The Marlowe Society
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The Marlowe is one of Cambridge's oldest student drama societies, and is dedicated to high-quality performances of Elizabethan, verse, and non-realist plays including classics and plays rarely seen on the professional stage. Its alumni include Rupert Brooke, Trevor Nunn, Ian McKellen, Derek Jacobi, Corin Redgrave, Sam Mendes, Rachel Weisz and many others.

We present an annual production in the Cambridge Arts Theatre, with a professional Director and Design team and student casts and production crews. We also put on the other performances, talks, workshops and events throughout the year.

The Marlowe also strongly promotes new student play writing, annually awarding the Marlowe/RSC Other Prize, and running a writers' group. The society prides itself on being welcoming and innovative, and linking the thriving world of Cambridge drama to the professional theatrical scene.

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The Marlowe Society posted: Two more chances to see "Romeo and Juliet" @camartstheatre -- you never know what the cast might be up to in a few…

26th January 2018 10:10pm

The Marlowe Society posted: Thank you Ruby! We're really pleased that you enjoyed the show, and thank you for spreading the word.

26th January 2018 1:27am

The Marlowe Society posted: Thank you so much Paula! We're so glad you enjoyed the show, and thank you for tweeting us. If you know of anyone e…

26th January 2018 1:26am

The Marlowe Society posted: @MsPMeyer @camartstheatre Thank you! Glad you enjoyed it!

26th January 2018 1:23am

The Marlowe Society posted: Our cast and crew of over 30 includes students from 20 different colleges. Come see Romeo and Juliet…

23rd January 2018 1:52pm

The Marlowe Society posted: ... and #RachelWeisz , #MiriamMargolyes and @jginorton

23rd January 2018 11:34am

The Marlowe Society posted: Six incredible Marlowe alumni will be speaking the Prologue during this week's run of #RomeoAndJuliet at the…

23rd January 2018 11:31am

The Marlowe Society posted: Three days to go until #RomeoAndJuliet goes up at the @camartstheatre ... Tickets available at…

21st January 2018 12:33pm

The Marlowe Society posted: Please check our Facebook page for information on a classical acting workshop we are hosting in Feb, run by Ben Nay…

16th January 2018 1:03pm

The Marlowe Society posted: Current students and alumni of Cambridge and Anglia Ruskin Universities! We are looking to collect responses from people who are at all interested in applying to drama schools (even just a little bit) so that we can plan events for next term and next year. We'd be ever so grateful if you could fill out this survey if you might be interested in hearing more about drama school.

19th December 2017 3:30pm

The Marlowe Society posted: Rehearsals begin today for Romeo and Juliet, our 2018 Cambridge Arts Show, directed by Tom Littler (Jermyn Street Theatre)! There's a hot Spanish wind rolling over the fens...

4th December 2017 8:14am

The Marlowe Society posted: It was a pleasure to have you Tony. Thank you so much for coming! x

29th November 2017 5:14pm

The Marlowe Society posted: Unfortunately due to unforeseen circumstances, the drama schools panel which was scheduled to take place on Sunday 26th November at 2pm has been cancelled. This event will be rescheduled for later in the year.

22nd November 2017 11:26am

The Marlowe Society posted: We're running low on tickets to John Agard's Roll Over Atlantic, Monday at 9:30pm in Corpus. Don't miss your chance to see this electrifying performer live! Tickets here:…/literary/roll-over-atlantic/

11th November 2017 8:38pm

The Marlowe Society posted: Listen, Mr. [Cambridge] don! John Agard will be here Monday, November 13, at 9:30pm in Corpus performing his one man show Roll Over Atlantic. Check out this clip for a taste of what to expect! Tickets available here:

9th November 2017 9:25pm

The Marlowe Society posted: Thank you! We hope the London performance is as impressive as the Cambridge show was yesterday.

9th November 2017 12:06pm

The Marlowe Society posted: Don't forget, next week The Marlowe Society is proud to present poet John Agard performing his one-man show Roll Over Atlantic at the Corpus Playroom. Tickets are selling fast, so book now to avoid missing out on a one-time opportunity! Join John Agard on a quirky re-visioning of the notorious New World Enterprise of Christopher Columbus. One of Britain's foremost cross-cultural voices and winner of the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry, Agard is known for his mischievous satirical wit. Whether glorified or vilified, Columbus, by his accidental 'discovery' of the so-called New World, gave a kickstart to globalisation, bridging Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas, and joining forever the fates of these separate hemispheres and eco-systems. Telescoping the voyages, Agard brings his irreverential humour from page to stage, fusing elements of calypso, cabaret and the absurd, as he variously takes on the voices of Columbus, The Atlantic, a native shaman and The Mighty Mosquito! Written in verse with a sprinkling of songs and performed against a background soundscape of Atlantic murmurings and symphonic mosquito buzzing, Agard takes us on a fantastical, fanatical historic voyage that still bears relevance to contemporary issues. Directed by award-winning live literature director, Mark C. Hewitt, with specially composed music by Thomas Arnold of Stomp's Lost and Found Orchestra, this is a one man show like no other. Tickets: £5 for students, £7 for adults.

6th November 2017 1:51pm

The Marlowe Society posted: The Marlowe Showcase is an opportunity to see extracts from both classical and modern pieces performed by 14 of Cambridge University's finest graduating actors. Returning as 2017's professional Director is Nicholas Barter, former Principal of RADA (1993-2007) and former Artistic Director of the Arts Theatre. Last year's performers have gone on to LAMDA, Guildhall and professional theatre and film acting, while older alumni of the Marlowe Society include Derek Jacobi, Ian McKellan and Emma Thompson, so prepare for an hour of something very special!

3rd November 2017 4:10pm

The Marlowe Society posted: Come down to the ADC for our final night of Love's Labour Lost! Over 75% of the tickets have already sold. Book now to avoid disappointment! Buy your TICKETS here:

28th October 2017 4:13pm

The Marlowe Society posted: Thank you so much Paula! We're thrilled you enjoyed the show

27th October 2017 10:01pm

The Marlowe Society posted: @marlowandmoss We can't wait to hear it!

27th October 2017 10:36am

The Marlowe Society posted: ★ For How Can One Study in the Presence of Seductively Stockinged Legs? ★ Our production of Love's Labour's Lost continues its run at the ADC theatre and tickets are selling fast. Book yours now.

26th October 2017 11:51am

The Marlowe Society posted: What do you do when you know, without a shadow of a doubt, that your wife has cheated on you? If you're a Shakespearean tragic hero, you kill her, very few questions asked. If you're a sailor named Compass, however, the solution is a bit different... Join the Marlowe Society as we set out on a new venture--exploring the lesser-performed plays of the early modern period through script-in-hand stagings. This year, we start with the expectation-shattering A Cure for a Cuckold, John Webster's neglected comedy about love, friendship, and trust. Presented in partnership with the Centre for Mediaeval and Early Modern Law and Literature, the evening will include an introduction to the show's legal issues by Dr. Rachel Holmes (CRASSH). Tickets are free, but space is limited!

26th October 2017 9:13am

The Marlowe Society posted: ★ How Can One Study in the Presence of Seductively Stockinged Legs? ★ With over half of our tickets already sold, don't be forced to do a Joe Sefton and attempt to sneak into the theatre behind a bush to see Love's Labour's Lost. So grab a seat, grab a show cocktail and enjoy some Shakespeare at the ADC. TICKETS:

25th October 2017 11:18am

The Marlowe Society posted: The Old Vic is hiring a Marketing Assistant and Theatre Administrator! Could this be you?

21st October 2017 3:24pm

The Marlowe Society posted: That's right folks, we have a smol doggo in the cast! Pop along to Love's Labours Lost to see him snuffle into acti…

20th October 2017 2:56pm

The Marlowe Society posted: ★ How Can One Study in the Presence of Seductively Stockinged Legs? ★ Cambridge, 1938. The menfolk vow to forego all worldly pleasures and devote themselves only to pure and holy study. Meanwhile, in their isolated colleges, women are still denied full membership of the university. But the approaching visit of the Princess of France and her three ladies, Rosaline, Maria, and Katharine threatens to upset the sexless academic paradise. Will the celibate scholars stay strong to their vows or will the wily charms of the fairer sex prove too inviting for them? TICKETS:

19th October 2017 5:38pm

The Marlowe Society posted: Hi, I'm Basil and I'm acting in the Marlowe Society's play Love's Labour's Lost next week. I'm a little nervous about being in my first main show at the ADC, so please come down and give me fusses. Tickets!

19th October 2017 5:26pm