The Gulbenkian

The Gulbenkian
University of Kent, Giles Lane, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NB
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The Gulbenkian

The University of Kent’s Arts Centre offering a diverse and dynamic rage of arts and performances for students and the public. Actively engaging with the local community via projects including Gulbenkian Youth Theatre and ART31 in line with their mission statement: 'Gulbenkian will work with a range of creative partners to become a leading 21st Century international arts centre offering an engaging, innovative and high quality arts programme. We will act as a catalyst developing and curating ideas, spaces and emerging talent. The empowerment of children and young people will be at the core of our activity.'

The closest train station is Canterbury West and local buses go directly to the venue.

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There are 34 events at this location

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  • Written by: Eddie Kay

Three new commissions by choreographers Tamsin Fitzgerald, Lenka Vagnerova and newcomer Rebecca Evans that explore the darker side of humanity. Presented by 2Faced Dance.

Fri 10 Mar

£12.50 ( £8.50; £10.50; Children £8.50 under 16s) / 01227 769075

Alice Curiouser And Curiouser: T24

The University of Kent Drama Society presents an adaptation of the popular story of a girl who travels to the transformative world of Wonderland.

Wed 22 Mar

£10 (£6; £6; £5 under 18s; Children £3 under 12s) / 01227 769075

Thu 23 Mar

£10 (£6; £6; £5 under 18s; Children £3 under 12s) / 01227 769075

Arthur Pita/HeadSpaceDance: Stepmother/Stepfather

Prepare for a wickedly talented cast of seven dancers in this dark and sexy double bill by award-winning Director and Choreographer Arthur Pita and HeadSpaceDance. Stepmother leads us into a menacing world where macabre folklore meets the terrifying grotesque of Hollywood. A waiflike "Snow White", living as a single…

Tue 14 Mar

The Birth of a Nation

  • 4 stars
  • 2016
  • US
  • 120 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Nate Parker
  • Cast: Nate Parker, Armie Hammer, Aja Naomi King, Jackie Earle Haley, Penelope Ann Miller, Gabrielle Union
  • UK release: 20 January 2017

Nat Turner (Parker) is a slave in early 19th century Virginia, used by his owners to encourage other slaves to submit, but who is plotting an uprising of his own. Despite the controversy surrounding Parker, the film deserves to be seen: angry, dramatic and bittersweet, it's a story that needs telling.

Thu 23 Feb


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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

  • 1968
  • UK
  • 145 min
  • U
  • Directed by: Ken Hughes
  • Written by: Roald Dahl, Ken Hughes, Richard Maibaum (additional dialogue)
  • Cast: Dick Van Dyke, Sally Ann Howes, Adrian Hall, Heather Ripley, Lionel Jeffries, Benny Hill

Lengthy, effects-filled children's adventure conceived in the wake of Mary Poppins' huge commercial succes but with a charm (and great songs) all of its own. Dick Van Dyke is the mad inventor whose flying car propels his children and romantic interest Howes to a far-off land of adventure.

Sun 26 Feb

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Chris Ramsey: Is That Chris Ramsey?

Upbeat anecdotes, feelgood humour and witty observations from Ramsey.

Wed 15 Mar


Play about two clowns trapped in a cardboard world.

Sun 23 Apr

£12.50 ( £8.50; Children £8.50 under 16s) / 01227 769075

David O'Doherty: Big Time

Armed with a teeny keyboard and an incredible wit, David presents his latest solo show of comedy and songs, the ledge.

Wed 1 Mar

£17.50 ( £15.50) / 01227 769075


  • 3 stars
  • 2016
  • UK/US
  • 109 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Mick Jackson
  • Cast: Rachel Weisz, Tom Wilkinson, Timothy Spall

Deborah Lipstadt (Weisz) is a historian and lecturer who faces a libel suit after she derides controversial author David Irving (Spall) for his views on the Holocaust. This dramatisation of a 1996 court case has some compelling stretches, but Hare’s script lacks insight and it’s little more than a dry reconstruction of…

Fri 24 Feb

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…and 3 more dates until 2 Mar


Blackeyed Theatre Company presents a new version of Mary Shelley's masterpiece.

Sat 11 Mar

£12.50 / 01227 769075

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Getting Dressed

Choreographer Rosie Heafford collaborates with dancers, artists and the public to make a highly visual dance performances for all ages about clothes.

Sat 25 Feb

£8 (Children £1 under 2s) / 01227 769075

Heaven Eyes

Adapted for the stage by children's author David Almond, this is a gritty story about young people trying to find their way in the world, performed by Theatre Sans Frontieres.

Wed 8 Mar

£10.50 (Children £8; £8) / 01227 769075

I am Beast

Sparkle and Dark use puppetry to bring to life this tale of superheroes.

Thu 23 Feb

£12.50 (Children £8.50 under 16s; £7.50; £7.50) / 01227 769075

James Kirby

The acoustic guitarist and singer-songwriter performs his original melodic songs.

Sat 22 Apr

£15 ( £10) / 01227 769075

Josh Howie's Messed Up

With a BBC Radio Four sitcom, appearances at UK and international festivals and regular circuit performances under his belt, Josh finally embarks on his first solo tour, telling stories of his attempts to be the perfect husband and father and the inevitable failures he succumbs to.

Thu 9 Mar

£8 / 01227 769075

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Kent Enlightens Nepal

Nepalese Society students from all around the country showcase their talent.

Sun 26 Feb

£10 ( £8) / 01227 769075

Larry Dean: Farcissist

Off the back of a break up the Glaswegian Amused Moose Comedy Award winner tries to examine who he is and whether changes in his life are a good or a bad thing.

Sat 25 Mar

£10 / 01227 769075

Milton Jones Is Nearly Out There: Work-In-Progress

Slightly neurotic and deadpan one-liners littered with puns from the surreal stand-up and Sony Award-winning radio star.

Mon 10 Apr

Phone for availability / 01227 769075

Motionhouse Dance Theatre: Scattered

Dance show exploring the mystery and majesty of water.

Sat 18 Mar

A Night At The Theatre

Casson & Friends presents an interactive, family-friendly, dance theatre and storytelling performance in which three people who get trapped in the theatre become the stars of their own show.

Sun 12 Mar

£8 / 01227 769075

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Peter And The Wolf: On The Other Hand

The company presents the delightful tale of how a clever boy, with the help of his animal friends, triumphs over the peril in the woods.

Sat 25 Mar

Pride And Prejudice

The spirited Bennet sisters haplessly search for love and dashing Mr Darcy unwittingly finds his match in The Pantaloons version of Jane Austen's enduring romantic comedy.

Thu 2 Mar

£12.50 / 01227 769075

Rapunzel and the Tower of Doom

Theatre of Widdershins presents its retelling of the tale of the girl with a particularly bad hair day featuring an array of incredible puppets.

Sun 5 Mar

Richard Herring: The Best

A 'best of' compilation from the comedian as he picks the best jokes from his last 12 shows.

Sun 5 Mar

Times to be confirmed / Phone for prices / 01227 769075


James Cousins Company, in collaboration with Korean dancers and artists, looks at the role of women in modern society using Shakespeare's character as a base.

Tue 7 Mar

£12.50 ( £8.50; £10.50; Children £8.50 under 16s) / 01227 769075

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Royal Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty

  • 2017
  • UK
  • E

The Royal Ballet performs its signature work, the classic fairytale of Aurora and her prince, in a version revitalised by Monica Mason and Christopher Newton in 2006 for the company's 75th anniversary, and since reworked further by top choreographers.

Tue 28 Feb

The Sam Kelly Trio

The BBC Radio 2 Folk Award-winning Cornwall-based singer-songwriter leads the folk trio with Jamie Francis on banjo and Evan Carson on percussion.

Fri 24 Mar

£14 ( £10) / 01227 769075

The Sons Of The Lotus Machine

The three-piece combo from Kent play alt rock originals. With support from The New Nervous Kind.

Sat 4 Mar


£6.50; £5 adv / 01227 769075


  • 4 stars
  • 2016
  • US
  • 117 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: M. Night Shyamalan
  • Cast: James McAvoy, Jessica Sula, Haley Lu Richardson, Anya Taylor-Joy
  • UK release: 20 January 2017

Kevin (McAvoy) suffers from dissociative identity disorder; when he kidnaps three teenage girls, best pals Marcia (Sula) and Claire (Richardson) and troubled loner Casey (Taylor-Joy), multi-personality strangeness ensues. With superb work from McAvoy and Taylor-Joy, this is easily Shyamalan's most compelling and…

Fri 24 Feb

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Timeless Colours

Stephen Barlow conducts Shostakovich's Piano Concerto No 2 In F, Francaix's L' Horloge De Flore Oboe And Orchestra, Chick Corea's Trio For Piano, Flute,Bassoon, Barber's Adagio For Strings and Mozart's Symphony No 25 In G Minor, with pianist Reiko Fujisawa and oboeist Ian Crowther.

Sat 25 Feb

£20 ( £10) / 01227 769075

Tony Law: A Law Undo His-elf What Welcome

The stand-up presents his latest hour of inimitable surreal comedy-art.

Fri 28 Apr

£15 ( £12) / 01227 769075

Turin Brakes

The acoustic guitar-toting English duo take some new tunes on the road, along with their decade-strong back catalogue in tow.

Fri 3 Mar

£20 / 01227 769075

University Of Kent Concert Band And Big Band: Kinds Of Blue

The talented musicians play a selection of classics including an excerpt from West Side Story, a medley from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Vaughan Williams' Folk Song Suite, and the Gordon Goodwin Grammy-award-winning arrangement of Rhapsody in Blue, conducted by Ian Swatman.

Fri 17 Mar

Wojtek - The Happy Warrior

The Quarter Too Ensemble's production that tells the trues story of a Syrian Brown Bear who was enlisted into the Polish Army Corp during WW2.

Tue 28 Mar

£10.50 (Children £8; £8) / 01227 769075

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