The Marlowe
Sponsor stories

Sponsor stories

A number of successful businesses have chosen to work closely with us as sponsors. Take a look at some of the case studies below.

Walker Construction

We have been so happy to work with Walker Construction on sponsorship of The Marlowe pantomime, Mother Goose.

This year Walker celebrates 55 years of successful business, during which time they have made a significant contribution to the built environment across the South East. As well as being a very successful local family business, Walker are huge supporters of their community.

Sponsorship of The Marlowe is a wonderful part of an expansive Corporate Social Responsibility programme. Plus, there is The Walker Construction Trust which funds individuals, not-for-profit organisations and registered charities with causes close to the hearts of Walker employees and communities.

Special guests at our pantomime Press Night this year included Theo, a recipient of support from The Walker Construction Trust. This made the event even more memorable as he got to meet his hero, Dr Ranj.

Photo of Ranj & Theo, a recipient of support from The Walker Construction Trust.

Ranj & Theo, a recipient of support from The Walker Construction Trust.

Walker Chairman, Steve Walker is a ray of sunshine to work with and his positivity extends out as his team who clearly reflect the values and ethos of the company.

You can get a flavour here at #thecheerproject. Walker created a festive video celebrating their work in the community. It was partially filmed here at the theatre!

We have welcomed the Walker team to lots of panto event this season, including ‘the Producer’s Run’, the last out-of-costume rehearsal in The Studio, Panto Press Night and our Annual Panto Networking Lunch.

Steve said

"I just wanted to say thank you for your hospitality last night, we had a lovely evening that was enjoyed by all. Thank you also to the cast for taking the time to talk with us. I am in awe of what you do at the theatre and you passion shines through."


Luxury holidays to giveaway to our audiences and supporters? Don’t mind if we do! Kuoni works with us to align their brand and their lounger- inducing holiday imagery to The Marlowe’s 400,000 audience-members.

Kuoni’s sponsorship offers us a breath-taking holiday each year as a prize with which to generate income for the theatre. We value this relationship as an interesting way for business to reach our audience creatively and generously, offering a great package in return.

Photo of our pantomime dame Ben Roddy

Pantomime star, Ben Roddy, gets in the holiday spirit.

Since 2016 Kuoni have three holidays, generating over £17,000 to support The Marlowe Trust. The 2019 luxury holiday to Mexico is proving very exciting to our ticket buyers and we look forward to announcing the lucky winner in December.

Previous winners have enjoyed breaks in Mauritius, Bali and The Maldives. Who will be celebrating a holiday win this Christmas?


Port of Dover

Working with the Port of Dover was an idea which struck a chord with both our organisations and presented a number of really exciting possibilities. Becoming a Business Member in 2014 was the start of what would become an epic journey for both parties.

The Port of Dover became sponsors of War Horse at The Marlowe, a project which inspires us in a number of ways, and especially in the lead up to 2018 and 100 years since Armistice. Dover’s Marine Railway (closed as a station since the 1980s) was a departure point for British troops from 1914 and later became the primary site for returning injured soldiers and the famous Edith Cavell hospital train. The Unknown Warrior arrived at the station in 1920.

"The Port of Dover is delighted to be working with The Marlowe by sponsoring War Horse, a production which resonates with its heritage and role the Port played during WW1. We look forward to working with The Marlowe to create what promises to be an exciting and unique community event in 2018."