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

    The Lion The Witch and the Wardrobe UK Tour 2021

    Direct from London, the smash hit production of C.S. Lewis’ classic The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, voted the nation’s favourite book in 2019

    The Marlowe Theatre - Canterbury

    15 Feb 2022 - 19 Feb 2022

    The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe to tour the UK in 2021 The London...

    Heathers The Musical – Rescheduled

    Following two smash hit record breaking London West End seasons, Heathers The Musical embarks on its first national tour.

    The Marlowe Theatre - Canterbury

    16 Feb 2021 - 20 Feb 2021

    This high octane, black comedy rock musical based on the 1988 film of the same...

    Derren Brown – Rescheduled Date

    Showman - Live tour 2020

    The Marlowe Theatre - Canterbury

    4 May 2021 - 8 May 2021

    Derren Brown returns to the stage with his brand-new live show! The multi award-winning master...

    Singin’ In The Rain

    This critically-acclaimed West End smash-hit is set to make a splash in Canterbury

    The Marlowe Theatre - Canterbury

    21 Jan 2021 - 30 Jan 2021

    Journey back to the glamour of Hollywood during the roaring 20s. Silent movie star Don...


    Let your soul sing with the dazzling multi-award winning DREAMGIRLS.

    The Marlowe Theatre - Canterbury

    30 Mar 2021 - 10 Apr 2021

    Let your soul sing with this dazzling multi-award-winning musical. Direct from the West End, with...

    Mamma Mia! – Rescheduled Dates

    Whatever age you are, you can’t help but have the time of your life at MAMMA MIA!

    The Marlowe Theatre - Canterbury

    30 Aug 2022 - 10 Sep 2022

    Join us at MAMMA MIA! and enjoy the ultimate feel-good factor at the world’s sunniest...
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