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 (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.

About us


Canterbury Operatic Society are excited to confirm that our show for Spring 2020 will be Kipps: The New Half a Sixpence Musical. This show was highly successful in a recent London run, and we will be one of the first amateur groups to perform it. It retains the well-known songs from Half a Sixpence, augmented by new music by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe and a fresh script from Julian Fellowes (of Downton Abbey fame).


We can't wait to get started on the show!


Get involved!


Come along to any or all of the following (all at All Saints Church, Canterbury, CT1 1PA):


Friday 11th October - Meet and Greet from 19:30

Friday 18th October - Run through music plus new members auditions from 19:30

Friday 25th October - Run through audition pieces plus new members auditions from 19:30

Friday 1st November - Dance workshop (for all) 19:30 to 20:30. Kipps and Ann auditions 20:30 to 22:00

Sunday 3rd November - Auditions for all remaining parts 14:00 to 19:00