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Kenton Theatre, New Street, HENLEY ON THAMES, Oxfordshire, RG9 2BP
01491 575698
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Forever Dusty
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For the first time in the UK, Strictly Theatre Entertainments Ltd present the tour of the hit Off-Broadway musical - FOREVER DUSTY.

FOREVER DUSTY tells the dramatic, revealing story of how a shy Irish Catholic school girl from West London transformed herself into the voice of blue-eyed soul, the face of Swinging London and a worldwide superstar - the legendary Dusty Springfield.

The provocative musical features such memorable classics as Son of a Preacher
Man, You Don‘t Have to Say You Love Me, The Look of Love, Wishin' and
Hopin', I Only Wanna Be With You, to name just a few.

Dusty Springfield was not only one of the greatest talents of her (or any) era,
she was a woman of tremendous courage, blazing a trail for decades ahead of
her. She remains to this day, one of the most influential and important female
singers in pop history. Dusty fought and sacrificed to control her own career and her destiny, inspiring generations to follow in her footsteps.
Robert Winston: Improve your Learning
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We all can improve how we learn. We learn fastest when young, but can continue effective learning into old age. If we keep learning we are likely to be healthier, happier and have a useful, longer life. This exciting, illustrated talk shows how recent research highlights not only how valuable learning is, but also what we all can do to improve our learning in and out of school, and reap the rewards long afterwards.

Robert Winston is one of the most instantly recognisable scientists in the country. He has been responsible for making science understandable to generations, from Your Life in Their Hands on the BBC from 1979 and The Human Body in 1998 to more recent programmes on the human mind. He is one of our leading specialists on fertility and IVF and popularised the subject with television series such as Making Babies in 1996, The Secret Life of Twins in 1999 and Superhuman in 2000. Most recently he presented six programmes for BBC’s Child Against All Odds.
I Believe in Unicorns
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After the wonderful Why The Whales Came in October, award-winning storyteller Danyah Miller returns to the Kenton with another Michael Morpurgo story brought to life.

This intimate show is set in a library full of books that hold more than stories within their pages. It is a tale of the power of books, and the bravery of a young boy called Tomas. Tomas hates reading and school, but his world is turned upside down the day he meets the Unicorn Lady in his local library...

An enchanting and interactive production, I Believe in Unicorns, which won an Argus Angel Award for Artistic Excellence at Brighton Festival and played in the West End with Danyah, sparks imagination in both young and old. We challenge you not to believe in unicorns after joining Tomas’ spellbinding journey.
Iain Stirling: U OK Hun? X
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ain Stirling is back after a summer narrating smash hit Love Island (ITV2) and now you can see his actual face on his brand new tour! After selling out his entire Edinburgh Fringe run out in advance and adding shows due to extra public demand, the BAFTA winning comedian now hits the road to perform his acclaimed, hot ticket show around the UK. Join the ‘star of comedy’ (The i) as he explores dinner party etiquette and the pressures on a generation brought up in a world of instant gratification. How has modern living affected our ability to find long term happiness? Can social media ever reflect real life? And why is the floor lava?

As well as hosting ITV2’s newest hit comedy gameshow CelebAbility, Iain’s intuitive razor-sharp humour has previously been seen on Virtually Famous (E4), Drunk History and Russell Howard’s Stand Up Central (both Comedy Central), Russell Howard's Good News and Sweat the Small Stuff (both BBC Three) and Fake Reaction and Safe Word (both ITV2).
The Christians
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Renowned for an endless string of soulful yet socially aware hits; Forgotten
Town, Ideal World, Born Again, Harvest for the World, What’s in a Word,
Hooverville, Words, Father, The Bottle and many more, The Christians
enjoyed huge acclaim in the late 80s and early 90s both in the UK and Europe
.....over 30 years later and they're still going strong!

They often confused people with their band name (in fact, it was just the
brothers’ surname with absolutely no religious connotation!)

Another Liverpool success story emerging in the late 80s, they were
described as a latter-day ‘Temptations in Ripped Jeans’. Their first album,
‘The Christians’, exploded onto the scene spawning the aforementioned
hit singles.

Their 2nd album, ‘Colour’, knocked Phil Collins off the number one spot!
...often forgotten until you hear the songs and remember how much you
loved them!
The Bob Dylan Story
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With classics like Blowin’ In The Wind, The Times They Are A-Changin’, Mr Tambourine Man, Like A Rolling Stone and All Along The Watchtower providing the soundtrack for a whole generation, it is not surprising that even The Beatles fell under the spell of rock music’s greatest icon.

Now Bob and “The Band” transport you back to the Nobel prize winner’s glory days with a truly authentic and affectionate celebration, complete with stunningly evocative visuals and authoritative insights into the stories behind the songs.

Featuring 25 of Dylan’s best-loved hits, The Bob Dylan Story is an absolute must see for even the most casual fan.

“Sounded as close to the man as it’s possible to get” – Scarborough Review
Rula Lenska: From Dzikow to Willesdon Green
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Long established as one of the UK's best-loved actors on stage and screen, Rula Lenska is immensely proud of her Polish roots. In From Dzików to Willesden Green she brings to life the memoirs of her mother Elizabeth 'Bisia' Carroll, as recorded for BBC Radio 4 in 1980. This provides a conduit for her beloved mother's moving, funny and at times devastating story; a Countess who escaped Nazi-occupied Poland through Yugoslavia, survived a concentration camp and arrived in England as a refugee.

The Kenton is delighted to host the first performance outside London, chosen due to Rula's links with the area.
Simon Goodall and the Bourne Again Shadows
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Simon Goodall and the Bourne Again Shadows are the most authentic Cliff and the Shadows tribute act in the UK.

Simon’s ability to catch the characteristics of Cliff’s voice is second to none (even Sir Cliff himself has said so), while the Bourne Again Shadows sound is hard to distinguish from the original Shadows’ recordings.

Their performance features classic Cliff numbers like Summer Holiday and Living Doll, and all the Shadows’ big hits like Apache, Kontiki and Wonderful Land.
Richard Herring: Oh Frig I'm 50
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One of the country's most acclaimed comedians - described as "The King of Edinburgh" by The List after appearing in 40 shows at the Fringe over the last 30 years,

Richard, star of Radio 4’s Relativity, and host of Sony-winning Top 10 comedy podcast, Richard Herring's Leicester Square Theatre Podcast, where guests have included Stephen Fry, Dawn French and Russell Brand - makes his Kenton debut.

“I only regret the people I didn’t have sex with….and 60% of the people I did have sex with.” Richard Herring gets to the half century (against all odds) and looks at how his life has changed in the last decade.

From irresponsible, single kidult, literally fighting his way through a mid-life crisis, to married father who is mid-way to the telegram from the Queen (though given she will be 140 in 2067, she might forget to send it).
Georgie Fame in Concert 2018
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One of a very select number of UK tour dates, Georgie Fame appears in concert at the Kenton Theatre for one night only.

With his much loved blend of Jazz and Rhythm & Blues, Georgie Fame has consistently worked in the highest musical circles and has become a true icon of the British music scene. So far there have been more than 20 albums and 14 hit singles, including the Number 1s Yeh Yeh, Get Away and The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde. Add to this a long list of collaborations with some of music’s most famous names, including Muddy Waters, Gene Vincent, Diana Krall, Eric Clapton and Van Morrison, amongst many others, and in Georgie Fame you have bona fide music legend!

In this very special and intimate evening, audiences will be treated to Georgie’s hits, alongside music from the artists that have influenced him - all interspersed with personal stories and anecdotes from his incredible career.
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From a book by Arthur Laurents with music by Jule Styne and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, Gypsy is considered to be one of the greatest of all American musicals.

It tells the story of the dreams and efforts of one hungry, powerhouse of a woman to get her two daughters into show business.

Gypsy is loosely based on the 1957 memoir of famous striptease artist Gypsy Rose Lee, entitled Gypsy: Memoirs of America’s Most Celebrated Stripper.

The musical focus is on the story of Gypsy Rose Lee’s mother, Rose, and earned Rose a place in theatrical history as the quintessential, archetypal “Stage Mother.”

Featured songs that have become standards of musical theatre, including “Some People,” “Let Me Entertain You,” “Rose’s Turn,” and the show-stopping, “Everything’s Coming Up Roses”.

This is an amateur production

The Kenton Theatre is the fourth-oldest working theatre in the country. It is a Regency gem, set in the heart of Henley-on-Thames, with a warm, friendly and cosy intimacy that makes you want to come back. Our policy is to provide a varied programme to suit all tastes, featuring professional touring companies as well as local amateur societies and dance groups.

We host a wide variety of productions, from plays, musicals and pantomime to comedy, gigs, talks and children's shows.

Local amateur companies and children's shows provide an opportunity for local budding actors and actresses to develop their skills. Kate Winslet and Oliver! star Harry Stott are just two of the many stars who trod the Kenton stage at an early age.

The 240-seat auditorium is professionally equipped and provides facilities suitable for live performances, films, lectures and conferences. The theatre is available for hire and a coffee bar and licensed bar are open for performances.

Run primarily by volunteers, the theatre aims to provide enjoyment and opportunity for all, whether as a patron, treading the boards, or working behind the scenes or front of house. Enjoy our theatre … we do.




Parking is in public car parks:.
Kings Road Car park, Greys Road Car Park (both free after 5 pm Weekdays, 3 pm Saturdays and Sundays All day)
Staton Car Park (approx 10-15 minutes walk)


Coffee Bar selling hot & Cold Drinks, snacks(e.g. Crisps, Sweets) and Ice Cream


Open one hour prior to the performance and during the interval

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Tokenline: 020 3011 0755