Marlowe in Poets' Corner
Memorial Dedication Ceremony at Westminster Abbey
The Dedication Service, led by the Very Reverend Dr Wesley Carr, Dean of Westminster, took place in the South Transept immediately after Evensong on Thursday 11 July, 2002. For the Marlowe Society, Mike Frohnsdorff, Chairman, and Dr Colin Niven, President, each spoke of Marlowe's life, and literary achievement, a dramatist and poet of power and superb innovative artistry.
Stephen Carlile and Christopher Dickins then performed Julian Slade's setting of Marlowe's invitation to the nymph: Come Live With Me and Be My Love, and Sir Walter Ralegh's cool reply on her behalf.
Sir Antony Sher of the Royal Shakespeare Company, who had made Marlowe roles very much his own, then paid his tribute to Marlowe and his "creative fire". He performed some of his mighty lines from Tamburlaine, and unveiled the memorial window, asking the Dean to receive it into safe custody. The Dean replied, "To the greater glory of God and in thankful memory of Christopher Marlowe, we dedicate this memorial ... Amen."
Lucy Atkinson read lines from Marlowe's translation of Ovid's Elegies, Professor Christopher Miles, Patron of the Marlowe Society, laid a wreath of marigolds beneath the memorial, and the Choir of the King's School, Canterbury, sang Holy is the true light... from the Salisbury Diurnal.
The service concluded with prayers, the Lord's Prayer, and the Blessing by the Dean.
A souvenir booklet of the occasion is available.