Events, Auditions & Workshops

There are a number of events and social occasions that anyone can come along to

Auditions and Productions

Our next Auditions will be for our spring 2018 production, and will take place around in late November 2017. The 2018 productions are as follows:

  • 5th-7th April 2018, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead by Tom Stoppard. Directed by Roanna Bond and Kasia Senyszyn and performed at The Playhouse Theatre Whitstable. Auditions will be on Tuesday 21st November and Thursday 23rd November, 7.30pm at the University of Kent. There will also be an information evening on the 8th November, 7.30pm at the University of Kent for people who are interested in finding out more.  Auditions and Information Evening will all be in the Senior Common Room, Eliot College, University of Kent. More information available on the production page.
  • 19th-21st July 2018, Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibson. Directed by Sally Elkterton and performed at the Marlowe Theatre Studio. Audition information to be released after Christmas / early spring 2018
  • 25th-27th October 2018, The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame. Adapted and directed by Lisa Nightingale and performed at The Gulbenkian Theatre. Audition information to be released early summer 2018

Devising Play In A Weekend is a new addition to our annual calander of events! If you enjoy improvisation, being creative, having fun and coming up with brave new theatre, or just don't have the time to commit to one of our other plays, then this is the event for you!  The group of about 20 will meet at 9am on Saturday 18th November, and at 5pm on Sunday 19th November they will perform their production to an audience of Canterbury Players Members, friends and family. This promises to be fast, fun and creative theatre without the pressure of a long-term commitment.  The weekend will build upon the techniques learned at the Showstoppers Improvisation Workshop in May and attendance at it would be helpful, but not essential. Available to paid up Members only. Booking essential

Social Activities

Monthly Social

The Two Sawyers Night is our monthly social where all the Members and Non-Members can get together for a drink and a catch up.  Occurs on the last Friday of every month at The Two Sawyers Pub Canterbury from 8pm.  The Two Sawyers is located on Ivy Lane, behind Waitrose in Canterbury.  There is free carparking in the evenings in the side streets nearby, and a large pay and display carpark which is free after 9pm opposite the pub.  Members, Non-Members and people who wish to meet us for the first time and find out a bit more about us are all welcome

Dates for the next monthly socials are:

Annual General Meeting

Our AGM occurs once a year in the summer and is a celebration of the successes of the previous year, as well as where we elect any new Committee Members.  The next AGM will be summer 2018. 

Play Reading Group

The Play Reading Group is a chance for people to get together and read plays without the pressure of committing to a long term production.  Anyone can submit a play to the Play Reading Group by emailing us (please note that the person who submits the play must also provide at least 8 copies of the 1st Act for people to use) and afterwards, if someone wants to direct it, we discuss if the play is one that the Canterbury Players should consider producing. Most Play Reading submissions are just for the pure fun of reading new plays though! Play Reading Group happens on the third Friday every other month, in Keynes Staff Common Room, Keynes College, University of Kent, starting at 7.30pm until 10pm. Dates of the next Play Reading Groups are:

  • 17th November 2017
  • 19th January 2018
  • 23rd March 2018
  • 18th May 2018
  • 20th July 2018
  • 21st September 2018
  • 23rd November 2018

Directions: Keynes College, University of Kent. From Canterbury West direction go up University Road and it is the first left after the bus stop. If you reach Giles Lane you have gone too far. From Tyler Hill direction go down Giles Lane and turn left at the junction of University Road. Take the next right into the Keynes car park. The car park is free after 5pm. To access the Common Room, go through the Keynes glass atrium and through the double doors at the end by Reception. Follow the corridor around to the right (past the lift), go straight ahead and go up the staircase next to Dolche Vita and K-Bar. The Common Room is through the black door next to the men's toilets at the top of the stairs, opposite the Keynes Atrium Gallery. Push the door - it looks like it is locked but it won't be!

Christmas Party

The Christmas Party replaces the December Monthly Social and is our annual festive knees up!  Bring your appetite and your best festive cheer! The 2017 Christmas Party is booked for the 7th December at the Falstaff Hotel. Tickets are £12.50pp and include a buffet dinner. Booking in advance is essential

Disclaimer – full payment is required upfront (details on how to pay will be issued once the form linked above is submitted), no refunds; it is the responsibility of the attendee to find a replacement if they can no longer attend.

Fundraising Quiz Night

The next quiz will take place on the 24th February 2018. Those of you who attended the one we held in 2015 will know just what a great occasion these are. Participation cost is £5 pp, collected on the night. Nibbles and water will be provided, but everyone is welcome to bring their own food and wine if they so wish. There will be eight rounds of ten questions on a variety of subjects. Please click here to book as a team, with a maximum of eight team members.  However, if you would like to take part but cannot form a team, please contact Sally Elkerton and we will try to match you up with a suitable group.


The Canterbury Players are planning an exciting series of workshops in 2017-2018, using some of the money donated to us by the RSC during the Dream 2016 project. The member price to do these will be subsidised from the ‘RSC Fund’ and members will get a priority booking window of opportunity before any remaining spaces are opened to non-members at a non-subsidised rate.  Follow the links for booking information.

The 2016-2017 programme has now finished and the 2017-2018 programme will start in the autumn of 2017.