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Behind the Beautiful Forevers

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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.



 

 

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Arden of Faversham

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£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's Aunt

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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.
 
 

Maxine Peake as Hamlet

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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

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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.

 

 

THE LIVE SCREENING HAS BEEN RATED bbfc-12a

 

House of Ghosts

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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.

 
 

Cash on Delivery

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Theatrecraft present...
Cash on Delivery
Thursday 16 - Saturday 18 April - 7.45pm

The fast moving, smash hit comedy, Cash on Delivery, is a superb farce by the son of legendary farce master Ray Cooney.

Eric Swan, unbeknown to his wife, has been pocketing thousands of pounds in fraudulent DSS claims, for an army of fictitious lodgers. When his real lodger opens the door to a DSS inspector deceptive mayhem follows as does an undertaker, psychiatrist, corpse and bereavement counsellor, amongst others.

A tour de force of timing and slapstick - with lies, lies and more lies, people getting knocked out, men without their trousers, mis-timings, mistaken identities, cross dressing and dead bodies!

Cash on Delivery is entered in the Kent Drama Association Full Length Play Festival 2015.

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Interstellar

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Movies at the Playhouse present...
Interstellar (2014)
Thursday 23 April - 7.30pm
Running Time - 2 hours 49 minutes
 

Interstellar is a sci-fi drama about an intergalactic space mission to seek a new home for mankind after survival on Earth is threatened. 

Starring: Matthew McConaugheyAnne HathawayJessica ChastainCasey AffleckTopher GraceMichael CaineWes BentleyJohn LithgowEllen Burstyn

Directed by: Christopher Nolan

 
 
THIS FILM HAS BEEN RATED bbfc-12a
 
 
 

Phil Beer

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Folk In The Barn present...
Phil Beer
Saturday 25 April - 7.45pm

Phil Beer is the multi-instrumental half of the west countryʼs award winning acoustic duo, Show of Hands. With a professional career of over 36 years, playing in too many bands and line ups to list fully but the most notable sessions in his career range from the Rolling Stones’ album Steel Wheels and Mike Oldfield’s live album Exposed to albums by the Albion Band as well as the huge catalogue of Show of Hands.

How do you describe a Phil Beer Performance?

Fun, eccentric, informative, with the constant sounds of jaws hitting the floor. Phil could coax a beautiful tune from a length of clothes-line.  Not only that but his gigs really do have something for everyone,  traditional tunes, covers of Springsteen or The Hollies, together with his own compositions and songs from his contemporaries.

All are songs and music of memory and significance sung in the subtle and melodic Phil Beer style and interjected with musings and amusings to an almost personal audience. It is a treat of past and current favourites from one of the most popular musicians on the acoustic circuit.

 
 

The Hard Problem

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The Hard Problem

Thursday 30 April - 7pm
Doors/Bar Open - 6.30pm

A new play by Tom Stoppard.

Acclaimed playwright Tom Stoppard (Shakespeare in Love, Arcadia, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead) returns to the National Theatre with his highly-anticipated new play The Hard Problem, directed by Nicholas Hytner (Othello, Hamlet, One Man, Two Guvnors).

Hilary, a young psychology researcher at a brainscience institute, is nursing a private sorrow and a troubling question at work, where psychology and biology meet. If there is nothing but matter, what is consciousness?

This is ‘the hard problem’ which puts Hilary at odds with her colleagues who include her first mentor Spike, her boss Leo and the billionaire founder of the institute, Jerry. Is the day coming when the computer and the MRI scanner will answer all the questions psychology can ask? Meanwhile Hilary needs a miracle, and she is prepared to pray for one.



 

 

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Music Hall

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The Lindley Players present...
Music Hall
Wednesday 20 - Saturday 23 May - 7.45pm

The famous, (no inferior imitations), traditional Music Hall will again be performed by the Lindley Players for your delectation. In what will be a extravaganza of the senses, prepare to be delighted, surprised and maybe a little titillated.

Music with a superior and sparkling series of salubrious scenas and scintillating solos, subtly sequestered into a stylish symposium. Yes, lots of songs. This excellent show will feature magic and the very best of comedy renditions all done in the best possible taste.

We have the songs, the music, the performers but what is the essential ingredient? Our revered audience, without whom atmosphere and spirit would be sadly missing.
 
 

Birdman

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Movies at the Playhouse present...
Birdman (2014)
Wednesday 3 June - 7.30pm
Running Time - 2 hours 40 minutes
 

Birdman is a drama following an actor once renowned for playing the title role in a superhero film, as he attempts to revitalise his career by writing, directing and starring in a theatre production

Starring: Michael KeatonZach GalifianakisEdward NortonAndrea RiseboroughAmy RyanEmma StoneNaomi WattsLindsay DuncanMerritt Wever

Directed by: Alejandro González Iñárritu

 
 
THIS FILM HAS BEEN RATED bbfc-15
 
SUITABLE FOR 15 YEARS AND OVER
 
 
 

Man and Superman

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Man and Superman

Thursday 4 June - 7pm
Doors/Bar Open - 6.30pm

Academy Award® nominee Ralph Fiennes (The English Patient, Schindler’s List; Oedipus at the National Theatre) plays Jack Tanner in this exhilarating reinvention of Shaw’s witty, provocative classic.

A romantic comedy, an epic fairytale, a fiery philosophical debate, Man and Superman asks fundamental questions about how we live.

Jack Tanner, celebrated radical thinker and rich bachelor, seems an unlikely choice as guardian to the alluring heiress, Ann. But she takes it in her assured stride and, despite the love of a poet, she decides to marry and tame this dazzling revolutionary.

Tanner, appalled by the whiff of domesticity, is tipped off by his chauffeur and flees to Spain, where he is captured by bandits and meets The Devil. An extraordinary dream-debate, heaven versus hell, ensues. Following in hot pursuit, Ann is there when Tanner awakes, as fierce in her certainty as he is in his.



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The One and Only Rat Pack Show

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Neil Duncan presents...
The One and Only Rat Pack Show
Saturday 13 June - 7.45pm

The Playhouse Theatre is delighted to welcome back ‘The One and Only Rat Pack’ starring Frank, Dean and Sammy at their finest!

This tribute show recreates the music, memories and hilarious banter that made the Rat Pack unique at venues such as The Copa Room in the Sands Hotel, Las Vegas.

Featuring Antony Adams as Frank Sinatra (BBC’s One and Only), Darren Charles as Sammy Davis Jnr. (from the West End Rat Pack Show) and Whitstable’s own Neil Duncan as Dean Martin, the evening is guaranteed to uplift you and leave you wanting more!

Supported by the fabulous ‘Back Tie Swing Band’.

For lovers of fine music and clean comedy that has stood the test of time – this is a show you cannot afford to miss!

 
 

Canterbury Tales

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Theatrecraft present...
Canterbury Tales
Thursday 23 - Saturday 25 July - 7.45pm

Theatrecraft return to the Playhouse with a performance authored by Geoffrey Chaucer, Michael Bogdanov and Phil Woods.
 
 

Burt Butler and his Jazz Pilgrims

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Burt Butler presents...
Burt Butler and his Jazz Pilgrims
Sunday 26 July - 7.45pm

This annual and popular jazz on a summer night is now in its 31st year - trad jazz at its best - a six-piece traditional Jazz Band with vocalist Lyn Falvey who puts the ‘icing on the cake’. 

Burt Butler’s Jazz Pilgrims is one of the most popular Trad bands in Kent and surrounding counties, in demand at local bandstands and festivals. The band has regular venues in drinking hostelries around Kent, and the lads and lasses in the band have  years of playing with many prominent musicians -  Humphrey Lyttleton, Pat Halcox, George Chisholme, Terry Lightfoot, Cy Laurie, just to name a few. So this foot-tapping six-piece band is a must not to miss.

So book early for this great venue and then enjoy a drink and chat with the lads in the bar afterwards.