Over 100 years 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. Mikado cast and crew info

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 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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The Mikado is coming! We will be performing Gilbert and Sullivan's brilliantly British comedy at the Marlowe Theatre, 20th-22nd April 2017. Tickets are on sale now through the Marlowe - telephone 01227 787787, visit the theatre or book online - prices start at £13.50.


This fantastic show uses a Japanese setting to poke fun at British government, and is still just as relevant now as when it was written. Full of outlandish characters including the Lord High Executioner, the Three Little Maids from School, the Lord High Everything Else, a Wand'ring Minstrel and the Great Mikado itself, we are sure the audience will laugh their heads off.



Casting for the show has been announced:


The Mikado - Derry Martin

Nanki-Poo - Craig Dacey

Ko-Ko - Chris Chedzey

Pooh-Bah - David Bedford

Pish-Tush - William Cooper


Yum-Yum - Alice Martin

Pitti-Sing - Leanne Hardy

Peep-Bo - Amy Byrne

Katisha - Wendy Wiltshire

The_Mikado Mikado full image