The Marlowe Theatre

The Marlowe Theatre
The Friars, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 2AS

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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.

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

Event times

There are 50 events at this location

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Andy Zaltzman: Satirist For Hire

Political satire from the writer and radio regular.

Tue 28 Feb 2017

£12 (£11; £10) / 01227 787787

Apollo Theatre Company: The Snow Queen

The story of Gerda's search for Kai in Hans Christian Andersen's famous story is adapted and directed by Lucy Betts.

Belshazzar's Feast

The London-based pairing of Paul Sartin of Bellowhead and Faustus, plus Paul Hutchinson of Hoover The Dog, performs its folk-based originals with classical overtones.

Tue 20 Dec

£14 / 01227 787787

Brendan Cole: All Night Long

Choreographer, performer and Strictly's dancer Brendan Cole performs more dazzling ballroom and Latin moves.

Tue 14 Feb 2017

£29.50–£38.50 / 01227 787787

Wed 15 Feb 2017

£29.50–£38.50 / 01227 787787

La Cage Aux Folles

John Partridge stars as Albin and Adrian Zmed as Georges in this Bill Kenright production about drag artists and family values.

Tue 24 Jan 2017

£25.50–£42; £28.50–£37 friends; £27.50–£44 (£23.50–£42; £10 16-26yrs/) / 01227 787787

Wed 25 Jan 2017

£25.50–£42; £28.50–£37 friends; £27.50–£44 (£23.50–£42; £10 16-26yrs/) / 01227 787787

Thu 26 Jan 2017

£25.50–£42; £28.50–£37 friends; £27.50–£44 (£23.50–£42; £10 16-26yrs/) / 01227 787787

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A Christmas Carol: As Told By Jacob Marley (Deceased)

This Brother Wolf production tells the tale in a new way in a solo performance by James Hyland as the eponymous Jacob Marley.

Fri 16 Dec

£11.50; £10.50 friends (£8 16-26yrs/) / 01227 787787

CK Gospel Choir

The choir from London performs its gospel, soul and jazz material.

Wed 21 Dec

£12 / 01227 787787

Coco & The Butterfields

Folk with a little difference

Sun 18 Dec

£12 / 01227 787787

Comedy Club 4 Kids

  • 4 stars

Top comedians play to the toughest crowd: kids. And they have to keep it clean.

Count Arthur Strong

Steve Delaney's deluded thespian creation returns with a new show.

Sun 26 Mar 2017

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Dick Whittington

A festive adaptation of the popular children's story starring one of the UK's most popular TV stars Stephen Mulhern and Marlowe favourites, Ben Roddy and Lloyd Hollett.

Fri 9 Dec

£17–£35 / 01227 787787

Sun 11 Dec

…and 25 more dates until 8 Jan 2017

Don't Dribble on the Dragon

An adventure about friendship featuring a magical dragon.

Emily Portman & The Coracle Band

Contemporary folk from the Newcastle-based singer-songwriter and her accompanying musicians.

Fri 9 Dec

From Ibiza To The Norfolk Broads

Alex Walton presents a solo production that tells the story of a young David Bowie obsessive. Set against a soundtrack by the late legendary musician.

Fri 10 Feb 2017

£12.50 (£11.50) / 01227 787787

The Full Monty

Oscar-winning writer Simon Beaufoy has adapted his feel great 1990s film about six washed-up Sheffield steel workers, who swap the dole queue for the stage. Gary Lucy, Joe Absolom, Andrew Dunn, Louis Emerick, Chris Fountain and Kai Owen flex their pecs to great songs by Donna Summer, Hot Chocolate and Tom Jones.

Mon 20 Feb 2017

£18.50–£39 / 01227 787787

Tue 21 Feb 2017

£18.50–£39 / 01227 787787

Wed 22 Feb 2017

£18.50–£39 / 01227 787787

…and 3 more dates until 25 Feb 2017 back to top

Get Happy!

The Marlowe Friends Committee presents Melody-Jane Faulkner as the legendary performer Judy Garland, featuring songs including Over The Rainbow, Stormy Weather, The Man that Got Away and The Trolley Song.

Sun 11 Dec

Studio

£15 / 01227 787787

Gutted

Sharon Byrne presents a poignant black comedy set in a fish factory where three women tell the stories of their often mundane lives in the factory staffroom. Through dynamic monologue, pure Irish storytelling and comedy, the women then dramatise the events of a very significant night in their lives.

Tue 21 Feb 2017

£12.50 (£11.50; £10.50) / 01227 787787

Wed 22 Feb 2017

£12.50 (£11.50; £10.50) / 01227 787787

Thu 23 Feb 2017

£12.50 (£11.50; £10.50) / 01227 787787

…and 2 more dates until 25 Feb 2017

A House Repeated

Written and performed by Seth Kriebel and also featuring Zoe Bouras, this unique experience is built on the same premise as The Unbuilt Room, and is an interactive performance-game inviting you to explore an imagined building without leaving your seat. Seeing might be deceiving.

Fri 17 Feb 2017

£12.50 (£11.50) / 01227 787787

Jim Causley

The singer/accordionist performs a selection of traditional songs from his native Devon and some from his album of self-penned work.

Sun 19 Feb 2017

£13 / 01227 787787

Jimmy Carr: The Best of, Ultimate, Gold, Greatest Hits Tour

Acerbic wit and dark, deadpan one-liners from familiar telly face Carr.

Tue 4 Jul 2017

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Josie Long: Something Better

The politically astute Sidcup-born comedian, who took part in the Channel 4 show Celebrity Island With Bear Grylls as part of the Stand Up To Cancer campaign, waxes lyrical about optimism, hopefulness and the giddy joys of surrounding yourself with people you can look up to.

Wed 1 Feb 2017

£14 (£13) / 01227 787787

Justin's Party

BAFTA-award winning character actor Justin Fletcher presents a family-friendly mix of games, jokes, songs and plenty of surprises.

Sat 18 Feb 2017

£13.50–£19.50 / 01227 787787

Sun 19 Feb 2017

£13.50–£19.50 / 01227 787787

Laid Bare Cabaret

Comedian Lloyd Hollett comperes an evening of entertainment and burlesque featuring the artiste Jolie Papillon. Contains nudity, adult content and language.

Sat 11 Feb 2017

£18 (£16) / 01227 787787

Lee Nelson: Suited and Booted

Lee Nelson, the creation of comedian Simon Brodkin, is the chavvy catch-phrase monger whose Well Good Show has become a BBC3 hit. Now the South London geeza takes his banter to the live stage where it all works best. Brodkin has appeared as Nelson in a host of TV programmes including Al Murray's sketch show Al Murray's…

Thu 26 Jan 2017

Let's All Dance: The Nutcracker

The famous ballet about Clara and her Nutcracker Prince has been adapted especially for children in this production.

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The Little Mermaid - Northern Ballet

Based on the famous fairytale by Hans Christian Andersen, The Little Mermaid tells of a young mermaid who is willing to give up everything she knows for love and the desire to gain a human soul. This original ballet will transport you to a world beneath the waves.

Tue 14 Nov 2017

Phone for prices / 01227 787787

Wed 15 Nov 2017

Phone for prices / 01227 787787

…and 2 more dates until 18 Nov 2017

Live At The Marlowe

An opportunity to see comedians you know and love, as well as hopefully discovering some new favourites.

Fri 17 Feb 2017

£19.50 / 01227 787787

The Magic Paintbrush

Set to an urban soundtrack, the ensemble's version of the book follows the young heroine as she leaps, splatters, swirls, boogies and paints her world into a brighter place and tries to vanquish the mighty shadow of greed.

Sat 14 Jan 2017

The Marlowe Young Musician Of The Year

This year will see a fresh and exciting new programme for this much-loved event with young finalists accompanied by the Kent Concert Orchestra.

Tue 7 Feb 2017

£16.50 (£14.50) / 01227 787787

Miles Jupp: Songs Of Freedom

The actor, stand-up and host of The News Quiz muses on modern life.

Fri 13 Jan 2017

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Million Dollar Quartet

Musical based on a recording session that saw Elvis, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins working together for the first and only time.

Tue 28 Feb 2017

£20.50–£39.50 / 01227 787787

Wed 1 Mar 2017

£20.50–£39.50 / 01227 787787

Thu 2 Mar 2017

…and 2 more dates until 4 Mar 2017

Narvik

Box Of Tricks presents a period musical by Lizzie Nunnery, set during the Second World War, and following the story of a Liverpudlian man and a Norwegian woman pulled together and torn apart by war as the events of one summer cause ripples across an ocean of time.

Mon 13 Feb 2017

£12.50 (£11.50) / 01227 787787

Out of Order

Ray Cooney's 1990 farce set in a posh London hotel.

Mon 27 Mar 2017

£18.50–£33.50; £21.50–£36.50 / 01227 787787

Tue 28 Mar 2017

£18.50–£33.50; £21.50–£36.50 / 01227 787787

Wed 29 Mar 2017

£18.50–£33.50; £21.50–£36.50 / 01227 787787

…and 3 more dates until 1 Apr 2017

Sat 14 Jan 2017

£16–£34; £21.50–£31 friends (£14–£2250; £8 16-26yrs/) / 01227 787787

Domingo Hindoyan conducts Wagner's Overture, Der Fliegende Hollander, Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No 1 and Beethoven's Symphony No 5, with Michael Barenboim, violin.

Philharmonia Orchestra: Nielsen Cycle

Nicholas Dodd conducts a performance of the music of legendary Hollywood composer John Barry, who won five Oscars throughout a career creating some of the most memorable movie music in history, beginning with his scores to numerous Bond films and then on to Oscar-winning movies such as Dances With Wolves.

Fri 10 Feb 2017

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Politics Is Farce

A sideways look at contemporary Britain in a group of plays chosen, directed and performed by The Marlowe People's Company.

Sun 5 Feb 2017

£7 (£5) / 01227 787787

Mon 6 Feb 2017

£7 (£5) / 01227 787787

Tue 7 Feb 2017

£7 (£5) / 01227 787787

Pride and Prejudice

  • Directed by: Deborah Bruce
  • Written by: Simon Reade (adapt)

Simon Reade's adaptation of Austen's classic novel.

Tue 31 Jan 2017

£20–£32.50; £20.50–£27.50 friends; £22–£34.50 (£23.50–£30.50; £8 16-26yrs/) / 01227 787787

Wed 1 Feb 2017

£20–£32.50; £20.50–£27.50 friends; £22–£34.50 (£23.50–£30.50; £8 16-26yrs/) / 01227 787787

Thu 2 Feb 2017

£20–£32.50; £20.50–£27.50 friends; £22–£34.50 (£23.50–£30.50; £8 16-26yrs/) / 01227 787787

…and 2 more dates until 4 Feb 2017

The Rat Pack: Live

Hartshorn-Hook Productions present a night of swinging jazz covering the songs of Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr and Dean Martin.

Sun 15 Jan 2017

£26; £24 friends / 01227 787787

Reginald D Hunter: The Man Who Attempted To Do As Much and Such

The self-proclaimed 'comedian, swashbuckler and scientist' takes his latest and no doubt controversial show on the road.

Ross Noble: Brain Dump

The wild-haired Geordie, prone to wondrous tangents and surreal interludes, wanders back out on tour with a brand new show.

Sat 11 Feb 2017

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Run The Beast Down: Libby Brodie Productions

An insomniac's fantasies about an urban fox is at the heart of this contemporary work. Includes live music.

Tue 24 Jan 2017

Wed 25 Jan 2017

Fri 27 Jan 2017

Sat 28 Jan 2017

Russell Howard

Comedian Russell Howard tries out brand new material.

Thu 12 Jan 2017

£20 / 01227 787787

The Simon & Garfunkel Story

The story of one of music's most compelling duos.

Thu 9 Feb 2017

Smother

201 Dance Company presents a fast-paced, intimate performance, exploring the relationship of two young men.

Wed 8 Feb 2017

£12 / 01227 787787

The Snowman: The Birmingham Repertory Theatre

When a young boy's snowman comes to life on Christmas Eve, the two set off on a night-time quest for adventure. They meet Father Christmas, dancing penguins, reindeer and crowds of The Snowman's friends, but will they escape evil Jack Frost and get back home for Christmas morning? Based on Raymond Briggs' much-loved…

Wed 18 Jan 2017

£15–£31.50; £18–£34.50 / 01227 787787

Fri 20 Jan 2017

£15–£31.50; £18–£34.50 / 01227 787787

…and 2 more dates until 22 Jan 2017 back to top

Stewart Lee: Content Provider

The deep-thinking, anti-comedian returns with another panoply of caustic observations in his first full-length show since the award-winning Carpet Remnant World.

Sun 14 May 2017

Tiff Stevenson: Seven

The Mock the Week panellist celebrates her lucky seventh solo show. Ages 16+.

Thu 9 Feb 2017

£12 (£11.50) / 01227 787787

Urinetown: The Musical

A side-splitting send-up of greed, love, revolution (and musicals) in a time when water is worth its weight in gold.

Fri 3 Feb 2017

£10 (£8) / 01227 787787

Sat 4 Feb 2017

£10 (£8) / 01227 787787

The Vanishing Man

Show based on the Edwardian magician Hugo Cedar who is said to have disappeared forever, featuring director and performer Simon Evans and directed by David Aula.

Fri 20 Jan 2017

£12.50 (£11.50) / 01227 787787

Zest Theatre: Thrive

A production inspired by true stories and aimed at young people, which uses humour, movement, music and spoken word. Developed in collaboration with psychologists.

Mon 27 Feb 2017

£12.50 (£11.50; £10.50) / 01227 787787

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