The Marlowe Theatre – Canterbury

    The Marlowe Theatre is an astonishing new venue in the historic city of Canterbury. We aim to bring you the best of everything!

    The theatre was named after the playwright Christopher Marlowe, who was born and attended school in the city. In front of the present theatre is a 19th-century statue, The Muse of Poetry (Marlowe is known as the Muses’ darling) surrounded by small effigies of characters from Marlowe’s plays.

    The programme of shows includes plays, major West End musicals, ballet, contemporary dance, opera, stand-up comedy, orchestral concerts, music gigs and children’s shows. Regular visiting companies include Glyndebourne Opera, National Theatre on Tour, Matthew Bourne, Propeller, Northern Ballet, Rambert Dance Company and Theatre Royal Bath.

    The venue has also featured performances by music artists John Surman. His LP Morning Glory was recorded there 12 March 1973. Elvis Costello,Van Morrison,Ray Davies, Suzanne Vega, Kate Rusby, Richard Thompson and José González.

    In 2014 Artistic Director Mark Everett announced that the Marlowe Theatre would begin operating as a producing house with original productions thanks to a £23,000 grant from Arts Council England. Their focus will be on new writing

    Upcoming Shows at The Marlowe Theatre - Canterbury

    Charlie And The Chocolate Factory

    The smash-hit musical based on Roald Dahl's beloved classic.

    The Marlowe Theatre - Canterbury

    24 May 2023 - 3 Jun 2023

    Roald Dahl’s devilishly delicious tale of young golden ticket winner Charlie Bucket and wild confectionary wizard Willy Wonka will take you to a world of Pure Imagination.

    42nd Street

    It’s big… It’s bright… It's a brand-spanking new production of the original showbiz musical!

    The Marlowe Theatre - Canterbury

    13 Jul 2023 - 22 Jul 2023

    It’s big… It’s bright… It's a brand-spanking new production of the original showbiz musical!

    Tim Peake: My Journey To Space

    Fasten your seatbelts and get ready for an awe-inspiring ride.

    The Marlowe Theatre - Canterbury

    1 Mar 2023

    Fasten your seatbelts and get ready for an awe-inspiring ride.

    Hey Duggee

    SQUIRRELS GET READY!

    The Marlowe Theatre - Canterbury

    18 Feb 2023 - 19 Feb 2023

    Everyone’s big lovable dog Hey Duggee is touring for the first time EVER and here’s your chance to see him!

    English Touring Opera Presents Handel’s Giulio Cesare

    One of Handel’s most celebrated operas.

    The Marlowe Theatre - Canterbury

    28 Apr 2023

    Il viaggio a Reims is set in a provincial hotel, where guests from all over Europe are stranded on their way to a coronation in France.

    English Touring Opera Presents Rossini’s Il viaggio a Reims

    Rossini’s last Italian opera.

    The Marlowe Theatre - Canterbury

    29 Apr 2023

    Il viaggio a Reims is set in a provincial hotel, where guests from all over Europe are stranded on their way to a coronation in France.

    The Storm Whale

    A heart-warming family show based on The Storm Whale and The Storm Whale in Winter by Benji Davies.

    The Marlowe Theatre - Canterbury

    9 Dec 2022 - 31 Dec 2022

    The Storm Whale. Noi rescued a little whale that washed up on the beach. A friendship began that changed their lives forever.

    Sadlers Wells Message In A Bottle

    Dance theatre choreographed by Kate Prince with the music of Sting

    The Marlowe Theatre - Canterbury

    4 Jul 2023 - 8 Jul 2023

    A Sadler's Wells & Universal Music UK production Message In A Bottle is the spectacular new dance-theatre show from triple-Olivier Award nominee, Kate Prince to the iconic hits of 17-time Grammy Award-winning artist Sting,

    The Drifter’s Girl

    They were The Drifters. She was the boss. This is their story.

    The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

    17 Oct 2023 - 21 Oct 2023

    Discover the remarkable story of The Drifters, one of the world’s greatest vocal groups, and the truth about the woman who made them.

    Winnie The Pooh The Musical

    Disney’s Winnie the Pooh will be coming to the UK for the first time in Spring 2023!

    The Marlowe Theatre - Canterbury

    18 Aug 2023 - 20 Aug 2023

    Disney’s iconic Winnie the Pooh, Christopher Robin and their best friends Piglet, Eeyore, Kanga, Roo, Rabbit, and Owl (oh... and don’t forget Tigger too!) have come to life in a beautifully crafted musical stage adaptation.

    Giovanni Pernice – Made in Italy – 2023 Tour

    Giovanni Pernice invites you to join him on a journey to his homeland for his brand new 2023 production

    The Marlowe Theatre - Canterbury

    16 Feb 2023

    World class dancer, and Strictly Come Dancing 2021 champion, Giovanni Pernice invites you to join...

    David Walliams’ Demon Dentist

    Book Your Appointment With Fun!

    The Marlowe Theatre - Canterbury

    4 May 2023 - 7 May 2023

    Don't miss this terrific tale from the West End producers of David Walliams' Gangsta Granny and Billionaire Boy, which were both nominated for an Olivier Award! It promises to be the funniest and most thrilling show yet!

    The Ocean at the End of the Lane

    The first major stage adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s work is a thrilling adventure of fantasy, myth and friendship.

    The Marlowe Theatre - Canterbury

    25 Jul 2023 - 29 Jul 2023

    From the imagination of Neil Gaiman, best-selling author of Coraline, Good Omens and The Sandman,...

    Fisherman’s Friends The Musical

    Fisherman's Friends The Musical will embark on a UK & Ireland Tour in 2022 & 2023!

    The Marlowe Theatre - Canterbury

    21 Feb 2023 - 25 Feb 2023

    Fisherman’s Friends the musical is based on the true story of the Cornish chart topping...

    Strictly Ballroom the Musical

    Strictly Ballroom the Musical, based on the award-winning world-wide film phenomenon, is heading out to tour the UK and Ireland!

    The Marlowe Theatre - Canterbury

    13 Mar 2023 - 18 Mar 2023

    With direction from dancer, choreographer, theatre director and Britain’s favourite TV Judge, Craig Revel Horwood,...
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