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 show logo for more info about this production.







Our 2019 show will be My Fair Lady, which 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 see the show? Tickets are on sale from the Marlowe Theatre Box Office. Details on the Marlowe website. Ticket prices from £10.25.























Want to take part in My Fair Lady? We have just started rehearsals and it is not too late to join the ensemble (a few male roles also remain to be cast). Newcomers and existing members are all welcome! Rehearsals for ensemble are Fridays at All Saints Church (Military Road, CT1 1PA), at 7.30pm. Soloists have rehearsals on Tuesdays, generally at The Archbishop's School (St Stephen's Hill, CT2 7AP) - please check with the musical director about who is needed each week. Rehearsals until Christmas will focus on the music.


Cast list so far:

  • Eliza Doolittle - Alice Martin

  • Henry Higgins - David Bedford

  • Colonel Pickering - Derry Martin

  • Alfred Doolittle - Colin Epps

  • Mrs Pearce - Shirley Cook

  • Mrs Higgins - Angela Bowden

  • Mrs Eynsford-Hill - Sue Canney

  • Zoltan Karpathy - Jay Mount

  • Mrs Hopkins - Leanne Hardy

  • Queen of Transylvania - Margaret Jones

  • Higgins' Servants - Eleanor Bell, Alice Vane, Shirley Cook, Grace Newton

  • Flower Girl(s) - Grace Newton

  • Buskers - Margaret Jones, Laura Holman

  • Mrs Higgins' maid - Laura Holman

  • Lady Tarrington - Julie Goodchild

  • Lady Boxington - Julie Goodchild


Other roles remain to be cast.