"The play's the thing..." Shakespeare's iconic drama, Hamlet, unfolds around two of its minor characters, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, who unwittingly lead the bewildering action from behind the scenes. Through the bizarre encounters and episodes they witness, these hapless heroes try to make sense of everything from the meaning of life and free will to who they really are, before they shuffle off this mortal coil...
Tom Stoppard's absurdly hilarious modern classic unfolds with infamous wit, wonderfully weird characters and razor sharp dialogue.
Just in time for Halloween, The Canterbury Players are delighted to present our spookiest production yet.
The blood curdling tale of the Headless Hessian has always been a favourite of the residents of Sleepy Hollow but it isn't until the arrival of the new schoolmaster that things take a spooky turn. Can Ichabod enjoy a contented life in this little village full of strangeness and wonder? Or will the forces of darkness ultimately lead him down a very different path........
What The Butler Saw is a side-splitting frantic farce written by the English playwright Joe Orton. It is set in a psychiatric clinic yet there isn't a madman in sight. The bizarre proceedings stem from Dr Prentice's efforts to conceal his attempted seduction of his prospective secretary. What follows is a hilarious spectacle of disintegration; normality crack and the characters descent into mental, physical and sexual confusion.
The Canterbury Players are delighted to be returning in spring 2017 to The Playhouse Theatre, Whitstable with this contemporary classic
After a long civil war England is enjoying a period of calm under Edward, leader of the Yorkist tribe. However, Edward’s younger sibling, Gloucester, who secretly resents the power and happiness of others, plots to seize the precarious throne. The tribe of Lancaster has other ideas. This is England then, now and in the future; a disjointed country where a political system has gone wrong, leading to extreme treachery, dogged loyalty, horrendous violence and the terrifying reign of Richard III.
When Sir Charles Baskerville is found dead on his estate, with a look of terror still etched on his face, and the paw prints of a gigantic hound beside his body, the great detective Sherlock Holmes is summoned from Baker Street, with Dr Watson in tow, to unravel the mysteries surrounding his death, and investigate the ancient curse of the Hound of the Baskervilles…
A unique production of the nation’s favourite Shakespeare play.
Get ready for a very special Midsummer adventure with the nation’s favourite Shakespeare play performed as never before; magically intertwining professional and amateur actors, deep in an enchanted wood on a Midsummer’s night. This full Royal Shakespeare Company production will be joined by The Canterbury Players playing The Mechanicals at the Marlowe Theatre from the 19th - 23rd April 2016.
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The play takes place around the Celtic harvest festival of Lughnasa. It is 1936 and harvest time in County Donegal. In a cottage just outside the village of Ballybeg live the five unmarried Mundy sisters, who are barely making ends meet.
The only male members of the family are their older brother Jack, a missionary priest, returned after 25 years in Uganda, and Michael, the seven-year-old illegitimate son of the youngest sister. Their harmonious, if impoverished, lives are disrupted by occasional visits from Michael’s father.
Tom Stoppards' Arcadia has been cited as one of the greatest plays of modern times. Set in both 1809 and the present day, the play explores the relationship between the past and the present, the nature of the Universe, order and chaos, love and sex, words and language, wit and intellect. Arcadia is comedic, thought provoking and moving.
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The problem with Shakespeare is, in essence, the words. There are just too many of them. You could spend years just seeing all the plays. But what if you could see all of Shakespeare’s plays in one evening? And not the dry, boring, vomitless versions either?
Canterbury Players (or should that be CT Plyrs) are proud to prevent, er, present, their performance of the long running west end hit which aims to show you all 37 of Shakespeare’s plays in 97 minutes. Including doing Hamlet three times. Once of which is backwards.