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 64 events at this location

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The Abominable Snowman

Moon On A Stick Productions reinvent this wonderful tale of an unlikely hero with a delightful blend of puppetry, live music and enchanting storytelling.

Sat 16 Dec

£10.25 / 01227 787787

The Studio

£10.25 / 01227 787787

  • 11:00
  • 15:00

Awful Auntie

David Walliam's tale of Stella, who goes to London with her parents and wakes up three months later with no idea what has happened.

Wed 30 May 2018

£12.25–£25.75 / 01227 787787

Thu 31 May 2018

£12.25–£25.75 / 01227 787787

Fri 1 Jun 2018

£12.25–£25.75 / 01227 787787

…and 2 more dates until 3 Jun 2018

The Band

  • Written by: Tim Firth

Brand new British musical featuring the songs of Take That, created in association with Britain’s most successful band. Written by Tim Firth The Band tells the story of five 16-year-old girls who are fans of a male pop group. Playing the boy band are Five to Five, the winners of the BBC show Let It Shine.

Tue 20 Feb 2018

Times to be confirmed / £23.40–£53.40 / 01227 787787

Wed 21 Feb 2018

Times to be confirmed / £23.40–£53.40 / 01227 787787

Thu 22 Feb 2018

Times to be confirmed / £23.40–£53.40 / 01227 787787

…and 9 more dates until 3 Mar 2018

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

  • Directed by: Marc Bruni
  • Written by: Gerry Goffin (music & lyrics), Barry Mann (music & lyrics), Cynthia Weil (music & lyrics), Douglas McGrath, Carole King (music & lyrics)

Musical charting the early life and career of the singer-songwriter and her husband Gerry Goffin.

Tue 27 Mar 2018

£8.75–£47.75; £8.75–£50.75 / 01227 787787

  • 19:30

Wed 28 Mar 2018

£8.75–£47.75; £8.75–£50.75 / 01227 787787

  • 14:30
  • 19:30

Thu 29 Mar 2018

£8.75–£47.75; £8.75–£50.75 / 01227 787787

  • 14:30
  • 19:30
…and 2 more dates until 31 Mar 2018

Ben Folds

Piano rocker Ben Folds.

Mon 28 May 2018

Prices to be confirmed / 01227 787787

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The Christmassy Christmas Show Of Christmassy Christmasness!

An over-stuffed stocking of seasonal surprises! A celebration of everything Christmassy, from fir trees, fairy lights, sleigh bells and snowflakes to crackers, carols, presents and puddings! Meet a snowman who lives in the fridge, try and spot some naughty elves, play hunt the brussel sprout, endure the world’s…

Fri 22 Dec

£10.25 / 01227 787787

Coal

Winner of UK Theatre Award Achievement in Dance and Critics' Circle National Dance Award Best Independent Company. Created to mark the 30th anniversary of the end of the 1984/5 British miners' strike, award-winning choreographer Gary Clarke proudly presents Coal, a riveting dance theatre show which takes an nostalgic look…

Thu 8 Feb 2018

£17.25–£24.75 / 01227 787787

  • 19:30

Comedy Club 4 Kids

Since 2005, the Comedy Club 4 Kids has been getting the best stand-ups and sketch acts from the international circuit to do their thing for an audience of children (aged 6+) and their families…. but without the rude bits! A decade later, the company has expanded from one London residency to being countrywide, running…

Wed 14 Feb 2018

£10.25 / 01227 787787

Crazy For You

George Gershwin's glamorous musical set in the 1930s, starring Hollie Cassar and Tom Chambers.

Tue 16 Jan 2018

£8.75–£48.25 / 01227 787787

  • 19:30

Wed 17 Jan 2018

£8.75–£48.25 / 01227 787787

  • 14:30
  • 19:30

Thu 18 Jan 2018

£8.75–£48.25 / 01227 787787

  • 14:30
  • 19:30
…and 2 more dates until 20 Jan 2018

David Baddiel: Fame: Not The Musical

It's been a whopping 15 years since David's last stand-up show, so tonight he's exploring the different ways he's perceived: whether it's token Jew, new lad or comedy rock'n'roller.

Sun 13 May 2018

£25.50 / 01227 787787

David Baddiel: My Family: Not The Sitcom

An irreverent portrait of family life, memory, ageing, infidelity and gay cats.

Sun 13 May 2018

£28.56 / 01227 787787

Derren Brown: Underground

  • Written by: Derren Brown

The Olivier Award-winning stage and screen illusionist and master of the psychological manipulation performs his own choice of some of his favourite work.

Tue 26 Jun 2018

£23.25–£49.75 / 01227 787787

  • 19:30

Wed 27 Jun 2018

£23.25–£49.75 / 01227 787787

  • 19:30

Thu 28 Jun 2018

£23.25–£49.75 / 01227 787787

  • 19:30
…and 2 more dates until 30 Jun 2018

Driftwood

Casus present Driftwood, a circus show exploring our innate need for human contact.

Sat 3 Feb 2018

£11.25–£12.25 / 01227 787787

  • 20:00

Ed Byrne: Spoiler Alert

  • 2 stars

Stand-up comedy from the Mock The Week regular.

Sun 22 Apr 2018

£24 / 01227 787787

Flashdance

  • Directed by: Nikolai Foster, Phil Edwards (musical supervision), Arlene Phillips (choreography)
  • Written by: Tom Hedley (book), Robert Cary (book & lyrics), Robbie Roth (music)

A story of a young girl named Alex who is a welder by day and a 'flashdancer' by night. She dreams of becoming a professional dancer at the Shipley Dance Academy, but when a romance surfaces will it threaten her ambitions?

Mon 18 Jun 2018

£8.75–£42.25 / 01227 787787

  • 19:30

Tue 19 Jun 2018

£8.75–£42.25 / 01227 787787

  • 19:30

Wed 20 Jun 2018

£8.75–£42.25 / 01227 787787

  • 19:30
…and 3 more dates until 23 Jun 2018

Hairspray

A story of big hair and big heart, set in 1960s Baltimore and performed by Limelight Productions. And no, you can't stop the beat.

Tue 8 May 2018

£25–£43.50 / 01227 787787

  • 19:30

Wed 9 May 2018

£25–£43.50 / 01227 787787

  • 14:30
  • 19:30

Thu 10 May 2018

£25–£43.50 / 01227 787787

  • 14:30
  • 19:30
…and 2 more dates until 12 May 2018

Hanna

A comedy-drama by Sam Potter, exploring the meaning of family in today's society.

Thu 25 Jan 2018

The Studio

£11.25–£13.75 / 01227 787787

  • 20:00

Iain Stirling: U OK Hun? X

Upbeat wit and gags from Edinburgh-born stand-up and BAFTA-nominated children's TV presenter.

Fri 16 Mar 2018

Times to be confirmed / £12 / 01227 787787

Jack Jones

The American singer-songwriter, who rose to fame in the 1960s, performs jazz and pop material from across his career.

Fri 9 Feb 2018

£36.25 / 01227 787787

  • 19:30

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 2018

£27.50 / 01227 787787

Joel Dommett: LIVE

  • 4 stars

The young comedy star with a cupboard full of accolades and dreadfully modern hair.

Mon 7 May 2018

£18.50 / 01227 787787

John Kearns: Don't Worry, They're Here

Bold, hilarious and absurd comedy from the award-winning comedian and former guide at the House of Parliament.

Wed 7 Feb 2018

£11 / 01227 787787

  • 20:00

John Kirkpatrick: Carolling And Crumpets

The Shropshire-based musician, who has been part of the English folk scene since 1950s, presents a heart-warming look at the timeless rituals found in the folklore and folk music of England at midwinter. The show takes its name from his song telling the Nativity story from the point of view of the animals in the stable.

Thu 14 Dec

Studio

£15.25 / 01227 787787

  • 20:00

Jon Richardson: Old Man

Wry observations and pessimistic humour from the 8 out of 10 Cats star, who is starting to feel his age.

Wed 14 Mar 2018

£20.50 / 01227 787787

The Jungle Book

An exciting new adaptation of Kipling’s classic. The Jungle Book comes to life in this colourful new show brought to you by the team behind Michael Morpurgo’s Running Wild. Loved as a wild and fun tale of family, belonging and identity, this production is packed with memorable characters, new songs and brilliant…

Wed 25 Apr 2018

£8.75–£25.25 / 01227 787787

Katherine Ryan: Glitter Room

  • 4 stars

Witty jokes and pop culture observations from the Canadian stand-up and TV star.

Thu 15 Mar 2018

£18.50 / 01227 787787

Kevin & Karen Cliffton

Strictly Come Dancing professionals Kevin and Karen Clifton perform the waltz, cha cha, fox trot, tango and salsa. Karen has appeared on four years of Strictly, partnering Westlife's Nicky Byrne, Dave (Hairy Biker) Myers, Mark Wright and Jeremy Vine. Husband Kevin has reached the final for three consecutive years on…

Wed 13 Jun 2018

Prices to be confirmed / 01227 787787

Lee Hurst: Mucking About

Sharp stand-up, banter and quick wit from the stand-up and TV panellist.

Thu 18 Oct 2018

Times to be confirmed / Phone for prices / 01227 787787

Legally Blonde: The Musical

Musical based on the Reese Witherspoon film.

Mon 19 Mar 2018

£8.75–£38.25; £8.75–£41.25 / 01227 787787

  • 19:30

Tue 20 Mar 2018

£8.75–£38.25; £8.75–£41.25 / 01227 787787

  • 19:30

Wed 21 Mar 2018

£8.75–£38.25; £8.75–£41.25 / 01227 787787

  • 19:30
…and 3 more dates until 24 Mar 2018

Let's All Dance: The Nutcracker (2yrs+)

  • Written by: Tchaikovsky

A world of fantasy and illusion set to Tchaikovsky's unforgettable musical score, offering a fresh approach to ballet storytelling for young children.

Sun 24 Dec

The Studio

£11.25 / 01227 787787

  • 13:00
  • 15:00

Wed 27 Dec

The Studio

£11.25 / 01227 787787

  • 11:30
  • 14:00
  • 16:00

Thu 28 Dec

The Studio

£11.25 / 01227 787787

  • 11:30
  • 14:00
  • 16:00
…and 3 more dates until 31 Dec

Live At The Marlowe

Musical comedy from Dublin-based stand-up David O'Doherty and his keyboard. Plus Hal Cruttenden, Phil Wang and John Robins.

Mon 11 Dec

£20.75 (£8.75) / 01227 787787

  • 19:30

Lucy Porter: Choose Your Battles

All-new show from the Fringe fave about being offended, irritated or outraged by people.

Fri 18 May 2018

Times to be confirmed / Phone for prices / 01227 787787

Mae Martin: Dope

The best new work from across live performance. It takes risks and says difficult things in amazing ways with work that will entertain, inspire, challenge, and move you.

Sat 10 Mar 2018

£12 / 01227 787787

  • 20:00

Matt Richardson

The Didcot-born TV regular performs his latest show.

Sat 20 Jan 2018

£13.25 / 01227 787787

  • 20:00

Matthew Bourne's Cinderella

  • Written by: Prokofiev (music), Matthew Bourne

Choreographer Matthew Bourne brings to life the story of Cinderella.

Tue 22 May 2018

£8.75–£44.75 / 01227 787787

  • 19:30

Wed 23 May 2018

£8.75–£44.75 / 01227 787787

  • 19:30

Thu 24 May 2018

£8.75–£44.75 / 01227 787787

  • 14:30
  • 19:30
…and 2 more dates until 26 May 2018

Morgan & West: More Magic For Kids

Bigger, bolder, and more brilliant than before! Time-travelling magicians Morgan and West return to the stage with a marvellous magic show full of crazy capers for the young, old, and everyone in-between! Expect the unexpected, believe the unbelievable, but do not dare miss the unmissable Morgan and West! Might Mr…

Mon 12 Feb 2018

£10.25 / 01227 787787

Morgan & West: Time-Travelling Magicians

Time travelling magic duo both claim to have been born into Victorian England in 1865. Their magic is of the old-fashioned, music-hall variety with cards, blindfolds, cups, balls - and clever references to quantum waveforms and theoretic physics. Hipsters will love the steampunk aesthetic, but the kids will just be…

Mon 12 Feb 2018

£14.25 / 01227 787787

  • 20:00

The Nutcracker

The classic ballet, especially adapted for little ones. After sellout tours, Let’s All Dance is delighted to be presenting this much-loved Christmas classic for the festive season once again. With dazzling dancing, all the famous characters and sumptuous music, this shortened version is a perfect treat for the whole…

Sun 24 Dec

£11.25 / 01227 787787

Wed 27 Dec

£11.25 / 01227 787787

Thu 28 Dec

£11.25 / 01227 787787

…and 2 more dates until 30 Dec

Of Mice and Men

Set in 1930s California, Steinbeck epitomises the angst of the American Dream through two migrant workers, looking for a better life in a land they think is made of milk and honey.

Mon 29 Jan 2018

£8.75–£37.75 / 01227 787787

  • 19:30

Tue 30 Jan 2018

£8.75–£37.75 / 01227 787787

  • 14:30

Wed 31 Jan 2018

£8.75–£37.75 / 01227 787787

  • 19:30
…and 3 more dates until 3 Feb 2018

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 2018

£13.25–£48.25 / 01227 787787

  • 19:30

Tue 7 Aug 2018

£13.25–£48.25 / 01227 787787

  • 19:30

Wed 8 Aug 2018

£13.25–£48.25 / 01227 787787

  • 19:30
…and 3 more dates until 11 Aug 2018

Peppa Pig's Adventure

Peppa Pig and friends are back in a brand new live show! Join Peppa as she gets ready to go on an exciting camping trip to the woods with George and her school friends, including Pedro Pony, Suzy Sheep and Gerald Giraffe. With lunch-boxes packed and Daddy Pig driving the bus, Peppa and friends are excited about their…

Tue 13 Feb 2018

£10.25–£21.25 / 01227 787787

Wed 14 Feb 2018

£10.25–£21.25 / 01227 787787

Peter Pan

Hook your tickets now for this amazing show! Don’t miss our fun-filled, family pantomime, Peter Pan, starring Shaun Williamson (EastEnders and Extras), Wendi Peters (Coronation Street), children’s favourites Gemma Hunt (CBeebies’ Swashbuckle), David Ribi (Channel 5’s Milkshake) and Samantha Dorrance (CBeebies’ The Tale…

Mon 11 Dec

Times vary / £14.24–£36.75 / 01227 787787

Tue 12 Dec

Times vary / £14.24–£36.75 / 01227 787787

Wed 13 Dec

Times vary / £14.24–£36.75 / 01227 787787

…and 32 more dates until 14 Jan 2018

Peter Pan

Written and directed by Paul Hendy, this spectacular adaptation of the family-favourite story originally by JM Barrie stars starring Eastenders' Shaun Williamson, Coronation Street Wendi Peters, CBeebies' Swashbuckle star Gemma Hunt and many more familiar faces.

Tue 12 Dec

£14.25–£36.75 / 01227 787787

  • 19:00

Wed 13 Dec

£14.25–£36.75 / 01227 787787

  • 19:00

Thu 14 Dec

£14.25–£36.75 / 01227 787787

  • 19:00
…and 25 more dates until 14 Jan 2018

Peter Pan: Relaxed Performance

Our award-winning Pantomime with a few small changes, designed for those of the autistic spectrum. There will be no pyrotechnics or strobe lighting in the production, the lights will be left on low, the inner doors will be left open, there will be more space within the auditorium and areas outside the theatre to relax in…

Wed 10 Jan 2018

£11.25 / 01227 787787

Police Dog Hogan

Seven-piece country folk band with high energy fiddle/drums/banjo/guitars and joyous foot stomping live shows.

Fri 23 Feb 2018

£17.25 / 01227 787787

  • 20:00

Rob Auton: The Hair Show

A show for anyone who has, or has had, hair and hairs.   Award winning stand-up comedian and poet Rob Auton (Dave’s Funniest Joke Of The Fringe award winner, Glastonbury’s ‘Poet In Residence’) returns with another heart-felt and offbeat comedy/theatre/spoken word show that explores hair and hairs. Rob casts an…

Thu 22 Feb 2018

£13.25 / 01227 787787

  • 20:00

Robin Ince: Pragmatic Insanity

New stand-up show from the star of Radio 4's The Infinite Monkey Cage.

Thu 8 Mar 2018

Times to be confirmed / Phone for prices / 01227 787787

Rock'n'Roll Legends From Paradise

The country's finest tributes to rock'n'roll stars perform the hits with accompaniment from the Paradise Band.

Tue 23 Jan 2018

£22.75 / 01227 787787

  • 19:30

Russian State Ballet of Siberia: Cinderella

Prokofiev's classic fairy tale about a young girl who works for her stepmother and two stepsisters, who mistreat her daily. When the Prince announces a ball to find a bride, all of the fair maidens of the land are invited to attend. Presented by Russian State Ballet of Siberia.

Thu 8 Mar 2018

£8.75–£43.25 / 01227 787787

  • 19:30

Russian State Ballet of Siberia: The Nutcracker

The Russian State Ballet of Siberia performs Tchaikovsky's magical masterpiece.

Sat 10 Mar 2018

£8.75–£43.25 / 01227 787787

  • 14:30
  • 19:30

The Russian State Ballet: Romeo and Juliet

Shakespeare’s tale of primal passion and timeless tragedy is brought to life by the Russian State Ballet.

Fri 9 Mar 2018

£8.75–£43.25 / 01227 787787

Russian State Ballet: Swan Lake

  • Written by: Russian State Ballet

Tchaikovsky's magical score accompanies this tale of mystery and romance with spellbinding ballet dancing from the Russian State Ballet.

Mon 5 Mar 2018

£20.25–£43.25 / 01227 787787

Tue 6 Mar 2018

£20.25–£43.25 / 01227 787787

Wed 7 Mar 2018

£20.25–£43.25 / 01227 787787

…and 3 more dates until 10 Mar 2018

Santa In Love

An interactive show about Santa and what he wants best. Have you ever wanted to know a secret? A Christmas secret! Maybe you’d like to know where the fairy on top of the Christmas tree comes from, or why you never see a Christmas elf, or what exactly happened to Frosty the Snowman? Or maybe you’d like to know the…

Tue 19 Dec

£10.25 / 01227 787787

Santa In Love: The People's Theatre Company

A fun filled family musical complete with games, giggles and all your favourite Christmas songs.

Tue 19 Dec

The Studio

£10.25 / 01227 787787

  • 11:00
  • 13:30

Sarah Millican: Control Enthusiast

You'll know her face from talking about cake and cats on the telly, so here's another chance to see the Millican phenomenon in full flight live on stage.

Mon 22 Jan 2018

Sold out / 01227 787787

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 11 Jul 2018

Times vary / £13.75–£48.75 / 01227 787787

Thu 12 Jul 2018

Times vary / £13.75–£48.75 / 01227 787787

Fri 13 Jul 2018

Times vary / £13.75–£48.75 / 01227 787787

…and 9 more dates until 22 Jul 2018

Snow Mouse

The adventures of a child and a mouse in a magical winter wonderland, told through puppetry and music.

Thu 11 Jan 2018

£10.25 / 01227 787787

The Studio

£10.25 / 01227 787787

  • 10:00
  • 12:00
  • 14:00

Fri 12 Jan 2018

£10.25 / 01227 787787

The Studio

£10.25 / 01227 787787

  • 10:00
  • 12:00
  • 14:00

Sat 13 Jan 2018

£10.25 / 01227 787787

The Studio

£10.25 / 01227 787787

  • 10:00
  • 12:00
  • 14:00

Sun 14 Jan 2018

£10.25 / 01227 787787

The Studio

£10.25 / 01227 787787

  • 10:00
  • 12:00
  • 14:00

Sofie Hagen: Dead Baby Frog

  • 4 stars

Best Newcomer at Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2015, Sofie Hagen has been charming the UK with her spot-on comedy ever since. This is her brand new show, which we hope won't actually contain any dead baby frogs.

Sat 3 Feb 2018

£12.10 (£8.80) / 01227 787787

Suggs McPherson - What A King Cnut: A Life In The Realm Of Madness

The vocalist and songwriter tells stories about life with the legendary ska-pop band, whose music continues to garner fans to this day.

Sat 10 Feb 2018

£28.50 / 01227 787787

  • 19:30

Sunset Boulevard

  • Directed by: Lonny Price
  • Written by: Don Black (lyrics)

Ria Jones stars as Norma Desmond in Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical adaptation of Billy Wilder’s classic 1950 film.

Mon 16 Apr 2018

£8.75–£48.25; £8.75–£51.25 / 01227 787787

  • 19:30

Tue 17 Apr 2018

£8.75–£48.25; £8.75–£51.25 / 01227 787787

  • 19:30

Wed 18 Apr 2018

£8.75–£48.25; £8.75–£51.25 / 01227 787787

  • 14:30
  • 19:30
…and 3 more dates until 21 Apr 2018

Team Viking

Combining storytelling, comedy and live music, this is the remarkable, hilarious and heart-lifting story of how James actually gave his best mate the send-off he wanted - a full Viking burial.

Thu 18 Jan 2018

The Studio

£13.75 / 01227 787787

  • 20:00

Teletubbies Live!

See the iconic, world famous Teletubbies in their first ever theatre show created especially for your little ones. Join Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po in a show full of love and laughter as they explore the magical world of Teletubbyland. Look out for the Tubby Phone, Noo-noo and Sun Baby in a fun, bright and safe…

Sat 25 Aug 2018

£15.25–£23.25 / 01227 787787

Sun 26 Aug 2018

£15.25–£23.25 / 01227 787787

Tez Ilyas: Teztify

Cheeky, smart and subversive stand-up from the star of BBC Radio 4's TEZ Talks, BBC Two's Live from the BBC and BBC Three's Man Like Mobeen.

Fri 4 May 2018

Times to be confirmed / Phone for prices / 01227 787787

The Thinking Drinkers - History Of Alcohol

"Drink less but better," is the message of writers and comedy performers Ben McFarland and Tom Sandham. They know their stuff. Ben is three-times winner of the British Beer Writers Of The Year award and Tom lectures for the Wine & Spirits Education Trust. Now they set out to prove that alcohol has influenced…

Sat 27 Jan 2018

£15.25 / 01227 787787

  • 20:00

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