Award-winning performers of musical theatre

Canterbury Operatic Society's logo - the C forms part of a performer with a top hat and cane, dancing in a spotlight. Members' page

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


Three of our recent productions - The Pirates of Penzance, The Pajama Game and Into the Woods (all at the Gulbenkian Theatre) were awarded Accolades of Excellence by NODA South East and we aim to build on this standard with each new performance.


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!

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COMING SOON : We will be performing a concert of well-loved music this autumn, and our Spring show will be the much-loved Gilbert and Sullivan classic The Pirates of Penzance.


Join us in May for a fun-filled show featuring beautiful maidens, modern major generals, pirate kings, reluctant policemen and more.  Watch this space for details!

sweeney cast

We recently completed a run of Sweeney Todd at the Marlowe Theatre. This much acclaimed musical (winner of many stage and screen awards including the Tony, the Olivier and the Golden Globe) had never been performed at the Marlowe before.


Describing the show, Society President Paul Hendy said "I thoroughly enjoyed Sweeney Todd at the Marlowe.  COS have surpassed themselves with this production. Powerful performances, excellent vocals and strong, tight direction makes this a show not to be missed.  Congratulations to everyone involved." See the Sweeney Todd page for more reactions.