December Theatre Picks!

Art31's theatre picks for December!

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Christmas is the time for giving – well, giving and for stuffing your face full of Turkey – and what better gift to give than the experience of live theatre? From multi-million budget West End productions to ‘micro-theatres’ that are popping up all over the country, the opportunities to access the theatre are opening up every single day.

With that in mind, here are Art31’s Christmas picks for East Kent theatre!


If you’ve ate through your Christmas spending budget in a flash and are looking for a last-minute gift then you can go no wrong with Monkeyshine! A two day celebration of comic brilliance, acts from the University of Kent’s ‘Introduction to Stand Up Comedy module’ will perform at The Gulbenkian Cafe in a fast-flowing evening.

Taking place on December 12th and December 13th, 48 ‘stars of the future’ take to the stage for five minutes at a time to tickle your ribs with everything from stand-up to prop work. Stuffed to the brim with dazzling young comics the bang for your buck is insatiable.

Described by Inquire as, “an electric atmosphere like none I’ve experienced… the room was buzzing and the laughter flowing” – the two hour bonanza is an ideal stocking filler and, best of all, it’s 100% free.


It simply wouldn’t be Christmas without a visit to the Pantomime and The Marlowe theatre is renowned for their show-stopping, meticulously crafted shows year on year.

Starring Harry Reid, he of EastEnders fame, as well as Phil Gallagher – better known as Mister Maker – and Sally Lindsay, the all-star cast is support by local legends in Ben Roddy and Lloyd Hollett to produce a smash-hit panto that will have the audience in fits of laughter.

If you’re a naysayer thinking your panto days are behind you… oh no they’re not! The Marlowe’s panto, written and directed by Paul Hendy has a wonderful mix of humour for the youngest of audience members mixed with cleverly-worked adult humour along the way. It really is a show for all ages.

What better way to get into the Christmas spirit than to experience one of the UK’s biggest, best and most spectacular pantomime? With over 100,000 tickets sold last year, Cinderella runs until January 6th with tickets available from £10.75 – what are you waiting for?


The poetry slam with the quickest of wit.
LicKitySpit is Canterbury’s new poetry slam event, an evening with wondrous wordsmith’s, stupendous storytellers, and passionate poets. Each slam will see a different guest headliner bringing the best the poetry scene has to offer to your doorstep.
The slam itself will see Kent’s finest go head to head in a battle of wit to be crowned the ‘LicKitySpit slam champion’, in Canterbury’s only regular slam where you get to be the judge. So, come on down if you fancy an evening of entertainment sprinkled with dashes laughter, sadness, sorrow, and love.

Wednesday 19th, at The Kit in Canterbury and for just £10 a ticket this is an experience you’ve simply got to have!

Those are our three highlights for December theatre in our pocket of Canterbury but let us know, what’s happening where you are and what have you been to see throughout 2018?

Oliver McManus

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Hello! I'm currently studying at Canterbury College, in my second year of a journalism course and when I'm not studying or serving pizzas at Pizza Hut you'll often find me either writing or asleep!