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Gulbenkian Theatre

Gulbenkian Theatre Giles Lane | University of Kent, Canterbury CT2 7NB, England
+44 1227 769075
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Always fab!

Really well designed theatres so that everyone has a good view. Unlike the Marlowe in Canterbury... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Kimbrini
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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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Best theatre in Kent

I have been to the Gulbenkian many times, usually for live music but also drama and talks. A lovely... read more

Reviewed 5 August 2017
Martin_and_Vicky_S
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Sittingbourne, United Kingdom
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Gulbenkian is the University of Kent's Arts Centre offering innovative, engaging and high quality arts activity for the public, staff and students. It provides a key role in delivering the University commitment to public engagement and has a particular focus on the creative empowerment of children and young people. The building contains a 340 seat theatre, 300 seat cinema and a café which incorporates an informal cabaret style space for live music, comedy and slam poetry. In 2014, 936 events including music, comedy, theatre, dance and film attracted 97,786 people to Gulbenkian. The arts centre attracts a range of conferences and events to Kent such as BBC Question Time. Our work with young people includes the Gulbenkian Youth Theatre with over 100 members aged 5-18 years. We are also home to ART31, a cultural leadership project, led by young people and Tech(Y)31 plus the international family festival- bOing!
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Gulbenkian Theatre Giles Lane | University of Kent, Canterbury CT2 7NB, England
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Really well designed theatres so that everyone has a good view. Unlike the Marlowe in Canterbury where there's now aisle. What kind of a stupid idea is that? Gulbenkian has really amazing dance acts too...well worth booking in advance!

Thank Kimbrini
Jess G, Marketing Manager at Gulbenkian Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your great review and see you this autumn season for more dance I hope.

Reviewed 5 August 2017 via mobile

I have been to the Gulbenkian many times, usually for live music but also drama and talks. A lovely little theatre with friendly and helpful staff. They have a varied and interesting programme steering clear of the glut of tribute bands. I often choose to...More

Thank Martin_and_Vicky_S
Jess G, Marketing Manager at Gulbenkian Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for leaving your review and it is brilliant to hear how much you enjoy coming here. See you again soon I hope.

Reviewed 10 June 2017 via mobile

This is the theatre of the University of Kent. They offer a very good selection of attractions along the year. They also have a restaurant that is good to have a meal before the show.

Thank Tita32
Jess G, Marketing Officer at Gulbenkian Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded 21 July 2017

Sorry for our slow response, but thank you for leaving your review. We hope to see you again here very soon.

Reviewed 25 April 2017

i`ve been here a few times but during our visit this month to see a show we ate here for the first time.Food was really nice with good portions.The theatre is quite small and intimate so all seats are good.Its nice to travel up to...More

Thank michKent
Jess G, Marketing Officer at Gulbenkian Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded 21 July 2017

Sorry for our slow response, but thank you for leaving your review and I am glad you enjoyed your visit and your meal.

Reviewed 24 April 2017

Relaxed, yet vibrant venue offering a wide range of film, music, theatre and entertainment, and in particular the contemporary, modern, and fresh. Visit as a group or solo as it matters not as the environment is comfortable and accepting whatever your preferences. Also offers a...More

Thank Alan Y
Jess G, Marketing Officer at Gulbenkian Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded 21 July 2017

Sorry for our slow response, but thank you for leaving such a lovely review. I am glad you enjoy coming here, and we'll take the 'Possibly the best venue in East Kent' accolade very happily - thank you again.

Reviewed 4 March 2017 via mobile

We have been to the Gulbenkian lots of times but most recently to see some comedy. The theatre cafe/restaurant is always bustling and there is always a happy atmosphere. All the staff are welcoming and helpful, food & drinks are reasonably priced and the range...More

Thank Kim B
Jess G, Marketing Officer at Gulbenkian Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded 21 July 2017

Thank you so much for this review (and sorry its taken so long to respond!). We love that you love your local theatre and I hope to see you back for some comedy this autumn season.

Reviewed 27 February 2017

If you are a student, the 2-for-1 price (every Tuesday) is a really good deal if you are willing to wait for a few weeks after the movies are released. The cinema is clean and I really enjoy watching movies there.More

Thank akiko_hiura
Jess G, Marketing Officer at Gulbenkian Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded 28 February 2017

Hello and thanks for posting your review. Our Student 2-for-1 on Tuesdays have been really popular (and are a bargain). We do also run a season discount on our theatre seasons (1/3rd off if you buy 2 or more shows). These are open to everyone....More

Reviewed 26 February 2017

Ive just been to an evening with Brenda Blethwyn..who was excellent by the way. The theatre is small and so any seats in the auditorium are fine because you are all near to the stage.. Parking can be a problem as the parking area is...More

Thank Christina C
Jess G, Marketing Officer at Gulbenkian Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded 28 February 2017

Hello and thank you for posting a review. Its great to hear you enjoyed the event with Brenda Blethyn. You are right that our car park is small, but on evenings and weekends all parking on campus free and you can park in the large...More

Reviewed 29 December 2016

I love the Gulbenkian, the cafe serves decent drink and food (although I have only had the cakes). I mainly use the cinema as the selection of films is exceptional, including some great arthouse movies. Its also cheaper than going into Canterbury and avoids the...More

Thank SanSwLondon
Jess G, Head of Marketing at Gulbenkian Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded 6 January 2017

Thanks for your comments. I'm glad you like our film selection (and cakes!).

Reviewed 28 December 2016

Theatre and cinema that are not always so mainstream. Dip into different media and foreign cultures. Great cafe with bar options and restaurant food.

Thank Bobbie C
Jess G, Head of Marketing at Gulbenkian Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded 6 January 2017

You have summed us up in a couple of sentences! Thank you for posting and I'm really glad you enjoy coming here.

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