Marlowe Theatre

The Marlowe is situated in The Friars, just off Canterbury High Street. The full address is The Marlowe Theatre, The Friars, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 2AS.

If you are arriving by car there is a drop off point available at the theatre, with step free access to the main foyer. For further details please contact the theatre direct. There is a list of telephone numbers and website addresses in the ‘Useful Information and Contact Numbers’ section at the end of this access information.

There are a number of car parks within easy walking distance of the theatre, as well as a number of Blue Badge parking bays, which are allocated on a first come first served basis. For further information about car parks you can visit the Parking Section of the Canterbury City Council website, The Marlowe website or telephone the theatre direct.

Canterbury City Council also runs a Park and Ride service from Wincheap, New Dover Road and Sturry Road. This service finishes at 7.30pm, which makes it unsuitable for customers attending evening performances.

Canterbury bus station is the main bus terminus serving Canterbury City Centre. Timetables for various routes, serving the entire county of Kent and beyond, can be found on the Stagecoach website.

The nearest train station is Canterbury West, which is about half a mile from the theatre.

The Marlowe has two auditoriums – the main theatre which seats 1200 on three levels, and a studio, which is a flexible multi-purpose space accommodating up to 166 people seated and 300 people standing.


There are permanent wheelchair positions available in the main auditorium and in the Studio, and fully accessible toilets on every floor of the building. There is also lift access to every floor.

There are bars on all three levels and The Greenroom Restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. Menus are available on the theatre’s website and advance booking is advised.


To listen to the audio description, please ask at the box office for a headset, and they will be happy to explain their use. Large print and braille cast lists are also available. If you would like to listen to the introductory notes, you should collect your headset in good time to take your seat, 15 minutes before the start of the performance. This is also a good opportunity to check you are happy with the reception through your headset. Please contact a member of staff if you are having any difficulties.

Please note that this information has been supplied by the venue and although every effort has been made to check details, you may still have some queries. In this case, we would ask you to contact the theatre directly for clarification.

Useful information and contact numbers

At the Marlowe Guide Dogs and Assistance Dogs are welcome in all parts of the building, including the main auditorium and studio. If you would like someone to look after your dog during a performance, please contact the theatre in advance.


The theatre brochure is available in large-print, Braille, CD and MP3 audio download. You can also sign-up to the Marlowe Theatre’s Access Mailing List which will give you the latest information on future events and performances.

If you have any queries about your visit, please contact: 

The Box Office on 01227 787787. The Box Office is open Monday to Saturdays, 9am to 6pm. When there is a show the Box Office will remain open until 30 minutes after the performance begins.

Here are some website addresses that you may find useful when planning your visit:

The Marlowe –

City Council-

Stagecoach –

Park and Ride Scheme –

General Transport Information and Journey Planning –