The arts play an important part of Canterbury's culture, and perhaps none more so than theatre.

The Marlowe Theatre

The Marlowe Theatre, CanterburyA small theatre opened in St Margaret’s Street just before the First World War and in the 1920s was converted to a cinema called the Central Picture Theatre. It failed to compete with other new cinemas but was used by amateurs for theatre performances until 1949 when the city council bought it and it became Canterbury's first Marlowe Theatre.

The New Marlowe Theatre, CanterburyBetween 1982 and 1984 the building underwent a refurbishment by the City Council in order to turn it into Canterbury's second Marlowe Theatre.

The second Marlowe Theatre closed on Sunday 22nd March 2009. with a gala performance called Night Of A Thousand Stars.

Work on the third Marlowe Theatre is now underway and it is scheduled to open in late-summer 2011.

The Gulbenkian Theatre

Gulbenkian Theatre, CanterburyThe Gulbenkian Theatre resides on the University of Kent campus. It hosts events most nights, including some major names, particularly in comedy. Recent times have seen famous acts such as Russell Howard and Omid Djalili. It's well worth a visit to the site below to keep an eye on the programme. The cafe in the Gulbenkian serves excellent food and drink and provides a great place to relax in the intermission.

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