The Marlowe offers an exciting range of performances, events and creative activities across three spaces.
We are one of the country’s most successful regional theatres. Since opening in 2011, we have welcomed the best touring productions and national companies to our stages.
You can see the best in world-class performances in The Theatre; experience bold and challenging new theatre, music and comedy in The Studio; and celebrate Canterbury’s stories and storytellers in The Kit.
Our Studio offers audiences an exciting and eclectic mix of theatre, gigs and comedy. Our drama programme features bold and challenging work by some of this country’s most exciting theatre artists. Theatre companies that regularly perform in The Studio include Paines Plough, Vamos Theatre Company and The Paper Birds Theatre Company.
Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds
The Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds is a mix of receiving theatre and producing theatre . A central focus for this work is our Restoring the Repertoire™ programme which seeks to bring to the stage forgotten plays of the Georgian period. Some of our plays are presented as co-productions with other theatres across the UK, and we also present a programme of rural and regional/national touring.
The organisation is a not-for profit charity. We serve the community of West Suffolk with the widest range of programme and a vibrant Creative Learning department offers 15 different classes/group programmes weekly leading to productions and presentations on the stage and in the Guildhall. Creative Learning also head up a range of thematic workshop programmes working in health and education around the region, and lead on a Costume Creators project. We are a small staff of theatre professionals supported by a wide ranging network of volunteers.
The Garage, Norwich
The Garage is a centre for performing arts located in Norwich which supports the creative journeys of participants, audiences and artists. It is managed by The Garage Trust, a registered charity and limited liability company. The venue is an important creative hub for the communities of Norfolk and beyond, providing high quality programming, participation, education and training for all ages. It is a place for everyone but has a particular focus on young people from all backgrounds.
The year round programme includes open access performing arts classes, holiday workshops, projects, live performances and support for artists and the development of new creative work.
Brighton Dome & Festival
Brighton Dome is the south coast’s premier multi-arts venue at the cultural heart of England’s ‘city on the edge’. With a rich history spanning over 200 years (starting life as the Prince Regent’s stables and riding house), Brighton Dome (Concert Hall, Corn Exchange & Studio Theatre) provides three extraordinary performance spaces in which to bring the arts alive.
Each year, the Dome presents over 600 events spanning music, theatre, dance, comedy, literature, spoken word, visual arts, film, digital and more. In addition to the year-round programme, each May the organisation produces England’s leading and most-progressive mixed-arts celebration, the internationally-acclaimed Brighton Festival. Described as ‘The defining moment in the Festival year’ by The Guardian, Brighton Festival is a major milestone in the UK’s cultural calendar. A hub for artists across the region, Brighton Dome & Festival commissions and supports artists and companies, enabling them to develop, take risks and deliver work of the highest quality.
Colchester Arts Centre
Housed in a converted church the venue presents an eclectic mix of music and performance events across different art forms throughout the year. It includes a regular specialist strand of contemporary performance or live art.
With an artistic policy that declares a bias towards new work, innovation and experimentation you run the risk of either discovering the brightest new ideas to ever grace the arts world or watching as another new hope collapses into a vortex of despair and recrimination. In amongst you get to see jazz, folk, rock and pop music, metal, skiffle world music poetry dance, comedy, contemporary dance and children’s shows. Colchester Arts Centre manages various talent development initiatives, most notably Escalator East To Edinburgh.
Colchester Arts Centre may contain traces of nut.
Corn Exchange Newbury
The Corn Exchange Newbury is a leading creative arts organisation with two iconic venues; the Corn Exchange which includes a 400 seat auditorium, a 40 seat independent cinema and thriving café, and New Greenham Arts our 140 seat black box studio and rehearsal space, 1000 square foot gallery, artist studios and workshop space.
We’re passionate about inspiring audiences, connecting with our community and presenting an exciting programme of live performance, film, visual arts and outdoor events. Every year we produce our own pantomime in-house which plays to capacity audiences and we also support a range of artists and companies across all art-forms through commissioning and development opportunities, mentoring and production support.
We lead a major outdoor arts programme, most recently producing spectacular large scale outdoor performances for audiences of tens of thousands. We also have a flourishing participation programme Get Involved and an ambition to grow and promote the work we do in this area. With over 100 volunteers who work with us as stewards, supporters and participants in our outdoor programme, being part of our local community is central to what we do.
Farnham Maltings is a creative organisation that works with the artists and communities of South East England to encourage the greatest number of people to make, see and enjoy the best art possible. We achieve this by delivering initiatives that encourage, develop and support artists and audiences such as house and caravan, an initiative to encourage England-based theatre makers to think and work internationally.
From a range of buildings in Farnham, we present and host performances, festivals, workshops and community activities. We enable artists to thrive by offering producing and tour booking, providing studio and rehearsal space, developing networks, sharing resources and equipping artists with the skills and opportunities to promote their work locally, nationally and internationally.
New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich
The New Wolsey Theatre is a regional theatre with a national reputation for the quality, range and reach of its work and for embracing cultural diversity. It is central to the creative life of Suffolk and seeks to expand the horizons of audiences and artists by presenting a programme designed to entertain, enrich and challenge.
Nationally renowned for its producing work the New Wolsey has a particular reputation for musicals, often employing actor-musicians. The development of new talent is a priority for the New Wolsey and the annual PULSE Fringe Festival acts as a spring-board for fresh new artistic voices. Alongside its work on stage, the New Wolsey runs an extensive Creative Learning programme and has also launched ‘Agent for Change’ an initiative to create a freelance post to extend its engagement with disability arts and artists in the eastern region.
Oxford Playhouse is a theatre for everyone.
Oxford Playhouse and its Burton Taylor Studio present and produce a wide range of live performance. The programme includes the best of British and international drama, family shows, contemporary dance and music, student and amateur shows, comedy, lectures and poetry.
We also create live performance here in Oxford. The Playhouse produces and tours its own shows, hosts and supports Artists in Residence and presents Playhouse Plays Out, an ongoing series of off-site events which happen at locations across the county.
South Street, Reading
South Street is an arts centre in Reading presenting a diverse range of performing arts. The professional programme attracts the very best new and established names in fringe theatre, comedy, music and live literature.
South Street is home to award winning theatre company RedCape Theatre (Fringe First & Total Award winners for ‘The Idiot Colony’), as well as associate artists Unfinished Business who made the acclaimed shows ‘It’s Like He’s Knocking’ & ‘Only Wolves & Lions’ with our support.
Over recent years we have worked with many of the best young theatre companies, supporting them in developing new shows for national touring, including Inspector Sands, Cartoon de Salvo, Shams, Periplum, The Plasticine Men, Stillpoint Theatre, Wonder, Limbik Theatre, Beady Eye, Laura Mugridge, Dante or Die & FanSHEN.