Marlowe Theatre unveils new look

Marlowe Theatre

Marlowe Theatre

I travelled to Canterbury recently on a very sunny autumn day for the press launch of the new Marlowe Theatre. The attraction has undergone a £25.6 million renovation project over the past two years, which saw the demolition of most of the old structure and the creation of a brand new state-of-the-art venue on an extended site.

The 1,200-seat main auditorium is particularly impressive as is the fact that the project completed on time and on budget! The architect, Keith Williams, gave us a very informative tour of both the exterior and interior, highlighting key design points. Although the building is a very modern structure, the aim has been to connect with the historic buildings around it such as the iconic cathedral. There are some wonderful viewpoints from the upper levels of the theatre towards it, and the fly tower, which has been retained from the old theatre, is the same height as the cathedral’s nave. The launch season sees some excellent productions visiting the theatre, including the first appearance of Glyndebourne Opera in the city – we were even treated to an excerpt on the day (see the video clip below). Competitive group rates have been introduced and there is coach parking a short walk from the site.

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