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 Scriptlab - a series of writing development workshops led by external writers and directors. The society prides itself on being welcoming and innovative, and linking the thriving world of Cambridge drama to the professional theatrical scene.

For further information on The Marlowe, visit www.themarlowesociety.com.

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News

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 https://t.co/PwXl3W6VdZ

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: https://www.adctheatre.com/wha…/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: https://www.adctheatre.com/whats-on/literary/roll-over-atlantic/

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. https://t.co/RpkxC43P0s

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. https://www.adctheatre.com/whats-on/literary/roll-over-atlantic/

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: https://www.adctheatre.com/whats-on/play/loves-labours-lost/

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: https://www.adctheatre.com/love

25th October 2017 11:18am


The Marlowe Society posted: The Old Vic is hiring a Marketing Assistant and Theatre Administrator! Could this be you? https://t.co/3wpwxlIHmY

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… https://t.co/JyVnjVSRNw

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: https://www.adctheatre.com/love

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! https://www.adctheatre.com/love

19th October 2017 5:26pm


The Marlowe Society posted: ATTENTION ALL STUDENTS AND RESIDENTS OF CAMBRIDGE. This is an important service announcement.

19th October 2017 5:22pm


The Marlowe Society posted: ★ STUDENTS AND RESIDENTS OF CAMBRIDGE, CAMBRIDGESHIRE ★ The University has an important announcement concerning next week's production, Love's Labour's Lost. Please remain calm and direct your attention to our important public service broadcast. Ignore at your peril and catch us next week. 7:45pm, Tue 24th October 2017 - Sat 28th October 2017, at ADC Theatre. Buy your tickets here: https://www.adctheatre.com/love

19th October 2017 5:13pm


The Marlowe Society posted: Exciting announcement! On the 26th of November, we will be hosting a Q&A panel all about applying to drama schools. The panel will be comprised of several course leaders and teachers from leading UK drama schools, and will be a great opportunity for anyone considering their options for entering the industry after Cambridge to ask questions to the very people who sit on audition panels! The panel will take place in Clare College Old Court at 2pm, and more information will go out about registering your interest shortly. Everyone is welcome. Stay tuned for more information about this event and others coming up in our series this year by liking our page.

18th October 2017 12:38pm


The Marlowe Society posted: Don't forget to drop in for Cure for a Cuckold auditions today in DR2, 2-5pm! No need to sign up, extracts on the door. This is a one-day commitment project so perfect for first-timers looking to get a bit of experience, or old hands wanting a less time-consuming way to get their fix of Jacobean drama!

17th October 2017 12:33pm


The Marlowe Society posted: The Bush Theatre is recruiting for a paid Production Intern to begin their career in arts production and backstage: https://t.co/9RAy26A4uC

16th October 2017 12:07am


The Marlowe Society posted: @cehamblin @littler_tom @camartstheatre Education Officer Ruby here - we would absolutely love love you to come up… https://t.co/4FB5j4DF1P

15th October 2017 10:47pm


The Marlowe Society posted: This is what we like to see! Fantastic stuff. https://t.co/czHyO1emGi

15th October 2017 9:00pm


The Marlowe Society posted: We have five £5 tickets to the SOLD OUT production of THE FALL at the Royal Court Theatre at 3pm tomorrow! Just send a message to the page to get 'em while they're hot! ***** "As colonialist and patriarchal icons are dismantled across the world, THE FALL goes to the heart of how race, class, gender, power and history’s voices intersect" Fresh from its resounding success at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, having received two top awards, five-star reviews and standing ovations throughout, The Fall transfers to the Royal Court before heading to New York.

9th October 2017 10:56pm


The Marlowe Society posted: On 13th November, the incredible John Agard is coming to the Corpus Playroom! Make sure you get your tickets now! https://t.co/qcwDSdgMEV

8th October 2017 6:47pm


The Marlowe Society posted: The Marlowe Society is proud to present poet John Agard performing his one-man show Roll Over Atlantic at the Corpus Playroom! Join us on November 13 at 9:30pm for this quirky re-visioning of the notorious New World Enterprise of Christopher Columbus. Famed as an outstanding performer and a multi-award-winning poet, John Agard was winner of the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry in 2012 and was a guest on Desert Island Discs in 2014. He was the first poet-in-residence at London's South Bank and at the BBC and is well-known by teachers and students as a poet on the GCSE syllabus.

8th October 2017 12:51pm


The Marlowe Society posted: The Marlowe Society is proud to present poet John Agard performing his one-man show Roll Over Atlantic at the Corpus Playroom. 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. https://www.adctheatre.com/whats-on/literary/roll-over-atlantic/ ABOUT JOHN AGARD: Famed as an outstanding performer and a multi-award-winning poet, John Agard was winner of the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry in 2012 and was a guest on Desert Island Discs in 2014. He was the first poet-in-residence at London's South Bank and at the BBC and is well-known by teachers and students as a poet on the GCSE syllabus. John Agard was born and educated in Guyana. He came to Britain in 1977 and is an internationally recognised poet. He was winner of the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry in 2012. Other awards include the Casa de las Américas Prize (1982), Paul Hamlyn Award (1997) and a Cholmondeley Award (2004). His book, 'We Brits', was shortlisted for the 2007 Decibel Writer of the Year Award and he has won the Guyana Prize twice. In 1989 he became the first Writer in Residence at London’s South Bank Centre. In 1998 he was poet-in-residence at the BBC and in 2007 at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich. His many collections of poetry for children and adults, include Travel Light, Travel Dark and Alternative Anthem (both Bloodaxe Books), The Young Inferno - a spin on Dante's classic for young readers which was awarded the 2009 CLPE Poetry Prize - and Goldilocks on CCTV, a teenage collection inspired by Fairy Tales. He is on the current GCSE syllabus and performs his work widely across Britain as part of GCSE Poetry Live. He was the first poet-in-residence at the South Bank Centre in 1993, at the BBC in 1998, and at the Greenwich Maritime Museum in 2007. His plays and works for performance include 'Puff' (Crosspath Theatre, 2013), Dead Head (in collaboration with composer Orlando Gough) and a number of works for Little Angel Marionette Theatre.

8th October 2017 12:39pm


The Marlowe Society posted: Female playwrights, check out this amazing opportunity at Jermyn Street Theatre, the London theatre headed up by our wonderful Romeo and Juliet director TOM LITTLER!

5th October 2017 9:13am


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