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Cranbrook Symphony -Isata KM

Cranbrook Symphony Orchestra - Charity Concert with Isata Kanneh-Mason

Sunday 7th July, 3.00pm 

Centenary Hall

After last year’s highly successful concert, Cranbrook Symphony Orchestra returns for another afternoon programme, conducted by Michael Hitchcock and led by Claire Haythornthwaite. 
 
This year the orchestra is delighted to welcome the outstanding young pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason, who will perform Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto, perhaps the most lyrical of the five that he wrote. 

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Cranbrook Symphony Orchestra

Presents:

A Charity Concert with Isata Kanneh-Mason (Piano)


After last year’s highly successful concert, Cranbrook Symphony Orchestra returns for another afternoon programme, conducted by Michael Hitchcock and led by Claire Haythornthwaite. 
 
This year the orchestra is delighted to welcome the outstanding young pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason, who will perform Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto, perhaps the most lyrical of the five that he wrote. The concert opens with Brahms’ exuberant ‘Academic Festival Overture’, and finishes with Tchaikovsky’s dramatic Fourth Symphony, which moves from a protest against fate to a celebration of life.
 
The orchestra was started nearly 60 years ago and gives concerts in venues around the Weald of Kent. In recent years we gave two concerts in the previous hall on the present site and welcomed Martin James Bartlett to play Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No.1 and Laura van der Heijden with the Dvorak Cello Concerto respectively. We were thrilled to be able to welcome Joanna MacGregor to join us for our first concert last year in the exciting new space that has been developed at Hemsted Park and now look forward immensely to collaborating with Isata Kanneh-Mason.
 
Hemsted Park is supporting this concert. All profits will go to Catching Lives, an independent charity based in Canterbury, supporting people who are sleeping rough, hidden homeless and insecurely housed in Canterbury & East Kent. For further information on their work, visit http://catchinglives.org/.

Isata Kanneh-Mason

Pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason is in great demand internationally as a soloist and chamber musician. She offers eclectic and interesting repertoire with recital programmes encompassing music from Haydn and Mozart via Fanny Mendelssohn and Clara Schumann, Chopin and Brahms to Gershwin and beyond. In concerto, she is equally at home in Felix Mendelssohn and Clara Schumann (whose piano concerto featured on Isata’s chart-topping debut recording) as in Prokofiev and Dohnányi.

Highlights of the 23/24 season include performances with the Philadelphia Orchestra, National Arts Centre Orchestra Ottawa, London Mozart Players, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra on tour in the USA and Germany, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Cleveland Orchestra, Toronto Symphony, and Stockholm Philharmonic.  With her cellist brother, Sheku, she appears in recital in Japan, Singapore, and South Korea in addition to an extensive European recital tour. Isata also gives a series of solo recitals on tour in the USA and Canada as well as at London’s Wigmore Hall, the Lucerne Festival, and across Germany.

In 2022/23 Isata made successful debuts at the Barbican, Queen Elizabeth and Wigmore halls in London, the Philharmonie Berlin, National Concert Hall Dublin, Perth Concert Hall and Prinzregententheater Munich. As concerto soloist, she appeared with orchestras such as the New World Symphony Miami, City of Birmingham Symphony, Barcelona Symphony, Geneva Chamber Orchestra and Los Angeles Philharmonic and was the Artist in Residence with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Isata is a Decca Classics recording artist. Her 2019 album, Romance – the Piano Music of Clara Schumann, entered the UK classical charts at No. 1, Gramophone magazine extolling the recording as “one of the most charming and engaging debuts”. This was followed by 2021’s Summertime, featuring 20th-century American repertoire including a world premiere recording of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Impromptu in B minor and 2023’s endearingly titled album Childhood Tales is a tour-de-force showcase of music inspired by a nostalgia for youth. 

2021 also saw the release of Isata’s first duo album, Muse, with her brother Sheku Kanneh-Mason, demonstrating the siblings’ musical empathy and rapport borne from years of playing and performing together. Isata and Sheku were selected to perform in recital during the 2020 BBC Proms, which was a vastly reduced festival due to the Covid-19 pandemic and they performed for cameras to an empty auditorium. 2023 sees her BBC Proms solo debut, this time to a fully open Royal Albert Hall, alongside Ryan Bancroft and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.

Isata was an ECHO Rising Star in 21/22 performing in many of Europe’s finest halls and she is also the recipient of the coveted Leonard Bernstein Award, an Opus Klassik award for best young artist and is one of the Konzerthaus Dortmund’s Junge Wilde artists.

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Pride & Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice

Sunday 1st September, 5.00pm 

Rose Garden

Step back in time over two hundred years and meet Elizabeth Bennet and her sisters as they navigate the mire of manners of regency society. With stunning period costume, timeless wit, and a romantic original score, Chapterhouse’s Pride and Prejudice is a faithful telling of Austen’s greatest work. Join family and friends for an evening of magical theatre as we bring the world’s favourite love story to gardens and grounds across the country.

 

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 Open-air Garden Theatre Tour of UK and Ireland 2024

Step back in time over two hundred years and meet Elizabeth Bennet and her sisters as they navigate the mire of manners of regency society. With stunning period costume, timeless wit, and a romantic original score, Chapterhouse’s Pride and Prejudice is a faithful telling of Austen’s greatest work. Join family and friends for an evening of magical theatre as we bring the world’s favourite love story to gardens and grounds across the country.

About the Play
Mrs Bennet, the unfortunate mother of several unmarried daughters of marriageable age, knows better than anyone that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife. She is delighted to hear of the arrival of a new gentleman lodger, one Mr Bingley, to the local manor house. 
When eldest Bennet sister Jane catches Bingley’s eye, the course seems set, but sparks fly between her younger sister Elizabeth and Bingley’s enigmatic friend Mr Darcy, and their animosity threatens to upheave the lives of everyone around them. One of the world’s most beloved love stories and Austen’s most enduring work, Pride and Prejudice is a timeless classic about the power of first impressions and the unlikely joys and sorrows of love.

About Chapterhouse
Chapterhouse Theatre Company produces critically acclaimed UK and international tours, specialising in Shakespeare, classic literature adaptations, and family shows. Originally founded to tour outdoor productions of Shakespeare in 1999, they have continued to grow and thrive. The new year marks the company’s 25th anniversary of touring theatre, which celebrates a quarter-century of incredible shows including outdoor theatre, music concerts, a yearly Christmas tour including performances at The British Museum, and bi-annual theatre tours of China. 
The company have performed at the UK and Ireland’s most stunning historic venues, working with the likes of The National Trust and English Heritage as well as many cathedrals and stately homes to bring classic stories to life into the perfect setting. Chapterhouse strives to create a unique experience whilst continuing to bring joy to new and returning audiences every year.
 
Praise for Pride and Prejudice

“Could not be better” The York Press

“Inspired” On Magazine

“A brilliant interpretation” Sussex World

Running Time: Approx. 2 hours & 20 mins inc one interval.

Please note: This is an open air performance taking place in the beautiful setting of the Rose Gardens of Hemsted Park, overlooked by the stunning Centenary Hall.

Doors open at 3.30pm and the show starts at 5.00pm. Please bring your own picnic blankets or low-backed seating.

Generally all tickets are non-refundable and in the event of cancellation due to bad weather alternative arrangements shall be made.

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Heart of Kent

Think Pink 24 

Friday 18th October, 7.30pm 

The Benenden Theatre

PRIVATE HIRE - Please note: This event is not part of our regular programming.

There’s just no stopping the Heart of Kent Show Choir, based in Tenterden, Kent. They were founded back in 2009 and continue to delight increasing audiences with their unique, dazzling and diverse performances.

 

 

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There’s just no stopping the Heart of Kent Show Choir, based in Tenterden, Kent. They were founded back in 2009 and continue to delight increasing audiences with their unique, dazzling and diverse performances. They have sung at Rochester Cathedral, Wembley, London Guildhall and even the London Palladium!

The Hearties (as they are fondly known), are a group of sixty amazing women, from all walks of life, who love to get together, sing together, and put on shows to raise funds for local and national charities. To date, the choir has donated almost £300k to a variety of causes, largely focusing on charities dealing with cancer and research. October for the Hearties means it’s time to ‘Think Pink’ once again and raise vital funds for Breast Cancer Now! On Friday, 18th October, they will be bringing, Think Pink ’24, to The Benenden Theatre. This year they plan to take you on a journey through their favourite musicals; the very best of the West End, with a splash of PINK! Enjoy bespoke arrangements from Calendar Girls, Six, Waitress, Wicked, Sister Act, Mamma Mia and SO many more. A truly joyous and immersive experience, join the ladies of the choir, sing, dance, sparkle...lots of laughs, maybe a few tears and loads of surprises along the way.

Raise a glass, raise your voices, raise money and help this wonderful choir continue to support Breast Cancer Now! Why? Because it will be fun, but more importantly because every ten minutes, someone in the UK is told they have breast cancer. Together, we can make a difference.

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Ugly Duckling: The Ballet

Thursday 31st October, 1.00pm 

The Benenden Theatre


From the creators of The Princess & the Frog, Teddy Bears’ Picnic, Alice in Wonderland, The Princess & the Pea, Cinderella, The Magic Word, The Nutcracker and Sleeping Beauty comes this lovely ballet for the whole family. With the crystal-clear story telling, larger than life characters and gorgeous costumes you’d expect from this innovative company, The Ugly Duckling tackles themes of social acceptance and liking yourself in a child-friendly, humorous manner. 

 

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Feeling different, teased by his friends and not accepted by his family, the Ugly Duckling is sad and lonely.

Through a series of adventures he soon learns who he really is and his family realises it doesn’t matter what you look like but how good your heart is. 

From the creators of The Princess & the Frog, Teddy Bears’ Picnic, Alice in Wonderland, The Princess & the Pea, Cinderella, The Magic Word, The Nutcracker and Sleeping Beauty comes this lovely ballet for the whole family. With the crystal-clear story telling, larger than life characters and gorgeous costumes you’d expect from this innovative company, The Ugly Duckling tackles themes of social acceptance and liking yourself in a child-friendly, humorous manner. 

Great for the whole family, especially children aged 2-12, including people with special needs. 

Thank you for the amazing performance today at the East Greenwich Pleasuance! We will certainly be back for future shows. Thank you again xx Valentina, East Greenwich

With sell-out performances across the UK, Let’s All Dance Ballet Company is renowned for bringing classic children’s stories to life, combining narrative driven productions with traditional ballet repertoire.

Running time 45 minutes + photo opportunity with the cast!

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Britten Sinfonia

Britten Sinfonia: Max Richter's Vivaldi Recomposed

Thursday 7th November, 7.00pm 

Centenary Hall

PART OF THE HEMSTED PARK WINTER FESTIVAL OF MUSIC

Max Richter's The New Four Seasons: Vivaldi Recomposed is a thrilling and hypnotic way to hear Vivaldi's genius with fresh ears, seemingly taking us up into the cosmos to look down on the piece and the world from above. Britten Sinfonia has a special relationship with the piece, having given its first ever concert performance in 2012 and more recently performed it to a rapturous reception for a sell-out crowd of 5,000 people at the 2023 BBC Proms.

 

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PART OF THE HEMSTED PARK WINTER FESTIVAL OF MUSIC

A collection of performances from world class musicians, spanning the genres of Jazz/Funk, Orchestral & Chamber music. This November Hemsted Park are delighted to present the The James Taylor Quartet, Britten Sinfonia, Trio Bohémo & Sheku Kanneh Mason accompanied by Harry Baker. 
Purchase tickets three events for an automatic 10% discount. Purchase tickets to all four events for a 20% discount. 
 

Max Richter's The New Four Seasons: Vivaldi Recomposed is a thrilling and hypnotic way to hear Vivaldi's genius with fresh ears, seemingly taking us up into the cosmos to look down on the piece and the world from above. Britten Sinfonia has a special relationship with the piece, having given its first ever concert performance in 2012 and more recently performed it to a rapturous reception for a sell-out crowd of 5,000 people at the 2023 BBC Proms.


Purcell              Chaconne 5’

Vivaldi              Concerto for 2 violins in A minor, RV522 10’

Philip                 Glass Company for strings 9’

Steve Reich     Duet for 2 violins and strings 5’
JS Bach            Brandenburg Concerto No 3 10’

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Sheku Kanneh Mason

Sheku Kanneh Mason & Harry Baker

Friday 15th November, 7.00pm 

Centenary Hall

PART OF THE HEMSTED PARK WINTER FESTIVAL OF MUSIC

Few artists possess a musical influence as far-reaching and cross-disciplinary as J. S. Bach.

Kanneh-Mason’s (cello) and Baker’s (piano) examination of this legacy begins with the music of Leoš Janáček, who, like Bach, found inspiration in age-old beloved melodies; in Janáček’s case, Czech folk song. Intricate works by Bill Evans and Pat Metheny are symbols of the roster of jazz musicians moved by the German composer’s output.
 

 

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PART OF THE HEMSTED PARK WINTER FESTIVAL OF MUSIC

A collection of performances from world class musicians, spanning the genres of Jazz/Funk, Orchestral & Chamber music. This November Hemsted Park are delighted to present the The James Taylor Quartet, Britten Sinfonia, Trio Bohémo & Sheku Kanneh Mason accompanied by Harry Baker. 
Purchase tickets three events for an automatic 10% discount. Purchase tickets to all four events for a 20% discount. 
 

Bach & Beyond


Few artists possess a musical influence as far-reaching and cross-disciplinary as J. S. Bach.

Kanneh-Mason’s (cello) and Baker’s (piano) examination of this legacy begins with the music of Leoš Janáček, who, like Bach, found inspiration in age-old beloved melodies; in Janáček’s case, Czech folk song. Intricate works by Bill Evans and Pat Metheny are symbols of the roster of jazz musicians moved by the German composer’s output.

The second half of the programme showcases Bach’s diverse generic scope —Cello Suite No. 1, Prelude & Fugue in D-flat major, and his chorale, Ich ruf zu dir — alongside more direct homages by Baker and Brazilian composer, Heitor Villa-Lobos.

 

LIANNE LA HAVAS ARR. KANNEH-MASON/BAKER Sour Flower
TRAD. CZECH ARR. LEOŠ JANÁČEK / HARRY BAKER Fifteen Moravian Folksongs (Nos. 3, 4, 10 & 15)
LEOŠ JANÁČEK Pohádka
BILL EVANS Waltz for Debby
PAT METHENY James
KANNEH-MASON/BAKER Prelude & Fugue
LAURA MVULA ARR. BAKER Green Garden
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J. S. BACH Cello Suite No. 1: I. Prelude
J. S. BACH Chorale: Ich ruf zu dir (Piano Improvisation)
BAKER (AFTER J. S. BACH) I Call To You (after Ich ruf zu dir)
J. S. BACH Cello Suite No. 1:
III. Courante
IV. Sarabande
HEITOR VILLA-LOBOS Bachianas Brasileiras No. 2:
III. Dansa
IV. Toccata
J. S. BACH Cello Suite No. 1: VI. Gigue
J. S. BACH ARR. BAKER Prelude & Fugue in D-flat major (from Book I of The Well-Tempered Clavier)

Running Time: 2 x 45 minute halves with a 20 min interva

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The James Taylor Quartet

The James Taylor Quartet ft Benenden Chapel Choir

Sunday 17th November, 5.00pm 

Centenary Hall

PART OF THE HEMSTED PARK WINTER FESTIVAL OF MUSIC

Experience the electrifying fusion of funk, soul, and jazz with the renowned James Taylor Quartet, led by Hammond organ maestro James Taylor. Known for their dynamic performances, the quartet seamlessly blend groovy rhythms with soulful melodies, with Taylor's virtuosic organ playing taking centre stage. Drawing inspiration from the golden era of jazz while infusing it with a modern edge, their sound is both nostalgic and contemporary.

 

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PART OF THE HEMSTED PARK WINTER FESTIVAL OF MUSIC

A collection of performances from world class musicians, spanning the genres of Jazz/Funk, Orchestral & Chamber music. This November Hemsted Park are delighted to present the The James Taylor Quartet, Britten Sinfonia, Trio Bohémo & Sheku Kanneh Mason accompanied by Harry Baker. 
Purchase tickets three events for an automatic 10% discount. Purchase tickets to all four events for a 20% discount. 
 

Experience the electrifying fusion of funk, soul, and jazz with the renowned James Taylor Quartet, led by Hammond organ maestro James Taylor. Known for their dynamic performances, the quartet seamlessly blend groovy rhythms with soulful melodies, with Taylor's virtuosic organ playing taking centre stage. Drawing inspiration from the golden era of jazz while infusing it with a modern edge, their sound is both nostalgic and contemporary.
 
In this special concert, enjoy a selection of pieces from James’s Te Deum featuring the Benenden Chapel Choir, adding a unique and captivating element to the evening. Don't miss out on the infectious energy and undeniable talent of the James Taylor Quartet, leaving audiences grooving and craving more with each mesmerizing performance.


Running Time: approx. 110 mins including interval 

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Trio Bohemo

Trio Bohémo - Candlelit Concert

Wednesday 20th November, 7.30pm 

Centenary Hall

PART OF THE HEMSTED PARK WINTER FESTIVAL OF MUSIC

Trio Bohémo, hailed for their precision, dedication and outstanding talent.

From acclaimed debuts at venues like Wigmore Hall to winning top prizes at prestigious competitions, Trio Bohémo brings exceptional classical music to the stage

 

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PART OF THE HEMSTED PARK WINTER FESTIVAL OF MUSIC

A collection of performances from world class musicians, spanning the genres of Jazz/Funk, Orchestral & Chamber music. This November Hemsted Park are delighted to present the The James Taylor Quartet, Britten Sinfonia, Trio Bohémo & Sheku Kanneh Mason accompanied by Harry Baker. 
Purchase tickets three events for an automatic 10% discount. Purchase tickets to all four events for a 20% discount. 
 

Trio Bohémo, hailed for their precision, dedication and outstanding talent.

From acclaimed debuts at venues like Wigmore Hall to winning top prizes at prestigious competitions, Trio Bohémo brings exceptional classical music to the stage

Programme

Dmitri Shostakovich: Piano Trio No. 1 in C Minor, op. 8
Franz Schubert: Notturno in E-flat Major
Bedřich Smetana: Piano Trio in G Minor, op. 15

Running Time 60 mins - No interval

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Faulty Towers

Faulty Towers The Dining Experience

Friday 13th December, 7.00pm 

Centenary Hall

The world-renowned immersive phenomenon is currently celebrating its twenty-seventh anniversary as the world’s most sought-after tribute to the BBC sitcom. Faulty Towers The Dining Experience is an unmissable highly interactive comedy spectacular, where audiences enjoy a 3-course meal alongside 5-star comedy.

 

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FAULTY TOWERS THE DINING EXPERIENCE

THE INTERNATIONAL IMMERSIVE COMEDY SENSATION

TO PLAY AT HEMSTED PARK


Direct from London’s Theatreland via the legendary Sydney Opera House, Interactive Theatre International are proud to bring Faulty Towers The Dining Experience, to Hemsted Park, Cranbrook, on 13 December 2024.

The world-renowned immersive phenomenon is currently celebrating its twenty-seventh anniversary as the world’s most sought-after tribute to the BBC sitcom. Faulty Towers The Dining Experience is an unmissable highly interactive comedy spectacular, where audiences enjoy a 3-course meal alongside 5-star comedy.

When the audience become diners in the ‘Faulty Towers’ restaurant, pretty much anything can happen – because 70% of the show is improvised. The fun starts as guests wait to be seated. It then hurtles along in a 2-hour tour de force of gags and shambolic service as Basil, Sybil and Manuel serve a ‘70s-style 3-course meal together with a good dollop of mayhem.
Expect the unexpected!


All tickets include an arrival drink, a 3-course dinner and a 2-hour interactive show.

MENU

ARRIVAL DRINK
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STARTER
Roasted Tomato Soup & Basil
Served with Bread Rolls and Butter
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MAIN

Coq au vin, purée de pommes de terre crémeuse
(Chicken braised with wine, lardons & mushrooms. Creamed Potato, Seasonal Root Roast)

or

Vegan Coq au Vin Creamed Potato, Seasonal Root Roast
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DESSERT
Christmas Crème Brûlée

or

Vegan Christmas Crème Brûlée

‘Immersive theatre at its startling best’ ★★★★★ Best of Theatre, London West End

‘Fantastic!’ ★★★★★ What’s on Stage

- ‘A two-hour eat, drink and laugh sensation’ ★★★★★ The Daily Telegraph

The cast for Hemsted Park will be TBC (Sybil), TBC (Basil) and TBC (Manuel).
* Performer biogs are on the About/Actors page at www.faultytowersdining.com 

Devised by Alison Pollard-Mansergh, Andrew Foreman and others, the show has been touring the UK and internationally since 2008, having appeared in 41 countries to date, and employing 56 actors per season. The show has toured to over 1000 venues, with approximately 400 shows per year on average across the UK, and has recently celebrated its tenth year in London, cementing its status as London’s longest running immersive experience.

Note
Faulty Towers The Dining Experience is a loving tribute to Fawlty Towers. Faulty Towers The Dining Experience uses scripts and a dining experience format devised by Imagination Workshop Pty Limited and is not endorsed in any way by John Cleese or Connie Booth.

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Beyond the Barricade

Beyond The Barricade

Saturday 14th December, 7.30pm 

The Benenden Theatre

Beyond the Barricade, the UK’s longest running Musical Theatre Concert Tour features past principal performers from Les Miserables and delivers over two hours of the best of Broadway and the West End, ending of course with a stunning finale from Les Mis. This brand new show will include many of the best numbers that have made Beyond the Barricade the most popular musical theatre concert in the country.

 

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Beyond the Barricade, the UK’s longest running Musical Theatre Concert Tour features past principal performers from Les Miserables and delivers over two hours of the best of Broadway and the West End, ending of course with a stunning finale from Les Mis. This brand new show will include many of the best numbers that have made Beyond the Barricade the most popular musical theatre concert in the country.

The concert features David Fawcett (Valjean) Andy Reiss (Enjolras & Resident Director for the National Tour of Les Miserables) Katie Leeming (Eponine) and Poppy Tierney (Cosette), together with a live band who capture the feel of the original orchestrations of the chosen musicals.

To this day every musical note is still played and sung live – very rare indeed. Beyond the Barricade gives musical theatre songs a bold concert format treatment – but with the conviction and intention to deliver the material as if the audience are watching the original performance.

Running Time: Approx. 2h20min (including interval).

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Scummy mummies

The Scummy Mummy Christmas Show

Thursday 19th December, 7.30pm 

The Benenden Theatre

Ho, Ho, Ho...it's the Scummy Mummies Christmas Show! Due to popular demand, comedians Helen Thorn and Ellie Gibson are bringing their special Christmas themed comedy show back to... the Benenden Theatre! Expect scummy carols, yuletide sketches, festive stand-up and very scummy Santa stories! Book your tickets now, before it sells out!

 

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Ho, Ho, Ho...it's the Scummy Mummies Christmas Show! Due to popular demand, comedians Helen Thorn and Ellie Gibson are bringing their special Christmas themed comedy show back to... the Benenden Theatre! Expect scummy carols, yuletide sketches, festive stand-up and very scummy Santa stories! Book your tickets now, before it sells out!

Guaranteed to make you feel normal about your parenting skills, or very smug about being child-free. Bring your mates, pop a panty liner in, and let’s party!

‘Highly recommended! 5 stars’ – One4Review
‘Very funny’ – The Guardian
‘Hilarious’ – Broadway Baby

Age Restriction: 16+

Running time: 2hrs, incl. interval

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