The Marlowe Society
Arden House, Faversham, scene of the real-life murder in 1552 that inspired the play Arden of Faversham
17 April 2008

Marlowe Day 2008 in Faversham

Itinerary and Ticket Details

The full itinerary for Marlowe Day 2008, which will take place on Saturday 7th June in Faversham, Kent, is produced below. Attendees should assemble at the Guildhall in Faversham between 10:00am and 10:30am onwards, where tea and coffee will be provided.

All members of the society are welcome to attend, and should be receiving mailed invites and booking slips shortly. Tickets for the full day (lunch, lectures, and tours) are priced £15, and can be obtained by sending a cheque (payable to "The Marlowe Society") together with a SAE and your details to the Membership Secretary.

Marlowe Day is being held in Faversham this year, rather than the traditional venue Canterbury, for a little variety, and also to enable members to view the new Marlowe Society Library recently established at the Fleur de Lis Heritage Centre in Faversham. There is also a strong local link in the fact that Marlowe's father was born in nearby Ospringe. The traditional wreath-laying ceremony at the Marlowe Statue in front of the Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury will still take place on the preceding afternoon (Friday 6th June). Exact details will be published here as soon as they are confirmed.

Marlowe Day itself will also begin with the laying of a floral tribute beneath a copy of Marlowe's portrait in the Guildhall. This will be followed by a talk on anti-semitism in the 16th century as evidenced through the plays The Jew of Malta and The Merchant of Venice. After lunch there will be a talk on the anonymous play, Arden of Faversham, followed by an opportunity to visit the library, and take a stroll down Abbey Street where Arden House still stands today (pictured above).

Marlowe Day: Saturday 7th June 2008


  • 10:00 to 10:30 - Assemble at the Guildhall, Market Place, Faversham, Kent, ME13 8NZ. [Map]
  • 10:30 - Chairman of the Marlowe Society, Peter Wales, welcomes members, friends and guests.
  • 10:45 - Laying of a Floral Tribute in the Guildhall, beneath a copy of Marlowe's portrait.
  • 11:00 to 12:30 - Anti-Semitism in the 16th Century - a talk by George Metcalfe.
  • Assisted by actors, former Society Chairman George Metcalfe will use the plays The Jew of Malta and The Merchant of Venice as points of reference in assessing anti-semitic opinions in 16th century England. It is believed that the first ever performance of the latter play took place in Faversham's Guildhall.
  • 12:30 to 13:45 - Buffet lunch, including a free glass of wine.
  • 14:00 to 14:45 - Arden of Faversham - a talk.
  • A brief talk about the anonymous play (first published in 1592) and the 1551 events in Faversham on which the play is based. Kydd, Marlowe and inevitably Shakespeare have all been put forward as possible authors.
  • 14:45 to 15:45 - Library Visit and Abbey Street Stroll
  • Attendees will be divided into two groups, each group taking the following activities in turn:
  • (a) visit the Marlowe Society Library and Faversham Museum;
  • (b) take a stroll down Abbey Street, one of the finest medieval streets in Britain, past Arden House and its garden - the scene of the real-life murder depicted in the play Arden of Faversham.
  • 16:00 to 16:15 - The Chairman closes the day's proceedings. Tea and coffee served.