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The Orchard Theatre

Home Gardens, Dartford, Kent, DA1 1ED
0343 310 0033

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Thriller Live
From:27-06-2022
To:02-07-2022
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Direct from London’s West End where it is now in its record breaking 9th year, Thriller Live is a spectacular concert created to celebrate the career of the world’s greatest entertainer.

Seen by over 4 million people in over 30 countries, Thriller Live continues to moonwalk around the world, taking you on a visual, audio and electrifying journey through the magic of Michael’s 45-year musical history.

You will experience over two hours of non-stop hits from pop to rock, soul to disco as the cast pay homage to Jackson’s legendary live performances and innovative dance moves executed with flair, precision and passion, this is a show that you will never forget.

Expect your favourite songs delivered by an exceptionally talented cast and band, including: I Want You Back, ABC, Can You Feel It, Off The Wall, The Way You Make Me Feel, Smooth Criminal, Beat It, Billie Jean, Dirty Diana, Bad, Rock With You, They Don’t Care About Us, Dangerous and Thriller plus many more!

Waitress
From:04-07-2022
To:09-07-2022
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“Treat yourself to a slice of five-star musical pie” (The Times) as Lucie Jones (Waitress, Les Misérables, Ghost the Musical, Legally Blonde) reprises her role of Jenna in the hit musical comedy WAITRESS.

Meet Jenna, a waitress and expert pie-maker who dreams of some happiness in her life. When a hot new doctor arrives in town, life gets complicated. With the support of her workmates Becky and Dawn, Jenna overcomes the challenges she faces and finds that laughter, love and friendship can provide the perfect recipe for happiness.

Brought to life by a ground-breaking, female-led creative team, this ‘warm, witty, wise and hilarious’ (EXPRESS) hit features ‘one of the best scores in years’ (THE STAGE) by the Grammy award-winning Sara Bareilles (Love Song, Brave) a book by acclaimed screenwriter Jessie Nelson (I Am Sam) and direction by Tony® Award-winner Diane Paulus (Pippin, Finding Neverland).

The Johnny Cash Roadshow
From:12-07-2022
To:12-07-2022
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Only show to be endorsed by the Cash Family! The Johnny Cash Roadshow is back on top form for 2022 with a brand new show. This year award winning Clive John pays homage to Cash’s Career as the Man In Black, alongside his iconic Wife June Carter played by Emily Heighway the Roadshow Horns, and on selected shows The ‘Carter Sisters’.

With all the hits such as Man in Black, Walk the Line, Ring of Fire, Boy Named Sue along-side some of the darker more atmospheric songs from the later American Recordings such as The Man Comes Around and Hurt making this year’s show an emotional roller-coaster of songs through Cash’s career, packed together in one fantastic evening’s entertainment.

With standing ovations every night The Johnny Cash Roadshow is the biggest and best celebration of Johnny Cash in the world today guaranteed to leave you wanting more.

Jason Manford Like Me
From:13-07-2022
To:13-07-2022
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He’s back! It’s been a busy few years for Jason since his last smash-hit stand up show but fans of his Absolute Radio show will know this nationally acclaimed comedian hasn’t changed a bit. ‘Like Me’ is Jason’s latest comic offering set to hit the road, and is sure to be ‘expert observational comedy’ (The Guardian) mixed with ‘comic gold’ (Mail on Sunday).

Jason said: “After the fun we had on my last tour ‘Muddle Class’, I’m excited to get back on the road with my new stand up show, ‘Like Me’. In these trying times it’s always important to be able to get away for a couple of hours and exercise the old chuckle muscle! So I’m coming to a venue near you in 2022 so we can have a good laugh together. See you then.”

The Carpenters Story
From:14-07-2022
To:14-07-2022
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A musical journey through the glittering career of pop’s most famous brother and sister duo.

This highly acclaimed production continues to captivate audiences across the UK with its spectacular celebration of the classic songbook that made The Carpenters a legend in the world of popular music, selling over 100 million albums and singles.

This brand new show for 2020 once again features the outstanding vocal talents of Claire Furley, with Musical Director Phil Aldridge leading The Carpenters Story Orchestra as they re-create Richard Carpenter’s original orchestral arrangements.

Featuring all of the Carpenters hit songs including Close To You, Top of the World, We’ve Only Just Begun, Rainy Days & Mondays, Goodbye to Love and many more!

Rhythm Of The Dance
From:18-07-2022
To:18-07-2022
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Rhythm of the Dance has brought audiences around the world to their feet for over 20 years and is returning with a brand new production.

Rooted in Ireland’s rich culture and heritage, the show takes a different perspective on all things Irish. Featuring world class live musicians, vocalists and champion dancers, the show will be a completely immersive experience.

Join us on a journey through Ireland’s history from the ancient, rich in legend and myth, to the modern, urban Ireland that we see today, bursting at the seams, now more than ever with talent.

Rhythm of the Dance is an array of everything Irish dance has evolved into, from its roots in ‘Sean Nos’ (meaning old-style), to the militant, clean, modern style we see on stage today. With lyrical and contemporary influences, it will be Irish in essence, with a new edge and promises to be an exploration of how far you can push the boundaries of Irish dance.

The ELO Experience
From:20-07-2022
To:20-07-2022
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The legacy left by Jeff Lynne & The Electric Light Orchestra barely needs any introduction – suffice to say that between 1972 and 1986 they achieved more combined UK and US Top 40 hits than any other band on the planet! ‘10538 Overture’, ‘Evil Woman’, ‘Living Thing’, ‘Diary of Horace Wimp’, Don’t Bring me Down’ and of course ‘Mr Blue Sky’ went on to become the soundtrack of our lives.

In 2016 Jeff Lynne’s ELO came back to prominence with the release of a brand new album - Alone In The Universe and a UK and World tour. The ELO Experience tour will included the greatest hits from an extensive and impressive back catalogue spanning over 45 years. Blending rock rhythms with classical influences, ELO also released many classic albums such as ‘A New World Record’, ‘Discovery’ and ‘Out of the Blue’, and many sell-out tours which further established them as one of the most important and influential bands ever.

What’s Love Got To Do With It
From:21-07-2022
To:21-07-2022
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Brought to you by the award-winning producers behind the hugely successful Whitney - Queen Of The Night, What’s Love Got To Do With It? is the ultimate tribute concert paying homage to one of the most iconic and much loved musical artists of the 20th Century.

In this smash-hit touring theatre show, expect a night of high energy, feel-good rock-and-roll featuring Tina’s greatest hits performed by the amazing vocal talent of Elesha Paul Moses (Whitney - Queen Of The Night, The Voice, X Factor) supported by a full live band.

Looking back on a breath-taking career spanning more than 50 years, audiences will enjoy hearing stunning musical arrangements of Tina’s most-loved classic hits including Private Dancer, What’s Love Got To Do With It?, Proud Mary, River Deep, Nutbush City Limits, Simply The Best and many more. This not-to-be missed musical experience is a stunning celebration of one of the greatest female singers of our time.

Showaddywaddy
From:22-07-2022
To:22-07-2022
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‘The Greatest Rock & Roll Band In The World’ is a bold statement but Showaddywaddy has lived up to that title for the last 4 decades!

Formed in the 1970s in Leicester from several local bands, they have sold more than 20 million records and have toured all corners of the World extensively.
Their live show is dynamic and uplifting featuring all of their biggest hits, many of which reached number one in the pop charts of Europe.

‘Under The Moon of Love’, ‘Three Steps to Heaven’, ‘Hey Rock & Roll’, ‘When’, ‘Blue Moon’, ‘Pretty Little Angel Eyes’ and many, many more. So come and join the ‘Dancin’ Party’… ‘You’ve Got What It Takes’!

Richard and Adam
From:25-07-2022
To:25-07-2022
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Welsh brothers Richard and Adam first burst onto the nation’s TV screens on Britain’s Got Talent, making it to the final in 2013 performing their classical crossover version of ‘The Impossible Dream’. The show established them as two of the greatest vocalists singing opera in this country.

They credit their ‘Nan’ as being their biggest influence. When they were young, she played music by Caruso, Mario Lanza and The Three Tenors and she encouraged them to sing along, building their confidence and encouraging them to follow an opera career. They honed their craft, playing live gigs and performing with the Birkenhead Operatic Society. When they won a local talent competition, the offers came flooding in and they began performing professionally on cruise lines before their big break on Britain’s Got Talent.

Who Do You Think You Were?
From:25-07-2022
To:25-07-2022
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Have you ever thought that you may have lived in another time, been someone of great significance? Maybe you were a Roman Centurion or an Egyptian Queen. We invite you to travel back in time to one of your notable incarnations. Join our host Tony Rae, the World’s Leading Past Life Regressionist as he enables audience members to answer the eternal question ‘Who Do You Think You Were?’

Without doubt, one of the most unusual stage presentations you will ever experience. Volunteers from the theatre audience join us on stage to take a journey back through time and space to discover who they once were.

In The Night Garden Live
From:27-07-2022
To:28-07-2022
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In the Night Garden Live show is coming to The Orchard Theatre in 2022!

Igglepiggle, Upsy Daisy, Makka Pakka and friends are back in their fun-filled live show Igglepiggle’s Busy Day! Join Igglepiggle as he looks for his friends in the Night Garden by following their funny sounds until he finds them all!
You’ll see all your favourite characters beautifully brought to life with full-size costumes, magical puppets, and enchanting music. This show lasts just under an hour and your little ones will be amazed when they see a very special visit from the amazing flying Pinky Ponk.

Now in its 13th year, In the Night Garden Live is one of the UK’s favourite family events. Over 1.1 million people have seen it so far and it gets 4.8 out of 5 stars based on 13,634 parents’ reviews.
There are other shows for young children, but as The Independent wrote,“there’s nothing quite like In the Night Garden Live.”

Pip-pip, onk-onk!

Derren Brown Showman
From:08-08-2022
To:14-08-2022
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Derren Brown returns to the stage with his brand-new live show!

The multi award-winning master of mind control and psychological illusion, Derren Brown, is at his very best on stage. His one-man shows have received wide critical acclaim and more Olivier wins and nominations than any other in history!

Now with his first brand new theatre show in six years, Derren Brown returns to astonish and amaze audiences up and down the country. The content of Showman remains a closely-guarded secret, but if you’ve seen him before, you know you’re in for a powerhouse treat!

"We were all ready to open Showman when the tour had to be postponed. Now, after sitting around in my pants for months I am so, so eager to get this show on the road. I’m hugely grateful to everyone who bought tickets and then was told they had to wait. Let’s get together and have hug and a party."

Ben Portsmouth & Elvis: The King Is Back
From:07-09-2022
To:07-09-2022
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Ben Portsmouth - Elvis Tribute Artist… it does not get better than this!

Ben and his live ‘Taking Care of Elvis’ band will set the theatre rocking with their electrifying performances, celebrating the life of an iconic showman.

Ben, a multi-talented musician, singer and songwriter had Elvis’s DNA in his blood from an early age. His father was an avid Elvis fan and Ben grew up on a diet of Elvis songs. The band perform Elvis favourites from all eras like the 1950s, the iconic ‘68 Comeback Special, and Ben’s personal favourite, the 1970s Vegas concerts. As a versatile guitarist, he can seamlessly switch from rock ‘n’ roll, gospel, and soul.

Big Girls Don’t Cry
From:11-09-2022
To:11-09-2022
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Step back in time, to the era of romance.

Celebrating a decade of Big Girls Don’t Cry and featuring The East Coast Boys, experience the iconic sounds of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons authentically recreated by a phenomenal cast and live band.

During the 60’s and 70’s, Number One hits Sherry, December 1963 (Oh What a Night), Walk Like a Man, Rag Doll and Big Girls Don’t Cry helped to propel the Four Seasons and Frankie Valli to super stardom.

After selling an incredible 100 million records worldwide, there’s a Four Seasons song that shares a special place in everyone’s heart. This internationally acclaimed show authentically revives the sublime harmonies of New Jersey’s finest.

Showcasing Frankie’s incredible falsettos, the show features solo hits like Grease, Let’s Hang On, Working My Way Back to You, Beggin’, I’ve Got You Under My Skin, and Who Loves You.

Fanny Galore’s Big Bingo Party
From:12-09-2022
To:12-09-2022
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Join us for a fun game with of delicious food, bubbles (non-alcoholic options available) bingo and of course your hostess with the mostest Fanny Galore, our favourite drag queen.

Get those dabbers ready , it could be lucky for some! Eyes down for a full house with Fanny Galore’s Big Bingo Party!

The Take That Experience
From:18-09-2022
To:18-09-2022
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As Take That celebrate 30 years as the UK’s number one boy band, The Take That Experience mark over a decade together as the ultimate tribute act with their best show yet!

Wowing audiences everywhere they go with their amazing vocals, replica costumes and electrifying dance routines, they continue to successfully recreate the magic of Take That with the ‘Greatest Hits Tour’.

The Take That Experience bring you all the classic songs you know and love from the 90s through to the present, including smash hits Pray, Relight My Fire, Patience, Shine, These Days and Giants!

The show also features a tribute to the one and only “Robbie Williams” who brings alive fan favourite songs Angels, Rock DJ and Candy to an already explosive show!

The boys don’t just give you a night you’ll Never Forget… they give you The Take That Experience!

The Cher Show
From:20-09-2022
To:24-09-2022
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Six decades of stardom, over a hundred million records sold. Legend, icon, Queen. She is Cher and this is her show.

Goddess warrior of pop turned Hollywood royalty, the Grammy®, Oscar®, Emmy® and Golden Globe® award-winning Queen of re-invention has conquered it all. It’s now time to turn back time with this fiercely fabulous kick-ass new musical, from the writer of Jersey Boys, to honour the original Queen of sass – the inimitable Cher.

From a young kid with big dreams to the dizzying heights of global stardom, The Cher Show tells the incredible story of Cher’s meteoric rise to fame, flying in the face of convention at every turn.

In a dazzling glitter fest of flamboyant glory, sparkling with Cher’s signature wit and style, you’ll be spinning in the aisles to the sounds of her biggest hits, including The Shoop Shoop Song, I Got You Babe, Turn Back Time, Strong Enough and Believe . A joyous party musical celebrating independence and individuality.

80’s Mania
From:29-09-2022
To:29-09-2022
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Europe’s Official Long-Standing Premier 1980’s Multi-Tribute Concert Show!
28 chart-topping artistes from the 80’s are authentically recreated to look and sound as they did back in the day with a full live band, awesome dancers, mind-blowing lasers and light design combined with huge video projection complete the production together with over 150 costumes!
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Kim Wilde, Duran Duran, Adam Ant, Boy George, Wham, Erasure, Soft Cell, the Human League, Dead or Alive, Nena, Madonna, Cyndi Lauper, Gary Numan, and Tony Hadley are just some of the stars you will witness in this high energy, fast paced, party style show!

Fancy dress is highly encouraged and ladies, dancing around your handbags is a must!!!

So, it’s time to dig out your 80’s fashions and Party!

Radio 1, Top of the Pops celebrity, Mike Read, endorses the show and we quote, says
“ITS LIKE TOP OF THE POPS MEETS LIVE AID”

Strike A Pose
From:17-10-2022
To:17-10-2022
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STRIKE A POSE!

Starring:
- Drag royalty Trinity The Tuck, the face, the body, all the way from the USA
- Divina De Campo, the UK’s very own triple threat Drag superstar
- Jujubee, international singing sensation and goddess of glamour

Three of the fiercest Drag stars from both sides of the pond take to the stage in this all-singing, all-dancing sickening live spectacular! Our Queens tear up the floor in this jaw-dropping celebration of pops greatest divas.
Join TRINITY - DIVINA - JUJUBEE and a multitalented supporting cast as they WERK iconic hits made famous by the greatest Divas of all time, including Britney, Madonna, Beyoncé, Cher, Rihanna, Judy, Liza, Whitney, Gaga and Ariana. Off-the-hook costumes, insane live vocals and killer choreography will leave you gagging for more.
LIVE YOUR BEST LIFE AND GET READY TO STRIKE A POSE! IN 2022

10CC
From:18-10-2022
To:18-10-2022
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The band will be performing the hits which have singled them out as one of the most inventive and influential bands in the history of popular music.

Marking the 45th anniversary of the release of their mega-hit I’m Not In Love, which landed the band a top 5 single in 10 countries and spawned a No 1 album in the US.

Led by co-founder Graham Gouldman, the art-pop band are heralded in equal measure for their ability to craft ingenious songs that also resonated commercially, with eleven top 10 hits, and over 15 million albums sold in the UK alone. The group also have three No 1 singles to their name – Rubber Bullets, Dreadlock Holiday and I’m Not In Love.

The line-up features Gouldman (bass, guitar, vocals), Rick Fenn (lead guitar, bass, vocals), Paul Burgess (drums, percussion) – both of whom have been with the band since the early years - Keith Hayman (keyboards, guitars, bass, vocals) and Iain Hornal (vocals, percussion, guitar, keyboards).

Al Murray - The Pub Lanlord: Gig For Victory
From:26-10-2022
To:26-10-2022
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Get ready for a hilarious night with the Pub Landloard, a character that has existed in Al Murray’s repertoire for more than 20 years. In that time he’s played to millions of fans across the world, and featured in programmes like Time Gentlemen Please and Al Murray’s Happy Hour.

In Gig For Victory, you can expect to hear Murray’s unique take on subjects as wide-reaching as Brexit, Boris Johnson and much more with his typically side-splitting jokes.

Wherever you are, the Pub Landord will - within sensible travel limits and theatre booking policy - come, offering people thirsty for common sense a full pint of the good stuff.

Friendsical
From:27-10-2022
To:29-10-2022
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Friendsical is an original and unique new parody musical inspired by the gang in Friends, the iconic TV show.

When Ross’s wife leaves him for another woman, he fears he will never find love again. But then Rachel runs back into his life… will he end up with his one true love?

With original new songs such as ‘(He’s her) Lobster!’, ‘Richard’s Moustache’ and ‘You’re Over Me, When Were You Under Me?’, the gang take on naked Thursdays, a power cut and a dinosaur convention! What could possibly go wrong?

Boyzlife
From:30-10-2022
To:30-10-2022
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Boyzlife bring their ‘Old School’ headline tour to Dartford, which will see the band perform new songs from their upcoming original material studio album, ‘Old School’, due on May 6 and classic hits from Boyzone and Westlife. The duo will be backed by a full live band and audiences can expect to hear their recent and first original single ‘The One’. The hit maker duo will also perform many of their greatest hits, from a catalogue which includes a record breaking eighteen No.1 singles and nine No.1 albums - plus combined record sales of more than 30million.

Boyzlife is the supergroup formed by long time pals Keith Duffy and Brian McFadden who previously appeared as members of ‘90s and ‘00s boybands Boyzone and Westlife, respectively.

Soul II Soul
From:13-11-2022
To:13-11-2022
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Following the success of their shows in 2018, iconic British band Soul II Soul will take their acclaimed Club Classics tour back on the road in 2022, paying tribute to their legendary debut album, ‘Club Classics Vol 1’.

With huge hits including ‘Keep On Movin’ (which sold over a million copies in the US alone) and the UK number one single ‘Back To Life (However Do You Want Me)’, Soul II Soul progressed from being one of the leaders of the 1980’s warehouse scene to pioneering British black music around the world, and securing commercial success for themselves and the huge amount of artists they have influenced.

During the course of their stellar career the band have sold over 10 million albums worldwide and main man Jazzie B was awarded an OBE for services to music in 2008, as well as winning an Ivor Novello Award for Inspiration, as “the man who gave British black music a soul of its own”.

Age guidance 14+, under 18’s to be accompanied by an adult.

The Osmonds
From:15-11-2022
To:19-11-2022
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You Loved Them For A Reason. Now, for the first time, you can see this sensational new musical and relive one of the world’s biggest ever boybands.

THE OSMONDS: A new musical tells the official true story of the five brothers from Utah who were pushed into the spotlight as children and went on to create smash hits decade after decade.

From their star residency on The Andy Williams Show, to the arrival of Donny and Marie, The Osmonds lived a remarkable life recording chart-topping albums, selling out vast arena concerts and making record-breaking TV shows - until one bad decision cost them everything.

Featuring a chart-topping list of anthems including Love Me For A Reason, Crazy Horses, Let Me In, Puppy Love, Long Haired Lover From Liverpool, Paper Roses and many more, THE OSMONDS: A New Musical will take you back to the relive 60s ... the 70s ... the 80s ...

We’re Having a Party and you’re invited to join us for this night of drama, nostalgia and dancing in the aisles.

Kevin Bloody Wilson
From:21-11-2022
To:21-11-2022
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In a world almost drowning in a tsunami of Political Correctness, Kevin Bloody Wilson stands out as a beacon for PC Pushback.

Considered ‘The Worlds Funniest Australian’, Kevin Bloody Wilson is as dry and as rough as his Outback heritage.

His latest stage performance FUPC, spotlights Political Correctness for what it is and how he sees it….a joke!

Kev’s 20 Albums of self-penned Bawdy Ballads have generated millions of sales and his global legion of fans have elevated Kev to Rock Star Status.

Seeing KEV live is something not only guaranteed to have you belly laughing at topics and subject matter you’re not supposed to be laughing at, but also something to tick off your bucket list!

Social Justice Warriors and PC Advocates are invited to stay home.

Meanwhile, the rest of us will enjoy a knee-slapping, hilarious night of Kev’s common sense take on Political Correctness.

Age: 16+

Whitney Queen Of The Night
From:23-11-2022
To:23-11-2022
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Direct from The West End, experience the ultimate Whitney Houston tribute show as it tours across the UK performing over 100 concerts every year!

Whitney - Queen of the Night is a stunning celebration of the music and life of one of the greatest singers of our time.

This phenomenal production consistently delivers an outstanding concert that has been described as “a powerhouse performance that delivers on every level…”
Taking audiences on a magical rollercoaster ride through three decades of nostalgic hits that include: I Wanna Dance With Somebody, One Moment In Time, I’m Every Woman, I Will Always Love You, My Love Is Your Love, So Emotional Baby, Run to You, Saving All My Love, How Will I Know, Million Dollar Bill, The Greatest Love Of All, and many more…

Join us for an unmissable evening as we pay homage to the Queen of Pop with a sensational cast and a stunning live band.

Sarah Millican
From:30-11-2022
To:01-12-2022
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The hilarious Sarah Millican is back on tour with a Bobby Dazzler of a new stand-up show.

In this, her sixth international tour, you’ll learn about what happens when your mouth seals shut, how to throw poo over a wall, trying to lose weight but only losing the tip of your finger, a surprisingly funny smear test, and how truly awful a floatation tank can actually be.

Sarah has spent the last year writing jokes and growing her backside. She can’t wait to get back on the road and make you laugh.

Cinderella
From:10-12-2022
To:31-12-2022
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You shall go to the ball next Christmas with the spectacular family pantomime Cinderella. Star casting to be announced.

Packed with all of the traditional pantomime ingredients the Orchard Theatre audiences expect, Cinderella features laugh-out-loud comedy, stunning scenery, beautiful costumes and plenty of boos and hisses.

Join Cinders as she goes from rags to riches, outwits her very wicked sisters and meets her dashing Prince Charming.

With over 30,000 theatregoers attending pantomime at The Orchard Theatre each festive season, it’s never too early to book for next year’s show!

The clock is ticking, so book your tickets now!

Six The Musical
From:23-01-2023
To:29-01-2023
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DIVORCED ? BEHEADED ? LIVE!

THE WEST END SMASH HIT

Making it's royal return to Dartford!

A sold-out hit in the West End, on its UK Tour, at the Sydney Opera House and reigning on Broadway, the multi Olivier Award nominated, international smash hit SIX is the phenomenon everyone is losing their head over!

From Tudor queens to pop princesses, the six wives of Henry VIII finally take to the mic to tell their tales, remixing five hundred years of historical heartbreak into an 80-minute celebration of 21st-century girl power. These Queens may have green sleeves but their lipstick is rebellious red. It’s time they told their story.

Think you know the rhyme, think again….

Divorced. Beheaded. LIVE!

Sister Act
From:06-02-2023
To:11-02-2023
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Brace yourselves Sisters!

The Broadway and UK smash-hit musical Sister Act is coming to Dartford!

Now set in the present day, this sparkling tribute to the universal power of friendship, sisterhood and music tells the hilarious story of the disco diva whose life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a murder. Under protective custody she is hidden in the one place she won’t be found – a convent! Disguised as a nun and under the suspicious watch of Mother Superior, Deloris helps her fellow sisters find their voices as she unexpectedly rediscovers her own.

Featuring original music by Tony® and 8-time Oscar® winner Alan Menken (Disney’s Aladdin, Enchanted) and songs inspired by Motown, soul and disco, this joyous and hilarious musical is one nostalgia-filled trip you will never forget.

The Classic Rock Show
From:07-02-2023
To:07-02-2023
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After an eighteen month break due to the global Coronavirus pandemic The Classic Rock Show is back, bigger and even better, celebrating the very best-of-the-best of Classic Rock.
Paying tribute to its favourite rock heroes CRS thunders through legendary performances from the likes of Led Zeppelin, Dire Straits, Steely Dan, Eric Clapton, AC/DC, Queen, The Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, The Who and many many more.

Performed with note-for-note precision, bringing the original iconic and era defining recordings back to life on stage, with a sound and light show to match.
Anthem after anthem, riff after riff and solo after solo, culminating in a show-stopping guitar duel that is definitely not to be missed.

Jason Fox Life At The Limit
From:14-02-2023
To:14-02-2023
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Ex-special forces soldier, star of TV’s SAS: Who Dares Wins, Inside The Real Narcos and author of The Number One Bestseller Battle Scars; Jason Fox will bring to the stage and on tour for the first time the remarkable story of his daring exploits in a distinguished career as an elite operator in the UK Special Forces (SBS).

From gunfights, hostage rescues, daring escapes and heroic endeavours that defined Jason Fox’s service, to a very different battle that awaited him at home.

‘Life At The Limit’ is a breath-taking story of Special Forces soldiering; a chronicle of operational bravery, adventure and courage on and off the battlefield.

Giovanni
From:15-02-2023
To:15-02-2023
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Strictly Come Dancing 2021 champion and dance heart-throb Giovanni Pernice invites you to join him on a journey to his homeland for his brand new 2023 production of ‘Made in Italy’.
Joined by an outstanding ensemble of some of the best dancers and singers from the Ballroom and theatre world, this show promises to be a fantastic night out!

This Italian themed show features an incredible sound track, stunning choreography and beautiful costumes. But be warned… in Italy, it can get HOT HOT HOT!!!!

Midnight Train To Georgia
From:03-03-2023
To:03-03-2023
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One of the greatest female soul legends in music history, Gladys Knight boasts 11 No.1 singles, 6 No.1 albums, 7 Grammy Awards and a place along with The Pips in the prestigious Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Today, Hayley-Ria Christian is internationally renowned as the world’s foremost tribute to the ‘Empress of Soul’. In this stunning new production her outstanding vocal harmonies, along with a full live band and video projection, recreate the stage magic and Motown phenomenon that was Gladys Knight & The Pips.

Featuring all of the soul divas classic hits including Baby Don't Change Your Mind, Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me, The Way We Were / Try To Remember, Licence To Kill, her signature song Midnight Train To Georgia and many more!

The Commitments
From:13-03-2023
To:18-03-2023
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The Commitments is a fantastically feel good celebration of soul. Returning to tour the UK and Ireland, 5 years after a phenomenally successful, record-breaking run in London’s West End subsequent sell-out tour, The Commitments is based on the BAFTA award-winning film classic.

The Commitments received universal critical acclaim following its London World Premiere and was quickly hailed as a smash hit musical sensation. With over 20 soul classics performed live on stage including: Night Train, Try A Little Tenderness, River Deep, Mountain High, In The Midnight Hour, Papa Was A Rolling Stone, Save Me, Mustang Sally, I Heard It Through The Grapevine, Thin Line Between Love and Hate, Reach Out, Uptight, Knock On Wood, I Can’t Turn You Loose and more!

A guaranteed fabulously-fun night out you will simply never forget.

The Commitments musical has been adapted from the novel by Booker prize winning author Roddy Doyle himself and is directed by Caroline Jay Ranger.

The Thunder Girls
From:25-04-2023
To:29-04-2023
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Fame and greed tore their friendship apart, they haven’t spoken in decades…

Ever wondered what goes on behind closed doors when legendary bands meet up to discuss a reunion? What’s really going on behind the hugs and kisses at those reunion press conferences?

The Thunder Girls were a successful ‘80s girl band until lead singer, Chrissie, sensationally quit the Band to pursue a solo career taking with her, Rick, the Band’s manager. Chrissie broke the Girl Code as Rick was also the boyfriend of Band mate, Roxanne.

At the reunion dinner from hell, Chrissie tries to reunite the band to salvage herself from bankruptcy after being conned out of her fortune by her toyboy husband. Is there a price that will heal the deepest of wounds? And 30 years later, can lightning strike twice? Some friendships never die, even if you want them to…

Jimmy Carr Terribly Funny 2.0
From:10-05-2023
To:10-05-2023
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Star of the UK’s most streamed Netflix comedy special of 2021, Jimmy is back on the road with brand new material for 2022 and 2023.

Jimmy’s show contains jokes about all kinds of terrible things. Terrible things that might have affected you or people you know and love. But they’re just jokes - they are not the terrible things.

Having political correctness at a comedy show is like having health and safety at a rodeo.

Now you’ve been warned, buy a ticket.

Not suitable for under 16s.

Transport

By Train - The Orchard Theatre is situated in Dartford town centre with Dartford railway station just two minutes' walk-away. There are direct trains from South East London and Kent.

By Car - Easily reached by car, The Orchard Theatre is well sign-posted on all local routes into Dartford. From the A2 and M25 follow signs for Dartford Town Centre.

Parking

The Orchard Theatre recommends the following local car parks that could be used during your visit to the theatre:

Pre-Show Dining, Theatre & Events
Dartford Borough Council Car Park (DA1 1BP) – Free after 5pm Monday to Friday and a short walk over the footbridge.

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Station Car Park (DA1 1BP) – £1.50 after 6pm Monday to Friday. £4 for all day parking on a Saturday and £1 on a Sunday.

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Westgate Car Park (DA1 2AJ) – £1 after 6:30pm Monday to Friday, free after 6.30pm on a Saturday and free all day on a Sunday.

Restaurant

Just footsteps from your auditorium seat, The Orchard Theatre is proud to shout about The Restaurant. Enjoy a mouth-watering meal, prepared by our talented chefs using fresh, seasonal produce. Our wine list compliments our dishes perfectly and boasts local wines from Biddenden Vineyard.

You won't have to worry about getting to the show in time! The Restaurant is open prior to most performances, but spaces are limited, so reserve your table today.

Bar

Serving a selection of quality wines, spirits and beers, our bars are open one and a half hours before the performance, so you can enjoy a relaxing drink.

Order your interval drinks before the show and they will be waiting for you - no need to queue at the bar.

Access Info

For detailed access information please visit the theatre's access page: orchardtheatre.co.uk/Online/otAccessibility

The Orchard Theatre is the main theatre of Dartford, Kent, located at the heart of its town centre. This large 956-seat theatre opened its doors on 14th April 1983 and receives some of the best touring companies in the UK.

The Orchard Theatre was built by Dartford Borough Council to provide the community with high-quality theatre and to encourage them to be involved with the arts. It was officially opened by special guest, His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent, in 1983. Since its beginnings the venue has seen numerous successful touring companies grace its stage, presenting popular musicals, comedies, dance pieces, drama, classical music and variety events.

The venue is at the heart of Dartford town centre and its public. It runs various programmes specially to involve local youth with the theatrical arts; this includes having its own drama group and choir (called Orchard Theatre Drama and Orchard Theatre Choir), running summer youth workshops, young writers’ classes, and family days. The commitment to children in the area is also shown by the successful pantomime which is held each year around the Christmas period.

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