Latest News

15 February 2015, 00.00
'The Glass Menagerie' Open Auditions
Open audition for The Glass Menagerie
31 July 2014, 00.00
Grand-Guignol: Canterbury Times Review
"The production was professional and solid with a strong cast."
24 July 2014, 00.00
'Snow White' Open Auditions
Auditions for our 2015 panto, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs









  • behindbeautifulTickets

    Book Tickets Online

    National Theatre Live
    Behind the Beautiful Forevers

    Thursday 12 March - 7pm
    Doors/Bar Open - 6.30pm

    A new play by David Hare based on the book by Katherine Boo.

    Meera Syal (The Kumars, Goodness Gracious Me, Rafta Rafta at the National) returns to the National Theatre, directed by Rufus Norris (Broken, London Road).

    Pulizter Prize-winner Katherine Boo spent three years in Annawadi recording the lives of its residents. From her uncompromising book, winner of the National Book Award for Non-Fiction 2012, David Hare has fashioned a tumultuous play on an epic scale.

    India is surging with global ambition. But beyond the luxury hotels surrounding Mumbai airport lies a makeshift slum, full of people with plans of their own. Zehrunisa and her son Abdul aim to recycle enough rubbish to fund a proper house. Sunil, twelve and stunted, wants to eat until he’s as tall as Kalu the thief. Asha seeks to steal government anti-poverty funds to turn herself into a ‘first-class person’, while her daughter Manju intends to become the slum’s first female graduate.

    But their schemes are fragile; global recession threatens the garbage trade, and another slum-dweller is about to make an accusation that will destroy herself and shatter the neighbourhood.




  • arden

    £8 | £9 | £10
    The Lindley Players Present...
    Arden of Faversham
    Tuesday 24 - Saturday 28 March - 7.45pm

    The play depicts the true story of the murder of Thomas Arden by his wife Alice together with her lover, and their subsequent discovery and punishment. The author is unknown, but the play has been attributed to Thomas Kyd, Christopher Marlowe and William Shakespeare - solely or collaboratively.

    It is about passion, violence, infidelity, predatory capitalism, jealousy and incompetence. If it was written today it could be described as a dramatised documentary. It is certainly a black comedy.

    Our version sets the action in the present day as the themes are timeless.

    This production has been chosen by The Royal Shakespeare Company as one of their plays in the Open Stages Project.

    Arden of Faversham is also entered in the Kent Drama Association Full Length Play Festival 2015.



    Tue 18th- Sat 22ndJanuary - 7:45pm

  • Charley'sAunt

    £10 | £8
    Canterbury Players present...
    Charley's Aunt
    Thursday 2 - Saturday 4 April - 7.45pm

    A comedy by Brandon Thomas, this English farce follows the hilarious events that arise when two students, Jack and Charles, use the excuse of the imminent visit of Charley's aunt Donna Lucia to invite their young ladies to their rooms.

    When a telegram arrives postponing the vist of his aunt, the boys bribe a friend, Lord Fancourt-Babberley, into impersonating her.

    Problems begin when the real aunt turns up under an assumed identity.
  • MaxinePeakeHAMLET2Tickets

    Book Tickets Online

    Picturehouse Entertainment present a Royal Exchange Theatre screening...
    Maxine Peake as Hamlet
    Wednesday 8 April - 7pm
    Doors/Bar Open - 6.30pm

    From its sell-out run at Manchester's Royal Exchange Theatre comes this unique and critically acclaimed production of Shakespeare's tragic Hamlet. In this stripped-back, fresh and fast-paced version, BAFTA nominee Maxine Peake creates a Hamlet for now, giving a performance hailed as "delicately ferocious" by The Guardian and "a milestone Hamlet" by the Manchester Evening News.

    Hamlet is Shakespeare’s most iconic work. The play explodes with big ideas and is the ultimate story of loyalty, love, betrayal, murder and madness. Hamlet's father is dead and Denmark has crowned a new king. Consumed by grief, he struggles to exact revenge, with devastating consequences.

    This groundbreaking stage production, directed by Sarah Frankcom, was the Royal Exchange’s fastest-selling show in a decade. Alongside Maxine Peake as the eponymous prince, a number of other roles, including Polonious and Rosencrantz, are also played by women. Hamlet is brought to cinemas by director Margaret Williams, whose Written on Skin for the Royal Opera House/BBC won the Gramophone Contemporary Award and the Diapason d’or, and producers Anne Beresford and Debbie Gray, the team behind the highly successful cinema broadcast of Peter Grimes on Aldeburgh Beach.


  • a-view-from-the-bridge-ntlive aviewfromthebridge portrait listings image-thumb-imgpreviewTickets

    Book Tickets Online

    National Theatre Live - Encore
    A View from the Bridge

    Thursday 9 April - 7pm
    Doors/Bar Open - 6.30pm

    Don’t miss a stellar cast led by Mark Strong (The Imitation Game; Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy) in the Young Vic’s ‘magnetic, electrifying, astonishingly bold’ production of A View from the Bridge – the Evening Standard, Guardian and Independent’s top theatre pick of 2014.

    The great Arthur Miller confronts the American dream in this dark and passionate tale. In Brooklyn, longshoreman Eddie Carbone welcomes his Sicilian cousins to the land of freedom. But when one of them falls for his beautiful niece, they discover that freedom comes at a price. Eddie’s jealous mistrust exposes a deep, unspeakable secret – one that drives him to commit the ultimate betrayal.

    The visionary Ivo van Hove directs this stunning production of Miller’s tragic masterpiece, broadcast from London’s West End by National Theatre Live.




  • house of ghosts

    £12 | £10 | £8
    Baroque Theatre Company present...
    House of Ghosts
    Saturday 11 April - 7.45pm

    Colin Dexter's eponymous sleuth made famous by the late, great John Thaw returns to the stage in this original play written by Alma Cullen, author of several episodes of the original TV series. Inspired by both the TV series and the original Colin Dexter novels, this intriguing incarnation of the unassuming, stoically-reserved, often grumpy Inspector takes its cue firmly from theatrical history. Opening with a performance from Shakespeare’s Hamlet, a young professional actress playing Ophelia dies suddenly mid-performance. Inspector Morse is immediately on the scene, having been in the audience. The stage is cordoned off and becomes a fully fledged murder scene. The plot delves deep into Morse's past as a student in Oxford, reuniting him with 'ghosts' from his past. Giving us an insight into some of the events which shaped Morse's life in years to come. A real treat for the Morse fan.

    Visually stunning with clever use of stage to create a myriad of locations and a larger number of characters, this thrilling and intelligent mystery leaves the audience constantly guessing in this “stage-within-a-stage” whodunit.

    Written by Alma Cullen
    Inspired by the Inspector Morse novels of Colin Dexter
    Directed by Adam Morley. Produced by Claire Bibby. Sponsored by Clarian Ltd.