HEVER FESTIVAL THEATRE RETURNS BIGGER, BETTER AND LONGER THAN EVER BEFORE! 4 MAY TO 30 AUGUST 2019 – HEVER CASTLE, EDENBRIDGE, KENT
Following Hever Festival Theatre’s hugely successful 2018 season, 2019 sees a return with a programme of vibrant and varied performances from 4 May to 30 August. The popular annual open-air summer Festival, now in its 36th year, takes place in the spectacular award-winning gardens of Hever Castle, childhood home of Anne Boleyn, one of Kent’s top tourist attractions.
Highlights this year include Britain’s Got Talent winner Lee Ridley aka Lost Voice Guy, supported by BGT semi-finalist Jonny Awsum on Wednesday 24 July, broadcaster and national treasure Jeremy Vine will be making an appearance with What the Hell is Going On? on Saturday 24 August.
In addition the programme of family shows and events has been extended this year to include productions to appeal to a broader range of ages. Horrible Histories: Brand New Barmy Britain (Saturday 4 May) and the Wimpy Kid Show, based on the Jeff Kinney books (Wednesday 7 August), will keep the older kids entertained whilst the younger ones will enjoy Elmer the Elephant, presented in association with the Tunbridge Wells Puppetry Festival (Thursday 25 July), Illyria Theatre’s Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves (Wednesday 29 May), Immersion Theatre’s Alice in Wonderland (Thursday 1 August) and Beautiful Creatures Theatre’s Fizzlebert Stump: The Boy Who Ran Away From The Circus (and joined the library) based on AHF Harrold’s much loved children’s book (Wednesday 28 August).For the first time there will be a family music performance; the Adriamus Ensemble join author of the much-loved Willy The Wimp stories, Anthony Browne, for some musical games and storytelling on Wednesday 21 August.
This year for the first time, a discounted theatre and castle gardens joint ticket is available to buy in advance to enable patrons to make a day of it and visit the castle gardens before the theatre shows. Otherwise gates for evening performances open at 6.30pm, performances start at 8pm. Gates for matinee performances open 45 minutes before start time.
We have two sets of tickets to Illyria Theatre’s family-friendly show Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves! to give away. Adapted from the classic book One Thousand and One Nights (otherwise known as the Arabian Nights), the performance lasts for 1 hour and 40 minutes (including a 20 minute interval). To enter our prize draw just complete the form below.
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