“ Address: The Friars / Canterbury / Kent / England / CT1 2AS „
About The Marlowe Theatre
The Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury was redeveloped in 2005. It was then completely overhauled a couple of years ago and is currently spread across three floors. Inside, there are two auditoriums, one of which has 1,200 seats and the other one has around 200 seats. Also inside is a bar on each of the three floors, a café and a hospitality suite.
Where Is The Theatre Located
The Marlowe Theatre is at the lower end of the City centre and is easily accessible whatever you choose at your mode of transport. There are plenty of car parks only a few minutes walk away and there is even a car park behind the theatre. The train and bus stations are also only a 5-7 minute walk away.
What Can You Do At The Marlowe Theatre
There is a large variety of performances held at the Marlowe Theatre and these include plays, concerts, festivals, musicals, dance shows and of course the annual pantomime. I have been to the Marlowe Theatre twice in the past 12 months, once to see The Rocky Horror Show (which actually had the same cast that appear in the large London Theatres) and I also saw the pantomime Cinderella last year at Christmas. Prices obviously vary from show to show but in my own personal experience, I have always found the shows to be excellent value for money, for example, the Rocky Horror Show was only £16 a ticket, when you would easily pay twice that to see the same cast in a London show.
The Café / Bar
The Café Bar is modern and airy and provides a relaxing atmosphere to enjoy your food either before of after a show. Visitors who would only like to sample drinks can relax in the bar area, and for people wanting to have a bight to eat, there is ample seating around the back of the bar.
The menu has plenty of choice so there should be something to suit everyone. There are main meals for anyone who is feeling hungry and try me, you want o be feeling hungry if you order one of these because the portion sizes are very large. For those with a smaller appetite you can try the snacks such as jacket potatoes with a range of toppings, or the selection of paninis. For people wanting a healthy option, there are salads and sandwiches.
Each day, there is a specials board behind the bar which include items that are not on the normal menu so be sure you check this out!
Backstage Tours of the Marlowe Theatre can be arranged and these are very cheap with one adult only being charged £2.50. People who participate in this tour get to see places such as the dressing rooms, the back stage area as well as the rooms where all the stage management roles such as lighting and sound are controlled from.
My Opinion Of The Marlowe
I would certainly recommend a trip to the Marlowe Theatre if you are visiting Canterbury. The vast choice of shows means that there is literally something to suit everyones taste. Both the auditoriums are furnished to a high standard with comfortable seats and ample leg room for everyone to feel right at home while watching the shows.
I have also eaten in the restaurant during my latest visit to the Marlowe and I found the restaurant to have plenty of choice on the menu, the staff were polite and the food was speedy and very tasty. In the restaurant, you have the choice of snack food, or a three course meal which suits most peoples tastes as you are still able to grab something to eat if you are in a rush.
I have I previously mentioned, the Marlowe Theatre quite often has the cast from the London stage shows appearing, which means if you live local, attending one of these shows rather than a London one, gives you excellent value for money as you are paying near enough half price for your ticket alone.
The Marlowe Theatre also has full disabled access with lifts on every floor.