The Kenton Theatre
The Kenton Theatre web site is at www.kentontheatre.co.uk.
01491 575698. Monday to Friday from 11:00 to 5:00, Saturdays from 10:00 to
noon. Recorded information at other times.
New Street, Henley on Thames, RG9 2BP. Click here for a map.
Brassed Off, 17th to 20th October, 19:30 and 14:30 on Saturday
The Henley Players’ autumn production. This poignant comedy-drama will strike a note for those of us who lived through the Thatcher years and saw the gradual shut-down of the British coal-mining industry, and the devastating effect it had on mining communities across the country. It’s 1994 and the miners are striking as the local colliery faces closure. Grimley Colliery Band, with players from the pit and the local town, is directed by Danny, an ex-miner, who believes that only music matters. His dreams of leading the band to victory at a national competition at the Albert Hall seem remote as the men choose between picket lines and redundancy packages, but when Gloria (who plays the Flugelhorn) returns to her home town and rekindles her romance with her childhood sweetheart, the band gets its oompah back and all seems possible. Featuring the Marlow Brass Band on stage, the is a unique show full of humour, drama, pathos and music, a celebration of human endeavour and community spirit and a triumph against all odds…a show not to be missed.
Dracula – The Bloody Truth, 27th October, 19:30
The smash hit hilarious comedy, revealing the true story of the famous Count. Taking you on a journey across Europe from the sinister Transylvanian mountains to the awkwardly charming seaside town of Whitby and into the world of the supernatural, educating us all on the perils of dealing with vampires.
Jane Eyre, 9th November, 19:30
The young, orphaned Jane meets with cruelty at the hands ofher aunt and then at the school to which she is banished. She eventually finds her freedom and becomes governess to the daughter of the enigmatic Mr Rochester at Thornfield Hall. As Jane and Rochester’s relationship grows, it is over shadowed by doubt, dark shadows and terrible secrets and she must choose between passion and reason.
How to Hide a Lion, 11th November, 15:00
When a lion is chased out of town, a little girl, Iris, helps him to find somewhere to hide. Iris embarks on a mission to squash her new friend into a variety of sneaky tight spots, as the misinformed town folk try and track him down. Helen Stephens’ magical book, How to Hide a Lion, comes to life with playful humour, dazzling puppets and jazz.
Bugsy Malone, 19th to 24th November
It’s 1920’s Chicago and gangster warfare looms large in this slapstick musical comedy! Bugsy Malone follows the rivalry between two half-witted street gangs and the washed up, well-intentioned, one time boxer who steps in to take control of Fat Sam’s gang and give Dandy Dan’s hoodlums what they’ve had coming. Join the students of Stageworks in this classic film noir spoof where the message is one of good, clean fun; the characters are wonderful cartoon cut outs; and the weapons of choice are splurge guns, flour bombs and custard pies!
White Christmas, 5th to 8th December
Based on the beloved, timeless film, this heartwarming musical adaptation features seventeen Irving Berlin songs. Veterans Bob Wallace and Phil Davis have a successful song-and-dance act after World War II. With romance in mind, the two follow a duo of beautiful singing sisters en route to their Christmas show at a Vermont lodge, which just happens to be owned by Bob and Phil's former army commander. The dazzling score features well known standards including Blue Skies, I Love a Piano, How Deep Is the Ocean and the perennial favorite, White Christmas. An HAODS production.
Dick Whittington, 15th to 29th December
Following the success of last year’s smash hit pantomime Robin Hood, Immersion Theatre are thrilled to be returning to the Kenton with an even bigger, more spectacular and fun-filled festive treat: Dick Whittington! Packed with hilarious routines, heaps of audience interaction, spectacular sets and a host of chart-toppers, this high energy, exciting story about a young man seeking his fame and fortune among the bright lights of the big city promises to be the purrrr-fect Christmas treat for all the family!
Aladdin, 31st December to 5th January
Aladdin is set in Old Peking, China, and tells of the wicked Fu Manchu’s desire to seek a lamp that promises him everlasting power (and an endless supply of winning Lottery tickets). In order to obtain the Lamp, he must enlist the help of a boy of pure heart – Aladdin! An enthusiastic, ebullient cast of local youngsters aged 4 to 16 will sing, dance and take you on the magical mystery tour that is traditional British Panto. Henley’s longest standing children’s group are well renowned for their heart warming performances that promise to entertain all the family.
The Amazing Adventures of Pinocchio, 15th to 16th February
Based on the fantastical children’s book, this magical story leaps off the page and onto the stage in this high energy re-telling of Pinocchio’s extraordinary adventures. Packed with comedy, audience interaction, and a host of new songs guaranteed to have you singing along from start to finish, this high energy musical promises to be the perfect treat for the whole family, no strings attached!
Previous drama festivals
Henley Drama Festival 2018, 1st to 5th May 2018
Henley Drama Festival 2017, 1st to 6th May 2017
Henley Drama Festival 2016, 2nd to 7th May 2016
Henley Drama Festival 2015, 5th to 9th May 2015
43rd Henley Drama Festival, 5th to 10th May 2014
42nd Henley Drama Festival, 6th to 11th May 2013
The Henley Drama Festival at the Kenton, 8th to 12th May 2012
40th Kenton Drama Festival, 4th to 7th May 2011
39th Kenton Drama Festival, 4th to 8th May 2010
Kenton Drama Festival, 5th to 9th May 2009
35th Kenton Drama Festival, 9th to 13th May 2006.
33rd Kenton Drama Festival, 11th to 15th May 2004.
32nd Kenton Drama Festival, 14th to 17th May 2003. The details are in the Archive.