History & Gallery

The Society was originally formed as a ladies choir in 1912 and became the Gravesend Co-operative Choir in 1930 staging many concert versions of operas.  Supported by the Co-operative Society, the choir rehearsed in a house on the Grove and performed shows in the former Co-op Hall on Harmer Street.

The choir aimed to perform a Gilbert and Sullivan opera annually, although in later years, when the group became Gravesend Operatic Society (GOS), the repertoire broadened considerably into English and American musicals.

Now known as Gravesend Entertainment and Musical Society, GEMS still perform many regular concerts throughout the year around the District in support of various charities and every autumn perform a staged musical or musical production.


1953   Merrie England

1954   The Pirates Of Penzance

1955   The Gondoliers

1956   The Mikado

1957   The Yeoman Of The Guard

1958   Ruddigore

1959   The Gypsy Baron

1960   Iolanthe

1961   The Pirates Of Penzance

1962   The Gondoliers

1963   HMS Pinafore

1964   The Mikado

1965   The Yeoman of the Guard

1966   Penelope Anne

1967   Iolanthe

1968   Ruddigore (Woodville Halls)

1969   The Gondoliers

1970   The White Horse Inn

1971   The Merry Widow

1972   HMS Pinafore & Trial By Jury

1973   The Gypsy Baron

1974   The Mikado

1975   Kings Rhapsody

1976   The Pirates of Penzance

1977   The New Moon

1978   A Night In Venice

1979   Iolanthe

1980   Merrie England

1981   Orpheus in the Underworld

1982   The White Horse Inn

1983   HMS Pinafore

1984   The Gondoliers

1985   The Land Of Smiles

1986   Salad Days & Showboat

1987   The Gypsy Baron

1988   The Pirates Of Penzance & The Mikado

1989   La Belle Helene

1990   Ruddigore

1991   The Merry Widow

1992   Iolanthe

1993   Oklahoma!

1994   The Pyjama Game

1995   South Pacific & Cromwell

1996   Call Me Madam

1997   Me And My Girl

1998   Showboat

1999   Annie Get Your Gun

2000   Half A Sixpence

2001   HMS Pinafore & Anything Goes

2002   The Wizard Of Oz

2003   Calamity Jane

2004   Kiss Me Kate

2005   Oliver

2006   Murder Most Musical

2007   My Fair Lady

2008   Carousel

2009   Crazy For You

2010   Into The Woods

2011   Godspell

2012   Mack And Mabel

2013   Old Time Music Hall

2014   The Pirates Of Penzance

2015   Scrooge

2016   Below Stairs

2017   Old Time Music Hall

2018   Oh! What A Lovely War

2019    A Funny Thing Happened On

           The Way To The Forum

2020    Show postponed

2021    Show postponed

2022    The Musical Of Musicals 

            (The Musical!)

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