The Marlowe
What we do

What we do

The Marlowe Theatre is an independent charity. Named UK Theatre of the Year 2022 in the Stage Awards, we present a year-round programme of theatre, dance, music, comedy and opera.

Production photo from Singin' In The Rain

Singin’ In The Rain. Photo by Manuel Harlan


Our mission is to be Kent’s engine house for the performing arts, shaping the spirit of our region.

Read our commitments to our audiences and communities, artists, staff and industry and the next generation.

Our Resident and Associate Companies are Maria Aberg’s PROJEKT EUROPA, The Philharmonia Orchestra, Glyndebourne Opera, Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures and The Royal Shakespeare Company.

Let Your Hands Sing In The Silence by PROJEKT EUROPA


We are the national base for New Adventures’ Cygnet School, a year-long talent development programme for young dancers aged 12-21yrs. And we are the RSC’s Associate Theatre in the South East, working with 22 schools across Kent and Medway to inspire the teaching and learning of Shakespeare.

Cygnet School rehearsal. Photo by David Oxberry


We have a thriving youth company for young people aged from 7 to 21 and an ambition to turn their base – a 12th century former Priests Hospital within the city walls – into an inspirational Learning Centre and free-to-access heritage destination. Please read more about The Marlowe Kit.

The Marlowe is managed by The Marlowe Trust, registered charity no. 1179882.

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Our youth company gives young people the chance to learn skills, build their confidence and enjoy themselves!

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