Named after the Elizabethan playwright, Christopher Marlowe, the theatre is a prominent feature in Canterbury, Kent. It offers a wealthy programme of plays, receiving many major West End musicals, opera productions, stand-up comedy shows, dance performances and musical concerts. Its range of pantomimes have seen notable performances from Natalie imbruglia, Gareth Gates and Martine McCutcheon.
Alongside many of the leading touring productions, the theatre also provides a range of workshops for young people. The programmes are designed to boost skills in acting, writing and dance, in addition to instilling confidence and creativity. Workshops target different ages, abilities and interests, delivered within The Marlowe Youth Theatre, The Marlowe Dance Company, The Marlowe People’s Company and The Marlowe Playwrights.
The theatre flaunts a fairly new building, due a series of redevelopments. In 1984, the Marlowe moved locations from a site on St Margaret’s Street to former 1930s cinema and host of the premiere for ‘A Canterbury Tale’ in 1944, The Friars. Further developments lead to the demolition of the cinema and a new-purpose built theatre in its place; the Marlowe is now smaller in size, but with a larger capacity - praised for having no seat over 25 metres away from the stage. The building is equipped with two modern auditoria, a performance space, bars and a restaurant, and a landscaped walkway to connect the theatre to the nearby River Stour.
Performance dates: Monday- Saturday at 7:30pm, Thursday and Saturday at 2:30pm.
Performance running time: Approximately 2 hours 45 minutes (including a 20 minute interval).
The Box Office and Royal Circle are on street level; patrons with limited mobility are recommended to sit in the Royal Circle. Other areas of the auditorium can only be accessed using stairs and unfortunately there is no lift. Please speak to our Box Office staff to discuss your requirements when booking your tickets.
The Foyer Bar serves the Royal Circle and is accessible via ramp or 3 steps. The Front of House team are available to assist with bar orders and will ensure that all audience members are comfortable during their visit.
The Theatre is equipped with an infra-red system and headsets are available on request; please speak to the Front of House team when you arrive if you require one.
Guide dogs and Hearing dogs are welcome at the Theatre. They may sit with you in the auditorium or our Front of House team will look after them whilst you enjoy the performance.