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 in 2010. 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.
Simon Booth – Technical Manager
Simon is our in-house technician. He studied Music Technology at Hertfordshire University and has been freelancing as a Sound Engineer / Theatre Technician since graduating in 2011. He has worked on various productions with us since 2013 and is a reliable and wonderful soul! He is partial to a jagerbomb.
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.
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