The Marlowe
Our venues

Our venues

The Marlowe offers an exciting range of performances, events and creative activities across three spaces.

We are one of the country’s most successful regional theatres. Since opening in 2011, we have welcomed the best touring productions and national companies to our stages.

You can see the best in world-class performances in The Theatre; experience bold and challenging new theatre, music and comedy in The Studio; and celebrate Canterbury’s stories and storytellers in The Kit.

The Theatre

Our Theatre brings world-class companies and performers to Canterbury throughout the year.

Our programme includes the best in drama, west-end musicals, pantomime, dance, comedy, music and opera. Companies that regularly perform in The Theatre include the National Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company, Glyndebourne Touring Opera, Northern Ballet, Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures and the Philharmonia Orchestra

The Studio

Our Studio offers audiences an exciting and eclectic mix of theatre, gigs and comedy. Our drama programme features bold and challenging work by some of this country’s most exciting theatre artists.  Theatre companies that regularly perform in The Studio include Paines Plough, Vamos Theatre Company and The Paper Birds Theatre Company.

We also premiere our Made By The Marlowe productions in The Studio, giving you the chance to see new work that is made in Canterbury.

If you’re looking for something that will inspire and surprise you, you will find it in The Studio.

The Kit

A live museum and playhouse. Delve a little deeper into Canterbury’s past and find a history alive with stories of intrigue, incident and wild flights of imagination… Opening later this year, The Marlowe Kit celebrates Kent’s greatest stories and storytellers.

You can look forward to:

  • Exhibitions that immerse you in the stories of Canterbury’s world-famous writers, both past and present
  • A thrilling escape room experience where you can unlock the secrets of Christopher Marlowe’s legendary life
  • Performances in our wonderfully atmospheric 12th century hall, including theatre, spoken word, talks, family events and live music
  • Workshops and classes to develop your own creativity
  • An innovative programme of educational events for young people and school groups

Find out more about our exciting offer at The Kit.