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

Following on from their sponsorship of Mother Goose in 2019, we were thrilled when Walker Construction signed up as sponsors for our pantomime Jack And The Beanstalk. Things didn’t quite work out for Jack in 2020 and with theatres remaining closed due to Coronavirus restrictions, the performances had to be rescheduled for 2021.

During an immensely challenging year, one constant in a constantly shifting world was the support and enthusiasm of Walker Construction. They committed to supporting our fun-sized show Nurse Nellie Saves Panto, which was available to stream digitally for 12 days over the festive period and viewed by an estimated 91,000 people.

The renowned construction company has made a significant contribution to the built environment across the South East during the last 55 years of operating. 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. The Walker Construction Trust also funds individuals, not-for-profit organisations and registered charities, championing causes close to the hearts of Walker employees and communities.

We were thrilled to be invited to take part in Walker’s #ConstructionAid project, which launched The Walker Construction Trust’s festive giving – during which donations were made to 24 nominated charities, organisations and individuals in need of support.

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

Speaking about the importance of The Marlowe sponsorship, Steve says:

"We all need joy, positivity and laughter in our life and when you come to the theatre that is what you get. As a business we chose to support The Marlowe because it’s so important to the community of Canterbury and the whole of Kent. We need this lovely theatre; we need to be able to bring hope and joy to people in the surrounding area."

We’re looking forward to welcoming the Walker team back into the building for some fantastic nights out at the theatre.

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

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



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."