“Canterbury Players” are a thriving group of Thespians who were formed in 2003 following the merger of two well known local Amateur Dramatic groups Canterbury Dramatics Society (formed in 1923) and Playcraft (formed in 1951), The group currently stages three major productions a year using either the Whitstable Playhouse or the Canterbury Gulbenkian Theatre. The Society also organizes a variety of other events for its active membership, and is always keen to welcome new members. Contact can be made via the groups internet website or introductions through existing members.
Playtime Theatre Company was established in 1983 with the aim of taking innovative and imaginative professional theatre to children and young people in Kent. Since then we have grown to become one of the foremost children's theatre companies in the UK, touring both nationally and internationally. We produce between one and three plays per year and give in the region of 200 performances per year, principally in schools but also in theatres, art centres , youth clubs and at festivals. We have a particular interest in foreign touring and in 1993, began a reciprocal touring exchange programme with other children's theatre companies in Europe. To date, we have brought companies from Hungary, Czech Republic, Germany and Portugal to tour their work in Kent and have also collaborated on several international co-productions.. We also run weekly drama and dance workshops for children of all ages at The Horsebridge Arts Centre in Whitstable.
Formed by Ralph Lindley in 1946 and performing in local church halls, The Lindley Players eventually realised a long held dream when they purchased their current home, formerly the United Reformed Church, in 1980. A year of hard work by members converted the church into a beautiful theatre seating 186, The Playhouse. Since then a continuing programme of improvements has seen major developments in all areas of the theatre, most recently with a major update of the lighting and sound box and associated systems. The Lindley Players put on a range of productions throughout the year - drama, comedy, pantomime and musical shows. The Playhouse also hired out to local theatre groups as well as visiting productions and events. A coffee morning is held each Saturday from 10am to 12noon. If you would like to join, please write to: The Membership Secretary, The Playhouse, 104 High Street, Whitstable CT5 1AZ or call in on any Saturday morning.