The Marlowe Theatre throws open its doors this weekend

The Marlowe Theatre throws open its doors this weekend for three days of celebrations to mark its opening.

A host of events, including street arts, live music, dance, and performances, will take place, and most are free. There will also be the chance to explore the new building and meet the staff.

My Marlowe Opening Weekend: First Night is from 5pm to 7.15pm on Friday 7 October. The evening includes music from bluegrass band The Coal Porters, a street theatre hip-hop show by Rannel, all-male dance company Udify Dance, and Loop Dance Company. There will be street theatre from Kent-based companies, with new works commissioned by PANek (Performing Arts Network Kent).

Visitors can also enjoy an unexpected finale to the evening!

The first band to play a live gig in The Marlowe Studio will be festival favourites Tom Williams and the Boat, supported by local group, The Gang. The gig will be at 8pm on Friday and tickets are £7 (concessions £5).

Saturday (11am to 6pm) is My Marlowe Opening Weekend: Music Day. The KD Jazz Orchestra, The Dualers (ska), Goosebumps (rock and roll), and Big Orange Head will be playing outside the theatre throughout the day. There will also be walkabout street theatre (including our own Marlowe Street Theatre group), performances by Marlowe Youth Theatre, and students from University Centre, Folkestone, and a question-and-answer session with the theatre team.

Chalk Giants will be presenting a children’s puppet show in The Marlowe Studio at 11.30am and 2.30pm (tickets £5).

My Marlowe Opening Weekend: Family Day is on Sunday, from 11am to 4pm. There will be street theatre, walkabout clowning, face-painting, an urban art workshop, puppetry and face-painting. CBeebies favourites Rastamouse and The Easy Crew will be making several appearances, and there will be storytelling by their creators.

Claytime’s play with clay for children aged three to six is in The Marlowe Studio at 2.30pm, with tickets priced £5.

Event programmer Nicki Setterfield said: “The new Marlowe is very much about providing something for everything – for local residents, for people of Kent, for tourists nationally and internationally – for you and me, whatever your age. Our aim for the weekend is to encourage visitors old and new to participate and to celebrate with us in launching this astonishing new landmark for the city.”

For ticketed events, call the Box Office on 01227 787787, or go to, where you can also see a detailed programme of all the events.

The Saturday evening comedy gig by Stephen Merchant is now sold out.

Top Photo: Tom Williams and the Boat

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