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.

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There are 36 events at this location

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Al Murray: Let's Go Backwards Together

A brand new show from everyone's favourite bigoted landlord, Al Murray, star of Happy Hour. Please only cheer at the irony and stay in your house if you actually hate the French.

Almost, Maine: T24

The company present a comedic tale which charts the stories of nine couples as they fall in and out of love in wacky and wonderful ways.

Thu 24 Nov

£8.50 / 01227 787787

Fri 25 Nov

£8.50 / 01227 787787

Billy Bragg

Self-styled 'progressive patriot' and veteran political activist who is still one of the UK's finest writers of love songs.

Wed 9 Nov

£23 / 01227 787787


Roaring 20s musical about Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly, both murders, who are trying to stay away from death row. Featuring songs like 'Cell Block Tango', 'Razzle Dazzle' and 'All That Jazz'.

Mon 24 Oct

£23–£44.50 £23-£44.50 / 01227 787787

Tue 25 Oct

£23–£44.50 £23-£44.50 / 01227 787787

Wed 26 Oct

£23–£44.50 £23-£44.50 / 01227 787787

…and 3 more dates until 29 Oct

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 25 Nov

£17–£35 / 01227 787787

Sat 26 Nov

Sun 27 Nov

£17–£35 / 01227 787787

…and 36 more dates until 8 Jan 2017

Dr Faustus

Employing puppetry, physical theatre and circus elements, Theatrical Niche stage a re-imagining of Marlowe's play.

Fri 4 Nov

£12.50 / 01227 787787

Dr Hook

Dennis Locorriere brings his incarnation of Dr Hook to town.

Fri 11 Nov

£29.50 / 01227 787787

An Evening with Pam Ayres

A cosy evening of poetry, stories and incredible wit from the lady herself.

Thu 10 Nov

Geoffrey Horton: With A Song In My Heart

The popular baritone presents an evening of lively anecdotes and a programme of music drawn from his extensive and eclectic repertoire.

Sun 27 Nov

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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


£15 / 01227 787787

Glenn Tilbrook

Solo show from the former Squeeze frontman.

Fri 28 Oct

£18.50 (£16.50) / 01227 787787

£19.25 / 01227 787787

Glyndebourne: Don Giovanni

  • Directed by: Pablo Gonzales (cond)
  • Written by: Mozart

Glyndebourne present Mozart's comic opera.

Tue 15 Nov

£31–£57 / 01227 787787

Fri 18 Nov

£31–£57 / 01227 787787

Glyndebourne: Madama Butterfly

  • Directed by: John Wilson (cond)
  • Written by: Puccini

Glyndebourne present Puccini’s masterpiece.

Wed 16 Nov

£38–£62 / 01227 787787

Sat 19 Nov

£38–£62 / 01227 787787


  • Directed by: Richard Twyman
  • Written by: Al Smith

Richard Twyman directs Al Smith's timely drama about the passage of time and the changes that occur within people.

Sun 6 Nov

£12.50 / 01227 787787

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James Campbell: The Funny Thing About …

Family-friendly stand-up comedy.

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

Joe Brown

The rock'n'roll veteran plays a set which spans rock, country, gospel and ballads.

Sun 30 Oct

£25 / 01227 787787

With Henry Gross.

Just Joe solo tour.

Josh Widdicombe: What Do I Do Now

A new show from Widdicombe, who has been so busy doing everything else (appearing on TV, radio and writing/starring in his own sitcom) that we're surprised he's found the time to write a whole new stand-up tour.

Mon 28 Nov

Keston Cobblers Club

Folk pop five-piece from Kent.

Wed 26 Oct


£13 / 01227 787787

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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 5 Nov

£17 / 01227 787787

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


The award-winning theatre company Two Destination Language presents a play that celebrates 'everyday maleness'. Alister and Kat talk about men and power.

Tue 29 Nov

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

Sat 29 Oct


£14 / 01227 787787

Dry and intelligent humour from former We Are Klang member Steve Hall. Plus Annie McGrath, Rob Auton and Steve Bugeja.

Method In Madness

Entita Theatre presents a fusion of new writing, physical theatre and dance, sound tracked by Laura Marling as theatre and reality blurs for a young actress playing Ophelia.

Tue 1 Nov

£12.50 / 01227 787787

Wed 2 Nov

£12.50 / 01227 787787

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Miles Jupp: Songs Of Freedom

The son of a minister in the United Reform Church, Jupp was a natural when it came to the casting of Nigel, a Church Of England Lay Reader, in the BBC sitcom Rev. Now the actor, stand-up and Radio Four stalwart presents his latest show about modern life. Astronauts, regrets, social media, hipsters, rage and medicine are…

Fri 13 Jan 2017

The Owl And The Pussycat: Let’s All Dance

The company presents a fresh and humorous look at the famous Lear poem with fantastic dancing, beautiful costumes and crystal clear story-telling to engage and delight young audiences.

Paul Foot: Tis a Pity She's a Piglet

Surreal and chaotic humour from the 2013 Sydney Comedy Award-winning stand-up.

Thu 3 Nov

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

Times to be confirmed / Phone for prices / 01227 787787

Wed 1 Feb 2017

Times to be confirmed / Phone for prices / 01227 787787

Thu 2 Feb 2017

Times to be confirmed / Phone for prices / 01227 787787

…and 2 more dates until 4 Feb 2017

The RAF In Concert 2016

Royal Air Force musicians perform an inspirational mix of show tunes, classical pieces, legendary big band numbers and stirring military marches.

Sun 6 Nov

£19–£25 / 01227 787787

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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.

Robyn Hitchcock

The ex-Soft Boys frontman returns to the stage to perform tracks from his vast back catalogue.

Thu 27 Oct

£14 / 01227 787787

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

The Simon & Garfunkel Story

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

Thu 9 Feb 2017

That'll Be the Day

Step back in time with a brand new edition of the popular touring show, and hear rock'n'roll hits from the 50s, 60s and 70s.

Mon 7 Nov

£26 / 01227 787787

The Woman in Black

  • Directed by: Robin Herford
  • Written by: Stephen Mallatratt (adapt)

Spookily Gothic and highly theatrical adaptation of Susan Hill's story about a young lawyer trying to exorcise his metaphorical demons.

Tue 1 Nov

Wed 2 Nov

£16–£33 / 01227 787787

Thu 3 Nov

…and 2 more dates until 5 Nov

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