The Marlowe Society
Arden House, Faversham, scene of the real-life murder in 1552 that inspired the play Arden of Faversham
24 April 2009

Marlowe Day 2009 in Faversham

Itinerary and Ticket Details

The full itinerary for Marlowe Day 2009, which will take place on Saturday 6th June in Faversham, Kent, is produced below. Attendees should assemble at the Guildhall in Faversham between 10:00am and 10:30am, where tea and coffee will be provided.

All members of the Society are welcome to attend. Tickets for the full day (lunch, lectures, and tours) are priced £17, and can be obtained by sending a cheque (payable to "The Marlowe Society") together with a SAE and your details to the Membership Secretary.

After the success of last year's event, Marlowe Day is again being held in Faversham, rather than the traditional venue Canterbury. Faversham is home to the Marlowe Society Library at the Fleur de Lis Heritage Centre, and there is also a strong local link with Marlowe's father being born in nearby Ospringe. The traditional wreath-laying ceremony at the Marlowe Statue in front of the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury will still take place on the preceding afternoon (3:30pm on Friday 5th June).

Marlowe Day itself will also begin with the laying of a floral tribute beneath a copy of Marlowe's portrait in the Guildhall. The morning's entertainment will consist of two fascinating talks. The first will be given by Andy Kesson from the University of Kent, who asks why John Lyly is so neglected in his native Canterbury, after which Robert Pennant-Jones will explore The Importance of Arden of Faversham in the Development of Elizabethan Tragedy with help from some actors. Following lunch (included in the ticket price), the Society's Research Officer Mike Frohnsdorff will lead a Symposium asking Did Marlowe really die at Deptford? There will also be an opportunity to visit the Elizabethan Grammar School and the Physic Garden in Faversham for those who are interested.

Marlowe Day: Saturday 6th June 2009


  • 10:00 to 10:30 - Assemble at the Guildhall, Market Place, Faversham, Kent, ME13 8NZ. [Map]
  • 10:30 - Chairman of the Marlowe Society, Peter Wales, welcomes members, friends and guests.
  • 10:45 - Laying of a Floral Tribute in the Guildhall, beneath a copy of Marlowe's portrait.
  • 11:00 to 12:00 - A talk by Andy Kesson, Lecturer in Early English Studies at the University of Kent:
    "Loving Lyly, authorising authors, or why does Canterbury not celebrate its most successful writer, John Lyly?"
  • John Lyly was England's foremost dramatist in the years immediately preceding the appearance of Marlowe and Shakespeare, and his plays were regularly performed at Court. He attended the King's School at Canterbury, like Marlowe, and his neglect, especially in our locality, is quite extraordinary. Andy Kesson's brilliant talk sets out to put the record straight.
  • 12:00 to 13:00 - A talk by Robert Pennant-Jones, Theatre Director and Society Member:
    "The Importance of Arden of Faversham in the Development of Elizabethan Tragedy"
  • Or "Thus Conscience doth make Cowards of us all". Assisted by some talented actors, Robert Penannt-Jones will explore some of the most powerful speeches in the play Arden of Faversham and see how they fit into the world of Marlowe and Shakespeare.
  • 13:00 to 14:00 - Buffet lunch, including a free glass of wine.
  • 14:00 to 15:30 - Did Marlowe Really Die at Deptford? A Symposium led by Mike Frohnsdorff
  • The events of May 30th 1593 are difficult to understand. Marlowe apparently died that day by accident. But was it an accident? a murder? or a faked murder? The evidence could point to any of these interpretations. There will be a fresh look at the facts, as we know them, and an examination of possible sightings of Marlowe in the years following his death. Members of the Society and the audience will be invited to put their points of view.
  • 15:30 to 15:45 - Tea and coffee served.
  • 15:45 to 16:45 - A Stroll Around Faversham
  • Those who wish to enjoy a walk around Faversham to the Elizabethan Grammar School and the Physic Garden will be able to do so. Alternatively, those who prefer can continue with the Symposium discussion.
  • 16:45 - The Chairman closes the day's proceedings.
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