Canterbury Marlowe Day 2022

Saturday 28th May 2022, 11.30-4.30
St Dunstan’s Church Hall, 80 London Road, CT2 8LS

Tickets £20 with coffee, tea and light lunch

  • A celebration of Christopher Marlowe in Canterbury, with news, updates, conversation and a wonderfully varied and international programme.
  • Live scenes from the controversial London play Marlowe’s Fate – Q&A with American writer/director Peter Hodges
  • Lecture on The Massacre at Paris by Jo Hill
  • Notes from a novel about Marlowe by visiting Canadian writer Oisin Curran
  • Canterbury student film director Marian Lewis on Dr Faustus
  • Historic Canterbury and the Thomas More connection

Please email to reserve your place. Payment can be made on the day or in advance by bank transfer

An engraving of a scene from The Taming of the Shrew by Georg Goldberg

Did Kit co-author Shakespeare’s Shrew?

Christopher Marlowe may have had a hand in writing “The Taming of the Shrew”. Dr John V Nance, associate editor for The New Oxford Shakespeare: Complete Alternative Versions suggests Act 1 Scene 1 was by Marlowe. (The Guardian April 14th 2020)

Read the article here

2020 Hoffman Prize

2020 Hoffman Prize Entries Now Accepted

The Calvin & Rose G Hoffman Prize for a distinguished scholarly essay on Christopher Marlowe

Entries are now invited for the 31st Calvin & Rose G Hoffman Prize to be awarded in December 2020. The closing date for entries to be received is 1st September 2020.  If you wish to enter the competition, an application form and further details must first be obtained from:

The Hoffman Administrator
The King’s School
25 The Precincts
Kent CT1 2ES
The Hoffman Prize Past Winners

Tom Hughes will play Christopher Marlowe in A Discovery of Witches

Marlowe in A Discovery of Witches

Tom Hughes will play Christopher ‘Kit’ Marlowe in the second season of A Discovery of Witches. The Sky Original fantasy drama is based on the All Souls novels by Deborah Harkness, which sees a young academic who reconnects with her witch heritage after meeting a debonair vampire. They become embroiled in a supernatural war over time. The second season takes place in Elizabethan London, where they will meet the mercurial and dark Kit Marlowe.

Read more on Radio Times

The former Poor Priests' Hospital

The Marlowe Kit in Canterbury

The Marlowe Kit opened in April 2019 with a free exhibition, Kent’s Remarkable Writers. It focuses on Christopher Marlowe, Aphra Behn and Joseph Conrad. Contact The Marlowe Theatre, The Friars, Canterbury CT1 2AS, tel 01227 787787

Part of the Marlowe exhibition
Part of the Marlowe exhibition

The Kit is housed in the 12th century former Poor Priests Hospital, and is both child- and adult-friendly. There are opportunities to interact with some of the exhibits through immersive activities such as trying on Elizabethan-style clothing, and watching presentations.

Marlowe's Ghost Escape Room
Marlowe’s Ghost Escape Room

The Kit houses an escape room called Marlowe’s Ghost. This is a race against time to escape from a locked room by deciphering clues.

The former Poor Priests' Hospital
The former Poor Priests’ Hospital

The Marlowe Kit

The Marlowe Kit Opens

The Marlowe Kit has finally opened. On April 6th, it opened to the public with a free exhibition entitled “Kent’s Remarkable Writers” which focuses on three of Kent’s most distinguished writers: Christopher Marlowe, Aphra Behn and Joseph Conrad.

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