In 1926 the Brislington Players were formed by the Canon Sydney R Worters vicar of the Parish of St Luke's Church, Brislington, Bristol. The club was formed into two sections, one to produce an inexpensive spoken word production and the other a more lavish musical work.
The first musical was 'The King of Sherwood' which cost fourteen pounds in productions costs and the subscription to membership of the Club was two shillings.
The Club happily produced an annual musical at the Brislington Church Hall with a measure of success and in 1933 was expanded by the integration of members of the 'Times and Mirror Children's Corner Comedy Club' which had resided at the Prince's Theatre but had unfortunately ceased activities. The Club took on a 'new look' and started the production of quite modern shows such as 'The Quaker Girl', 'Princess Charming' and 'The Girlfriend'. These shows played to capacity audiences and due to demand the Club was forced to seek a new venue. It was in 1938 that the club staged 'Mr Cinders' at the Victoria Rooms and in March 1939 the name was changed to BRISTOL MUSICAL COMEDY CLUB!!
The club was reformed after the war where the club went from strength to strength producing 'No No Nanette', 'Hit the Deck' (pictured above) and 'Tulip Time' at the Empire Theatre. In 1955 the club was the first amateur group to take over the City's largest theatre with a production of 'Wild Violets' at the Bristol Hippodrome. This was followed by 'Oklahoma' and the Bristol Amateur Premieres including 'Annie Get Your Gun' and 'Carousel'.
During the late 1990's, the club completed a six year run of shows at another of the city's great theatres, the Theatre Royal. Producing such shows as 'Seven Brides for Seven Brothers', 'The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas', 'Funny Girl', 'Singing in the Rain' and 'Oliver' , of which the latter received a NODA award for Excellence.
Over the years the club has also produced several other local or regional premieres including 'Into the Woods' and 'Spend Spend Spend' and in 1994 was the first club in the country to stage an amateur production of 'A Chorus Line'. In 2006 we took on a challenge with the Rock Opera "Tommy", this production provided the club with Rose Bowl nominations for both Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor and Technical Achievement, of which was won and well deserved, what with the 12ft by 12ft television screens display and live filming. It was "FANTASTIC". BMCC continues to thrive with our 2008 production of "Sweeney Todd" being nominated for three Rose Bowl Awards and our leading man taking the Best Actor Award on the night
Again we received four nominations for the Rose Bowl Awards 2010 for our 'City of Angels' and 'Guys & Dolls' (pictured above). In 2016, we celebrated our 90th anniversary and were fortunate to be offered the chance to perform the new release - "Betty Blue Eyes". We were one of 14 groups to have this opportunity and we felt it was a special show which would finish our 90th anniversary year with a bang!!
Although BMCC is a registered charity, we are an amateur company, solely self-financing and is entirely reliant on the sale of theatre seats for it's income. A big thank-you must go firstly to you our audiences over the years and to our past and present Committee Members, Cast and Crew, Box Office and all, who have enabled this club to succeed and continue to provide our audiences with such professional productions.