Welcome to The Canterbury Players

The Canterbury Players are one of Canterbury's oldest and most established Dramatics group, refreshed in 2003 after a merger of the Canterbury Dramatics Society (est 1923) and Playcraft (est 1951).

We take a great deal of pride in our productions, with the attitude that amateur does not mean poor quality, and have built up an extensive, loyal following over the years.  

Indeed, we represented the South East and worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company on their A Midsummer Night’s Dream: A Play for the Nation project (see here for more information).

We perform at the Gulbenkian Theatre (University of Kent, Canterbury), The Playhouse Theatre, Whitstable and The Marlowe Theatre Studio as well as smaller, more intimate venues around Kent  and have also performed at the annual Lounge on the Farm festival.  We are a friendly, open group who put on at least three professional standard productions a year. 

We are interested in a broad range of genres, and reflect this in our choice of productions.  Recent shows have included Shakespeare's Richard III, The Hound of The Baskervilles, Dancing at Lughnasa by Brian Friel, Arcadia by Tom Stoppard, The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Reduced), Charley's Aunt by Brandon Thomas, The House of Bernarda Alba by Lorca, Hay Fever by Noel Coward and Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett.

We welcome new members (18+), no matter how much (or little) experience you have, all we ask is that you are willing to roll your sleeves up and get stuck in!