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Win tickets to our family shows!

Win a family ticket to one of our half term family shows at Hever Festival Theatre!
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We are offering lucky families the opportunity to win 4 tickets to one of these half term family shows

lrrh1Little Red Riding Hood 
Show: 1st June 2018 at 2:30 PM
Running time: 50 minutes
A much loved story is reinvented as a playful pantomime for little ones. Moon On A Stick combine enchanting puppetry and absorbing storytelling with all the traditional pantomime elements in a gentle, imaginative show designed especially for our tiniest audience members.


The Sea Show

Show: 30th May 2018 at 2:30 PM
Running time: 50 minutes
A quirky and hilarious mix of puppet show, natural history and comedy cabaret. Meet crazy characters like Morwenna the ‘beautiful’ mermaid, Ruan the reformed seagull and salty seadog, Captain Pemburthy, as well as a cast of mischievous sea-squirts, anemones, limpets, crabs and pilchards. Come and celebrate the sea with tall tales, silly slapstick, fantastic facts, live music and songs – unmissable fun for children and adults of all ages!

Prize winner will be chosen at random on Monday 21st May.

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Only 2 weeks until Mark Steel: Every Little Thing’s Gonna Be Alright

Off the Kerb present

Mark Steel Every Little Things Gonna Be Alright

‘Interesting, engaging, funny’ ***** The Mirror

**** The Times

Wednesday 25 July 8:00pm
Reserved covered seating: £15.00

Mark Steel: Every Little Thing’s Gonna Be Alright, review
Dominic Cavendish


He has been around for yonks. He has had his constituency, swelled by many stints on BBC Radio 4. That nasal south London voice, those whiny Lefty views: a safe bet for a packed house, lapping up his brand of right-on political comedy. I almost didn’t bother.

But pain has sharpened Steel’s act and given him, at 57, a new edge. There’s the vexation (for him) of Brexit and the election of Donald Trump. No surprises there. But, unexpectedly, there’s the misery of divorce; his marriage of 11 years recently came to an unpleasant end.

His chipper resolve to regale us with the lighter side of his darkest hour combined with his disbelief at what’s been going on in the country at large forms a blisteringly funny, insightful hour, paced pretty much to perfection. “I had such a lovely little set-up this time last year,” he recalls, once he’s got a heap of warm-up gags at the expense of the general election out of the way. “Thank Christ I haven’t got to go through that palaver,” he had thought, shuddering in his marital complacency at the idea of dating from scratch in his fifties.

But, bang, he was given his marching orders – his suburban bliss in Brighton shattered. And he circles in arias of exaggerated but impassioned perplexity over the cause of the split: “You don’t spot when things are going wrong, when people are getting angry,” he laments.

Everything annoyed his other half: his obsession with sport, his ineptitude at recycling, his desire for a hat stand. His ex can’t have detested him when they first dated – can she? – he wonders, conjuring a tongue-in-cheek vignette of her telling her friends of their relationship (“What’s he like?” “Well, he’s repulsive!”).

He piles on the indignation at divorce “mediation” (“I hope you never have to do this”), deftly linking its cold itemising of their possessions to his revulsion at a country in which “every little thing is reduced to a financial calculation”. In another glorious section, he rants about liberal offence-takers on social media: “There’s not a single thing you can put on Twitter that wouldn’t upset someone somewhere.” Blunt truth. Big laugh. I’m a convert.

Please note: this event has an age recommendation of 14+ (Parental Guidance)

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Music! Mystery! Morlocks! A musical adventure from 800,000 years in the future!

HG Well’s The Time Machine

Laurence Owen & Lindsay Sharman in association with Seabright Productions present

The Time Machine

Music! Mystery! Morlocks! A musical adventure from 800,000 years in the future!

Long before the Delorean or the TARDIS ever graced our screens, the story of The Time Machine fascinated the public with the idea of travelling in the fourth dimension. This musical based on the H.G. Wells masterpiece is not a straight adaptation of the novel, set at Radio Woking in the 1950s, this production features Carrie (Lindsay Sharman), a station producer in the finest cut-glass BBC English mould, and George (Laurence Owen), the writer and performer about to record a musical version of the sci-fi classic.

George narrates the story of a Victorian gentleman scientist explaining to his dinner guests that he has built a machine that enables him to travel through time. Eight hundred thousand years into the future, he encounters two evolved races, the carefree, childlike Eloi and the brutal underground-dwelling Morlocks. Unlike many other adaptations, this version neatly highlights the novel’s often ignored themes of class, casting the two races as the eventual evolutionary results of a capitalist society.

The radio performance is interspersed with 50s style advertising jingles and features a number of original songs. The score, also by Laurence Owen, is marvellously catchy, backed up by witty lyrics and even a 50s dance number for a finale. As George, Owen makes exceptionally skilful use of the theremin – the most sci-fi of instruments – and carries all of the characters in the story, even to the extent of switching accent several times within the same song. Lindsay Sharman is fabulous as a manic one-woman radiophonic workshop, using everything from hemp shopping bags to apples to create accompanying sound effects. For all that this production is set up as a radio drama, removing the visual dimension would lose a great deal of her wonderful comedy.

With The Time Machine, Owen and Sharman have created a delightful, charming production, bringing a fresh new take to this much loved story.

Saturday 21 July 8:30pm

Running time 70 minutes

Reserved covered seating £20.00

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We’re celebrating National Ice Cream Month


Join us for a family show at the Festival Theatre then run, skip or jump to the Solley’s ice cream parlour by the loggia and enjoy the view of the lake with a delicious ice cream. There is no better way to celebrate National Ice Cream Month.


Immersion Theatre present Peter Pan
Thursday 2 August 2:30pm
Running time: 110 minutes
Reserved covered seating: £15.50

Meet the characters after the show. Gates open 30 minutes before the performance starts and close at 6pm
Following the success of last year’s Wind in the Willows and 2016’s The Wizard of Oz, Immersion Theatre are thrilled to return to the Festival Theatre once again as they invite you to soar away to Neverland in their most magical musical to date, PETER PAN.
Get ready to think happy thoughts and fly high as the mischievous Peter embarks on an awfully big adventure, introducing the Darling children to the lost boys, the cheeky Tinkerbell, the hilarious Smee, and a host of other exciting characters before facing the most feared villain of them all, the infamous Captain Hook!
Filled with catchy music, heaps of audience interaction, a laugh-a-minute script, and the opportunity to meet the characters after the show, this hilarious and exciting musical of the boy who never grew up promises to have every member of the family entertained throughout…. You’ll be HOOKED!
★★★★★ ‘…an afternoon’s jollity and laughter… Lots of fun, a really entertaining outing for all the family.’ – Mumsnet
The Snail and the Whale © Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler 2003 – Macmillan Children’s Books

Tall Stories present The Snail and the Whale
Tuesday 7 August 2pm and 4pm
Running time: 55 minutes
Reserved covered seating: £15.50

Gates open 30 minutes before the performance starts and close at 6pm

Lift wanted around the world…
Join a tiny snail on her trip round the world in Tall Stories’ magical, musical production inspired by the fantastic bestselling picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.
Longing to see the world, a tiny snail hitches a lift on the tail of a humpback whale. Together they go on an amazing adventure – but when the whale gets beached, how will the snail save him? Follow the tiny snail’s exciting journey, as seen through the eyes of an adventurous young girl and her seafaring father…
Storytelling, live music and lots of laughs for everyone aged 4 and up, from the Olivier Award-nominated company that brought you ‘The Gruffalo’ and ‘Room on the Broom’ live on stage.

★★★★★‘An exquisite piece of theatre’ – The Stage
★★★★★ ‘A small but ingenious pleasure’ – The Guardian
★★★★★ ‘Joyous in every way… a textbook example of how to do theatre for children right.’ – Broadway Baby


Jay Foreman’s Disgusting Songs for Revolting Children
Thursday 23 August 2.30pm
Reserved covered seating £12.50
Running time 60 minutes. Stay and play in the castle

Jay Foreman is an award winning musical comedian whose songs have been heard on BBC Radio 4, Radio 4 Extra, The One Show, London Live TV and Dave Gorman’s UK/Ireland tour. Jay provides a devilishly cheeky hour of songs, poems and comedy for children of all ages in this family friendly show which regularly sells out its entire runs at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
★★★★ ‘With dark humour and wordplay reminiscent of Roald Dahl, he should more often than not grab the attention of even the most reluctant child..’
★★★★ ‘My fellow child-wranglers laughed happily, probably even louder than their enthralled kids.’ ThreeWeeks
★★★★ ‘Disturbingly catchy… my daughter was still singing about caterpillar sick right up until bedtime!’ One4Review
‘Classy and funny… Victoria Wood for the Spotify generation’ Chortle

SELL-OUT Edinburgh Fringe 2014 SELL-OUT Edinburgh Fringe 2015
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Plays! Plays! Plays!

 What a fabulous line up of plays we have this season! A thrilling adaptation of HG Well’s The Time Machine, Bernard Shaw’s much loved classic Pygmalion and the Olivier Award winning comedy adaptation of Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps by P Barlow.


The Time Machine
Saturday 21 July 8.30pm (gates 6.30pm)
Reserved covered seating £20
Music! Mystery! Morlocks! A musical adventure from 800,000 years in the future! The year is 1959. It is the golden age of sci-fi. A mysterious man arrives at Radio Woking to present a thrilling musical adaptation of HG Wells’ classic story. Prepare yourself for show-stopping songs! Live sound effects! And a rip-roaring original score!

**** “Superb… Takes your breath away” – The Scotsman
**** “A tour-de-force” – The Skinny
***** “Impeccable” – MusicalTalk
***** “Pure joy” – LiveCinema
“Wonderful” – Stephen Fry

Performed by Laurence Owen & Lindsay Sharman
Written & Directed by Lindsay Sharman
Music by Laurence Owen
Based on the book by H.G. Wells


Friday 27 July 2pm (gates 1.30pm) £15 and 8pm £18
Saturday 28 July 8pm £18
All reserved covered seating


Following the success of Anne Boleyn, The Pitmen Painters, One Man two Guvnors and Nell Gwyn Hever Festival Theatre is delighted to welcome back Bromley Little Theatre with their production of Pygmalion, Bernard Shaw’s famous and much loved story of how Henry Higgins, an eminent phonetics expert, takes on the challenge of transforming the downtrodden, cockney, Edwardian flower seller, Eliza Doolittle into a poised and plausible lady at home in high society. However, bashing Eliza‘s vowels into shape and sharpening up her articulation are only part of the task. Eliza Doolittle and Henry Higgins are from different worlds. She needs to do much more than just change the way she speaks if she is to win his bet for him and Henry Higgins has to learn to see her as a woman not just an interesting experiment.

This story of an unconventional romance went on to be adapted for the big screen as the hugely successful musical, ‘My Fair Lady’ but in Pygmalion Bernard Shaw has created one of the great comic masterpieces of theatre, skilfully examining class and women’s independence in a play that sparkles with wit and charm.
The 39 Steps
Friday 17 August 2pm (gates 1.30pm) £15 and 8pm £18
Saturday 18 August 8pm £18
All reserved covered seating
Having delighted our audiences in 2017 with Alan Ayckbourn’s The Time of My Life we are very much looking forward to FIRST KNIGHT’S latest production of – possibly – the world’s favourite comedy The 39 Steps.
This smash hit Olivier Award winning comedy brilliantly and hilariously recreates John Buchan’s novel and Alfred Hithcock’s classic thriller. Adapted for the stage by Patrick Barlow, based on a concept by Simon Corble and Nobby Dimon it ran to great acclaim in the West End before achieving international accolades.
Follow the astonishing adventures and daring deeds of our handsome hero Richard Hannay, complete with stiff upper lip and pencil moustache as he comes face to face with dastardly murders, deadly double crossing secret agents and of course deliciously devastating women.
This wonderfully imaginative and gripping comedy thriller packed with nonstop laughs features five fearless actors playing 150 roles in 100 minutes of fast paced fun and thrilling action. A riotous blend of virtuoso performances and wildly inventive stagecraft, ‘The 39 Steps’ amounts to an unforgettable evening of pure pleasure!
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A celebration of Gilbert and Sullivan with Opera Anywhere

We are delighted to be welcoming Opera Anywhere back to Hever Festival Theatre for their second year to perform two more Gilbert & Sullivan family favourites, The Mikado and Patience. Both classic operettas filled with much merriment and mirth.

Mikado 2

The Mikado by Gilbert & Sullivan
Saturday 11 August 8pm
Reserved covered seating £24
Set in Japan, The Mikado presents a tangled web of love. Nanki-Poo, the son of the Mikado, flees in search of his true love, Yum-Yum, to avoid marrying a much older suitor. Yum-Yum, however, is betrothed to Ko-Ko, the Lord High Executioner, against her will. Things, as you can see, are complicated! But can everything be righted before someone loses their head? Expect high jinx, lots of energy and clever wordplay as all is revealed.
Patience by Gilbert & Sullivan
Sunday 12 August 8pm
Reserved covered seating £24

All the well-born young ladies in the village, rapturously caught up in aestheticism, are in love with two contrasting aesthetic poets — a “fleshy” poet and an “idyllic” poet. But the poets are both in love with Patience, the simple village milkmaid, who cares nothing for poetry. Patience learns that true love must be completely unselfish–it must wither and sting and burn! The girls’ military suitors

don’t see the point to aesthetics, but they decide to give it a try to win the women’s hearts. It is touch and go for awhile, but everyone ends up with a suitable partner, even if it is only a tulip or lily.


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