The Marlowe Society
Old Weavers House in Canterbury next to the River Stour
30 April 2010

Marlowe Day 2010 in Canterbury

Programme and Ticket Details

We return to Canterbury this year for Marlowe Day on Saturday 29th May, and the final full programme has now been confirmed (see below). Attendees should assemble at the Dominican Priory on St. Peter's Lane between 10:00am and 10:30am, where coffee and biscuits will be provided.

Both members of the Society and non-members are welcome to attend. Tickets for the full day (lunch, lectures, and tours) are priced £17, and can be obtained by filling in the booking form and sending that together with a cheque (payable to "The Marlowe Society") and SAE to the Membership Secretary by Monday 24th May at the latest.

After the pleasant diversions of Faversham in 2008 and 2009, Marlowe Day is returning to the city of Canterbury, where of course Marlowe was born, grew up, and attended the King's School. The main venue for Marlowe Day will be the Dominican Priory on St. Peter's Lane, which is close to Westgate (for parking) and Canterbury West station (which has a new highspeed rail link to/from London St Pancras). The Priory is where attendees should meet and where the symposium and afternoon performance and discussions will be held. After an introduction to Marlowe Day by Society Chairman Valerie Colin-Russ at 10:30am, there will be a short walk to the Marlowe Memorial (close to the New Marlowe Theatre construction site on Friars Lane - see map) for the traditional wreath-laying ceremony.

The Dominican Priory,
St Peters Lane,
CT1 2BP.

After the cermony, there are two choices of morning activity: a walk led by John Hunt following the Canterbury Marlowe Trail, or a symposium discussing the Mysteries of Marlowe's Life back at the Priory. After lunch (included in the ticket price), there will be a discussion on Marlowe's use of the traditions of the Medieval Mystery Play, after which Ken Pickering will introduce a performance of just such a play, Abraham and Isaac.

Marlowe Day: Saturday 29th May 2010


  • 10:00 to 10:30 - Assemble at the Dominican Priory.
  • Coffee and biscuits.
  • 10:30 - Chairman's Welcome
  • Chairman of the Marlowe Society, Valerie Colin-Russ, welcomes members, friends and guests.
  • 10:45 - Wreath-laying
  • A short walk to the Marlowe Memorial for the traditional wreath-laying.
  • 11:15 to 12:45 - A choice of two activities:
  • [A] The Canterbury Marlowe Trail
  • A walk led by John Hunt around the Marlowe-related locations in the city, including the city walls and medieval buildings. The walk will last approximately an hour, when participants will be able to join the symposium (see [B] below).
  • [B] The Mysteries of Marlowe's Life
  • A symposium back at the Dominican Priory, chaired by Barbara Wooding.
  • 12:45 to 14:00 - Buffet Lunch
  • Including a free glass of wine.
  • 14:00 to 14:45 - Marlowe and the traditions of the Medieval Mystery Play
  • A discussion linking the play Abraham and Isaac and Marlowe's use of the mystery traditions with particular reference to Doctor Faustus.
  • 14:45 to 16:00 - Abraham and Isaac
  • A brief introduction by Ken Pickering and a performance of the medieval mystery play Abraham and Isaac, followed by a question and answer session.
  • 16:00 to 16:15 - Tea and Farewells
  • A kentish cream tea, and the Chairman closes the day's proceedings.
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