Production Assistant, The Marlowe Theatre

£18,259 with potential to progress to £20,267 through discretionary performance awards

Full Time, Permanent

The Marlowe Theatre

Canterbury Marlowe

The Marlowe Theatre opened in October 2011 and has since become one of this country’s most successful theatres.  Since opening, the theatre has welcomed over one million customers to performances ranging from Glyndebourne Opera, major West End shows, Matthew Bourne, the National Theatre, Philharmonia Orchestra and Northern Ballet to comedians such as Stewart Lee and Jimmy Carr.  Our annual pantomime is also seen by over 90,000 people each year. 

The coming season includes the premiere of the National Theatre’s War Horse tour, Matthew Bourne’s The Red Shoes and the West End hit Mamma Mia.

The theatre runs a thriving youth theatre and education programme and also develops the work of bold and challenging new writers, creating productions in Canterbury that have then transferred to London.

With the help of our fantastic team of staff, we have developed excellent standards in all areas of the theatre’s operation.  We aim for all staff to work flexibly, and at all times co-operatively with each other across our various departments.  We encourage staff to do this through training which helps them to develop into the knowledgeable, flexible and courteous workforce that our customers have come to expect.

Main Duties

The Marlowe Theatre is at a very exciting time within its development. With an expanding output of produced and co-produced stage projects and an extensive programme of theatre engagement work, we are looking for a committed individual to work with the Head of Technical and Building Services and the Technical team in support of these projects. The new Production Assistant role will principally support the planning, administration and production of this work, maintaining and developing strong working relationships both internally and externally and liaising directly with the Head of Technical and Buildings services, the Marlowe teams and our broad community of creatives.

Essential Requirements

  • Some knowledge of the theatre industry and theatre production including stage management techniques
  • Some knowledge of relevant legislation and regulations, in particular, Health and Safety legislation
  • A basic level of supervision skills with evidence of undertaking this responsibilty
  • The ability to adapt
  • A good level of written and verbal communication skills
  • A good level of administrative skills and IT skills
  • A good level of practical problem solving skills
  • A good level of numeracy skills
  • A basic level of general theatre production skills
  • Must have a valid driving licence
  • A basic level of relevant experience of working in the theatre industry
  • Some experience of working with volunteers, Theatre creatives and/or community groups
  • Some experience of stage management 
  • GCSE (or equivalent) in Maths and English to grade C or above