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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The Marlowe Society posted: ENGLISH TOURING OPERA seeks opera fans for role in brand new production of Tosca English Touring Opera are seeking opera fans to play the walk on role of the cardinal in the English Touring Opera’s new production of Puccini’s Tosca. A classic Puccini opera, Tosca is the story of Floria Tosca, the wife to a painter who is called upon to hide an escaped political prisoner. The chosen cardinal will contribute to Puccini’s heart-breaking story of double crossings, love and betrayal. At the climax of act one, the chosen cardinal will lead the Te Deum procession, a group of young choristers, through Rome, fully kitted out in clerical vestments, in this new opera directed by award winning theatre director Blanche McIntyre and conducted by ETO’s Music Director, Michael Rosewell. Don’t worry, no singing is actually required! This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for an opera lover to tread the boards in one of the world’s most recognisable and much loved operas, where you will join an exclusive group of 31 first-time performers from across the country. If you’re interested in performing the role, whether you’re an opera star, an actual cardinal or have never been on the stage before, please email Rebecca at rebecca.ryan@englishtouringopera.org.uk with a short paragraph on why you should play the cardinal, and your choice of performance date. Please make sure to submit you interest by Friday 24th April. The cardinal’s young choir will be selected from local schools across the tour, who have been rehearsing the parts in school as part of the English Touring Opera’s education programme. Tosca will be performed in Italian with English subtitles. The performances dates for Cambridge Arts Theatre are as follows; Tuesday 25th April at 7:30PM Friday 28th April at 7:30PM Saturday 29th April at 7:30PM To take part you will have to be available and at the Theatre from 3:30PM onwards on the days that you perform. This is a male part open to all ages, with no specific requirements apart from whoever takes on the role must be able to move freely about the stage.

18th March 2017 3:53pm


The Marlowe Society posted: The Marlowe Society presents.... SCENE A play by Lola Olufemi and Martha Krish Last night's performance received a standing ovation from a SOLD OUT audience, so grab you tickets NOW as there are only a few available for Fri and Sat - https://www.adctheatre.com/whats-on/play/scene/

15th March 2017 4:14pm


The Marlowe Society posted: The Marlowe Society presents.... SCENE A play by Lola Olufemi and Martha Krish 14th-18th March, 9:30pm @ Corpus Playroom Tickets: £7/£6 (Tue £6/£5) ~~ adctheatre.com/scene ~~ A play about an interracial (black/white) queer couple who are putting on a play about their relationship in order to provide social commentary on contemporary race and gender politics. They trust each other, having been together three years. But the process of devising the play reveals just how much of a defining role race plays in their relationship and individual experiences of the world, throwing up unresolved issues and - challenging them as writers and actors, as well as the audience to think critically about the intersection between race, gender and sexuality. A love story that asks questions and who and why we love and the things that separate us from one another.

15th March 2017 4:08pm


The Marlowe Society posted: The Marlowe Society presents.... SCENE A play by Lola Olufemi and Martha Krish 14th-18th March, 9:30pm @ Corpus Playroom Tickets: £7/£6 (Tue £6/£5) ~~ adctheatre.com/scene ~~ A play about an interracial (black/white) queer couple who are putting on a play about their relationship in order to provide social commentary on contemporary race and gender politics. They trust each other, having been together three years. But the process of devising the play reveals just how much of a defining role race plays in their relationship and individual experiences of the world, throwing up unresolved issues and - challenging them as writers and actors, as well as the audience to think critically about the intersection between race, gender and sexuality. A love story that asks questions and who and why we love and the things that separate us from one another.

15th March 2017 4:05pm


The Marlowe Society posted: Thanks, Rachel! We loved doing it--here's to many more! https://t.co/JV8uuEMUTr

14th March 2017 10:26pm


The Marlowe Society posted: By Lola Olufemi and Martha Krish 14th-18th March, 9:30pm @ Corpus Playroom A play about an interracial (black/white) queer couple who are putting on a play about their relationship in order to provide social commentary on contemporary race and gender politics. They trust each other, having been together three years. But the process of devising the play reveals just how much of a defining role race plays in their relationship and individual experiences of the world, throwing up unresolved issues and - challenging them as writers and actors, as well as the audience to think critically about the intersection between race, gender and sexuality. A love story that asks questions and who and why we love and the things that separate us from one another.

14th March 2017 1:59pm


The Marlowe Society posted: Tomorrow, 7 PM, Ralph Roister Doister in the Judith Wilson Studio. FREE. Don't miss it! https://t.co/4QA6tpk5eX

13th March 2017 5:27pm


The Marlowe Society posted: But before that, you still have two chances to see Arden of Faversham! Tickets here: https://t.co/GRtDn5Tbqo https://t.co/vOZFTHevbJ

9th March 2017 9:28pm


The Marlowe Society posted: Tuesday 14/3 we close our pre-Shax series with Ralph Roister Doister! 7 PM, Judith Wilson Studio. Details here:… https://t.co/FBwsxGMRvC

9th March 2017 9:24pm


The Marlowe Society posted: 4 STARS for Arden of Faversham (CTR) "Director Anna Jennings’ 1920s reworking of the Renaissance domestic tragedy is an absolute triumph, providing exactly the right amount of cynicism and catharsis needed to engage a weary, week-seven audience". http://cambridgetheatrereview.com/r/WL6z9p6YQJuGG3lSXDx6yg Don't miss out on your chance to see it! Tickets: https://www.adctheatre.com/whats-on/play/arden-of-faversham/

9th March 2017 3:55pm


The Marlowe Society posted: @mnitabach Calm before the storm.

6th March 2017 4:27pm


The Marlowe Society posted: Opening tomorrow, Arden of Faversham at the ADC. Don't miss it! https://t.co/GRtDn5Tbqo (Photo by Johannes Hjorth) https://t.co/bRyuiApIbg

6th March 2017 12:29pm


The Marlowe Society posted: This week, the Marlowe presents the rarely-played Arden of Faversham at ADC. Don't miss it! https://t.co/GRtDn5Tbqohttps://t.co/574YmkbbqN

4th March 2017 12:14pm


The Marlowe Society posted: Reminder that the deadline for The Marlowe Society's Other Prize is the last day of Lent term! It will be awarded for an original, unperformed play of any length. Candidates may enter more than one play. The Prize will be a single award of £500, though a shared prize may be awarded in the event of two equally appropriate candidates; the Prize will not be awarded if no entries are of adequate quality. The winning play will also be staged by the Marlowe Society.

4th March 2017 10:19am


The Marlowe Society posted: Applications close tomorrow! Get your applications in now!

2nd March 2017 12:20pm


The Marlowe Society posted: “Love is a God, and marriage is but words” WEEK 7 ADC MAINSHOW Tickets: https://www.adctheatre.com/whats-on/play/arden-of-faversham/ The Marlowe Society presents: Arden of Faversham Arden loves Alice, his wife. Mosbie loves Alice, his lover. Alice thinks she loves Mosbie, and so gambles on a spiralling series of plots to murder her husband. But not all bets go well. Within the glitzy and glamorous world of the 1920s, the events of this Renaissance domestic tragedy will unfold. Be prepared to laugh at Black Will and Shakebag’s disastrous assassination attempts. Be prepared to cry at the beautifully tragic verse of the unknown playwright (identified by some as Shakespeare or Marlowe).

27th February 2017 3:14pm


The Marlowe Society posted: “Love is a God, and marriage is but words” WEEK 7 ADC MAINSHOW Tickets: https://www.adctheatre.com/whats-on/play/arden-of-faversham/ The Marlowe Society presents: Arden of Faversham Arden loves Alice, his wife. Mosbie loves Alice, his lover. Alice thinks she loves Mosbie, and so gambles on a spiralling series of plots to murder her husband. But not all bets go well. Within the glitzy and glamorous world of the 1920s, the events of this Renaissance domestic tragedy will unfold. Be prepared to laugh at Black Will and Shakebag’s disastrous assassination attempts. Be prepared to cry at the beautifully tragic verse of the unknown playwright (identified by some as Shakespeare or Marlowe).

27th February 2017 12:04am


The Marlowe Society posted: The Marlowe Arts Show Edward II at the Cambridge Arts Theatre Director - Caroline Steinbeis Assistant Director - Maria Montague Composer - Oliver Vibrans Designer - Oliver Townsend Lighting Designer - Rory Beaton Sound Designer - Leigh Davies Assistant Designer - Eliza Spindel & Lily Stone Stage Manager - Susannah Williams Deputy Stage Manager - Julia Nimmo Assistant Stage Manager - Caitlin Walsh Education Officer - Amelia Oakley Produced by Zak Ghazi-Torbati & Frank Martin Edward II - Joe Sefton Mortimer - Ronald Prokeš Isabella - Katurah Morrish Lancaster - Sophie Taylor Edward III - Alona Bach Canterbury/Leicester - Will Bishop Kent - Sarah Creedy Smith Baldock - Stanley Thomas Spencer - Adam Mirsky Kent - Sarah Creedy Smith Gaveston - Seth Kruger

26th February 2017 9:29pm


The Marlowe Society posted: Applications for the Marlowe Society committee 2017-18. The Marlowe Society, one of Cambridge's oldest student drama societies, is looking for new members to join its committee for the coming academic year. This is a fantastic opportunity to promote innovative drama in Cambridge, and to be involved in some of the most exciting productions of the year. Our new President, Molly, is very excited about the year ahead! You would be involved with the organisation of our annual shows: a professionally directed production at the Cambridge Arts Theatre, the Marlowe showcase for graduating actors, HATCH, and a performance of the play that wins The Other Prize for new writing, along with any extra productions of verse plays or new writing which we choose to support. Moreover, the society regularly collaborates on projects with industry professionals, so if you were planning on working in the theatre industry in any capacity, this would be a great chance for you to make valuable contacts and gain industry experience. Our alumni includes Sir Ian McKellen, Sam Mendes, Emma Thompson and Ellen Robertson. We are accepting applications for the following roles: Vice President, Junior Treasurer/Sponsorship, Secretary, Membership Secretary, Education Officer, Publicity Officer, General Executive Members (Production Rep, Technicians Rep and Writer’s Rep). Please make sure that you send your application to Molly, Zak and Frank at themarlowesociety@gmail.com. In your application, please include a theatrical CV along with a 100-200 word explanation of why you want to apply for the role and what you think you could bring to the committee. Please list a first and second choice from the above list of applications. Please note that the committee position would last from early March to the end of next Lent term. Deadline for applications is 8pm on Friday 3rd March.

26th February 2017 9:12pm


The Marlowe Society posted: “Love is a God, and marriage is but words” WEEK 7 ADC MAINSHOW Tickets: https://www.adctheatre.com/whats-on/play/arden-of-faversham/ The Marlowe Society presents: Arden of Faversham Arden loves Alice, his wife. Mosbie loves Alice, his lover. Alice thinks she loves Mosbie, and so gambles on a spiralling series of plots to murder her husband. But not all bets go well. Within the glitzy and glamorous world of the 1920s, the events of this Renaissance domestic tragedy will unfold. Be prepared to laugh at Black Will and Shakebag’s disastrous assassination attempts. Be prepared to cry at the beautifully tragic verse of the unknown playwright (identified by some as Shakespeare or Marlowe).

26th February 2017 8:57pm


The Marlowe Society posted: Following the success of Edward II at the Arts Theatre last week, The Marlowe are happy to present something a little lighter! BAND by Olivia Gillman​ Nominated for the Footlights Harry Porter Prize 2016, Band is a play about a wannabe band. Tickets: https://www.adctheatre.com/whats-on/comedy/band/ Set in 2016, it follows a day in the life of a five new graduate millennials who have boomeranged back to their parent's houses in the Hampshire village of Micheldever. They are pursuing careers in East London – and preferably Dalston. The band await a photojournalist from Winchester Daily Echo in Jill's mum's garage. But will she ever arrive? When asked in a 2015 NME interview who his music idol was, Matty Healy of the 1975 answered: ‘Who should idolize me? David Bowie.’ In sympathy with Matty, Band explores the way social pressures encourage us to construct identity with a motive to appear ‘cool’. In climates such as these, can anyone truly be trusted? https://www.facebook.com/events/128098311039964/?active_tab=about

13th February 2017 6:11pm


The Marlowe Society posted: The Marlowe Society presents: BAND by Olivia Gillman Nominated for the Footlights Harry Porter Prize 2016, Band is a play about a wannabe band. Tickets: https://www.adctheatre.com/whats-on/comedy/band/ Set in 2016, it follows a day in the life of a five new graduate millennials who have boomeranged back to their parent's houses in the Hampshire village of Micheldever. They are pursuing careers in East London – and preferably Dalston. The band await a photojournalist from Winchester Daily Echo in Jill's mum's garage. But will she ever arrive? When asked in a 2015 NME interview who his music idol was, Matty Healy of the 1975 answered: ‘Who should idolize me? David Bowie.’ In sympathy with Matty, Band explores the way social pressures encourage us to construct identity with a motive to appear ‘cool’. In climates such as these, can anyone truly be trusted?

13th February 2017 6:07pm


The Marlowe Society posted: The Marlowe Society presents: BAND by Olivia Gillman Nominated for the Footlights Harry Porter Prize 2016, Band is a play about a wannabe band. Tickets: https://www.adctheatre.com/whats-on/comedy/band/ Set in 2016, it follows a day in the life of a five new graduate millennials who have boomeranged back to their parent's houses in the Hampshire village of Micheldever. They are pursuing careers in East London – and preferably Dalston. The band await a photojournalist from Winchester Daily Echo in Jill's mum's garage. But will she ever arrive? When asked in a 2015 NME interview who his music idol was, Matty Healy of the 1975 answered: ‘Who should idolize me? David Bowie.’ In sympathy with Matty, Band explores the way social pressures encourage us to construct identity with a motive to appear ‘cool’. In climates such as these, can anyone truly be trusted?

13th February 2017 6:07pm


The Marlowe Society posted: Congrats to cast and crew of Edward II @camartstheatre on an amazing run! Last show tonight--don't miss it!… https://t.co/PgDcCVomaq

11th February 2017 5:18pm


The Marlowe Society posted: The Marlowe Arts Show Edward II at the Cambridge Arts Theatre Director - Caroline Steinbeis Assistant Director - Maria Montague Composer - Oliver Vibrans Designer - Oliver Townsend Lighting Designer - Rory Beaton Sound Designer - Leigh Davies Assistant Designer - Eliza Spindel & Lily Stone Stage Manager - Susannah Williams Deputy Stage Manager - Julia Nimmo Assistant Stage Manager - Caitlin Walsh Education Officer - Amelia Oakley Produced by Zak Ghazi-Torbati & Frank Martin Edward II - Joe Sefton Mortimer - Ronald Prokeš Isabella - Katurah Morrish Lancaster - Sophie Taylor Edward III - Alona Bach Canterbury/Leicester - Will Bishop Kent - Sarah Creedy Smith Baldock - Stanley Thomas Spencer - Adam Mirsky Kent - Sarah Creedy Smith Gaveston - Seth Kruger

10th February 2017 7:24pm


The Marlowe Society posted: Check out the dress rehearsal photos taken by the wonderful FGStudios. Tickets are selling fast for the last three performances so get your tickets NOW! Tickets: https://www.cambridgeartstheatre.com/whats-on/edward-ii

10th February 2017 4:29pm


The Marlowe Society posted: Tonight at 6:45, free pre-show talk about Edward II with @andrewzurcher @camartstheatre. That's the way to do it! https://t.co/XeT8RN56kX

10th February 2017 3:55pm


The Marlowe Society posted: A reminder that Andrew Zurcher will be speaking on Edward II at 1845 at the Arts Theatre before this evening's performance. Buy your tickets here: https://www.cambridgeartstheatre.com/

10th February 2017 12:33pm


The Marlowe Society posted: The company of Edward II

8th February 2017 12:00pm


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