The Marlowe Theatre is an astonishing new theatre in the heart of Canterbury. Its programme includes West End musicals, drama, opera, comedy, dance, ballet, orchestral music, gigs, children's shows and pantomime. There is also The Riverside Restaurant for dining, coffee and snacks.
The theatre re-opened in October 2011 after an extensive rebuild and has become one of the country’s leading regional theatres. It is an influential creative voice in the region.
The Marlowe brings world-class artists and companies to Canterbury, this includes visits by the National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company, Glyndebourne Touring Opera, Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures and the Philharmonia Orchestra. We also co-produce (with Evolution Productions) an award-winning pantomime that is watched by over 100,000 people each year.
The Marlowe Studio, situated in the heart of the building, is a performance space dedicated to the presentation of challenging and bold theatre that reflects the spirit of Christopher Marlowe, Canterbury’s most famous son. The Studio’s programme includes exciting new theatre by some of this country’s cutting edge companies including Soho Theatre, Paines Plough, Vamos Theatre and The Paper Birds Theatre Company.
The Marlowe Kit, situated in Stour Street, opened in October 2018 and offers intimate performances in the historic atmospheric The Great Hall.