Marlowe Theatre

The New Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury was opened in October 2011 by HRH Earl of Wessex. A massive project for Canterbury City Council that was originally agreed in 2005 at a cost of circa £24 million the Council agreed to the rebuilding of a new Theatre on the old site in the centre of Canterbury with work starting in March 2009. The project included an increase in the seating capacity of the main Theatre, new improved technology to accommodate the latest requirements in stage and theatre production, as well as a smaller production theatre for local and experimental productions making it one of the most modern and well equipped Theatre’s in the south east outside London . A great addition to a great City that will attract people from all over Kent. The theatre now has the capacity to attract a much wider range of productions as well as accommodating the traditional seasonal programmes such as the pantomime at Christmas.

The project was funded by a mixture of both public and private funding with much support from local business organisations. Paul Mansfield has lived in the area for many years and has supported local activities throughout that time and so it was that F W Mansfield & Son became a Founding Corporate Partner of the new Marlowe Theatre.