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 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.

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Our 2018 show was Oklahoma!, which ran from 12th-14th April 2018 at the Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury. Click the image below for info about this production.






Our 2017 production was The Mikado. A very British musical!











Our very British take on The Mikado was awarded Best Traditional Musical at the NODA South East Celebration of 2017. We are delighted! Congratulations to the whole cast, crew and team.

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We will soon start rehearsals for our 2019 show, My Fair Lady. This will be performed at the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury from 30th April to 4th May. A classic show including many well-loved songs. We know it'll be loverly...


Want to take part? Watch this space for info about rehearsals! We will begin in October, and will be happy to welcome newcomers as well as existing members.


Want to see the show? Tickets are on sale from the Marlowe Theatre Box Office. Details on the Marlowe website. Ticket prices from £10.25.