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Marlowe Theatre wins ‘Theatre of the Year’ award

Canterbury’s Marlowe Theatre won ‘Theatre of the Year’ at the Stage Awards on Monday.

The award recognises the theatre’s work within the local community, and the role it played in revitalising the theatre industry after the pandemic.

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The Stage Awards took place at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane on January 31st 2022. The awards celebrate the biggest achievements in British theatre over the past twelve months.

The Marlowe shared the title of ‘Theatre of the Year’ with Battersea Arts Centre in London.

Deborah Shaw, the Chief Executive of The Marlowe Theatre said: “We are thrilled to win Theatre of the Year.

“This award is testament to the immense creative achievements of The Marlowe team during one of the most challenging periods in its history”, she added.

Over the past year, The Marlowe put on many projects within the community. One of the theatre’s most notable projects is Catalyst for Culture, a commissioning and producing network that supports local artists and young talent.

This project helped to produce new work both onstage and online, including a performance by three school choirs inside Canterbury Cathedral.

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The Marlowe is also home to the Cygnet School, a dance programme for young people from deprived backgrounds, and hosts Maria Aberg’s PROJEKT EUROPA, a resident company that so far has developed three new projects alongside migrant artists and the Kent community.

During the pandemic, the theatre’s pantomime was watched online by over 92,000 people. It was also streamed to 91 care homes across Kent and Medway.

Alistair Smith, Editor of The Stage said: “The past two years have been an extraordinarily difficult time for everyone in theatre.

“Looking at our line-up of winners this year, one thing that strikes me is how many of them – as well as displaying individual excellence – have gone above and beyond to give back to the theatre sector at a time of crisis.” he added.

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