The Marlowe Society
Old Weavers House in Canterbury next to the River Stour
20 April 2011

Marlowe Day 2011 in Canterbury

Programme and Booking Details

We return again to Canterbury this year for Marlowe Day on Saturday 4th June, and the final full programme has now been confirmed. 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. Places for the full day (lunch, lectures, and visits) are priced £19.50, and can be reserved by sending a cheque (payable to "The Marlowe Society") together with your details and the required number of places, to the Treasurer by Tuesday 31st May at the very latest. Alternatively payment can be made by direct/internet bank transfer, or by PayPal for those with an account. Payment details for these two methods are as specified on our Joining Page, but please remember to also send an email to the Treasurer with your details and requirements.

Marlowe Day is held in 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 now has the highspeed rail link to/from London St Pancras). The Priory is where attendees should meet and where the majority of the day's events take place. 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 on Friars Lane - see map) for the traditional wreath-laying ceremony.

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

Following the ceremony, attendees will return to the Priory where former Society chairman Ken Pickering will interview Canterbury historian and author David Manners. After lunch there is an opportunity to visit the Canterbury Cathedral Archive, but those who do not wish to do so are welcome to remain at the Dominican Priory where there there will be some musical entertainment. Marlowe Day will conclude with a presentation on the Elizabethan actor's use of gesture given by Ian Caddy with the help of actor, Rob Tucker.

Marlowe Day: Saturday 4th June 2011


  • 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.
  • 11:00 - Wreath-laying
  • A short walk to the Marlowe Memorial for the traditional wreath-laying ceremony at 11:15.
  • 11:50 - Interview with David Manners
  • Former Marlowe Society Chairman Ken Pickering interviews David Manners, whose forthcoming book on Canterbury history includes a substantial section on Marlowe.
  • 12:50 - Buffet Lunch
  • Including a free glass of wine.
  • 14:15 - A choice of two activities:
  • [A] A Visit to Canterbury Cathedral Archives
  • A short walk to the Cathedral Archive for a talk and viewing of some of the items held in the archive relating to Marlowe, such as the Corkine plea book with the rose impress discovered by William Urry.
  • [B] A Musical Interlude
  • Those wishing to remain at the Dominican Priory will be entertained by musicians playing pieces from the Elizabethan period.
  • 15:15 - Elizabethan Acting - How was it for them?
  • A presentation by Ian Caddy, an opera singer who is also an expert on the use of gesture in the Elizabethan theatre. The actor, Rob Tucker, will demonstrate the ideas and gestures discussed, and there may be an opportunity for the audience to try some out as well!
  • 16:30 approx - Farewells
  • Note that tea will be served at a convenient break-point during the afternoon
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