The Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury tonight celebrates its 1,000th performance since opening in October 2011.
Tonight’s Philharmonia Concert marks the major milestone for the Kent Venue, winner of The Public Reviews South East Venue of The Year 2013.
The state-of-the-art theatre opened after major redevelopment and has seen visitors from many of the country’s leading arts companies including The National Theatre, Glyndebourne and Matthew Bourne take to its stage.
There’s a sense of coming full circle with the Philharmonia clocking up the 1,000th performance, the orchestra having played at the opening gala performance.
For Marlowe Director Mark Everett the key to the venues success is the range of shows they manage to attract “The calibre and variety of all our shows speak volumes for how far the theatre has come.”
“The success of the main auditorium continues – we are programming months, and even years, in advance – and audience numbers continue to grow. Our smaller venue, The Marlowe Studio, and our education and creative work, also continue to expand and flourish.”
The Philharmonia is the resident orchestra at the Marlowe Theatre and for Managing Director David Whelton it’s a relationship they cherish “From 1st to 1,000th, the Philharmonia is extremely proud to have been resident orchestra at one of the most innovative venues in the country. To help mark this fantastic milestone, the orchestra will be performing one of the biggest and best symphonies of all time, Shostakovich’s Symphony No 5 – it’s going to be quite an evening.