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Address: Gulbenkian Theatre Giles Lane | University of Kent, Canterbury CT2 7NB, England
Phone Number: +44 1227 769075
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Very good smaller theatre...

A very comfortable auditorium with good views and a modest capacity. Very suitable for plays, smaller scale shows or concerts. The lobby has a decent food court offering hot and... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 October 2016
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England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016 via mobile

A very comfortable auditorium with good views and a modest capacity. Very suitable for plays, smaller scale shows or concerts. The lobby has a decent food court offering hot and cold drinks, hot food or snacks. Recommended especially for before hand as there isn't much else nearby. Plenty of seats and not too cramped. There is also a cinema in... More 

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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

We went to see a musician perform here and it was fantastic. There is no gap between the stage and the audience making the venue intimate. The warm up act and main turn were close enough to be able to chat freely with everyone. Only downside was the that the bar was closed after the event and at £8 a... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2016

The music event in the bar area ...Maiuko and Funk act. Really enjoyable... better than we thought but why do modern buildings have to have such a poor environment? Little choice of wine...then we had to have nasty plastic "glasses" with some ad logo on them. Do white table and chairs and no curtain over the rear door which had... More 

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1 Thank nick b
Jess G, Director of Sales at Gulbenkian Theatre, responded to this review

Hi Nick and thanks for writing a review. The Cafe Stage is a relatively new space for us. You are right that it is not a space purpose built for performance (hence we have added the curtains and that door has to remain uncovered as a fire door), but we felt we needed somewhere to hold performances in a relaxed... More 

Canterbury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2016 via mobile

Great venue - not renowned for it fittings or style (which are of course modern and not grand like the olde days of theatre) but this venue has generously raked seats ensuring a good view of the stage from almost any position. That counts for a lot. :)

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Thank Kimbrini
Jess G, Director of Sales at Gulbenkian Theatre, responded to this review

Hi Kimbrini - thank you for your comments and glad you enjoyed your visit. More 

Ashford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 May 2016 via mobile

Singing Haydn's Creation is a challenge, one that was made easier and more special by performing in the Gulbenkian last weekend. The hall itself is ideal for choral performances; the seating is cleverly designed and comfortable, and the acoustics are marvellous. Similarly, the theatre's facilities are first class, as are the staff. A very special place!

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Thank Mitch P
Jess G, Director of Sales at Gulbenkian Theatre, responded to this review

Hi Mitch - sorry for my slow response but thank you for your comments and glad you enjoyed singing. On a small point of detail (being very honest!) you performed in the beautiful Colyer Fergusson Hall which is next to the Gulbenkian Theatre, but all part of the same creative centre! More 

Dymchurch, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 March 2016

Currently hosting a programme of "Folk in the Bar" tonight we went to see the Poozies! A superlative performance from the 4 girls, Mary's playing of the electric Clarsach (Gaelic for Harp) was just sublime as were the a Capella numbers, they harmonise so well. The venue is small enough to enable you to enjoy a really intimate performance although... More 

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Thank Marshian B
Jess G, Director of Sales at Gulbenkian Theatre, responded to this review

Hi Marshian. So sorry for being so late with a reply to this. We appreciate you leaving a review and really glad you enjoyed the Poozies - what a great event! More 

Greater London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2015

Excellent value. I was working in the theatre and they made me exactly what I asked for. All of the food looked lovely.

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Thank Madeleine S
Jess G, Director of Sales at Gulbenkian Theatre, responded to this review

Thanks Madeline. Hope to welcome you back again before long. More 

Lincoln, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2015 via mobile

Went to see the noise next door who never disappoint! Nice venue, nice food. Hard to get to go the even with no car though

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Thank Kerry E
Jess G, Director of Sales at Gulbenkian Theatre, responded to this review

Hi Kerry. Glad you enjoyed the Noise Next Door. Re getting here, you are right we have free parking (evenings and weekends) so it is easier by car. There are frequent buses running from/to Canterbury centre, plus Whitstable and Herne Bay on the Triangle route, but it's always best to check the timetable for later shows to make sure you... More 

Canterbury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2015 via mobile

Hey, My Daughter did her year 6 school play here. The Gulbenkian is based in the Grounds of the Uni of Kent and has parking behind it. We had drinks & snacks before the play which were reasonably priced but if you want bags of chocolate (m&ms, Buttons etc) its pretty expensive. The staff were rushed off their feet serving... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2015

The theater is based on the campus grounds . There is an amazing variety of dance, comedy and music events throughout the year. The theater isn't very big so there isn't a seat in the house with a bad view. The seats are comfy and not too close together. The bar/restaurant area has plenty of chairs and tables. The restaurant... More 

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Jess G, Director of Sales at Gulbenkian Theatre, responded to this review

Thanks for your positive review and see you here again soon I hope. More 

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