The Marlowe
Marlowe Flatmates

Marlowe Flatmates

We've created a unique audience of Kent characters to support our socially-distanced reopening.

Whitstable-based portrait artist Ben Dickson was challenged to create 50 portraits in under a month, to fill the unusable seats around the auditorium. Each image is an individual work of art, inspired by people with a connection to Kent or The Marlowe.

Buy your own Flatmate

You can also purchase a Flatmate, to keep as your memento to this unique moment in history.

Customers will be contacted at a later date with details of how to collect your cutout, once the current period of social distancing has ended.

Fine art digital prints

You can also buy a fine art print of the designs by contacting the artist, Ben Dickson. Prints are available in A2 and A3 sizes, with further information available via Ben’s website.

(Six) Anne Boleyn

(Six) Anne Boleyn

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Kent's Hever Castle was Anne Boleyn's childhood home, and the green-sleeved Queen will be returning to the county with Six.

(Six) Anne Of Cleves

(Six) Anne Of Cleves

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Anne Of Cleves, who owned Kent's Hever Castle until her death, will be singing about her short-lived marriage to Henry VIII in Six.

(Six) Catherine Of Aragon

(Six) Catherine Of Aragon

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Paragon of royalty Catherine Of Aragon, who was married to Henry VIII for 24 years before their divorce, will be telling her story when Six comes to The Marlowe.

(Six) Jane Seymour

(Six) Jane Seymour

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Unbreakable Jane Seymour, who died after giving birth to Henry VIII's son Edward VI, will be telling her tale to Canterbury audiences.

(Six) Katherine Howard

(Six) Katherine Howard

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The fifth wife of Henry VIII Katherine Howard may have been as young as 17 when she was beheaded, and she will have the chance to tell her life story in Six.

(Six) Katherine Parr

(Six) Katherine Parr

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The final wife and the only one to have outlived Henry VIII, Katherine Parr will be taking back the microphone to explain how she's much more than 'one of six' during the musical's Canterbury run.

Amy Johnson

Amy Johnson

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Trailblazing aviator Amy Johnson was the first female to fly solo from England to Australia. A statue of her is on display in Herne Bay, where her plane crashed in the Thames Estuary in 1941.

Aphra Behn

Aphra Behn

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Courageous Harbledown-born writer and spy Aphra Behn was the first woman to make a living from her novels, poetry and plays - which include Emperor Of The Moon and The Rover.

Ben Roddy

Ben Roddy

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The beloved actor, comedy legend and panto dame, who recently celebrated his 10th year of performing in The Marlowe pantomime, lives in Canterbury.

Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens

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The writer lived in Gad's Hill Place in Higham for the final 15 years of his life and Canterbury features in his novel David Copperfield.

Charles Hawtrey

Charles Hawtrey

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A blue plaque on the Deal smuggler's cottage where he lived commmemorates household name Charles Hawtrey, who is best-known for his roles in the Carry On films.

Christopher Marlowe

Christopher Marlowe

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The literary pioneer and our namesake, whose work was a precursor to Shakespeare's, was born in Canterbury and attended The King's School.

Claire Skinner

Claire Skinner

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The award-winning stage and screen actor stars in TV comedy Life Begins and the award-winning sitcom Outnumbered. Alas, her debut on The Marlowe stage was cancelled due to the Pandemic...

Dada Masilo

Dada Masilo

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Internationally recognised for her bold reinterpretations of classic ballets, South African choreographer and dancer Dada Masilo brought contemporary production Giselle to The Marlowe.

Derren Brown

Derren Brown

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Illusionist Derren Brown has toured with eight one-man stage shows, for which he received a record-breaking five Olivier Award nominations and two wins. He regularly tours to The Marlowe.

Dipprased Pun

Dipprased Pun

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Gurkha corporal Dipprased Pun, from Ashford, was presented with the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross by the Queen after he fought off Taliban insurgents during an ambush of his checkpoint in Afghanistan.

Emeric Pressburger

Emeric Pressburger

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Screenwriter and director Emeric Pressburger formed an iconic filmmaking partnership with Michael Powell in the 1940s and 50s. A Canterbury Tale is influenced by Chaucer's work that follows three people's modern-day pilgrimage to Canterbury during World War II.

Geoffrey Chaucer

Geoffrey Chaucer

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Middle Ages poet Geoffrey Chaucer, referred to as "the first finder of our language", wrote The Canterbury Tales - which follows a story-telling competition between a group of pilgrims travelling from London to Canterbury together.

Ian Fleming

Ian Fleming

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The writer of the iconic James Bond novels was so inspired by Kent that he made it the setting of Moonraker and bought White Cliffs cottage, in St Margaret's Bay, from fellow writer Noel Coward.

Jacob Rees-Mogg

Jacob Rees-Mogg

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The MP made headlines when he was seen in his infamous lounging position during the parliamentary debates on exiting the European Union. The politician is a regular Marlowe panto goer due to his family connections in Kent.

Jane Austen

Jane Austen

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Novelist Jane Austen paid numerous visits to Godmersham Park, located between Ashford and Canterbury, where she stayed with her brother Edward.

Jasmin Vardimon

Jasmin Vardimon

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The award-winning choreographer and dancer founded the Jasmin Vardimon Company in 1998, which relocated to Ashford in 2012.

Jo Brand

Jo Brand

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Comedian Jo Brand has spoken of her happy childhood bellringing in Benenden and her fond memories of going to school and work in Tunbridge Wells. She has an honorary doctorate by Canterbury Christ Church University for her mental health work.

Jools Holland

Jools Holland

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Musical maestro Jools Holland became a deputy lieutenant of Kent in 2006. He regularly performs at The Marlowe with his Rhythm And Blues Orchestra and previously filmed his show Later With Jools Holland at Maidstone Studios.

Julius Caesar

Julius Caesar

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Roman ruler Julius Caesar is believed to have made Kent the landing site for his invasion of Britain in 54BC, with archaeologists identifying Pegwell Bay in Thanet as the area where it happened.

Kate Bush

Kate Bush

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Beckenham-born Kate Bush became the first female artist to reach number one in the UK charts with a self-written song when she released her debut single Wuthering Heights and was later awarded a CBE for her services to music.

Kelly Holmes

Kelly Holmes

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Olympian Kelly Holmes, who grew up in Hildenborough, made history as the first British female athlete to win a gold medal for both the 800m and 1500m, and went on to establish youth sports charity The Dame Kelly Holmes Trust.

Lemn Sissay

Lemn Sissay

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Former Canterbury Laureate Lemn Sissay published his poem for Canterbury, Canturian, in 2018. His laureateship started with Warrior Poets - an exhibition of poems written by young people in care, displayed in The Marlowe Studio.

Malorie Blackman

Malorie Blackman

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Best-selling author Malorie Blackman lives in Kent. She has written 70 books, been awarded an OBE for her contribution to children's literature and was Children's Laureate from 2013-15.

Marcel Duchamp

Marcel Duchamp

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In 1913 French-American sculptor Marcel Duchamp spent a month living in Herne Bay. The centenary of his visit was marked with the Duchamp festival, featuring a 12ft replica of his most famous work Fountain.

Mary Quant

Mary Quant

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Pioneering fashion designer Mary Quant, famed for inventing the mini skirt, wrote in her autobiography Quant By Quant that one of her first memories was being evacuated to a Kent village during World War II.

Matthew Bourne

Matthew Bourne

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Multi-award-winning choreographer Matthew Bourne, who was knighted in 2016 for his services to dance, leads dance-theatre company New Adventures, an Associate Company of The Marlowe. New Adventures' training programme for young people, Cygnet School, will be based at The Marlowe for the next three years.

Michael Powell

Michael Powell

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Film director Michael Powell formed an iconic filmmaking partnership with Emeric Pressburger in the 1940s and 50s. He was born in Bekesbourne and used Kent locations including Canterbury, Fordwich and Ramsgate in films A Canterbury Tale and Contraband.

Mick Jagger

Mick Jagger

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Many fans of The Rolling Stones have visited Dartford to see Mick Jagger's previous home, school and the train station where he first bonded with guitarist Keith Richards on Platform Two.

Noel Coward

Noel Coward

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Noel Coward lived in Goldenhurst farm in the countryside village of Aldington, where he wrote Cavalcade. He later lived in White Cliffs cottage in St Margaret's Bay for six years.

Orlando Bloom

Orlando Bloom

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Shooting to fame after playing Legolas in the Lord Of The Rings films, actor Orlando Bloom grew up in Canterbury and made his first theatre performances at The Marlowe at the age of four. He is a Patron of the Marlowe Youth Company.

Paul O’Grady

Paul O’Grady

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TV favourite and animal lover Paul O'Grady has spent more than 20 years living on a farm in Aldington near Ashford. He made a guest appearance in our 2018 panto Cinderella and has recently been touring the county filming Kent-based show The Great British Escape.

Pocahontas

Pocahontas

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Gravesend is the final resting place of the Native American Pocahontas, brought to England by John Smith in 1616. She is commemorated with a statue there.

Roger Moore

Roger Moore

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The longest-running portrayal of Ian Fleming's beloved 007, who was knighted in 2003, Roger Moore starred in seven Bond films and spent time living in Bexley.

Sara Pascoe

Sara Pascoe

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Comedian, actor and writer Sara Pascoe headlined Live At The Marlowe in 2018.

Sean Connery

Sean Connery

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Portraying Ian Fleming's debonair hero James Bond on screen for the first time, Sean Connery filmed scenes in Dover when 007 took a Hovercraft across the English Channel in Diamonds Are Forever.

Shane MacGowan

Shane MacGowan

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Best-known as the fast-living frontman of The Pogues, musical talent Shane MacGowan was born in Tunbridge Wells and later attended Holmewood House in Langton Green.

Tamsin Greig

Tamsin Greig

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Born in Maidstone, Tamsin Greig's extensive TV credits include Episodes, Black Books, Green Wing and Friday Night Dinner and she received an Olivier Award for her role in Much Ado About Nothing in 2007.

The Clangers

The Clangers

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The Clangers was co-created by Smallfilms's Oliver Postgate and Perer Firmin,. Peter lived in Blean and was awarded freedom of the city of Canterbury in 2011 for his work.

The Queen

The Queen

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Did you really have to look up the Queen?

Tilda Swinton

Tilda Swinton

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Award-winning actor Tilda Swinton launched a successful fundraising campaign to save Prospect Cottage, the Dungeness home of Derek Jarman. The late artist directed Caravaggio the film in which she made her debut.

Tracey Emin

Tracey Emin

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Well-known for her My Bed installation, artist Tracey Emin grew up in Margate, where she recreated her famous work at the Turner Contemporary. A commissioned installation for Folkestone Trienniale can be seen on the streets there.

Vic Reeves

Vic Reeves

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Quirky comedian, musician and artist Vic Reeves, well-known for his comedy double act with Bob Mortimer, lives in Charing. He performed at The Marlowe in 2019 when he was a guest on the RHLSTP With Richard Herring podcast.

Walter Tull

Walter Tull

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Born in Folkestone, Walter Tull made history as one of the country's first black professional footballers and the British Army's first black officer to lead white troops during the First World War.

William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare

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Not only do the White Cliffs feature in the Bard's tragedy King Lear, Shakespeare Cliff in Dover has also been named after the playwright. His company The King's Men are known to have performed in Fordwich.

Winston Churchill

Winston Churchill

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For over 40 years, twice-serving British prime minister Winston Churchill lived at Chartwell. The house is now run by the National Trust.