princess Royal Theatre in Port Talbot

The Company was established in 1948 as The Briton Ferry Amateur Operatic and Choral Society. They had been reformed from the old Society which had disbanded in 1938 just prior to the outbreak of World War 2. The original company having been formed in the early nineteen Twenties . Rehearsals and meetings were held at the Social Services Hall, Cwm-y-Dwr situated just off Neath Road and almost opposite where the company headquarters is today. The new Company's first production, "The Pirates Of Penzance" was staged at the Public Hall in Briton Ferry in January of 1949, with production costs about £700, which was a considerable amount of money at the time. It was an unmitigated success and returned a healthy £450 profit giving the society a fantastic start. In 1952 they were forced to seek alternative arrangements for rehearsal facilities as  the Cwm-y-Dwr Hall became unavailable to them. It was decided that a permanent home was required and a plot of land was aquired at Villiers Gardens, together with the Whitford Hall, which stood on a site now occupied by Briton Ferry Roundabout at the end of the old river bridge. Throughout the summer of 1953 and under the supervision of contractors, members painstakingly dismantled the hall and re-erected it on the new site. At last the society had a home. Sadly in 1962 "Balalaika" was the last show staged at the Public Hall in Briton Ferry as it was about to be demolished. The following year saw them stage "A Country Girl" at The Gwyn Hall in Neath where they would stay until "Oklahoma" in 2006. The 70's and 80's were a period of sustained growth and numbers. By 1994 it became obvious that the rehearsal hall was on its last legs, despite constant repairs. It was also proving to be too small for the needs of the flourishing society. A new larger home was sought to enable them to build their own sets and props, and make its own costumes as well, in the aim to achieve a more self sufficient operating structure. The dream was realised in 1995 when together with a grant from the Foundation of Sport and the Arts, the society purchased the Flag Centre at Neath Road, Briton Ferry which was previously the Welfare Hall of the old steel works and even further back the original Wesleyan Church built in 1856. The next few years saw considerable work done to improve the interior and exterior of the new home with the help of Grant assistance from the Arts Council Of Wales lottery fund and other smaller organisations. Above all that however was the hard work provided by the members of the Society. 2003 saw the need to change the public perception of the society's identity and they boldly changed its name to Briton Ferry Musical Theatre Company. in 2008 change has arisen again as with the devastating loss of the Gwyn Hall, they have a new home at The Princess Royal Theatre in Port Talbot.    

(Courtesy of Neath Library)
Exterior of The Public Hall Briton Ferry, Built in 1911 it was also used as a cinema for a while called "The People's Own Picture Palace" it was demolished in 1962 and today the site is occupied by a Renault Car Dealership.
Jessie Matthews appeared as Eliza Doolittle in Pygmalion at Swansea Grand Theatre on July 3rd 1950. Jesse was a famous singer, dancer and actress. She went on to star as the mother of Russ Tamblin in the 1958 movie “Tom Thumb”. Jesse was a very graceful and charismatic performer, whose private life suffered greatly; married three times she died in 1981. On the 17th July 1950 she stayed at the Castle Hotel in Neath, whilst appearing in “Pygmalion” at the Public Hall Briton Ferry

You could be the next new member appearing in next years show 

for more information contact

Mr. David Sylvester (General Secretary)

301 Old Road

Briton Ferry


SA11 2HA

Tel:          01639 820334