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    Comedy, Tue 29 Apr 2014

    Gulbenkian Theatre, Canterbury

    Gulbenkian Theatre, Canterbury

    Gulbenkian Café

    Gulbenkian Café



    Just like on telly – only made up

    Join the embittered Sir Julian Chappes, creator of everyone's third-favourite period drama, as he introduces an hour-long improvised episode of his classic, Upstairs Downton. Shunned by the “oafish nincompoops” at the BBC because of the apparent similarities between his show and 86% of their current output, Julian has retreated to the stage.

    Upstairs Downton has quickly gained a reputation for rapid-fire gags, genre-bending and glorious silliness. This spoof is inspired by period dramas like Upstairs Downstairs and Downton Abbey, with all their twists, turns and extended meaningful stares. But you don't need to be a fan of coat-tails and entails to appreciate the show’s unique brand of fast-paced period lunacy.

    A talented cast includes Funny Women 2012 finalist Viv Groskop (“Brilliant”, Jo Brand), novelist Christopher Shevlin (“you can’t help being tickled”, The Guardian) and Simon Lukacs of The Apocalypse Game Show (“timely, witty and hugely enjoyable”, Time Out).

    Expect strange stories of subterfuge, greed, ambition and soufflés – with daft plot twists, silly hats and sillier accents.

    Baby changing facilitiesCash PointCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (with charge)Disabled accessDisabled toiletsFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencing

    Level access to the theatre, foyer and bar through automatic doors.

    Event details

    Dates Times
    Tue 29 Apr 2014 20:00


    Full £7
    Student £5



    See location of Gulbenkian Theatre on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

    Map reference: TR 140599  Lat: 51.29799 Long: 1.06832

    By car: Situated on the campus of the University of Kent. Follow the A2/M2 towards Dover and turn off onto the A28 towards Canterbury. Continue up to a large roundabout and follow the signs to 'The University'. When on the University's campus, follow the signs to the Gulbenkian Theatre. A map is available to download from their website.

    By train: The closest BR train station is Canterbury West. From there, buses are available by Westgate to take you onto the University's campus. From the University drop off point, follow the signs towards the library and the Cornwallis buildings and on to the theatre.

    By bus: A regular bus service operates from Canterbury City Centre to the University. For details telephone Travel Line on 0871 200 2233. Unibuse 08702 433 711

    Free parking is available to Gulbenkian customers after 5pm on weekdays and all day at weekends in any University car park.

    Parking: free

    Parking: with charge

    Accessible by Public Transport: 2 miles from Canterbury West station


    • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
    • Cash PointCash Point
    • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
    • Credit cards accepted (with charge)Credit cards accepted (with charge)
    • Disabled accessDisabled access
    • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
    • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
    • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
    • On-site cateringOn-site catering
    • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
    • Picnic sitePicnic site
    • Public toiletsPublic toilets
    • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
    • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing

    Level access to the theatre, foyer and bar through automatic doors.

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