The Marlowe Society
Old Weavers House in Canterbury next to the River Stour
04 April 2012

Marlowe Day 2012 in Canterbury: 19th May

Programme and Booking Details

Marlowe Day 2012 will once again be held in Canterbury on Saturday 19th May, and the final full programme has now been confirmed. Attendees should assemble at the Dominican Priory on St. Peter's Lane between 10:30am and 10:45am, where coffee and biscuits will be provided.

Both members of the Society and non-members are welcome to attend. Places for the full day (lunch, lectures, and visits) are priced £15.00, and can be reserved by sending a cheque (payable to "The Marlowe Society") together with your details and the required number of places, to the Membership & Social Secretary by Tuesday 15th May at the very latest. Alternatively payment can be made by direct/internet bank transfer, but please also e-mail your details and requirements to the Treasurer so that the payment when received can be matched with the application. Payment details for these two methods are as specified on our Joining Page.

Marlowe Day is held in the city of Canterbury, where of course Marlowe was born, grew up, and attended the King's School. The main venue for Marlowe Day will be the Dominican Priory on St. Peter's Lane, which is close to Westgate (for parking) and Canterbury West station (which now has the highspeed rail link to/from London St Pancras). The Priory is where attendees should meet and where the majority of the day's events take place. After an introduction to Marlowe Day by Society Chairman Valerie Colin-Russ at 10:45am, there will be a short walk to the Marlowe Memorial (close to the New Marlowe Theatre on Friars Lane - see map) for the traditional wreath-laying ceremony.

The Dominican Priory,
St Peters Lane,
CT1 2BP.

Following the ceremony, we have a stimulating, entertaining and varied programme of events. Firstly attendees will have the option of a visit to the recently re-opened New Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury, or return to the Priory where Ken Pickering will talk about some of the Great Neglected Speeches from the Elizabethan stage. After lunch, we are very honoured to have the brilliant actor and Society Vice-President Julian Glover read some pieces from Marlowe, after which Mike McEvoy will perform his highly acclaimed one-man show Shakespeare's Kings and Clowns.

Marlowe Day: Saturday 19th May 2012


  • 10:30 to 10:45 - Assemble at the Dominican Priory.
  • Coffee and biscuits.
  • 10:45 - Chairman's Welcome
  • Chairman of the Marlowe Society, Valerie Colin-Russ, welcomes members, friends and guests.
  • 11:05 - Wreath-laying
  • A short walk to the Marlowe Memorial for the traditional wreath-laying ceremony at 11:15.
  • 11:30 - A choice of two activities:
  • [A] A Visit to the New Marlowe Theatre
  • A tour of the New Marlowe Theatre (next to the Marlowe Memorial) which re-opened last October after a £25m re-building project.
  • [B] Great Neglected Speeches
  • Those preferring to return to the Dominican Priory will be entertained by former Marlowe Society Chairman Ken Pickering, who will talk about some of the Great Neglected Speeches, aided by examples delivered by Mike McEvoy.
  • 12:45 - Buffet Lunch
  • Including a free glass of wine.
  • 14:00 - Julian Glover reads Marlowe
  • We are very lucky indeed to have the brilliant and renowned actor, and Society Vice-President, Julian Glover reading some excerpts from Marlowe.
  • 14:30 - Shakespeare's Kings and Clowns
  • Mike McEvoy performs his highly acclaimed one-man show Shakespeare's Kings and Clowns before taking it to the Prague Fringe Festival in June. The show contains scenes from Richard II, Henry IV Parts 1 and 2, Henry V, Henry VI Part 2, Hamlet, Macbeth, Twelfth Night, As You Like It, A Midsummer Night's Dream, King Lear and The Tempest, and is introduced by Society Vice-Chairman John Hunt, who looks at the links between Edward II and Richard II, and the history genre.
  • 16:00 approx - Tea & Farewells
  • Tea will be served after Michael McEvoy's show.