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

Gulbenkian is the University of Kent's Arts Centre offering innovative,...

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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lovely venue

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... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Canterbury, United Kingdom
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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 the uni too as its a amazing space with bluebells and wild rabbits .I would... More 

Thank michKent
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 decent bar and very reasonably priced pub style nosh all served by friendly students. Possibly... More 

Thank Alan Y
Whitstable, United Kingdom
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83 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
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 & quality of the shows are brilliant. Love our local theatre!

Thank Kim B
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38 reviews
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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.

Thank akiko_hiura
Jess G, Marketing Officer at Gulbenkian Theatre, responded to this review

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. Anyway, thanks again for coming to Gulbenkian, and see you again soon I hope. More 

Canterbury, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
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 very small and if you don't get there early then you will be out of... More 

Thank Christina C
Jess G, Marketing Officer at Gulbenkian Theatre, responded to this review

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 Giles Lane Car Park just across the road from Gulbenkian. Thanks again for coming and... More 

Whitstable, United Kingdom
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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 cost and hassle of finding a parking space.

Thank SanSwLondon
Jess G, Head of Marketing at Gulbenkian Theatre, responded to this review

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

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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 review

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

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 December 2016 via mobile

Went with my family to watch a comedian. This venue suited the performance perfectly. Great seating areas. Not a bad seat in the place, good views all round. Space too for wheelchairs. Will happily go there again.

Thank Michelle m
Jess G, Marketing Manager at Gulbenkian Theatre, responded to this review

Thanks for posting your review and great that you had such a good time. See you again soon I hope. More 

England, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
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 

Canterbury, United Kingdom
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63 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
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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