The Marlowe Society

Events Noticeboard

Events Noticeboard

Forthcoming Events: Day Course: Kit Marlowe of Canterbury | Conference: The International Christopher Marlowe - Exeter

Recent Events: Paper Stage Reading: Arden of Faversham in Canterbury | 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
Kit Marlowe of Canterbury - A Day Course at Canterbury Christ Church University - Saturday 08 November

Kit Marlowe of Canterbury: Canterbury Christ Church University

  • Date: One day course on Saturday 08 November 2014, from 10.30am to 4.30pm.
  • Organiser: Canterbury Christ Church University, Adult Education Courses
  • Venue: Canterbury Campus, North Holmes Road, Canterbury, Kent CT1 1QU [Map and Directions]
  • Enrol: Open to all. Either book online, reserve a place & pay by invoice, or book by phone. [T&Cs]
  • Fee: The cost of the one day course is £29.50.
  • Course Code: CCCUDS407
  • Course Overview: "Kit Marlowe was born in Canterbury 450 years ago in the same year as Shakespeare. He was more precocious than his great contemporary, writing a handful of dazzling and successful plays in the new blank verse genre and some extraordinary poetry, before his early and mysterious death (referred to in a Shakespeare play) as a double agent, at the age of 29. This day school celebrates Marlowe's remarkable literary achievements, with particular reference to the astounding tragedy Doctor Faustus, the powerful and influential history play, Edward the Second and the poetic sequence Hero and Leander. It will also examine what is known of Marlowe's turbulent and controversial life and death."
  • Course Tutor: Geoff Doel, Associate Lecturer for UniKent.
  • Website Links: Canterbury Christ Church University list of Summer 2014 Adult Education Courses
The International Christopher Marlowe Project

The International Christopher Marlowe Project & Conference

  • Overview: A funded project based at the University of Exeter exploring the international dimension of the life and works of Marlowe, and culminating in a two-day conference in September 2015.
  • Organisers: Edward Paleit (AHRC Early Career Research Fellow) and Nora Williams (Project Facilitator)
  • Conference Dates: 07-08 September 2015. Keynote speaker is Prof Alan Stewart (Columbia University, NY).
  • Conference Venue: University of Exeter. Details TBC.
  • Call For Papers: Proposals are invited for papers (up to 30 mins) on any aspect of the 'international' content or contexts of Marlowe and his work. Submit an abstract of no more than 300 words by 14 November 2014.
  • Summary: "The International Christopher Marlowe is a project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (UK) and based at the University of Exeter. It explores the international dimension of the life and works of Christopher Marlowe (1564-1593), a writer chiefly known now for his vivid, sensual poetry, sensational stage-plays such as Tamburlaine, Doctor Faustus and The Jew of Malta, and a personal life rich in mystery and possible scandal. Specifically, it seeks to link Marlowe's work to 'European' (non-English) political thought and ideas developed or circulated during his lifetime. It concentrates on the two decades following 1572, the year of the St Bartholomew's Day Massacre of French Protestants by members of the Catholic Ligue. This event, dramatised by Marlowe in The Massacre at Paris, has been widely argued to change the character of early modern political thought: it intensified existing debates and stimulated new ways of thinking about society, rulers, subjects, political selfhood and the state. The project has three lines of inquiry. Firstly, the reception and circulation of European political ideas in England between 1572 and 1593. Secondly, the relationship between European political thought as received in England, Marlowe's poetry and drama, and the English political imagination more generally. Thirdly, the complex relationship between the world of political ideas and imaginative art forms such as poetry and drama, both then and now."
  • Website Links: The International Christopher Marlowe (follow on Twitter). University of Exeter


Past Events

Past Events

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

The Paper Stage: Arden of Faversham at Kent University in Canterbury on 13 October 2014

The Paper Stage: Arden of Faversham at the Gulbenkian in Canterbury

  • Venue: Gulbenkian Cafe Bar, University of Kent, Canterbury Campus, Kent, CT2 7NB. [Map] [Travel Directions]
  • Time: Monday 13 October 2014 at 7pm.
  • Price: There is no charge for this event, which is open to the public.
  • Booking: There is no need to book a place. Those who would like to read a part (whether small, medium or large) should contact Paper Stage organiser Harry Newman. Listeners are also very welcome.
  • Summary: The Paper Stage is a public play-reading group in Canterbury dedicated to the extraordinary and diverse drama of the Renaissance. A number of exceptionally talented playwrights flourished in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, and yet today the period is dominated by prominent figure of Shakespeare. This series, which consists of monthly events focused on different plays, offers you the chance to experience this golden age of theatre through lively and experimental group readings that place you at the heart of the plays. This month's play is Arden of Faversham, a wonderful domestic tragedy about a real murder which took place in 1551 in Faversham (close to both Canterbury and Ospringe, the latter where Marlowe's father was born).
  • Website Links: Paper Stage; Gulbenkian; AoF at Wikipedia; Play Synopsis; Thomas Arden.
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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