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 summer 2018 production, Hedda Gabler, to be performed at the Marlowe Studio on 19th-21st July 2018

  • Information session: Saturday 3rd February 11:00-13.00

  • Auditions: Thursday 8th February 19.30-22.00 and Saturday 10th February 10.30-13.00 (interested parties need only attend one date)

All events will take place at the University of Kent, Eliot College Senior Common Room

Hedda and George are home from their honeymoon. She knows she has made a big mistake and is bored, so very bored. Brack the lawyer offers to relieve her boredom just as Eilert Lovborg comes back into her life after several years of absence. And so Hedda begins the manipulations that fail to go to plan and lead to her dramatic downfall. Our summer production is Ibsen's classic Hedda Gabler. The seven actors involved will perform a script especially adapted for Canterbury Players and for the wonderful Marlowe Studio space. The play will have a modern setting. Each performance will be accompanied by an original piano score, written and performed live by Greg Ireland. At the Information Session ideas for the production will be discussed and there will be the opportunity to read and work practically on the adapted text. In the meantime, if you wish to read the play any edition will do. There is at least one available free online. The full adapted text will be available from the time of Information Session. If you are at all interested in the play please come along, it might just be the production for you! Casting may be more flexible than you first imagine! Come to the sessions and find out. Questions, queries or problems with some dates? Contact us

The 2018 Production Season:

  • 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. 
  • 19th-21st July 2018, Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibson. Directed by Sally Elkterton and performed at the Marlowe Theatre Studio. 
  • 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

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:

  • 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!

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.

Up and Coming Workshops:

  •   THIS HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO LATER IN THE YEAR. FULL DETAILS TBC  Directing and Rehearsals Techniques £15 Members / £20 Non-Members      

Whether you've directed, considered directing, or just wondered what a director does, this workshop is for you! Mark Hayward, Co-owner of touring comedy company The Pantaloons, takes us through his tips and tricks for creating innovative and effective directing and rehearsing practices. Learn how to develop ideas from a text, build productive and open dialogues with cast and crew, and creative rehearsal techniques for directors and actors alike. There are only twenty five bookable places for this event so make sure you book your place quickly, and register your details. Upon registering, you will be provided with details of how to pay. There will not be any possibility of simply arriving on the day without booking a place and expecting to take part, so you must ensure that you book using the link above