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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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Get involved with The Marlowe Society shows:
  • Othello is looking for: Assistant Stage Manager x2, Assistant Costume Designer, Assistant Set Designer, Assistant Lighting Designer, Assistant Sound Designer - more details

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:…

The Marlowe Society 15:27 on 27th November Twitter

Preparations for this January's production of Much Ado About Nothing at @camartstheatre are well underway. We now have a stellar cast and a stellar director! Looking forward to working with @richardbeecham1 in the weeks to come, and putting on a fabulous show.

The Marlowe Society 12:44 on 24th October Twitter

We're very excited to welcome @Arc_Poetry to Samson Agonistes this evening with copies of the book for sale! Everything is ready to go in the studio, and we are looking forward to welcoming our guests.

The Marlowe Society 23:08 on 14th October Twitter

Samson Agonistes by John Kinsella is now sold out! There is however a waiting list, so that should anybody find themselves unable to attend, their space can be opened up for other audience members.

The Marlowe Society 11:32 on 13th October Twitter

A reminder to reserve your ticket (free of charge) for Samson Agonistes on the 24th October. We are at 50% capacity, and there will be a waiting list in action should we sell out. This will be a special evening for anyone interested in Kinsella or Milton!…

The Marlowe Society 14:36 on 6th October Twitter

Reserve your ticket for John Kinsella's brand new play, "Samson Agonistes" on Wednesday 24th October!… @EventbriteUK

The Marlowe Society 09:59 on 2nd October Twitter

Come and check out our freshers fair stall today!

The Marlowe Society 20:56 on 20th August Twitter

Very excited to announce that we have been asked to produce the premiere performance of John Kinsella's new verse play, "Samson Agonistes"! Kinsella's pacifist text touches on themes of modern warfare, identity and knotty global politics. Keep your eyes peeled for tickets!

The Marlowe Society 23:30 on 21st June Twitter

Thank you to everybody who has contributed to all of our successes this year, from our theatrical projects to our training workshops. None of it could have happened without the help of so many generous professionals, alumni, and of course our talented student theatre-makers.

The Marlowe Society 23:26 on 21st June Twitter

The Cambridge year may have ended, but we're so excited to have so much in the pipeline for the coming year already. Keep your eyes peeled for announcements about this year's @camartstheatre show, our graduate actors' showcase, and the premiere of a new play from a leading poet!

The Marlowe Society 22:10 on 26th January Twitter

Two more chances to see "Romeo and Juliet" @camartstheatre -- you never know what the cast might be up to in a few years...

The Marlowe Society 01:27 on 26th January Twitter

Thank you Ruby! We're really pleased that you enjoyed the show, and thank you for spreading the word.…


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Past shows

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