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Gulbenkian Theatre

Gulbenkian Theatre Giles Lane | University of Kent, Canterbury CT2 7NB, England
+44 1227 769075
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Follies From National Theatre Live

Very disappointed couldn't hear the dialog or singers, sound quality dreadful, no balance,side... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
ChrisBSussex
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Sussex
Great show

Jeremy Hardy tour. Very funny, great venue - ideal for comedy. Prices very reasonable. Plenty of... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Hatfield_visitor
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Borehamwood, 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 6 days ago

Very disappointed couldn't hear the dialog or singers, sound quality dreadful, no balance,side speakers far too loud and drowning everything out. Walked out to try to get a refund. Told by assistant that they had no control over the sound, well they'd better get control...More

Thank ChrisBSussex
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Jeremy Hardy tour. Very funny, great venue - ideal for comedy. Prices very reasonable. Plenty of free parking. Bar and café/restaurant.

Thank Hatfield_visitor
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If anyone is stuck for something to do with the children on a sunday afternoon then the Gulbenkian is an ideal option. The theatre is just outside Canterbury and is located on the Canterbury University estate, it has parking right next to it and is...More

Thank Rob C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We attend the local theatres quite regularly - The Gulbenkian, The Marlowe, The Quarterhouse (Folkestone) and sometimes the Theatre Royal (Margate) and Leas Cliff in Folkestone. We also go to the Orchard in Dartford on occasion as well as the West End and Sadlers Wells...More

Thank Chinoukster
Reviewed 5 September 2017 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 11 September 2017

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 11 September 2017

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.

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Yes, there are accessible bays located in the Central Car Park. These are in a pay and display car park which operates Mon - Fri 8am-5pm; free after 5pm Mon - Fri and at weekends. For more information regarding parking and... More
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