We work with groups in Kent as part of our Shakespeare Nation programme, in collaboration with our Regional Partner, The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury.

Our Shakespeare Nation work in Kent happens through our Regional Partner Theatre, The Marlowe, Canterbury. The Marlowe has a long and rich history stretching back across a century and three different sites in Canterbury. The current theatre openend in 2011 after a complete redevelopment, and now welcomes 420,000 people through its doors each year.

You can watch a behind-the-scenes insight into their Shakespeare Nation project Error Error Error on their YouTube channel, based on their work around our 2021 production of The Comedy of Errors.

Henry VI Rebellion

74 adults from Blackpool, Bradford, Canterbury, Cornwall, Norwich and Nottingham, will appear alongside the professional cast in Henry VI: Rebellion. They will play the roles of working people who take part in the rebellion led by the character of Jack Cade against Henry VI, and townsfolk in a scene where Henry VI is out hunting.

Initially they will rehearse in their local theatres before taking to the Royal Shakespeare Theatre stage from April, with each group appearing in around four performances.

A group of people stood inside the auditorium at The Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury.
These Shakespeare Nation participants will feature in some performances of Henry VI: Rebellion.
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Our Shakespeare Nation work with The Marlowe began in early 2021 with a series of short workshop videos designed by RSC voice coach Michael Corbidge. The videos consisted of short workouts designed to develop vocal techniques. This was devised to combat social isolation, which silenced so many people during the pandemic.

You can find out more and see the videos here.

Michael Corbidge on stage with his arms spread wide.
Voice coach Michael Corbidge.

The Shakespeare Nation adult engagement work is generously supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation

The Oakley Charitable Trust: Supporting the involvement of Next Generation Act and Shakespeare Nation in Henry VI: Rebellion

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