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:


Miller Plays the Musicals - Sunday 15th October 2017, 2.30pm

Colyer Fergusson Hall, University of Kent

The Astor Big Band and Canterbury Operatic Society perform a selection of well-loved tunes including big band classics and hits from the musical stage from Cole Porter to Andrew Lloyd Webber. This promises to be a hugely enjoyable event in a beautiful venue. Get your tickets now! Available from the Gulbenkian. £17.


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'.


Want to join us for Oklahoma!? On Friday 20th October, we will have an introduction to the show, including a chance to meet the director and hear her plans. First rehearsal will be Friday 27th October, and auditions will be held on Friday 10th and Sunday 12th November. All at All Saints Church, Military Road, Canterbury, CT1 1PA. Our Friday meetings and rehearsals begin at 7.30pm. For further details about auditions, please attend on 20th or 27th October.


We would love to see you there, whether you are an old hand or new to the Society!

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