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Recent Events: Conference: Marlowe & Shakespeare in Kingston, Surrey (Nov 2017) Play Reading: Theatre:Birmingham read Doctor Faustus (June 2017) | Lecture: Cambridge Spies from Marlowe to Philby in Canterbury (May 2017) | Event: William Urry - A Celebration in Canterbury (May 2017) | A Walk with Christopher Marlowe in Shoreditch (Feb 2017) | Conference: Shakespeare, Kent & Early Modern Drama in Canterbury (Nov 2016) | Paper Stage Reading: Doctor Faustus in Canterbury, Surrey & Mantua, Italy (Sept-Oct 2015) | Conference: The International Christopher Marlowe at Uni of Exeter (2015) | Marlowe450 Lecture: Ros Barber: Was Marlowe Faustus? (2014) | Marlowe450 Lecture: Louis de Bernières & Jan Leeming - Lingering Identities: the Huguenot Past (2014) | Marlowe450 Lecture: Charles Nicholl - Marlowe, Machiavelli and The Jew of Malta (2014) | Stratford Literary Festival: Ros Barber, Paul Edmondson & Stanley Wells (2013) | BBC R4 & British Museum: Shakespeare's Restless World (2012)


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Kingston Shakespeare Conference: Marlowe & Shakespeare (17-18 Nov 2017)

Kingston Shakespeare Conference: Marlowe & Shakespeare

Theatre:Birmingham reading Doctor Faustus - Tuesday 26 June

Theatre:Birmingham Play Reading - Doctor Faustus

  • Play Reading: Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe
  • Date: Tuesday 27 June 2017 from 6.30pm to 9pm.
  • Venue: Gallery Room (Downstairs), Birmingham & Midland Institute, 9 Margaret Street, Birmingham B3 3BS [Map]
  • Price: No charge, but a suggested contribution of £1 (BMI members) or £5 (non-members).
  • Booking: No need to book, but you can contact organiser Frank Bramwell via .
  • About the Group: "As a group, we take play texts and read them through. We discuss what the plays are saying to us, and we find different ways of putting the text on its feet. The session is designed for anybody who enjoys their Theatre and is a healthy mixture of actors and non-actors. We work together, sharing our knowledge and enthusiasm, and after the play reading session people are free to continue the evening by having a drink and carry on their discussions. This is a drop-in group for like-minded people to attend as and when they wish, with an active membership of about 30 people comprising a broad cross-section of people. The main requirement is an enthusiasm to enjoy sharing and learning together. The plays we study are a mixture of classic and modern, scripts will be provided."
  • Website Links: Theatre:Birmingham reading Doctor Faustus. Text: Project Gutenberg or Peter Farey.
Canterbury HA Lecture: Cambridge Spies - Thursday 11 May 7pm

Canterbury HA Lecture: Cambridge Spies

  • Lecture: Cambridge Spies from Christopher Marlowe to Kim Philby
  • Speaker: Professor Christopher Andrew, University of Cambridge
  • Date: Thursday 11 May at 7pm
  • Venue: King's School, The Undercroft, St Augustine's, Lady Wootton's Green, Canterbury, Kent CT1 1NG [Map]
  • Price: Free for HA members & students. Others: £3
  • Booking: Not stated as necessary to book in advance.
  • Buffet: £10. Reservations / tickets available from .
  • Further Info: Email: ; Tel: 01227 750576 or 01227 768131
  • Summary: The Canterbury Branch of the Historical Association present a lecture given by Christopher Andrew, Professor of Modern & Contemporary History, Corpus Christi College at the University Cambridge on Cambridge Spies from Christopher Marlowe to Kim Philby. Amongst various academic and other positions held, Professor Andrew is Official Historian of the Security Service (MI5).
  • Website Links: Historical Association - Canterbury Branch; Cambridge Spies - Lecture Info; Event Poster.
William Urry - A Celebration - Thursday 18 May 2pm-5pm

William Urry - A Celebration

  • Event: Remembering William Urry, Archivist and Historian
  • Speakers: Profesor Louise Wilkinson and Dr Joanna Labon.
  • Date: Thursday 18 May, from 2pm to 5pm
  • Venue: Archives & Reading Room, Canterbury Cathedral, 11 The Precincts Canterbury, Kent CT1 2EH [Map & Directions | Archives Visit]
  • Price: There is no charge for this event, but standard Precinct entry charge applies.
  • Booking: Advanced booking required via . Waiting List in operation.
  • Further Info: Email the above address or telephone 01227 865330
  • Summary: An event to celebrate William Urry, a former Canterbury Cathedral and City Archivist and author of two invaluable books, Canterbury under the Angevin Kings (1967) and Christopher Marlowe and Canterbury (published posthumously in 1988). Louise Wilkinson, Professor of Medieval History at Canterbury Christ Church University, and Dr Joanna Labon (Marlowe Society Heritage Officer) will speak about those books, whilst Bill Urry will share some memories of his father, and there is also display of items from the archives.
  • Website Links: William Urry - A Celebration; Event Poster.
Shoreditch: A Walk with Christopher Marlowe on Saturday 18 February 2017

Shoreditch: A Walk with Christopher Marlowe

  • Saturday 18 February 2017 from 3:00pm to 5:30pm
  • Meet: The Society Club Bookshop, 3 Cheshire Street, London E2 6ED [Map] Tel. 020-7739-5631
  • Tickets: Priced at £10 each - book online in advance.
  • Summary: "Pederasty. Espionage. Rebellion... The CV of Christopher Marlowe (1564-1593) is one of the most dramatic in English literature. Join us on the afternoon of Saturday February 18th for a walk led by Irish poet-psychogeographer Niall McDevitt in Marlowe's stomping ground of Shoreditch, where The Jew of Malta was produced, he roomed with playwright Thomas Kyd, and was arrested for the murder of a local barman. A precocious genius born in the same year as Shakespeare, Marlowe remains by far and away the most obvious candidate for the 'rival poet' of Shakespeare's sonnets. He created colossal dramatic poems centred around equally colossal individuals drawn from history and mythology; though none embodied his philosophy of Machiavellian humanism more boldly than Marlowe himself. Recruited by the Privy Council as a spy whilst still at Cambridge, Marlowe had friends in the highest of places, but turned against his masters. A hellraiser and atheist, his 'monstrous opinions' outraged the authorities, from his 'all protestants are hypocritical asses" to 'all they that love not tobacco and boys are fools'. We will meet at 3pm in the Shoreditch shop, raise a toast to Kit, and then walk his streets for an hour before returning to debate the thousand conspiracy theories that cling to Marlowe's ghost."
  • Website Links: The Society Club; A Walk with Christopher Marlowe; In Search of Christopher Marlowe in Shoreditch & Norton Folgate by The Gentle Author.
Conference: Shakespeare, Kent & Early Modern Drama (Canterbury)

Conference: Shakespeare, Kent & Early Modern Drama (Canterbury)

  • Date: Wednesday 09 November 15:00 to Thursday 10 November 2016 17:00
  • Venue: School of English, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NX [Map].
    See the detailed Programme for specific lecture theatre locations for panels and Plenary Address.
  • Booking: There is no registration process, and the conference is free to attend.
  • Contacts: For further information, please contact organisers Dr Rory Loughnane or Prof Catherine Richardson from University of Kent School of English.
  • Programme: Please see the Programme for details of panels, speakers and Plenary Address. The conference concludes with a trip to the Library Archives at Canterbury Cathedral.
  • Summary: Marking the quadricentennial anniversary of Shakespeare's death, this gathering celebrates the many connections found with the historic county of Kent in his works. Discussions will also cover the recent collaborative attributions by the New Oxford Shakespeare both of Marlowe to the Henry VI plays, and of Shakespeare to until-now anonymous play Arden of Faversham. As well as the many Kent associations in Shakespeare plays, the county also has a wealth of wider connections to early modern drama, not least Canterbury which produced John Lyly, Stephen Gosson, and of course Marlowe. Speakers include: Terri Bourus, Gabriel Egan, James Gibson, Brett Greatley-Hirsch, Andy Kesson, Una McIlvenna, Lucy Munro, Michael Neill and Leah Scragg, plus a plenary lecture by Gary Taylor on the Wednesday evening.
  • Website Links: The School of English at the University of Kent hosts a conference on Shakespeare, Kent and Early Modern Drama.
The Paper Stage: Doctor Faustus in Canterbury, Surrey and Mantua in Sept/Oct 2015

The Paper Stage: Doctor Faustus in Canterbury, Surrey & Mantua 2015

  • Mantua: Tues 15/22/29 Sept 6pm, at Libreria Galleria Einaudi, Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, 19, Mantova.
  • Canterbury: Mon 12 Oct 7pm, at Gulbenkian Bar, Uni of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NB. [Map|Directions]
  • Surrey: Tues 27 Oct at Royal Holloway University of London, Egham, Surrey, TW20 0EX (venue TBC). [Campus]
  • 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 The Paper Stage organisers. Listeners are also very welcome.
  • Summary: The Paper Stage is a public play-reading group started in Canterbury by Harry Newman, dedicated to the extraordinary and diverse drama of the Renaissance. It consists of monthly events focused on different early modern plays, and 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. Harry has taken Paper Stage to the Royal Holloway in Surrey, James Cavalier has taken oven the reins in Canterbury, and both groups have linked up with Il Palcoscenico di Carta ('The Stage of Paper') in Mantua, Italy. Readings of Marlowe's Doctor Faustus in all 3 locations are the first result of this collaboration.
  • Website Links: Paper Stage UK; Gulbenkian; Il Palcoscenico di Carta; Doctor Faustus A & B texts.
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. [Travel Info]
  • Schedule: A provisional Conference Programme of speakers, panels and papers has been published.
  • Registration: Registration is open online until 25 August 2015.
  • Bursaries: Additional bursaries are available to post-graduate students. Application deadline is 10 August 2015.
  • Summary: "The International Christopher Marlowe project is 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, stimulating new ways of thinking about society, rulers, subjects, political selfhood and the state. The project has 3 lines of inquiry: the reception and circulation of European political ideas in England 1572-1593; the relationship between European political thought as received in England, Marlowe's poetry and drama, and the English political imagination; and the complex relationship between the world of political ideas and imaginative art forms such as poetry and drama."
  • Website Links: The International Christopher Marlowe Project (follow on Twitter). University of Exeter
Marlowe450 Lectures: Was Marlowe Faustus? by Ros Barber
Marlowe450 Season in Canterbury

Canterbury Lecture:
Was Marlowe Faustus?

  • Speaker: Ros Barber
  • Date: Wednesday 12 March 2014 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 2014 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.
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 2014 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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