The Marlowe Society
16 February 2015

London Marlowe Day & AGM

Details and booking details for new London Marlowe Day incorporating the Marlowe Society AGM on 28 February 2015

The Marlowe Society is pleased to announce that the inaugural London Marlowe Day will take place on Saturday 28th February at The George Inn on Borough High Street, London. The event, which will complement the annual Marlowe Day in Canterbury in May/June each year, will incorporate the Society's Annual General Meeting, which has traditionally been held on the weekend closest to 26th February, the recorded date of Marlowe's baptism. This year marks the 451st anniversary of that event.

The George Inn,
77, Borough High Street
London, SE1 1NH.
tel. 020 7407 2056

The idea of a London Marlowe Day was proposed by the committee last year in order to provide some challenging ideas around a particular Marlowe theme. At this first event, the general theme is connected with what was likely Marlowe's first play, Dido, Queen of Carthage>. One of our speakers will be Jacqui Somerville who is directing the Globe Young Players in a forthcoming production of the play at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse in April. Meanwhile our keynote speaker, who will open London Marlowe Day, is international Marlowe scholar Roy Eriksen, Professor of English Renaissance Literature and Culture at the University of Agder in Kristiansand, Norway. Professor Eriksen's talk 'The Marlowe Moment: Dido, Queen of Carthage' will present something new on Dido that sheds light on our multi-talented poet. In addition Ken Pickering (our former chairman and Honorary Professor of Drama and Theatre at the University of Kent) will present Paul Allain's film of last year's performance of The Massacre at Paris in the crypt of Canterbury Cathedral by the Fourth Monkey Theatre Company (who also play Tamburlaine in London in March). Both Ken and Jacqui will develop the theme of introducing 16th century drama to young performers.

There is no charge for the AGM itself, but tickets for the lectures, film and lunch can be purchased by both members and non-members at the price of £18 each. Payment can be made by sending a cheque to the Treasurer, Charles Cox (by Monday 23rd February latest), or via internet bank transfer or PayPal (see payment method details) with an accompanying e-mail note to the Treasurer.

The event is being held once again at the historic George Inn just off Borough High Street in London. The George, a National Trust owned property, is one of the oldest surviving galleried coaching inns dating back to the sixteenth century, and also boasts literary and theatrical links. Details of the closest tube stations and car parks can be found in this review of the inn.

London Marlowe Day incorporating the Marlowe Society AGM:
Saturday 28th February 2015


  • 10:45 - Gather for coffee at The George and for the sale of raffle tickets.
  • 11:00 - "The Marlowe Moment: Dido, Queen of Carthage"
  • A talk by Roy Eriksen, Professor of English Renaissance Literature and Culture at the University of Agder in Kristiansand, Norway.
  • 12:00 - Marlowe Society AGM
  • 13:00 - Buffet lunch.
  • A selection of dishes, including vegetarian.
  • 14:00 - "A Discovery of Marlowe"
  • Jacqui Somerville, director of The Globe Young Players' production of Dido, Queen of Carthage, talks about her discovery of Marlowe, and how she is teaching her young performers in this play.
  • 15:00 - "A Massacre in the Crypt"
  • Professor Ken Pickering introduces Professor Paul Allain's film of The Massacre at Paris which was performed last year by The Fourth Monkey Theatre Company in the crypt of Canterbury Cathedral as part of the Marlowe450 season.
  • 16:00 - Raffle to be drawn.
  • 16:30 - Proceedings close.