The Marlowe Society
Old Weavers House in Canterbury next to the River Stour
09 April 2016

Canterbury Marlowe Day 2016: Saturday 28 May

Programme and Booking Details

Our Canterbury Marlowe Day 2016 will be held on Saturday 28 May at The Marlowe Theatre on The Friars, with the full programme now confirmed. Attendees should assemble in The Green Room inside the Theatre, with the traditional wreath-laying ceremony following outside shortly afterwards at The Marlowe Memorial.

Both members of the Society and non-members are welcome to attend. Places for the full day are priced £15 for members, £18 for non-members and £10 for students. Places can be booked by sending a cheque (payable to "The Marlowe Society") together with your details and the required number of places, to our Treasurer, Charles Cox by Tuesday 24th May at the very latest. Alternatively you can pay via internet bank transfer (our bank account details are on the Joining page), or via PayPal using the relevant "Buy Now" button on our Society Events page. For internet bank transfers, please also send an accompanying e-mail note to the Treasurer to provide your details and the payment made.

Marlowe Day is held in the city of Canterbury, where of course Marlowe was born, grew up, and attended the King's School. The entire day will be spent inside the spectacular new Marlowe Theatre, which is located on The Friars off from the High Street (see map), not too far from Westgate and Canterbury West station (which now has the highspeed rail link to/from London St Pancras).

Our new chairman Ken Pickering has put together a fascinating and entertaining programme of talks, film and discussion around the theme of 'Marlowe, Holinshed & History'. After the wreath-laying, Dr Geoff Doel from Canterbury Christchurch University considers Marlowe's sources, before Charlie Dupré and Steph Robinson show us the completed version of their film 'Faustus Remixed'. Dr Anne-Sophie Refskou from the University of Surrey then takes us up to the lunch break with a talk on Edward II.

The Marlowe Theatre,
The Friars,
Kent CT1 2AS.

Note that lunch is not provided as part of the ticket price. The Green Room restaurant at the Marlowe Theatre offers a wide-ranging day-time menu, and there are a large number of reasonably priced eating venues very close by in the centre of Canterbury. Alternatively you may decide to bring or buy a picnic and repair to the river or local parks. Information and recommendations will be available on the day.

After lunch, there is an opportunity for a short guided walk through Canterbury from the Cathedral back to the Theatre during which Anne Oakley will give a brief history of the Canterbury Huguenots. Back at the Theatre, a film "Bodies in the Crypt" will be shown which charts The Fourth Monkey Theatre Company's production of Marlowe's violent play The Massacre at Paris, staged in the crypt of Canterbury Cathedral as part of the Marlowe450 celebrations. Marlowe Day will finish with what promises to be a stimulating discussion about directing history plays chaired by Dr Joanna Labon (University of Kent), involving director Ricky Dukes (from the Lazarus Theatre Company which performed Tamburlaine last year), Andy Dawson (Creative Projects Director at The Marlowe Theatre) and Sally Elkerton from the Canterbury Players, who will play the director in the RSC production of A Midsummer's Night Dream at the Marlowe Theatre in April.

Canterbury Marlowe Day: Saturday 28th May 2016


  • 10:00 - Chairman's Welcome
  • Marlowe Society Chairman Ken Pickering welcomes members, friends and guests in The Green Room - the Marlowe Theatre foyer coffee bar.
  • 10:30 - Wreath-Laying
  • Assemble at The Marlowe Memorial outside the theatre for the traditional wreath-laying ceremony.
  • 11:00 - "O What a World of Profit and Delight"
  • Dr Geoff Doel (Canterbury Christchurch University and University of Kent) discusses Marlowe's sources.
  • 11:45 - Faustus Remixed
  • Charlie Dupré and Stephanie Robinson present the finished version of their Faustus film.
  • 12:00 - "Hearts Pierced with Pity and Compassionate Bowels in Edward II"
  • A presentation by Dr Anne-Sophie Refskou (University of Surrey).
  • 12:45 - Lunch
  • Canterbury has hundreds of lovely cafes, or you may decide to bring or buy a picnic and repair to the river or local parks.
  • 13:45 - A Walk: The Canterbury Huguenots
  • Meet at the French Church, Canterbury Cathedral for a brief history of the Canterbury Huguenots with Anne Oakley during a walk back to The Marlowe Theatre.
  • 14:15 - A Film: "Bodies in the Crypt"
  • A documentary film by Gavin Carver for the University of Kent charting Fourth Monkey's production of The Massacre at Paris, staged in the crypt of Canterbury Cathedral as part of the Marlowe450 celebrations.
  • 15:00 - Directors Discussion: History in Performance
  • A frank and amusing discussion about directing history plays, chaired by Dr Joanna Labon (University of Kent, and Chairman of the Canterbury Christopher Marlowe Museum project), and involving Paul Ainsworth (Learning and Participation Officer, Marlowe Theatre), Ricky Dukes (Director, Lazarus Theatre Company), Andy Dawson (Creative Projects Director, Marlowe Theatre), and Sally Elkerton (The Canterbury Players).
  • 16:00 approx - Farewells
  • Tea will be served.