Canterbury Operatic Society has been performing shows and concerts in the Canterbury area for over 100 years.


Whether you like performing or prefer to be out of the limelight doing vital work backstage or front of house, we welcome new members warmly.  Please get in contact!


Four of our recent productions (The Pirates of Penzance, The Pajama Game and Into the Woods from 2009-2011 and Sweeney Todd from 2014) were awarded Accolades of Excellence by NODA South East and our 2017 production of The Mikado was awarded Best Traditional Musical. We aim to build on this standard with each new performance.


Productions at the redeveloped Marlowe Theatre have been My Fair Lady (2019), Oklahoma! (2018), The Mikado (2017), Singin' in the Rain (2016), The Pirates of Penzance (2015), Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd (2014), Anything Goes (2013) and Guys and Dolls (2012). We also perform concerts and hold social events.


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We are back! Rehearsals for Kipps, which we had been working on when the pandemic hit, begin in December 2021. Performances are set to take place in April 2022.

We will be rehearsing at All Saints Church, Military Road, Canterbury, CT1 1PA. New members are welcome, as well as everyone who was involved before the hiatus.

  • Friday 3rd December

  • Friday 10th December

  • Friday 17th December

Rehearsals will then continue on Tuesdays and Fridays from 4th January 2022 onwards. Not all cast will be required at all rehearsals.


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