About Us

Winners of the Exeunt ‘The venue you most want everyone to know about (while simultaneously not in case it gets too popular and you can’t get tickets)’ award in 2017

Marlborough Theatre has been run by Community Interest Company Marlborough Productions since 2010. The building dates back to 1794 and has a chequered history as a ballroom, gambling suite and general den of inequity. If you’re interested in knowing more about the history of the building, check out our wiki page

We work year round with LGBTQ+ practitioners, supporting and presenting extraordinary performance by pioneering artists.

Our programme comprises a huge variety of theatre and performance from home grown emerging talents to nationally acclaimed artists & companies.

We specialise in the unusual, the unexpected and seek out work that has something to say about contemporary life.

The Marlborough Pub and Theatre is a member of Live Art UK the national network of live Art promoters. 

Marlborough Theatre is also home to production company Pink Fringe specialising in Queer & LGBT cultural events.

David Sheppeard – Creative Producer/ Bar Manager

David is producer, writer, performer and co-founder of Pink Fringe. During his time in Brighton he has worked with Arts Agenda, Brighton Fringe, Queer In Brighton and as producer for artists including Boogaloo Stu and Lorraine Bowen.

He fell into working at the Marlborough in 2009 and has since worked tirelessly to hold up the walls of this amazing old building.


Abby Butcher – Creative Producer


Abby is a Creative Producer and Arts Activist who uses her platforms to promote gender equality and trans rights. She works in contemporary performance and co-runs None of Us is Yet a Robot with Emma Frankland.

She has been a part of the Marly fold for 4 years and loves it even though it gives her grey hair.

If she can’t be found in the theatre, she’s usually propping up the bar downstairs.



Tarik Elmoutawakil – Creative Producer/ Bar Manager


Tarik is a producer and events manager. He’s become synonymous with The Marlborough having worked there since 2001. Starting out as casual bar staff, by 2008 he took an ambitious leap of faith to hold the reigns of running The Marlborough Theatre, and has never looked back.

In 2014, he returned to work on the bar, only this time taking the role as manager of the Marlborough Pub with David. He loves The Marlborough, and all the people that go there. Sometimes he talks to the bricks and mortar.


Ema Boswood – Programme Coordinator


Ema is a semi-professional game show contestant and winner of the Funniest Girl award at her high school leavers assembly. These are her proudest achievements. She’s also the Programme Coordinator at the Marlborough, having joined us as Marketing & Admin assistant in October 2016.

Aside from working at the Marly, Ema makes spooky Performance Art.


Rosie Powell – Videographer


Rosie is a filmmaker and photographer and produces our media content. She specialises in live event and performance documentation throughout the art world and beyond. She has worked with Universal Music Group, ArtsAdmin, Ovalhouse, Chelsea FC and Heather Peace.

She is often blending into the background of the Theatre or hanging out with all the cool kids downstairs. If you haven’t seen her for a while, She may be stuck with her camera bag in one of the many narrow corridors at the Marly.

Steering Group

The Marlborough is supported by a voluntary board comprising:

Brian Lobel – Artist and Senior Lecturer at University of Chichester

Lesley Wood – New Writing South – Creative Learning Manager

Louise Blackwell – Director of Fuel Theatre

Michael Eppy – Theatre PR

Rifa Thorpe Tracey  – Digital Project Manager


Participating in the Accelerator Programme of the Spark Social Enterprise project, supported by the Interreg 2 Seas Programme. Visit sparksocialenterprise.eu for more information on the Spark project

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