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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 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.

Current committee:
Co-Presidents: Qawiiah Bisiriyu and Gina Stock,
Treasurer: Jude Ashcroft
Secretary: Olivia Khattar
Showcase Officers: Irisa Kwok and Bex Goodchild
Arts Show Officers: Nadia Hussein and Zach Lonberg
Workshops Officers: Lucy Miller and Amy Riordan
New Writing Rep: Theo Chen
BME Shakespeare Officer: Orchid Balgobin
Communications and Alumni Officer: Izzy Duffy-Cross

For further information on The Marlowe, visit

Contact The Marlowe Society

Get involved with The Marlowe Society shows:

No opportunities are currently being advertised - why not check out the main vacancies page?

You can also see all events that have been put on by this society.


The Marlowe Society 18:07 on 19th January Twitter

🖊️Submissions are now open for THE OTHER PRIZE! Want to write a full-length play, win £500 and get it staged in Cambridge? See the link below for more info⬇️⬇️
Deadline is Friday, March 19th 🖊️

The Marlowe Society 16:20 on 2nd November Twitter

Introducing Jasper, our New Writing Officer- have a read to find out how the new writing bits of the Marlowe Society have been keeping going through the pandemic! @Jasper_CH…

The Marlowe Society 15:29 on 2nd October Twitter

Check out this brilliant interview with some of the Marlowe Society committee on our plans for next term!

The Marlowe Society 17:35 on 26th September Twitter

First up in our series of blog posts interviewing members of this year's Marlowe Committee - our president @HiAnnika discusses new projects for the Marlowe, trying out lots of roles in theatre, and the best rehearsal biscuits…

The Marlowe Society 18:46 on 12th July Twitter

The Marlowe Society blog is back! Check it out here:
and keep an eye out for more new posts over the coming weeks!

The Marlowe Society 14:32 on 19th June Twitter

The Marlowe Society stands against racism and inequality. We stand with the Black community in defence of Black lives. Click here to read our full statement on our plans for anti-racist action on our website:…
Document of…

The Marlowe Society 19:45 on 29th May Twitter

Our Workshops Officers have been working hard to organise virtual events this term - thank you so much for a brilliant Q&A session @RoseUnwin!…

The Marlowe Society 17:40 on 4th March Twitter

We are pleased to launch our redesigned and updated website!

Take a look at recent Marlowe production stills and info about what the Society does to the present day.

The Marlowe Society 14:43 on 1st February Twitter

‘A powerful performance and an impressive cast, I would thoroughly recommend this show.’
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ - The Tab
Get your tickets for our final performance of @JohnHaidar’s Othello tonight at the @camartstheatre…

The Marlowe Society 16:56 on 21st October Twitter

Hatch night (8pm, Friday 25th October) is looking for actors! No experience necessary; very low commitment project; open and non-judgemental atmosphere.
To apply, email by midnight tonight saying briefly what your favourite kind of play/film is.

The Marlowe Society 21:55 on 19th October Twitter

The first Techie Coffee Afternoon of the academic year meets tomorrow, 14.00-15.30, 2nd floor of Waterstones cafe, to discuss all things technical theatre in Cambridge.
No previous experience necessary, and the event is accessible via lift.

The Marlowe Society 12:14 on 9th October Twitter

We’re really excited to present our Michaelmas 2019 term card: whether you’re an actor, writer, director, technician or just want to try a bit of everything, we’ve got a great term lined up for you!

The Marlowe Society 09:32 on 7th October Twitter

**Auditions for 2020 Arts Show: Othello**

When: Wednesday 8th- Friday 11th October

Sign up for an audition slot:…

For more information, take a look at the audition pack:…:

The Marlowe Society 19:33 on 9th April Twitter

Congratulations to Old Marlovian and former committee member Emma Corrin, who will be joining The Crown as Lady Diana in Season Four. Good luck Emma! 👏🏻…

The Marlowe Society 13:05 on 27th January Twitter

Thank you to everybody who supported Much Ado 2019. This company has now stood down, but keep an eye out for the next projects our cast and crew are working on! Next up for the Marlowe will be Week 3 Hatch - our regular new writing night, and our Week 7 BME Romeo and Juliet!

The Marlowe Society 21:05 on 26th January Twitter

Thank you Paul! Hope you're enjoying the show ☄…

The Marlowe Society 18:15 on 26th January Twitter

It's time for our last show tonight at 7.45! There are still plenty of tickets on the door, so please do come along. An enormous amount of work has gone into this show, and it really means the world to us. We're incredibly proud of it - if you enjoyed it, please do share. ❤

The Marlowe Society 12:16 on 25th January Twitter

A lovely feature on Ernie Almond's theatre blog this week! Here's what fellow @blackcat107fm presenter Mike Moore thought of the show. Make sure you're following Ernie to get the latest on local and regional theatre. @blackcaternie @Erniestheatre

The Marlowe Society 09:27 on 25th January Twitter

Our cast have earned two fantastically complimentary ⭐⭐⭐⭐ reviews from TCS and Varsity! They've still got 3 performances left, so you've still got time to see them in action.




The Marlowe Society 09:18 on 25th January Twitter

Our cast have earned two fantastically complimentary ⭐⭐⭐⭐ reviews from TCS and The Tab. They've still got three performances remaining, so there's still time to get your tickets!



The Marlowe Society 09:14 on 25th January Twitter

Thank you! The music was "A Night Like This" by Caro Emerald. Glad you enjoyed ⭐…

The Marlowe Society 18:38 on 22nd January Twitter

Here we are on @Cambridge_Uni 's YouTube channel, talking about Much Ado About Nothing and how much the Arts Show means to all of us. Thank you so much to the University for their generous feature.

The Marlowe Society 10:23 on 22nd January Twitter

Thank you so much! It was fantastic getting to speak to you - we hope your Art Exhibition goes really well ❤…

The Marlowe Society 23:22 on 21st January Twitter

Today the Marlowe presidents Ruby and Tom went on a trip to the @BBCCambs studios to chat about Much Ado About Nothing and the Marlowe Society live on air! There's just 1 day left before opening night, so make sure you've got your tickets!…

The Marlowe Society 21:03 on 20th January Twitter

The Marlowe Committee were at @camartstheatre today helping the staff crew and creatives with fitting the set, rigging the lights and working on costumes! It's just 2 days until opening night and we can't wait. Make sure you've got your tickets!…

The Marlowe Society 13:23 on 11th January Twitter

Short film about the Arts Show coming soon to @Cambridge_Uni social media accounts in the next week! Videographer Adam is here today, hard at work interviewing our two leads, Harry and Georgia. Tickets for Much Ado About Nothing @camartstheatre here:…


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Past shows

See all the shows this society has been previously involved in at the society history page.