Marlowe Theatre

Canterbury- Architectural Lighting

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Marlowe Theatre

Client Overview

Based in Canterbury, the Marlowe Theatre underwent a multi-million-pound redevelopment to accommodate more guests, bigger productions and greater facilities. The new building, which was constructed on the original theatre site, was designed by award-winning Keith Williams Architects.

Project Brief

The new theatre features a fly tower that was devised by Keith Williams Architects to act as a modern day spire to the city’s historic skyline. With the external focal feature requiring illumination, LTP Integration was invited by Midas Technologies, whom had built the tower’s wrap around steel cage structure, to install a luminaire strategy developed by lighting designers Max Fordham.

Technical Solutions

With the fly tower acting as an eye-catching and iconic architectural feature of the venue, it was imperative that the specified outdoor lighting scheme was striking, but also durable for all weather conditions.

Accordingly, to achieve an even wash of colour across the four facades of the fly tower, LTP opted for 80 x 36 Watt Tryka Strip Module Optic fixtures. Installed and evenly positioned within the framework of the steel cage structure, the RGB linear floods were fitted with 6 X 25 degree lenses and chosen for their cost-efficiency, stability and high quality light output.

The external face of the cage itself was lit with powerful 100 watt LED cool white floods to provide a distinct and dynamic contrast to the colouration of the fly tower walls.

Both products were controlled by a Pharos console, chosen for its user-friendly interface and operability. During the commissioning of the system, LTP also integrated previously installed in-ground Pulsar RGB colonnade uplighters into the scheme, enabling all external lighting devices to be controlled from one outstation.

Due to inaccessibility, the lighting installation was carried out by specialist rope access qualified electricians, who abseiled off the tower to install the fixtures to the metalwork substructure.


LTP Integration successfully completed the installation, delivering an innovative and intricate illumination to the distinctive fly tower. Following the grand opening, the Marlowe Theatre has received fantastic feedback for both its performances and building design, and is set to become one of the country’s landmark venues.


“This project provided us with an opportunity to illuminate a contemporary structure and create an iconic beacon for our client.” - Keith Elms (Business Manager, LTP Integration)

Key Products

  • Tryka Strip Module Optic fixtures
  • 100 watt LED white floods
  • Pharos controller