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Partner stories

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Roger O’Shea and Pharon have supported visits to The Marlowe by the Philharmonia Orchestra since 2013.

Put quite simply, in the words of the Philharmonia’s Jonathan Mayes (Director, Residences and Regional Programme): “We wouldn’t be here [Canterbury] without this support. We are immensely grateful to Roger and Pharon – this commitment means we can plan well into the future.”

The Philharmonia is The Marlowe’s resident orchestra and visits six times a year. Roger hadn’t seen them before they came to Canterbury, but as a lover of classical music (Beethoven and Nielsen were his favourite composers) and with other sponsorships already up and running – the English Senior Bridge Team and Kent Cricket Club to name two – it seemed a natural partnership.

As a local family business of 44 years, it is very much part of Pharon’s ethos to support different projects (never individuals), and Roger said they have a positive relationship with them all.

“There aren’t many good orchestras around and Canterbury is lucky to have one of them [the Philharmonia] visit on a regular basis. We can, hopefully, help these visits continue for a long time to come.”

Furley Page

For nearly 300 years Furley Page has built its business through looking after clients’ best interests by providing clear, practical and cost-effective advice. The trusted family and business brand is a huge asset as a partner to The Marlowe. Furley Page has professional credentials unrivalled within the sector, but also a dedicated staff who are part of the fabric of business and community life in the areas we serve.

Furley Page has worked with The Marlowe Theatre Development Trust since the capital project to re-build the theatre. You will see evidence of their support around the theatre, not least at Stalls Door One which is named The Furley Page door.

Furley Page, have committed to a three year partnership with The Marlowe to develop new initiatives to build community engagement with theatre and the arts across Kent.

Furley Page partners Nicola August and Peter Hawkes with The Marlowe Chief Executive Deborah Shaw.

Furley Page partners Nicola August and Peter Hawkes with The Marlowe Chief Executive Deborah Shaw.

Furley Page has been working with The Marlowe for nearly a decade, having been contributors to the capital campaign to build the theatre. The firm has also worked with The Marlowe on a legacy campaign, staging a number of events in The Studio to help customers understand will planning.

In 2018, Furley Page was one of the sponsors of The Return Of The Unknown, which has inspired the firm to cement its relationship with the theatre through this new partnership. Partner Nicola August said: “It was a privilege to be part of Return Of The Unknown. To help the theatre deliver such a poignant piece for The Armistice, and to see so many hundreds of young people benefit from their involvement, was truly inspiring.”

Of the Everyone’s Theatre partnership, Nicola said: “Furley Page has a strong ethos of providing real ‘hands-on’ support for good causes and community projects. We can’t wait to see what comes next, and we are proud to know that by supporting The Marlowe we are helping people all over our county enjoy the magic of live theatre.”

Furley Page is one of the leading law firms in Kent and the South East of England, acknowledged for its expertise and client service by respected guides to the legal profession, The Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners. Established in Canterbury in 1725, Furley Page is committed to looking after its clients’ best interests by providing clear, practical and cost-effective advice.

Samantha Scott, The Marlowe’s Head Of Development said: “It is a pleasure to work with Furley Page. Our two organisations have a shared vision and passion for bringing the benefits of theatre to everyone in our community. Their support makes things happen and we are so grateful for this new three-year commitment.”