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“Nice little theatre”
Review of Gulbenkian Theatre

Gulbenkian Theatre
Ranked #32 of 116 things to do in Canterbury
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Owner description: 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!
Useful Information: Stairs / elevator, Food available for purchase, Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access
Reviewed August 27, 2013

We have visited the theatre to see the Sinatra tribute night last Saturday.
Upon arrival we have been welcomed by the theatre assistants. Once we have been let into the theatre to take our seats we have realised our seats have been remowed. After a few discussions with staff and being seated in alternative seats ( which soon had to be occupied by other people) they have decided to put our seats back which have been removed for wheelchair users.

All in all the theatre has a good atmosphere and we enjoyed the show very much, however I wish the staff would have expected the staff to be more prepared and organised regarding the seating.

Thank Worldbackpackrrr
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Reviewed August 17, 2013

This is a small theatre which shows films etc that are not always in the main stream, definitely worth a visit

Thank KentJulieb
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Reviewed August 14, 2013

As we arrived late to stay at Keynes College, the Gulbenkian Theatre Cafe was the only restaurant open on campus.
The atmosphere is lacking, but we weren't there for the atmosphere. You order at the counter and then the food is delivered to you.
I had the lamb tagine, which was individually prepared, and my husband had a chicken dish. The tagine was very tasty, and hot temperature. The chicken was good but not particularly warm. The prices were reasonable. We will most likely eat there again on our 5 day stay at Keyes.

Thank Morgan_Travelers
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Reviewed June 9, 2013

We have been to this theatre several times and they have an excellent events programme, quite a mixture, so something for everyone. On this occasion we went to see The Manfreds. They were fantastic , yes, after all these years(!) The theatre is very cosy and the seats unlike many other theatres are soooo comfortable. An ideal venue for a concert as the stage comes out to meet the audience.

They also serve meals if you want to eat before the event. We asked for a Brandy and a J2O at the bar and they didn't have either!

There is a car park next to the theatre.

Thank magwii
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Reviewed May 13, 2013

First time to the Gulbenkian and it was a 90% success. The missing 10% is because the location on the University of Kent Campus meant it wasn't the easiest place to find and when we did - and we were 1 3/4 hours early we couldn't park in the small car park and had to drive quite a way away to find a space. On the plus side it was by then after 5pm so we didn't have to pay (yeah!). You can get there by bus too but walking from the town centre would be a real effort...too far I would say.
We had arrived early to eat in the cafe having looked at the menu on-line before hand. Very good menu, small and that means fresh and local produce. The prices were excellent for example a lamb tagine (brought to the table in a real tagine) with apricots, almonds and pomegranate for under £9. A really decent, meaty portion.
The cafe/bar staff coped well with the volume of people and the theatre itself was a delight. Small, very comfy armchair style chairs and there isn't a 'bad' seat in the house. We booked late and got one of the last seats right at the top/back but it was a great seat.
The ticket prices were very reasonable and there was a discount for students . It would be a pleasure to go again - recommended as a venue.

Thank sparkiedoll
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