Marlowe’s Mighty Roles

Marlowe’s Mighty Roles

September 15, 2020

The Rose Playhouse

A Zoom talk beginning at 7.00 pm

When the remarkable 19th-century actor, Sir Henry Irving, unveiled the memorial to Christopher Marlowe in Canterbury, only one of the four small statues in its niches was complete. However, the Memorial now shows famous actors in the roles of Tamburlaine, Faustus, Barabas and Edward II. During this talk, Ken will discuss various approaches to and interpretations of these great roles in the plays of Marlowe, many of which were first seen at The Rose.



Professor Ken Pickering is recognised as one of Britain’s leading directors of medieval drama, following enormously successful, ground-breaking productions in Canterbury and Birmingham cathedrals, Malvern Priory and Tewkesbury Abbey. He has directed opera, and is an organist, conductor and prolific author of plays and books about the study of drama and the theatre. Ken is now Honorary Professor of Drama at the University of Kent and has only just stood down from his post as Chair of the Marlowe Society after many years’ involvement and leadership (and is now one of its Vice-Presidents). He was Chief Examiner for Speech and Communications at the London College of Music and Trinity/Guildhall Schools. He chaired the panels that established the first university-validated degrees in Performing Arts and Dance in the UK. Ken has also taught theatre history, directing and playwriting at universities on both sides of the Atlantic.


Tickets are £5 and can be booked through TryBooking by clicking here. You will receive a link to this Zoom event via email. Any additional contributions for The Rose Playhouse will be much appreciated and go towards funding the Rose Revealed Project.

Please note that booking for this event will close at 6.00 pm on 15 September.

The Rose is an indoor archaeological site; it is advisable to dress warmly because there is no heating. There are no toilets, so please use those at Shakespeare’s Globe, which is 200 metres away.

Booking Information

Box Office

020 7261 9565