Over 100 years of musical theatre

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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 have been awarded Accolades of Excellence by NODA South East and we aim to build on this standard with each new performance.


Productions at the redeveloped Marlowe Theatre have been 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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Coming soon from Canterbury Operatic Society:


Oklahoma! - 12th-14th April 2018, Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

Rodgers and Hammerstein's classic show, featuring numbers such as 'Oh, What a Beautiful Morning' and 'The Surrey With the Fringe On Top'. Tickets are on sale from the Marlowe Theatre now.


Cast list Auditions for Oklahoma! were held recently - the standard was very high indeed, and the panel had to deliberate for several hours to make decisions! Principal cast is as follows:


Aunt Eller - Lucie Nash

Curly - Rupert Garnsey

Laurey - Leanne Hardy

Will Parker - Ewan Stanley

Jud Fry - Shane Monaghan

Ado Annie - Clare Banham

Ali Hakim - Darren Cullen

Gertie Cummings - Mariah Young

Andrew Carnes - Bill Brand


Ike Skidmore - Luke Field

Fred - David Bushell

Slim - Jay Venner

Ellen - Alice Vane

Kate - Bethany Ahearne

Vivian - Marina Ivanova

Virginia - Grace Newton

Emma - Katy Hydon

Louisa - Ellie Farley

Cord Elam - David Daly

Our most recent production: The Mikado. A very British musical!