The Marlowe Society

Events Noticeboard

Events Noticeboard

Forthcoming Events: The Garden of England at The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury | Central London Debating Society: The Shakespeare Authorship Question - Does This Matter?

Recent Events: Marlowe450 Lecture: Ros Barber: Was Marlowe Faustus? | Marlowe450 Lecture: Louis de Bernières & Jan Leeming - Lingering Identities: the Huguenot Past | Marlowe450 Lecture: Charles Nicholl - Marlowe, Machiavelli and The Jew of Malta | Stratford Literary Festival: Ros Barber, Paul Edmondson & Stanley Wells | BBC R4 & British Museum: Shakespeare's Restless World

Forthcoming Events

Forthcoming Events
The Garden of England at the Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

The Garden of England at The Marlowe Theatre Studio, Canterbury

  • Date: Wednesday 09 April to Saturday 12 April 2014
  • Performance Times: Evenings 6pm; matinee on Saturday 12 April at 2pm
  • Venue: The Marlowe Studio at The Marlowe Theatre, The Friars, Canterbury, Kent. CT1 2AS. [Map|Directions]. First half is a promenade performance around the theatre and grounds (suitable for all ages) followed by a play in The Marlowe Studio (recommended 13yrs+).
  • Cost: £7; £5 Concessions. Plus 75p booking fee and £1 p&p.
  • Booking: Book online, or from Box Office by phone (01227 787787) or in person [How to Book].
  • Summary: "In a garden full of secrets, where can you hide? It's 1574 and Christopher Marlowe is learning what it means to be from, and to leave, Kent. It's 2012 and the Dempseys are moving to Kent from London, in an attempt to start afresh. What will they find in the 'Garden Of England'? Performed in and around our theatre, our first community production is an exploration of our county and how it is viewed by its inhabitants - young and old, newly arrived, and by those with their roots firmly in its soil. Taking inspiration from first-hand accounts from migrants to Kent, we ask what does the 'Garden Of England' mean today? This is a piece woven with humour and tenderness which places understanding at its centre - with stories usually unheard taking centre stage. The Marlowe Ensemble presents The Garden Of England, performed in association with Canterbury Christ Church University and Hadlow College. The Kobler Trust is proud to be supporting the work of The Marlowe Youth Theatre."
  • Website Links: The Garden of England at The Marlowe Theatre.
Debate: The Shakespeare Authorship Question - Does This Matter? Wednesday 30 April, 7pm

Debate: The Shakespeare Authorship Question - Does This Matter?

 

Past Events

Past Events

*Note that these events have already finished, but the details, links and reviews may still be of interest.

Marlowe450 Lectures: Was Marlowe Faustus? by Ros Barber
Marlowe450 Season in Canterbury

Canterbury Lecture:
Was Marlowe Faustus?
 

  • Speaker: Ros Barber
  • Date: Wednesday 12 March at 6pm
  • Venue: Eastbridge Hospital, 25 High Street, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 2BD [Map]. Tel: 01227 471688.
  • Ticket Price: £3 with theatre booking; £5 without.
  • Associated Production: Doctor Faustus at The Marlowe Theatre on 12-14 March.
  • Booking: Book online, or from Marlowe Theatre Box Office on 01227 787787 or in person (Mon-Sat, 9-5.30pm)
  • Summary: A "mad and scoffing poet... bred of Merlin’s race": Was Marlowe Faustus? We do not know exactly when Doctor Faustus was written, but Robert Greene's 1588 allusion to Marlowe associates him, very early in his career, with a famous magician. Faustus is the protagonist with whom Marlowe is most often conflated: the historian A.L.Rowse said "Marlowe is Faustus". Is this simply a case of reading the author's life backwards through the lens of his public atheism and subsequent sticky end? Were elements of Marlowe biography written in to the play after his death? Did those who knew him personally think of him as Faustus? This talk explores evidence that illuminates Marlowe's relationship with his most famous protagonist.
  • Website Links: University of Kent; Marlowe450 Press Release; The Marlowe Papers; Eastbridge Hospital.
Marlowe450 Lecture: Lingering Identities: the Huguenot Past by Louis de Bernières and Jan Leeming
Marlowe450 Season in Canterbury

Canterbury Lecture:
Lingering Identities: the Huguenot Past

  • Speakers: Louis de Bernières and Jan Leeming in conversation.
  • Date: Tuesday 18 March at 6pm
  • Venue: St Peter's Methodist Church Hall, St Peter's St, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 2BE [Map]. Tel: 01227 459449.
  • Ticket Price: £3 with theatre booking; £5 without.
  • Associated Production: The Massacre at Paris in the Canterbury Cathedral Crypt on 18-19 March.
  • Booking: Book online, or from Marlowe Theatre Box Office on 01227 787787 or in person (Mon-Sat, 9-5.30pm)
  • Summary: Louis de Bernières is the well-known author of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin. Among his many passionate interests are music, family and his colorful Huguenot ancestors – the family name is listed in Canterbury Cathedral’s Eglise Franciase. Jan Leeming is best known for presenting BBC News. She now lives in Kent, and is, among other things, an Assistant Guide at the Cathedral. She too has French ancestry; the Pettet family has been traced back to 1560 at Coldred and Ringwould in Kent.
  • Website Links: University of Kent; Marlowe450 Press Release; St Peter's Methodist Church.
  • Historical Context: Read our overview of The Massacre at Paris.
Marlowe450 Lectures: Marlowe, Machiavelli and The Jew of Malta by Charles Nicholl
Marlowe450 Season in Canterbury

Canterbury Lecture:
Marlowe, Machiavelli and The Jew of Malta

  • Speaker: Charles Nicholl
  • Date: Wednesday 26 March at 6pm
  • Venue: The Old Synagogue, King Street, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 2AJ [Map]. Tel: 01227 471688.
  • Ticket Price: £3 with theatre booking; £5 without.
  • Associated Production: The Jew of Malta at The Marlowe Theatre on 26-28 March.
  • Booking: Book online, or from Marlowe Theatre Box Office on 01227 787787 or in person (Mon-Sat, 9-5.30pm)
  • Summary: An exploration of the political intrigues and controversies that lie behind Marlowe's most "Machiavellian" play. Charles Nicholl’s books include The Reckoning: The Murder of Christopher Marlowe, 1992 (Crime Writer’s Association 'Gold Dagger' Award for Non-Fiction and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize) and The Lodger: Shakespeare on Silver Street, 2007. He is currently Honorary Professor in the School of English at Sussex University.
  • Website Links: University of Kent; Marlowe450 Press Release; The Reckoning: The Murder of Christopher Marlowe; The Old Synagogue.
Ros Barber at the Stratford Literary Festival: 26 April 2013

Shakespeare and Marlowe at the Stratford Literary Festival

  • Discussion Title: Shakespeare and Marlowe
  • Speakers: Ros Barber, Dr Paul Edmondson, Stanley Wells CBE
  • Date: Friday 26th April 2013 16:30 to 17:30.
  • Venue: The Shakespeare Centre, Henley Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warks, CV37 6QW. [Map]
  • Ticket Price: £12 or £11concessions. Includes tea and cake.
  • Book Tickets: Buy tickets online or ring the Festival Booking Line on 01789 207100.
  • Summary: "The works of William Shakespeare and Christopher Marlowe have survived and flourished for over 400 years, and yet very little is known about the biography of these remarkable men. All we have as a guide to their characters is interpretation of their work. Ros Barber (Society member and author of The Marlowe Papers), Dr Paul Edmondson, and Stanley Wells CBE - three leading experts on this literary era - will be analysing their writing, and considering them not as rivals but in the context of the world they lived in, the lives they may have led and the legacy they have left behind."
  • Webcast: After the discussion, at 18:30 BST, Ros Barber talked to Dr Edmondson and Professor Wells about their new book, Shakespeare Beyond Doubt, in a Webinar that was broadcast live on the internet. A recording of that Webinar is now available to listen to here at the BloggingShakespeare website.
  • Festival: See the full Stratford Literary Festival Event Calendar (Sunday 21 April to Sunday 05 May).
  • Website Links: Full Programme for the Stratford Literary Festival. Ros Barber talks to The Marlowe Society.
BBC Radio 4: Shakespeare's Restless World (16 April to 11 May)

BBC Radio 4 and British Museum: Shakespeare's Restless World

  • Programme Times: Mondays to Fridays: Monday 16 April to Friday 11 May 2012 at 13:45 and 19:45 (15 minutes)
  • Summary: BBC Radio 4 presents a new 20-part series Shakespeare's Restless World which looks at the world of 1590's Elizabethan England through the eyes of Shakespeare's audience by exploring objects from that turbulent period. British Museum Director Neil MacGregor presents the programme and discusses how Elizabethan playgoers understood and made sense of the unstable and rapidly changing world in which they lived. He uses carefully selected objects from the British Museum and other museums around the country to explore the great issues of the day that preoccupied the public and helped shape the plays.
  • Listen Online: Still available to listen to on the BBC R4 Restless World site.
  • Exhibition: The British Museum will also host a related exhibition Shakespeare: Staging the World later in the year from 19 July to 25 November 2012 to coincide with the Cultural Olympics. "The exhibition shows the emerging role of London as a world city seen through the innovative perspective of Shakespeare’s plays and the role of the playhouse as a window on the world outside London, via contemporary performance and amazing objects including maps, prints, drawings and paintings, arms and armour, coins, and medals."
  • Website Links: BBC Unveils Series; R4:Podcasts|Objects|Videos; British Museum; Staging the World Exhibition.
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