The Marlowe Theatre

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The original theatre opened just before the First World War and was converted into a cinema in the 20s. However the building was demolished in 1981 and the second Marlowe Theatre was established by modifying an old Odeon Cinema before reopening in 1984. After 25 years the second Marlowe theatre closed in 2009 before a third building to bear the name in 2011, boasting an increased capacity of 1200.

In 2014, the Marlowe, named after the playwright Christopher Marlowe, announced that they would also operate as a producing house.

The theatre is close to two train stations, Canterbury West and Canterbury East, and 700m from Canterbury Bus Station.

Events at this venue

There are 38 events at this location

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Abandoman (AKA Rob Broderick) – Pirate Radio

Fast-paced musical comedy sketches and hip hop.

Wed 10 Oct

£14.25 / 01227 787787

  • 20:00

Adam Buxton Presents BUG Special: David Bowie

Buxton presents a special show celebrating some of David Bowie's music video and other on-screen appearances, providing an opportunity to enjoy key moments from the iconic performer's life and acknowledge the indelible mark he made on the cultural landscape. Proceeds from this London show will be donated to the charity…

Thu 26 Jul

Prices to be confirmed / 01227 787787

Adam Hess & Kiri Pritchard-McClean

Enjoy a sneak preview of the 2018 Edinburgh Festival shows from two of the UK's most exciting up-and-coming comedians. As seen on Tonight At The London Palladium, Adam Hess is an Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee known for his surreal and fantastically funny one liners. Double Chortle Award nominee, Kiri Pritchard-McClean…

Mon 23 Jul

£11.25 / 01227 787787

  • 20:00

Andrew Maxwell

  • 4 stars

Irish scamp Maxwell shows why his reputation for moments of comedy genius is so well-founded.

Fri 15 Feb 2019

Prices to be confirmed / 01227 787787

Austentatious

A cast of all-star comedians create the best Jane Austen novel you've never read. Austentatious is an improvised comedy play starring a cast of the country's quickest comic performers. Every single show the cast conjure up a brand new 'lost' Jane Austen novel based on nothing more than a title suggested by the audience.

Sun 29 Jul

£19.80 / 01227 787787

Austentatious: An Improvised Novel

  • 4 stars

An irreverent show performed in period costume, borne from suggestions from the audience.

Sun 29 Jul

£19.25 / 01227 787787

  • 17:00

Benidorm Live

Your favourite stars from the Solana, live on stage for the very first time. Starring Jake Canuso (Mateo), Janine Duvitski (Jacqueline), Adam Gillen (Liam), Sherrie Hewson (Joyce Temple-Savage), Shelley Longworth (Sam), Tony Maudsley (Kenneth) and featuring Neptune's very own Asa Elliott, the official world premiere of…

Mon 15 Apr 2019

£13–£47 / 01227 787787

  • 19:30

Tue 16 Apr 2019

£13–£47 / 01227 787787

  • 19:30

Wed 17 Apr 2019

£13–£47 / 01227 787787

  • 19:30
…and 3 more dates until 20 Apr 2019

Calendar Girls: The Musical

Created by Gary Barlow and Tim Firth, this award winning production based on the true story of the calendar girls – a group of ordinary ladies who achieved something extraordinary.

Wed 5 Sep

£13.25–£48.25 / 01227 787787

  • 19:30

Thu 6 Sep

£13.25–£48.25 / 01227 787787

  • 14:30
  • 19:30

Fri 7 Sep

£13.25–£48.25 / 01227 787787

  • 19:30
…and 7 more dates until 15 Sep

Dara O'Briain – Voice of Reason

The television regular – best known as the host of Mock The Week – brings his latest routine to the stage.

Mon 12 Nov

£24.25 / 01227 787787

  • 19:30

David O'Doherty: You Have To Laugh

Armed with his reliable keyboard from 1986, quirky, offbeat multi-award winning Irish musician, actor and comedian David O'Doherty presents an exciting repertoire of silly little songs performed on an even sillier little instrument, combined with traditional stand-up. Witness madness in motion.

Mon 3 Dec

£21 / 01227 787787

Dylan Moran: Dr Cosmos

Curmudgeonly Irish stand-up who wrote and starred in the TV sitcom Black Books.

Fri 16 Nov

£25 / 01227 787787

Ed Gamble & Lauren Pattison

Enjoy a sneak preview of the 2018 Edinburgh Festival shows from two of the UK's most exciting up-and-coming comedians. Ed Gamble is one of the most exciting comedians to break-through in the last few years. His starring role in Almost Royal (E4) and regular appearances on Mock The Week (BBC Two) have cemented his status…

Tue 24 Jul

£11.25 / 01227 787787

  • 20:00

Felicity Ward: Busting A Nut

The multi-award-winning stand-up. Fresh off the back of her new BBC Radio 4 series (Appisodes) and a Netflix special (Live From The BBC), multi-award-winning comedian and regular co-host of The Guilty Feminist podcast Felicity Ward embarks on her second nationwide tour with a brand new show, Busting A Nut. She's back and…

Thu 25 Oct

£13.25 / 01227 787787

  • 20:00

Fin Taylor: When Harassy Met Sally

His finger's still on the pulse, except now he doesn't know whether that's flirting or harassment. This is the third year in a row Fin has picked a stupid title after five-star sell-outs Whitey McWhiteface and Lefty Tighty Righty Loosey. With race and politics done, he's getting stuck into the war of the sexes. As seen on…

Sat 24 Nov

£12 / 01227 787787

  • 20:00

Geoff Norcott: Traditionalism

Political stand-up from the comedian who attempts to hold onto modern views in a world where tradition is becoming a dirty word.

Thu 1 Nov

Tickets on sale Apr 13 / 01227 787787

  • 19:00

Hackney Colliery Band

Funky East London-based brass band that does drum & bass and Prodigy covers.

Thu 20 Sep

£16.25 / 01227 787787

  • 20:00

Iconic: A Brief History Of Drag

Celebrating the most iconic drag moments in popular culture. A triple threat of heavenly vocals, theatrical swagger and razor-sharp wit, Velma Celli celebrates the most iconic drag moments of film, stage and popular culture direct from sell-out performances in Australia and across the UK. Join Velma and her vivacious band…

Fri 14 Sep

£19.25 / 01227 787787

  • 20:00

Ivo Graham & Alfie Brown

Enjoy a sneak preview of the 2018 Edinburgh Festival shows from two of the UK's most exciting up-and-coming comedians. Apologetic Eton and Oxford alumnus, Ivo is a former winner of the prestigious So You Think You're Funny award for new acts at the Edinburgh Festival. Now a regular feature on shows like Live At The Apollo…

Thu 26 Jul

£11.25 / 01227 787787

  • 20:00

Jason Manford: Muddle Class

The comedian and actor – who formerly presented BBC's The One Show and was a team captain on hit Channel 4 panel show 8 Out of 10 Cats –returns to stand-up with his new show, Muddle Class.

Wed 17 Oct

£27.50 / 01227 787787

Joan Armatrading

The three-time Grammy Award-nominee and widely acclaimed singer and musician from Saint Kitts performs blues songs, old and new.

Tue 16 Oct

£28.75–£33.75 / 01227 787787

  • 19:30

Kinky Boots

  • Directed by: Jerry Mitchell
  • Written by: Harvey Fierstein, Cyndi Lauper (music & lyrics)

A man reluctantly inherits a shoe factory. To turn the business around he enlists the help of the stiletto-clad Lola. Tony and Grammy award-winning feel-good musical by Harvey Fierstein and Cyndi Lauper.

Mon 14 Jan 2019

£14.25–£50.75 / 01227 787787

  • 19:30

Tue 15 Jan 2019

£14.25–£50.75 / 01227 787787

  • 19:30

Wed 16 Jan 2019

£14.25–£50.75 / 01227 787787

  • 19:30
…and 9 more dates until 26 Jan 2019

Lee Hurst

Stand-up from comedian interested in the unexplored area of what irritates men about women, and vice versa.

Thu 18 Oct

Times to be confirmed / Phone for prices / 01227 787787

Live At The Marlowe

The biggest names in stand-up, Live At The Marlowe. Join us for this amazing line-up in a special Marlowe Comedy Festival edition of our hugely popular regular night of comedy. Tonight's show will be headlined by Live At The Apollo and Mock The Week star, Reginald D Hunter. Joining Reg in this amazing line-up are 8 Out Of…

Fri 27 Jul

£22.55 / 01227 787787

The Magic of Motown

Tribute to the sweet soul sounds of Motown starring the supremely-talented Magic of Motown band, with hits made famous by the Isley Brothers, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Martha Reeves and more.

Thu 2 Aug

£20.75–£28.75 / 01227 787787

  • 19:30

Michael Starring Ben

With the UK's ultimate Michael Jackson tribute star. Ben Bowman not only looks and sounds like Michael Jackson, but has honed his routine so impeccably that audiences believe they are watching Michael Jackson himself. With an incredible live band, stunning costumes, iconic dance routines and of course, the inimitable Ben…

Wed 25 Jul

£27 / 01227 787787

Nish Kumar & Kieran Hodgson

Enjoy a sneak preview of the 2018 Edinburgh Festival shows from two of the UK's most exciting up-and-coming comedians. Critically-acclaimed comic and star of The Mash Report (BBC Two), Nish Kumar is one of the country's most exciting emerging comedy talents. His five-star rated solo shows have been nominated for two…

Wed 25 Jul

£11.25 / 01227 787787

  • 20:00

Northern Ballet: The Three Musketeers

David Nixon's rip-roaring ballet version of the popular tale, set in Paris in the 17th century, following d'Artagnan and the three musketeers as they embark on a quest to save the Queen's reputation.

Wed 31 Oct

£9.25–£42.25 / 01227 787787

  • 19:30

Thu 1 Nov

£9.25–£42.25 / 01227 787787

  • 14:30
  • 19:30

Fri 2 Nov

£9.25–£42.25 / 01227 787787

  • 19:30

Sat 3 Nov

£9.25–£42.25 / 01227 787787

  • 14:30
  • 19:30

An Officer and a Gentleman: The Musical

Musical based on the Oscar-winning film starring Richard Gere. With direction by Nikolai Foster, choreography by Kate Prince and musical supervision by Tony Award-winning Sarah Travis.

Mon 6 Aug

£13.25–£48.25 / 01227 787787

  • 19:30

Tue 7 Aug

£13.25–£48.25 / 01227 787787

  • 19:30

Wed 8 Aug

£13.25–£48.25 / 01227 787787

  • 19:30
…and 3 more dates until 11 Aug

Omid Djalili: Schmuck for a Night

The British-Iranian comedian and star of stage and screen brings his new show to an adoring public.

Sat 28 Jul

Prices to be confirmed / 01227 787787

Phil Nichol: Here Comes Troubled

Phil presents a show all about breaking up, breaking down, revenge and getting over it. Sounds dead funny, right?

Wed 3 Oct

£14 / 01227 787787

Sat 13 Oct

£14 / 01227 787787

Phil Nichol: Your Wrong

Energetic humour and surreal improvisations as Canadian stand-up Phil Nichol presents his brand of mischievous rantings.

Sat 13 Oct

£14 / 01227 787787

Richard Thompson

The singer-songwriter and former guitarist of Fairport Convention performs his folk rock material.

Mon 15 Oct

Times to be confirmed / Tickets on sale Friday 18th May, 10am / 01227 787787

Richard Thompson

Multi-talented Thompson is a critically acclaimed and prolific songwriter and was named by Rolling Stone as one of the top 20 guitarists of all time.

Mon 15 Oct

Prices to be confirmed / 01227 787787

With Joan Shelley.

Roddy Woomble

Woomble has established a formidable back catalogue of contemporary folk solo work. Now he's performing enchanting songs from his latest solo album The Deluder. Born in Ayrshire, Roddy came to prominence as lead singer in indie rockers Idlewild – known for albums 100 Broken Windows, The Remote Part and…

Sun 7 Oct

£18.25 / 01227 787787

  • 20:00

Sarah Jane Morris And Antonio Forcione

The singer and guitarist perform sophisticated pop and jazz originals, plus the occasional cover.

Sat 15 Sep

£19.25 / 01227 787787

  • 20:00

Shrek the Musical

  • Directed by: Nigel Harman
  • Written by: David Lindsay-Abaire (lyrics)

An all-singing, all-dancing stage version of the popular films, packed with laughs and the odd tear.

Wed 18 Jul

Times vary / £13.75–£48.75 / 01227 787787

Thu 19 Jul

Times vary / £13.75–£48.75 / 01227 787787

Fri 20 Jul

Times vary / £13.75–£48.75 / 01227 787787

…and 2 more dates until 22 Jul

Teletubbies Live!

Everyone’s favourite colourful characters, Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po, take to the stage for their first live show in celebration of their 20th anniversary.

Sat 25 Aug

£15.25–£23.25 / 01227 787787

Sun 26 Aug

£15.25–£23.25 / 01227 787787

The Thinking Drinkers Pub Crawl

Bound & Gagged Comedy in association with TGA After seven years of sell-out shows, The Thinking Drinkers return with a brand-new, hilarious, intoxicating bar-hop through history. Enjoy five free drinks as the award-winning experts take you from the symposiums of Ancient Greece to the classic British boozer via Wild…

Thu 28 Mar 2019

£16.25 / 01227 787787

  • 20:00

Fri 29 Mar 2019

£16.25 / 01227 787787

  • 20:00

Sat 30 Mar 2019

£16.25 / 01227 787787

  • 20:00

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