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Events Noticeboard

Forthcoming Events: News of more events soon, including the 2017 Marlowe Lecture in November.

Past Events: Canterbury Marlowe Day 2017 | London Marlowe Day 2017 | Marlowe Lecture 2016 | Poets Corner 2016 | Canterbury Marlowe Day 2016 | London Marlowe Day 2016 | Marlowe Lecture 2015 | Canterbury Marlowe Day 2015 | London Marlowe Day 2015 | Poets Corner 2014 | Marlowe Society hosts ALS Weekend 2014 in Canterbury | Marlowe Society AGM 2014 | Marlowe Day 2013 in Canterbury | Dido at The Rose | Lecture: Terror on the World | Lecture: Marlowe Papers | Lecture: Every Merry Word a Very Witchcraft | Cardenio/Macbeth at the RSC | Dr Faustus at The Globe | Dr Faustus at The Rose | Lecture: Marlowe's London | Edward II at The Rose | Lecture: The Ruin of a Multitude | Arden at The Rose | Marlowe the Play

Past Events by Year: 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017

Forthcoming Events

Forthcoming Events

News of more events soon, including the 2017 Marlowe Lecture in November.

 

Past Events

Past Events

*Note that these event have already taken place, but the links and reviews may still be of interest.

2017 Events

Marlowe Day in Canterbury: Canterbury Map by Braun and Hogenberg (1588)

Canterbury Marlowe Day 2017: Marlowe's Canterbury

  • Date: Saturday 20 May 2017. Starts at 10:00am.
  • Venue: The Marlowe Theatre, The Friars, Canterbury, Kent CT1 2AS [Map|Directions].
  • Price: Cost £15 Members | £18 Non-Members | £10 Students. Includes coffee, but not lunch.
  • But tickets: By cheque (payable to 'The Marlowe Society' sent to the Treasurer), bank transfer (details), or PayPal
  • Summary: Canterbury Marlowe Day 2017 boasts a fascinating range of academic and theatrical speakers on the theme of Marlowe's Canterbury. Michael Frohnsdorff looks at Marlowe's Family History in Kent, whilst Prof Catherine Richardson takes a Walk Through History with the aid of a 1641 map of Canterbury found in the Cathedral Archives. RSC Director Kimberley Sykes will talk on Marlowe's Refugee, considering identity and belonging in Dido, Queen of Carthage. Away from Canterbury, Dr Rory Loughnane shares his perspective on Early Shakespeare, Marlowe & Co-authorship in the wake of last year's collaborative attribution to Marlowe of the Henry VI plays in The New Oxford Shakespeare, for which he is an Associate Editor. The day will also include the traditional laying of a floral tribute at the Marlowe Memorial outside the New Marlowe Theatre.
  • Website Links: Marlowe Day 2017 Programme & Poster. See also Marlowe Literary Walk Around Canterbury.



London Marlowe Day incorporating the 2017 Marlowe Society AGM at The King & Queen, 1 Foley Street, London, W1W 6DL

London Marlowe Day (incorporating the 2017 Marlowe Society AGM)

  • Date: Saturday 25 February 2017 - AGM to start at 10:30am.
  • Venue: Function Room, The King & Queen, 1 Foley Street, London, W1W 6DL [Map].
  • Nearest Tube Station: Goodge Street (Northern Line).
  • Price: Cost £15 Members | £18 Non-Members | £10 Students. Includes coffee, but NOT lunch.
  • Buy tickets: By cheque (payable to 'The Marlowe Society' sent to the Treasurer), bank transfer [details], or PayPal.
  • Summary: London Marlowe Day is held on the weekend closest to 26th February (the 453rd anniversary of Marlowe's baptism) and incorporates the Society AGM in the morning. This year the programme includes two fascinating speakers. Dr Benjamin Woolley (author of The Queen's Conjuror amongst other books) will give us a talk entitled Dr Dee's Library, whilst Dr Anne-Sophie Refskou returns to tell us about the Hamlet in Elsinore exhibition she curated last year. There will also be a chance to catch up on various Marlowe initiatives that the Society are engaged with.
  • Website Link: The King & Queen pub. Programme for this year's London Marlowe Day 2017.

2016 Events

The Christopher Marlowe Lecture 2016 at Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education, 2-18 Britannia Row, Islington, London N1 8PA on Saturday 26th November 2016 at 11.30am

The Annual Christopher Marlowe Lecture 2016

  • Lecture Title: The Maiden's Holiday: Marlowe's Lost Play?
  • Speaker: Matthew Steggle, Professor of English at Sheffield Hallam University, author of four books on early modern drama, and contributing editor to various other scholarly editions. Professor Steggle is co-editor, with Roslyn L. Knutson and David McInnis, of the Lost Plays Database, and co-editor of the ejournal Early Modern Literary Studies. In 2015 he won the Hoffman Prize for Distinguished Publications on Marlowe.
  • Date: Saturday 26 November 2016 at 11.30am. Doors open and coffee served from 11am.
  • Venue: Upstairs Function Room, The King & Queen, 1 Foley Street, London, W1W 6DL [Map]
    (Please note the late change of venue). Nearest Tube Station: Goodge Street (Northern Line).
  • Ticket Prices: £8 Society Members; £10 Non-members; £5 students.
  • Summary: The 2016 Christopher Marlowe Lecture will be delivered by Professor Matthew Steggle, Professor of English at Sheffield Hallam University. "In 1654, the publisher Humphrey Moseley secured the rights to print 'A comedy called The Maiden's Holiday, by Christopher Marlowe and John Day'. The same play, and possibly the same manuscript, was recorded in the eighteenth century, before - allegedly - falling into the hands of a cook who turned it into lining paper for pies. Nothing of the manuscript survived her recycling. This lecture asks: What can we say about the lost play? Was it by Marlowe? If it wasn't - what does its attribution to Marlowe say about Marlowe's early reception?"
  • Website Links: The Maiden's Holiday at Lost Plays Database; King & Queen; Poster.
Marlowe Memorial Service, Poets' Corner, Westminster Abbey.

Marlowe Memorial Service in Westminster Abbey

  • Date: Saturday 22 October 2016, 12:00 noon to 12:30.
  • Venue: Poets' Corner, Westminster Abbey, London, SW1. [Get to the Abbey | Find Poets' Corner]
  • Access: Present yourself at the side door on the West Gate at approximately 11:45am. Inform one of the red-caped marshals on duty there that you are attending the Christopher Marlowe memorial event in Poets' Corner, and you will be escorted to the waiting area just inside the door. All attendees should be gathered here ahead of being led into Poets' Corner at noon.
  • Summary: Our biennial Marigold Wreath-laying Ceremony honouring the name of Christopher Marlowe on The Memorial Window in Poet's Corner of Westminster Abbey is a short but always very enjoyable and worthwhile event. The service will include readings from Marlowe's works by various Society luminarioes and actors, all interspersed with Elizabethan songs, prayers, and the traditional wreath-laying. Musical accompaniment will this year be provided by the wonderful Canterbury Singers.
  • Website Links: 2014 Ceremony; Memorial unveiled in 2002; More info on Poets' Corner & Marlowe Memorial.
Marlowe Day in Canterbury: the Marlowe Memorial statue outside the new Marlowe Theatre

Canterbury Marlowe Day 2016: 'Marlowe, Holinshed & History'

  • Date: Saturday 28 May 2016. Starts at 10:00am.
  • Venue: The Marlowe Theatre, The Friars, Canterbury, Kent CT1 2AS [Map|Directions].
  • Price: Cost £15 Members | £18 Non-Members | £10 Students. Includes coffee, but not lunch.
  • But tickets: By cheque (payable to 'The Marlowe Society' sent to the Treasurer), bank transfer (details), or by PayPal.
  • Summary: Canterbury Marlowe Day 2016 will involve with the traditional laying of a floral tribute at the Marlowe Memorial outside the New Marlowe Theatre. The full programme on the theme of 'Marlowe, Holinshed & History' is now confirmed, and includes Dr Geoff Doel (Canterbury Christ Church University) on Marlowe's Sources, Dr Anne-Sophie Refskou (University of Surrey) who has written extensively on Edward II, a screening of the documentary film 'Bodies in the Crypt', and a discussion about directing history plays with (amongst others) Ricky Dukes (Artistic Director of the Lazarus Theatre Company) who adapted & directed Tamburlaine last year, and Andrew Dawson, Creative Projects Director at The Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury.
  • Website Links: Marlowe Day 2016 Programme. See also Marlowe Literary Walk Around Canterbury.
London Marlowe Day incorporating the 2016 Marlowe Society AGM at The George Inn, Borough High Street, London.

London Marlowe Day (incorporating the 2016 Marlowe Society AGM)

  • Date: Saturday 27 February 2016 - AGM to start at 10:30am.
  • Venue: Function Room, The King & Queen, 1 Foley Street, London, W1W 6DL [Map].
  • Nearest Tube Station: Goodge Street (Northern Line).
  • Price: Cost £15 Members | £18 Non-Members | £10 Students. Includes coffee, but NOT lunch.
  • But tickets: By cheque (payable to 'The Marlowe Society' sent to the Treasurer), bank transfer [details], or PayPal
  • Summary: London Marlowe Day is held on the weekend closest to 26th February (the 452nd anniversary of Marlowe's baptism) and incorporates the Society AGM in the morning. The programme includes a talk entitled 'Marlowe in Performance: Dido Queen of Carthage and the Traditions of Indoor Performance' by Dr. Sarah Dustagheer (University of Kent) who contributed to the Marlowe Symposium in London in December 2014, news about a Faustus film from actor Charlie Dupré, and the London debut of one part of Ros Barber's play, The Marlowe Papers.
  • Website Link: The King & Queen pub. Programme for London Marlowe Day 2016.

2015 Events

The Inaugural Marlowe Lecture 2015 at Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education, 2-18 Britannia Row, Islington, London N1 8PA on Saturday 14th November 2015 at 11.30am

The (Inaugural) Annual Christopher Marlowe Lecture 2015

  • Lecture Title: A "Mad and Scoffing Poet...Bred of Merlin's Race": Was Marlowe Faustus?
  • Speaker: Dr Ros Barber, author of The Marlowe Papers.
  • Dates: Saturday 14 November 2015 at 11.30am. Doors open and coffee served from 11am.
  • Venue: Institute for Arts in Therapy & Education, London Art House, 2-18 Britannia Row, Islington, London N1 8PA. [Map, Directions & Parking]. Nearest Stations: Angel tube (Northern Line); Highbury & Islington (Victoria line, overground). Note Essex Rd overground station is closed on Saturdays.
  • Ticket Prices: £8 Society Members; £10 Non-members; £5 students.
  • Summary: The Inaugural Christopher Marlowe Lecture by Dr Ros Barber, author of the critically acclaimed verse novel The Marlowe Papers, joint-winner of the Hoffman Prize, novelist, poet and lecturer in English Literature at Goldsmiths College at the University of London. "We do not know exactly when Doctor Faustus was written, but Robert Greene's 1588 allusion to Marlowe associates him, very early in his career, with a famous magician. Faustus is the protagonist with whom Marlowe is most often conflated: the scholar A.L.Rowse said 'Marlowe is Faustus'. Is this simply a case of reading the author's life backwards through the lens of his public atheism and subsequent sticky end? Were elements of Marlowe's biography written in to the play after his death? Did those who knew him personally think of him as Faustus? This talk explores evidence that illuminates Marlowe's relationship with his most famous protagonist."
  • Website Links: News; Ros Barber's website; Institute for Arts in Therapy & Education; Poster.
Marlowe Day in Canterbury: the Marlowe Memorial statue outside the old Marlowe Theatre

Marlowe Day 2015 in Canterbury

  • Date: Saturday 30 May 2015. Starts at 10:00am.
  • Meeting: 10:00am at The Marlowe Memorial or 10:30am at the Dominican Priory in Canterbury.
  • Main Venue: The Dominican Priory, St Peters Lane, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 2BP. [Map]. No stiletto heels please!
  • Cost: £20, includes buffet lunch. Places can be reserved in advance by sending cheques payable to "The Marlowe Society" to Treasurer, Charles Cox. Payment can also be made by internet bank transfer or PayPal. The event is open to both members and non-members.
  • Summary: Marlowe Day 2015 will begin with the laying of a floral tribute at the Marlowe Memorial outside the New Marlowe Theatre (Friars Street). A varied and stimulating programme of entertainment and speakers includes Charlie Dupré presenting 'Faustus Remixed', actors discussing their experiences performing Doctor Faustus. There is also a performance from a company of Kentish Mummers, and a talk from Andrew Dawson, Creative Projects Director at The Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury.
  • Website Links: Marlowe Day 2015 Programme. See also Marlowe Literary Walk Around Canterbury.
The Marlowe Society AGM at The George Inn, Borough High Street, London.

London Marlowe Day (incorporating the 2015 Marlowe Society AGM)

  • Date: Saturday 28 February 2015, 11:00am
  • Venue: The George Inn, 77 Borough High Street, London, SE1 1NH. Tel. 020-7407-2056. [Map]
  • Price: There is no charge for the AGM itself; Lunch, the talks and the film will cost £18.
  • Summary: This year, the Society is organising a London Marlowe Day in February on the weekend closest to 26th February (the 451st anniversary of Marlowe's baptism) to complement the Canterbury Marlowe Day in May. The event will still incorporate the AGM, but there will be a bigger emphasis on talks and performance. International Marlowe scholar Professor Roy Eriksen will present the opening lecture entitled 'The Marlowe Moment: Dido, Queen of Carthage', whilst Jacqui Somerville, director of The Globe Young Players' forthcoming production of Dido, Queen of Carthage, will talk about her discovery of Marlowe and teaching young performers. Professor Ken Pickering will introduce a film of the Marlowe450 production of The Massacre at Paris in the crypt of Canterbury Cathedral.
  • Website Link: The George Inn is a National Trust site. Programme for London Marlowe Day 2015.

2014 Events

Marlowe Memorial Service, Poets' Corner, Westminster Abbey.

Marlowe Memorial Service in Westminster Abbey

  • Date: Saturday 22 November 2014, 12:00 noon to 12:30.
  • Venue: Poets' Corner, Westminster Abbey, London, SW1. [Get to the Abbey | Find Poets' Corner]
  • Summary: Our biennial Marigold Wreath-laying Ceremony honouring the name of Christopher Marlowe on The Memorial Window in Poet's Corner of Westminster Abbey is a short but always very enjoyable and worthwhile event, and especially poignant this year being the 450th anniversary of our playwright's birth. The service will include readings from Marlowe's works delivered by Society President Mark Rylance, Vice-President Julian Glover, and David Oakes (currently playing Marlowe in Shakespeare in Love in the West End), all interspersed with Elizabethan songs, prayers, and the traditional wreath-laying.
  • Website Links: 2014 Ceremony; Memorial unveiled in 2002; More info on Poets' Corner & Marlowe Memorial.
The Marlowe Society hosts the ALS Weekend in Canterbury, Saturday 31 May and Sunday 01 June 2014.

Alliance of Literary Societies Weekend 2014 in Canterbury

  • Date: Saturday 31 May, starting at 10:00am, and Sunday 01 June 2014.
  • Main Venue: The Schoolroom, The King's School, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 2ES [Map & Directions].
  • Price: £15, includes morning coffee, lunch, and afternoon tea on Saturday. Optional ALS Dinner on Saturday evening will cost £28. Admission to Canterbury attractions on Sunday are NOT included in the price.
  • Summary: The Marlowe Society is hosting the annual Alliance of Literary Societies (ALS) Weekend and AGM in Canterbury as part of the Marlowe450 celebrations, which will also double as Marlowe Day 2014. Saturday's programme will include welcome speeches, an introductory talk on Marlowe by Valerie Colin-Russ, a talk on Marlowe's work and genius by Professor Richard Wilson, and the traditional wreath-laying at The Marlowe Memorial. The ALS AGM will take place after lunch, after which delegates will be able to view the Walpole Collection of English Literary Manuscripts, and watch a shortened version of Doctor Faustus. The ALS Dinner will take place on Saturday evening, which is optional, and Sunday is free for delegates to visit local attractions such as the Cathedral, Heritage Museum (including Joseph Conrad Study), and/or Chaucer's Canterbury Tales Experience.
  • Photos: Some photos from the 2014 ALS Literary Weekend at The George can be seen on our Facebook page.
  • Website Link: ALS Weekend Programme Details; Alliance of Literary Societies; The King's School Canterbury.
The Marlowe Society AGM at The George Inn, Borough High Street, London.

The Marlowe Society AGM 2014

  • Date: Saturday 22 February 2014, 11:00am
  • Venue: The George Inn, 77 Borough High Street, London, SE1 1NH. Tel. 020-7407-2056. [Map]
  • Price: There is no charge for the AGM itself; Lunch and the lecture are £18.
  • Summary: The AGM always takes place on the weekend closest to 26th February, that being the anniversary of Marlowe's baptism, and 2014 will mark the 450th anniversary of Marlowe's birth. The AGM will take place in the morning, and will be followed by a buffet lunch. In the afternoon Ken Pickering will give a talk entitled "Visions of Marlowe at the Marlowe Theatre" aided and abetted by some actors.
  • Photos: Some photos from the 2014 AGM at The George can be seen on our Facebook page. Note that Marlowe450 Assistant Director Helena Bumpus from the University of Kent stood in for Ken Pickering.
  • Website Link: The George Inn is a National Trust site. See also news of the 2014 AGM.

2013 Events

Marlowe Day at Canterbury: the Marlowe Memorial statue outside the old Marlowe Theatre

Marlowe Day 2013 in Canterbury

Dido, Queen of Carthage at The Rose - Sunday 24th March

Dido, Queen of Carthage at The Rose on Bankside

  • Summary: The Marlowe Society is organising a group booking for members to see a matinee performance of Dido, Queen of Carthage at The Rose, the historic Bankside theatre that has very close ties with Marlowe.
  • Date: Sunday 24 March 2013; 3pm Matinee performance.
  • Venue: The Rose Theatre, Bankside, 56 Park Street, London, SE1 9AS [Map]. Nearest Station: London Bridge.
  • Cost: Tickets for this Marlowe Society Group booking cost £12 or £10 for concessions.
  • Booking: Society members can obtain tickets by application to event organiser Mark Abbott. Members are welcome to bring up to 3 guests. Payment must be made in advance by cheque payable to "The Marlowe Society". Application and payment should be submitted by Friday 08 March. Please contact Mark for further information.
  • Production Information: A House on the Hill Production, directed by Alex Pearson and Jeremy Smith, Dido, Queen of Carthage is running at The Rose from 06 to 31 March. More information about the production is available in our Theatre Productions events listings, or on The Rose website event page.
  • Related website Links: Read our Overview of Dido Queen of Carthage. Visit The Rose website. More events at The Rose.

2012 Events

Terror on the World - a lecture by Dr Paul Quinn at The George Inn, London, Sunday 4th November 2012

A Marlowe Society Lecture:

A Marlowe Society Lecture:

Terror on the World

  • Speaker: Dr Paul Quinn, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the School of English, Sussex University.
  • Date: Sunday 04 November 2012, starting at 11:00am.
  • Venue: Winchester Room, 1st Floor, The George Inn, 77 Borough High Street, London, SE1 1NH. Tel. 020-7407-2056. [Map]
  • Booking: Members and non-members can book seats priced £10 each (£8 concessions) in advance by application to the Society Treasurer, Michael Andrews by cheque or internet bank transfer.
  • Summary: Dr Paul Quinn will consider Marlowe's development of anti-Roman Catholicism on the stage, and will also refer to Shakespeare's King John. The lecture will begin at 11am and last for approximately an hour. Payment on the day at the box office will also be possible if seats are still available.
  • Website Links: Marlowe Society Overview of The Massacre at Paris
The Marlowe Papers by Dr Ros Barber at The Rose on Bankside, Sunday 30th September 2012

A Marlowe Society Lecture:

A Marlowe Society Lecture:

The Marlowe Papers

  • Speaker: Author and Marlowe Society member Dr. Rosalind Barber
  • Date: Sunday 30 September 2012, starting at 11:00am.
  • Venue: The Rose Theatre, Bankside, 56 Park Street, London, SE1 9AS [Map]. Nearest Station: London Bridge.
  • Booking: Members and non-members can book seats priced £10 each (£8 concessions) in advance by application to the Society Treasurer, Michael Andrews by cheque or internet bank transfer.
  • Summary: Ros Barber discusses her innovative new book which formed part of her successful PhD thesis and won a share of the 2011 Hoffman Prize. The Marlowe Papers is a novel written in verse wherein our poet ruefully recounts the details of his staged 'death' and lonely exile abroad that has left him pining for his true love and the damp London streets, whilst continuing to write plays and poetry under the name of a colourless man from Stratford. The lecture will begin at 11am and last for approximately an hour.
  • Facilities: Note that The Rose has limited toilet facilities, although patrons are able to use the facilities at The New Globe around the corner. Tea and coffee will be on sale from 10.30am onwards.
  • Website Links: 2011 Hoffman Prize; The Marlowe Papers; The Rose website

2011 Events

Every Merry Word a Very Witchcraft: Dr. Faustus and the Supernatural in the Early Commercial Theatres - A Marlowe Society Lecture at The Rose on Bankside, Saturday 17th September 2011

A Marlowe Society Lecture:

A Marlowe Society Lecture:

Every Merry Word a Very Witchcraft

  • Speaker: Dr. Andy Kesson, Lecturer in Early Modern Studies at the University of Kent
  • Date: Saturday 17 September 2011, starting at 11:00am.
  • Venue: The Rose Theatre, Bankside, 56 Park Street, London, SE1 9AS [Map]. Nearest Station: London Bridge.
  • Booking: Members and non-members can book seats priced £10 each (£5 concessions) in advance by application to the Society Treasurer, Bruce Young with one of the following payment methods: cheque, internet bank transfer, or PayPal. Payment on the day at the box office will also be possible if seats are still available.
  • Summary: Dr. Kesson will give a lecture entitled Every Merry Word a Very Witchcraft: Doctor Faustus and the Supernatural in the Early Commercial Theatres, which will place the Globe and Rose Theatre stagings of Marlowe's most famous play in context. It is thus very apt that the venue for this lecture should be the latter. The Rose holds a unique place in the history of English renaissance drama, with the 1989 discovery of the theatre's remains adding to the rich knowledge already obtained via owner Philip Henslowe's 'diary' and Edward Alleyn's personal documents held at Dulwich College. The lecture will begin at 11am and last for approximately an hour, after which Dr. Kesson will be happy to take questions.
  • Facilities: Note that The Rose has limited toilet facilities, although patrons are able to use the facilities at The New Globe around the corner. Tea and coffee will be on sale from 10.30am onwards.
  • Website Links: The Rose website
Cardenio and Macbeth at the RSC in Stratford-upon-Avon

Cardenio and Macbeth at the RSC in Stratford-upon-Avon

  • Dates - Macbeth: Fri 2nd Sept 2011 at 7.15pm in the RST; Cardenio: Sat 3rd Sept 2011 at 1.30pm in the Swan.
  • Venue: RSC, Southern Lane, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 6BB. [Map | Directions]
  • Booking: Members should apply by 22 August for tickets for one or both performances as part of this Marlowe Society booking at the discounted price each of £29 for Macbeth and £25 for Cardenio. Guests are welcome. Application must be made to the Treasurer, Bruce Young, including payment by one of the usual methods (cheque, internet bank transfer, or PayPal). Attendees will need to make their own travel arrangements.
  • Reviews: Cardenio: Stage; Guardian; Telegraph; Independent; Macbeth: Stage; Guardian; Telegraph.
  • Summary: In 1727 a play called The Double Falsehood was presented as an adaptation of a lost play by Shakespeare based on the story of Cardenio in Don Quixote. Such a play by Shakespeare and Fletcher was indeed performed in 1612 but its text was subsequently lost. The RSC Associate Director, Greg Doran, has drawn on The Double Falsehood and other 17th century works with Cardenio as their subject to reconstruct what he terms "the best version of the story of Cardenio that we can tell". We are also purchasing tickets for Macbeth the previous evening in the new main Royal Shakespeare Theatre.
  • Website Links: RSC website; Cardenio production; Greg Doran's Blog; Cardenio History; Macbeth Production.
Doctor Faustus at Shakespeare's Globe

Doctor Faustus at The Globe

  • Date: Sunday 17th July 2011; 1pm matinee performance.
  • Venue: Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside, London, SE1 9DT. [Map & Directions]
  • Booking: Members can apply for tickets as part of this Marlowe Society Group booking at a cost of £30 each (up to 2 guests per member). Application must be made by Tuesday 8th February to the Treasurer, Bruce Young, including payment by one of the usual methods (cheque, internet bank transfer, or PayPal).
  • Summary: Part of the 2011 Globe Theatre Season, The Word is God. "Doctor Faustus, restless for knowledge, forsakes scholarship for magic and makes a pact with the Devil: if the evil spirit Mephistopheles will serve him for 24 years, Faustus will yield his soul to the Devil after death. It isn't long before Faustus has doubts about the bargain, but Mephistopheles has plenty of entertainment at hand to distract Faustus from the terrifying reality of his position and the prospect of its agonising conclusion. In Doctor Faustus, the greatest tragedy in English before Shakespeare, Marlowe puts some of the greatest poetry ever written for the stage and a good deal of anarchic comedy at the service of a mythic tale illustrating mankind's insatiable desire for knowledge and power. This will be the first production of Doctor Faustus at the Globe."
  • Website Links: Doctor Faustus on The Globe's website. Also see info on our Theatre Events page.
Doctor Faustus at The Rose - Sunday 26th June

Doctor Faustus at The Rose on Bankside

  • Date: Sunday 26 June 2011; 3pm Matinee performance.
  • Venue: The Rose Theatre, Bankside, 56 Park Street, London, SE1 9AS [Map]. Nearest Station: London Bridge.
  • Cost: Tickets as part of this Marlowe Society Group Booking are available at the discounted price of £9 each.
  • Info: Members are welcome to bring up to 2 guests. Applications/payment required by Friday 17th June. Those that wish can also join other members for lunch beforehand (not included in price) at a nearby restaurant.
  • Booking: Society members can obtain tickets by application to the Treasurer, Bruce Young. Payment must be made in advance via one of the usual payment methods (cheque, internet bank transfer, or PayPal).
  • Summary: The Marlowe Society is organising a group booking for members to the matinee performance on Sunday 26 June at The Rose, the historic Bankside theatre that has very close ties with Marlowe. A Little Goblin Production, directed by Vince Tycer, this production is being specially adapted for The Rose Theatre. "Divinity adieu! These metaphysics of magicians, and necromantic books are heavenly! With these words Faustus launches into the world of supernatural horror. Filled with devils, ghosts and necromancy, this June the words of Faustus are once again being uttered in the place of their initial life, The Rose Theatre on Bankside. Come and see this unrelenting and visceral production in the place where the devils were first summoned ... over 400 years ago!"
  • Website Links: The Rose website; More events at The Rose.
Marlowe's London: A Discovery - A Marlowe Society Lecture at The Rose on Bankside, Saturday 9th April 2011

A Marlowe Society Lecture:

A Marlowe Society Lecture:

Marlowe's London: A Discovery

  • Date: Saturday 9th April 2011, starting at 11:00am.
  • Speaker: Andrew Davies, who is an author, broadcaster, lecturer for NADFAS and the National Trust, and Extra-Mural Tutor for London, Essex and The Open University.
  • Venue: The Rose Theatre, Bankside, 56 Park Street, London, SE1 9AS [Map]. Nearest Station: London Bridge.
  • Info: Open to both members and non-members.
  • Booking: Tickets priced £10 each (£5 for concessions) can be booked in advance by application to the Society Treasurer, Bruce Young and by using one of the usual payment methods (cheque, internet bank transfer, or PayPal). Tickets can also be purchased on the day at The Rose box office, if still available.
  • Summary: Marlowe's turbulent life reflected the rumbustious changes sweeping through Elizabethan London. Here was an invigorating city marked by Armada, religious conflict, intrigue, cruelty and rapid social and economic change. The lecture will explore this extraordinary ferment.
  • Facilities: Note that The Rose has limited toilet facilities, although patrons are able to use the facilities at The New Globe around the corner. Tea and coffee will be on sale.
  • Website Links: Event Poster; The Rose website; Map of Marlowe's London.
Edward II at The Rose - Sunday 13th February

Edward II at The Rose on Bankside

  • Date: Sunday 13 February 2011; 3pm Matinee performance.
  • Venue: The Rose Theatre, Bankside, 56 Park Street, London, SE1 9AS [Map]. Nearest Station: London Bridge.
  • Cost: Tickets as part of this Marlowe Society Group Booking are available at the discounted price of £9 each.
  • Info: Members are welcome to bring up to 2 guests. Applications/payment required by Tues 1st February.
  • Booking: Society members can obtain tickets by application to the Treasurer, Bruce Young. Payment must be made in advance via one of the usual payment methods (cheque, internet bank transfer, or PayPal).
  • Summary: The Marlowe Society is organising a group booking for members to the matinee performance on Sunday 13 February at The Rose, the historic Bankside theatre that has very close ties with Marlowe. Em-Lou Productions presents Edward II: "King Edward comes to the throne, and immediately recalls his banished lover, Pierce Gaveston - an order that puts him at odds with most of his court. Edward must battle his sneering subjects, his scorned wife and his own family for not only the right to rule, but the right to love. This rarely performed classic is a thrillingly crafted bloody tale of love, lust, betrayal and class conflict; of what one man would do for power and what another would do in the face of love."
  • Website Links: Event Poster; The Rose website; More events at The Rose.

2010 Events

The Ruin of a Multitude: Marlowe's Jew of Malta - A Marlowe Society Lecture at The Rose on Bankside, Saturday 25th September 2010

A Marlowe Society Lecture:

A Marlowe Society Lecture:

The Ruin of a Multitude: Marlowe's Jew of Malta

  • Speaker: Dr. Andrew Duxfield
  • Date: Saturday 25 September 2010, starting at 11:00am.
  • Venue: The Rose Theatre, Bankside, 56 Park Street, London, SE1 9AS [Map]. Nearest Station: London Bridge.
  • Cost: No charge. At their own discretion, attendees may wish to make a small donation towards The Rose's efforts to raise funds for further excavation work, and development of the theatre.
  • Places: This event is open to both members and non-members. Although the event is free, it would help us gauge numbers if you can let event organiser know in advance that you plan to attend.
  • Summary: Dr. Duxfield will give a lecture developed from his 2009 Hoffman Prize winning essay in the very theatre on Bankside where Marlowe's play The Jew of Malta was first performed in the early 1590's. The lecture will begin at 11am and last for approximately 50 minutes, after which Dr. Duxfield will be happy to take questions. Note that The Rose has very limited toilet facilities, although patrons are able to use the facilities at The New Globe around the corner. Tea and coffee will be on sale.
  • Website Links: Andrew Duxfield wins 2009 Hoffman Prize; The Rose website
Arden of Faversham at The Rose - Saturday 3rd July

Arden of Faversham at The Rose on Bankside

  • Date: Saturday 03 July 2010
  • Venue: The Rose Theatre, Bankside, 56 Park Street, London, SE1 9AS [Map]. Nearest Station: London Bridge.
  • Cost: Tickets as part of this Marlowe Society Group Booking can be obtained at the slightly discounted price of £9 each (£7 concessions), and include both the talk and the performance of the play.
  • Reviews: British Theatre Guide; RemoteGoat
  • Summary: The Marlowe Society is organising a group booking for members to see the play Arden of Faversham at The Rose on the evening of Saturday 3rd July. We have also arranged for The Rose to give our Group an exclusive talk beforehand on the history of the theatre, which has very close ties with Marlowe. After the talk, attendees will have time to get some refreshments at a range of nearby cafés, restaurants and pubs before the performance at 7.30pm. The anonymous play, first printed in 1592, probably needs little introduction to many members, having been the subject of an excellent talk by Mike Frohnsdorff at Marlowe Day 2008 in Faversham itself. It is based on a true-life murder which took place in 1551, later documented by Holinshed. Kydd, Marlowe (mainly for geographic rather than stylistic reasons) and inevitably Shakespeare have all been put forward as possible authors.
  • Website Links: Event Poster; The Rose website; More events at The Rose; Arden at Wikipedia
  • Arden Podcast: A series of six lectures on non-Shakespearean Renaissance plays by Emma Smith from Oxford University includes one on Arden of Faversham, and are available as Podcasts to download for free. [Download and Play Arden Podcast]
Marlowe - a play by D. Edward Lillie at Theatro Technis, Camden, London

Marlowe: a play at Theatro Technis in Camden, London

  • Date: Friday 7th May and Saturday 8th May 2010 at 7.30pm.
  • Venue: Theatro Technis, 26 Crowndale Road, Camden, London, NW1 1TT.
  • Getting There: See location on this map. Nearest tube stations: Mornington Crescent, Camden Town.
  • Ticket Prices: £10 in advance (£8 concessions); £12 (£10 concessions) on the door. Credit cards not accepted.
  • Buy tickets: In person from the theatre or call the Box Office on 020 7387 6617 (9.30am to 7.30pm).
  • Marlowe Society Members: The Marlowe Society has arranged a discounted group booking for members. Please contact Mark Abbott for more details and to reserve a seat.
  • Summary: Griffon's Edge Productions presents a new play written and directed by D. Edward Lillie with David Swain in the title role : "The year is 1593, and playwright Christopher Marlowe has returned to plague-ridden London to open his new play at the Rose Theatre. He is quickly entangled in a web of intrigue that reaches all the way to the Queen herself. His friends, including William Shakespeare and Thomas Walsingham, attempt to save him from certain death as more powerful forces attempt to destroy the brilliant young playwright." An after-show discussion with cast and playwright will be held after the 07 May performance.
  • Website Links: Marlowe the Play website; MarloweThePlay on Twitter and FaceBook; Theatro Technis
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