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Marlowe Theatre

01227 787787

The Friars
CANTERBURY
CT1 2AS

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I look forward to the next visit

We visited the Marlowe last week for a concert and for me the new-look theatre is a big improvement over the old one. The bar and foyer area is a bit soulless and drinks cost over the odds, but the auditorium itself is a beautiful and intimate space with a circle and upper circle. The acoustics were good, the seating comfortable. I look forward to the next visit.

By patsweeney at 12:55 on 29/02/12

      
 
      

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2 Reviews of Marlowe Theatre

       
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    I look forward to the next visit

       

    We visited the Marlowe last week for a concert and for me the new-look theatre is a big improvement over the old one. The bar and foyer area is a bit soulless and drinks cost over the odds, but the auditorium itself is a beautiful and intimate space with a circle and upper circle. The acoustics were good, the seating comfortable. I look forward to the next visit.

    By patsweeney at 12:55 on 29/02/12

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    Lots of good shows to see… but

       


    I’m delighted to see the Marlowe is getting lots of coverage in the nationals, and most of them seem to like the new building.
    With a higher capacity than the old Odeon building could offer, the theatre is going to be able to attract some of the bigger names that Canterbury used to miss out on, and the smaller 120-seater Marlowe Studio space is a welcome addition for more intimate performances.
    A quick scan through the theatre’s “what’s on” reveals a few highlights: music from Kate Rusby, Nick Lowe, and Vladimir Ashkenazy conducting the Philharmonia Orchestra; comedy from Stephen Merchant, Al Murray and Sarah Millican; dance from Northern Ballet and Richard Alston.
    I’m a little disappointed to see so much “filler” programmed: those ghastly musical tribute shows that seemed to be a perennial staple of the old Marlowe seem just as prevalent in the new schedule, for instance. Surely we could expect something a little more ambitious – and authentic.
    But… I’m amazed that, with all the time they’ve had to get ready for the opening, the online facility to choose seats and book doesn’t work (for me at least) yet!
    I tried to book tickets for Nick Lowe online as soon as they went on sale, but the seat-picker gizmo didn’t work. So, instead, it’s still down to waiting in a queue on the phone. The box-office person was very helpful, but it didn’t make up for the tedium of a 10-minute wait. I checked again today (September 29) and it still doesn’t work, at least on my computer. The theatre now has a whizz-bang website, but, with only a week to go before the grand opening, surely they should have ironed out the bugs by now?
    Sort it out, Marlowe!

    By neiljenkin at 16:33 on 29/09/11

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