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  • Exterior showing colonnaded foyer (image credit: Charcoalblue)
  • Stage and auditorium (image credit: Rosie Aldridge)
  • Stalls and balcony seating (image credit: Rosie Aldridge)
  • Balconies and ceiling (image credit: Rosie Aldridge)
  • Looking out from stage (image credit: Rosie Aldridge)


Marlowe Theatre


Project summary


Twenty five years ago, a 1930s Odeon cinema in Canterbury was converted into the original Marlowe Theatre. The recent £25m refurbishment completely renewed the building, providing two new theatres, improved public areas and updated stage facilities, as well as a new educational programme for young people to attract a much wider range of performing companies than could previously be accommodated.


The new building houses a 1200-seat main auditorium with orchestra pit, a 150-seat flexible-format second auditorium, a new accessible foyer with ticket office, bars and riverside café, a completely new exterior with enlarged forecourt and sheltering colonnade and a remodelled fly-tower providing a landmark beacon for the new theatre.


Charcoalblue worked hand-in-hand with the client and the architect to help develop and refinine the auditoria, foyers and back-of-house areas, and design completely new technical facilities including scenic flying, stagelighting and audiovisual systems.