A new look for the Marlowe Theatre

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By website-editor on 26.4.2023

A new look for the Marlowe Theatre

The latest designs for the new look Marlowe theatre have been released by architect Keith Williams and are now available for public viewing.

A new look theatre is due to open in November 2010 following a 21-month redevelopment at an estimated cost of £24 million. The redevelopment will see the capacity increase from 950 to 1134 seats with the construction a secondary performance area to seat 150 that will house physical theatre and dance performances, as well as small-scale theatre.

A fundraising campaign led by the theatre has gained considerable momentum in recent months and has seen cash pledges from Kent County Council, Canterbury City Council and the South East England Development Agency. Some of the money has gone towards purchasing the adjacent Friars Motor Company building, one of the oldest car dealerships in the area, which needs to be demolished to make way for the theatre expansion.

Speaking of the development Leader of the Canterbury City Council, Cllr Harry Cragg, said, “This is an exciting and ambitious project. Our aim is to create a centre of excellence for performing arts not just for Kent, but the whole of southeast England. A redeveloped Marlowe will provide a major boost for the local economy and bring many more people into the city.”

A public consultation over the latest plans will take place on Tuesday 13 May from 5.30pm until 7pm at Canterbury High School. To book a place please contact Rebecca Mumford on 01227 862369 or email rebecca.mumford@canterbury.gov.uk.

The latest plans can be viewed online at http://www.canterbury.gov.uk/assets/newmarlowe/newmarloweboards-web.pdf


  • Why substitute one eyesore for another? That new design is bloody ugly and not at all in harmony with the surroundings.

    I do however recommend you go there for a play Mr Website-Editor, rather than for a piss. Although I saw the Reduced Shakespeare Company there last December and enjoyed their show only marginally more than I enjoyed the piss I had in the interval (it WAS a good piss though). Nevertheless I think my sentiment stands.

    By Richard Dadd on 12.5.2023

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  • It’s about time they revamped the Marlowe, it’s an eye sore, I only ever go in there to piss!

    By website-editor on 27.4.2023

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