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

    101 Dalmatians The Musical

    Dazzling new musical touring the UK & Ireland

    The Marlowe Theatre Canterbury

    16 Jul 2024 - 20 Jul 2024

    The smash hit musical 101 Dalmatians is the UK this summer, starring pop icon Faye Tozer as the greatest villain of them all, Cruella De Vil.

    An Officer and a Gentleman the Musical

    UK Tour 2024

    The Marlowe Theatre - Canterbury

    3 Jul 2024 - 13 Jul 2024

    An Officer and a Gentleman is an inspiring, breathtakingly romantic musical and celebrates triumph over adversity

    Carlos Acosta’s Classical Selection: BRB2

    BRB2 returns in 2024 with more performances from some of the very best young dancers from around the world.

    The Marlowe Theatre Canterbury

    29 May 2024

    For exciting talent and breathtaking dance, Carlos Acosta's Classical Selection is THE show to see.   

    TINA – The Tina Turner Musical

    West End mega-hit TINA – The Tina Turner Musical tours the UK for the first time.

    The Marlowe Theatre - Canterbury

    28 Oct 2025 - 8 Nov 2025

    West End mega-hit TINA – The Tina Turner Musical on its first ever UK & Ireland tour.

    Northern Ballet’s Romeo and Juliet

    The ultimate tale of forbidden love

    The Marlowe Theatre - Canterbury

    9 Oct 2024 - 12 Oct 2024

    The greatest love story ever told is back – as Northern Ballet’s electrifying production returns in spring 2024.

    The Boy at the Back of the Class

    Highlights the power of friendship and kindness in a world that doesn’t always make sense

    The Marlowe Theatre - Canterbury

    22 May 2024 - 25 May 2024

    Highlights the power of friendship and kindness in a world that doesn’t always make sense.

    Ben Elton: Authentic Stupidity Tour

    The undisputed godfather of modern stand-up is going back on the road

    The Marlowe Theatre - Canterbury

    6 Oct 2024

    The undisputed godfather of modern stand-up is going back on the road.

    Grease The Musical

    The world’s best-loved musical is back!

    The Marlowe Theatre - Canterbury

    9 Sep 2024 - 14 Sep 2024

    The world’s best-loved musical is back! Grittier and more glamorous than ever before.

    Here You Come Again – The New Dolly Parton Musical

    Dolly Parton's biggest hits can be experienced together in a rollicking and joyous new musical comedy.

    The Marlowe Theatre - Canterbury

    2 Jul 2024 - 6 Jul 2024

    For the first time ever, all of Dolly Parton's biggest hits can be experienced together in a rollicking and joyous new musical comedy.

    Jools Holland & his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra

    with special guests Marc Almond and Toby Lee

    The Marlowe Theatre - Canterbury

    27 Jun 2024 - 28 Jun 2024

    Jools Holland & his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra with special guests Marc Almond and Toby Lee

    Rachel Parris: Poise

    Rachel Parris is back with her biggest tour yet.

    The Marlowe Theatre - Canterbury

    15 Sep 2024

    Rachel Parris is back with her biggest tour yet, presenting a dazzling new hour of her signature blend of stand-up and songs.

    Behind The Magic with Nadiya and Kai

    The most glamorous show yet

    The Marlowe Theatre - Canterbury

    26 Jun 2024

    Following their critically acclaimed debut tour, Nadiya and Kai return in their brand new show Behind the Magic.

    Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

    JAMIE IS COMING BACK!

    The Marlowe Theatre - Canterbury

    3 Jun 2024 - 8 Jun 2024

    Everyone’s talking about Jamie…  because there is something about Jamie… he doesn’t quite fit in but he’s going to be a sensation!

    Sister Act The Musical

    Hallelujah SISTER ACT is back!

    The Marlowe Theatre - Canterbury

    23 Jul 2024 - 27 Jul 2024

    Based on the iconic movie, this sparkling tribute to the universal power of friendship, sisterhood...

    Pretty Woman The Musical

    It’s time to head to Beverly Hills and experience one of Hollywood’s most beloved romantic stories of all time.

    The Marlowe Theatre - Canterbury

    30 Jul 2024 - 3 Aug 2024

    Big night out. Big. HUGE. Pretty Woman: The Musical is finally embarking on a UK and Ireland tour.

    & Juliet

    The Most Famous Love Story of All Time. Remixed.

    The Marlowe Theatre - Canterbury

    14 Oct 2024 - 19 Oct 2024

    What if Juliet’s famous ending was really just her beginning? What if she decided to...

    Drop the Dead Donkey

    The Reawakening

    The Marlowe Theatre - Canterbury

    11 Jun 2024 - 15 Jun 2024

    Drop The Dead Donkey, the Globelink News team are back, and now live on stage for the very first time.

    Come From Away

    The award winning musical that welcomes the world

    The Marlowe Theatre - Canterbury

    12 Nov 2024 - 17 Nov 2024

    7,000 Stranded Passengers. One Small Town. A Remarkable True Story.
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