The Elizabethan playwright Christopher Marlowe was born in Canterbury in 1564. Born the same year as his rival, William Shakespeare, Kit Marlowe wrote about seven plays which were acclaimed by audiences at the time. An early death in mysterious circumstances at Deptford led to a conspiracy theory that Marlowe faked his death and then became William Shakespeare.
The Marlowe Memorial Statue in Canterbury has had a chequered history, but now stands outside Canterbury’s new Marlowe Theatre which opened in 2011. The memorial is not actually a statue of Christopher Marlowe, but instead has the Muse of Poetry on top of a plinth which has four characters from Marlowe’s plays around the base.