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.
Kenton Theatre is closed until the end of April
Little Shop of Horrors, 18th to 21st March
A meek floral assistant, Seymour Krelborn, stumbles across a new breed of plant he names Audrey II – after his co-worker crush. This foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore promises unending fame and fortune to the down and out Krelborn as long as he keeps feeding it – with blood! Over time, though, Seymour discovers Audrey II‘s out–of–this–world origins and intent towards global domination. A Reading Operatic Society production.
Diary of an Expat, 28th March, 19:30
Diary of an Expat is a solo show directed by Katharina Reinthaller (Labels, Fringe First Winner 2015), telling the comic story of the encounter between modern migrant Cecilia and London – a contemporary El Dorado craved by generations of young Europeans. It looks at the road to becoming a British citizen, embracing a new nationality whilst staying true to your roots, and the knocks your identity takes when no country claims you as their own. From amusing miscommunications to bewildering legal technicalities, Cecilia delves into the day-to-day of living in a country that can’t pronounce your surname.
Saturday, Sunday, Monday, 1st to 4th April
It looks like a weekend like any other at the Priores’. On Saturday a tense Rosa is busy preparing her famous ragù sauce. Her husband Peppino scolds her for every minor thing and vents his frustration at anyone who comes within his reach. Marital misunderstandings, a lover’s quarrel, and conflict between the generations escalate as passions flare. Matters will inevitably explode on Sunday…
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, 8th to 9th April
Join Alice and drop down the rabbit hole to a magical place in Wonderland. Keep your head firmly on your shoulders and stay on the good side of the Queen of Hearts, plus attend a tea party that would make anyone go mad. Get ready for one of the world’s great adventures!
Chaplin: Birth of a Tramp , 8th to 9th April
For over 100 years, Charlie Chaplin has been the world’s best-loved clown. His brilliant comic creation of “The Little Tramp” is the first and most recognisable cinematic icon in history. Buthis remarkable story of stardom and success has a darker side. Raised in the horrific, grinding poverty of a Victorian slum, Charlie never knew the security of a stable family. Whilst his parents destroyed themselves with disastrous ambition and unshakeable vice, Charlie was thrown at the mercy of the workhouse. Desperate to escape his feral existence on the streets of South London, Charlie became captivated by the shining lights of vaudeville, and gradually began to see a way out.
The Tempest, 23rd April
For twelve years Prospero, the rightful duke of Milan, has dwelt on an island after his brother Antonio betrayed him and cast him adrift in a small boat… For twelve years he has plotted revenge on those who overthrew him… A new production from the critically acclaimed company deemed to give “an education in how to make Shakespeare relevant again”, This is my Theatre combine classical language with live music and choral sea shanties to bring this tale of revenge, love and forgiveness to life.
Richard III and Lear and his Daughters, 24th April, 19:30
A bundle of Shakespeare – one ticket for two shows on the same evening. Pushing the boundaries of Shakespearean performance, Brite Theater have re-imagined Richard III as a bold and engaging one-woman show. The fourth wall has been utterly obliterated, as the audience take on the roles of all the other characters at Richard’s party in this intimate, exciting, and moving production. Let Richard entertain you…but will you survive?
Lear and his Daughters is an evocative mix of poetic beauty and gritty realism about strong yet flawed individuals on the margins of society. The style of music is provocatively dark and atmospheric and carries us to a hidden world of passion, obsession and madness. This is a world rarely seen on stage before where surreal mysticism is fused with cultural identity and the themes of family bonds, personal loyalty and hunger for power resonate throughout.
Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense, 24th May, 19:30
Take your seats with caution! Aristocratic buffoon Bertie Wooster has hired the theatre for the night to present his one-man show detailing a recent and rather spectacular series of misadventures, including the theft of a novelty cow creamer and a narrow escape from unwanted matrimony. The only trouble is Bertie hasn’t worked out who’s going to play the parts. Will the show be a disaster? Will the scenery stay upright? Or will his trusty manservant Jeeves step in and save the day? In a joyous reimagining of the classic P.G.Wodehouse characters, three actors hurl themselves from role to role as they race to tell the story of Bertie’s own farcical adventures.
Previous drama festivals
Henley Drama Festival 2019, 7th to 11th May 2019
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.