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

Further Information:

21 January 2018

London Marlowe Day & Annual General Meeting

Details and booking details for London Marlowe Day 2018

The Marlowe Society is pleased to announce that this year's London Marlowe Day will take place on Saturday 24 February at The King & Queen function room in Central London, the same venue which has generously welcomed us for the last few years. The event will as usual incorporate the Society's Annual General Meeting, which has traditionally been held on the weekend closest to 26th February, the recorded date of Marlowe's baptism. This year marks the 454th anniversary of that event.

The King & Queen,
1 Foley Street
London W1W 6DL.
tel. 020 7636 5619

The afternoon session will be led by Dr Ildiko Solti who will deliver a paper and performance workshop entitled 'The Politics of the Bear-Pit: Marlowe & Shakespeare in shared light', in which she will explore how the two playwrights used the theatrical space and engaged with the audience in the Elizabethan playhouses.

The day's programme will be completed by a Members Update session. This will provide members with the opportunity to learn more about a number of initiatives that the Society are involved in, as well as an update on plans at the Bankside Rose.

There is no charge for the AGM itself, but tickets for the lectures and afternoon performance can be purchased by both members and non-members at the price of £20 and £23 respectively, whilst tickets for students cost £15 each. This cost inludes a fish & chip lunch. Payment can be made by sending a cheque to the Treasurer, Charles Cox (by Tuesday 21 February latest), via internet bank transfer (details), or via PayPal using the relevant "Buy Now" button on our Society Events page. Please also send an accompanying e-mail note to the Treasurer detailing the latter types of payments.

This year we are again holding the event at the The King & Queen pub on the corner of Foley Street and Cleveland Street in the heart of London's West End. The pub is most famous for being the venue of Bob Dylan's first ever performance outside the US (and still hosts a regular Folk Club), but more importantly continues to get good reviews for its friendly service, food and well-kept beer. We have hired the large upstairs Function Room for the day.

London Marlowe Day incorporating the Marlowe Society AGM:
Saturday 24th February 2018


  • 10:30 onwards - Assemble
  • Gather for coffee at The King & Queen, the sale of raffle tickets and the Chairman's welcome.
  • 11:00 - Marlowe Society AGM
  • 12:15 - Christopher Shakespeare
  • Malcolm Elliott discusses his new book.
  • 13:00 - Lunch
  • Fish & Chips meal-in-a-box included in ticket price.
  • 14:30 - The Politics of the Bear-Pit: Marlowe & Shakespeare in Shared Light
  • Dr Ildiko Solti explores how Marlowe and Shakespeare use theatrical space and the audience role via a talk and performance workshop. In her experience of staging Marlowe and Shakespeare in full light, a direct and confrontative "working of the audience" appears to be a major feature of Marlowe's style. Marlowe also appears to enjoy stretching and challenging his audience by a preference for the outrageous, and involving them in impossible-to-solve moral dilemmas. Shakespeare seems to have assimilated, owned and developed all these features affecting the composition. In their contrasting ways, both playwrights prompt the actor to dynamically engage with the visible audience in purposefully constructing the play's overall effect, creatively turning the social presence of the audience into an aesthetic tool in a type of theatre that Terence Hawkes so evocatively described as the "bear pit".
  • 15:45 - Members Update
  • A session of brief reports on various initiatives that the Marlowe Society are currently involved with, plus news on the Bankside Rose's ongoing plans.
  • 16:30 - Proceedings close.