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Songs I'll Never Sing

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Tickets
£10
 
Nick Beat presents...
Songs I'll Never Sing
Saturday 28 May, 7.45pm

Get ready for a dazzling night of music and comedy as the vintage tradition of cabaret springs to life once again in Songs I'll Never Sing!

Drawing inspiration from the annual Broadway benefit
Miscast Monday this performance puts together a selection of local artists and musicians to perform things wildly out of their comfort zones!  Expect to experience musical theatre, country and western, pop, rock – and perhaps even some rap thrown in too! Fusing together to sublime and ridiculous, this one off spectacular is a night not to be missed!

What’s more, the whole evening is dedicated to raising money for The Alzheimer’s Society, so your evening’s entertainment will also directly be benefitting those suffering with this increasingly prevalent disease. It is a cause near and dear to many of the cast, so you guarantee a heartfelt and sensational night of music and merriment.
 
 

Fairport Convention

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Folk in the Barn present...
Fairport Convention
Thursday 2 June, 7.45pm

Now in their  50th year on the road, Fairport Convention, the originators of British folk-rock music, remain one of the most talented and best loved Bands on the circuit.

Their regular Spring Tour Is always popular as it allows the Band to play some of the Country’s most interesting and intimate venues and to present their repertoire in a more acoustic style.

This concert will be a mix of songs from their latest album Myths and Heroes as well as both popular and lesser known songs from their extensive back catalogue.

Fairport Convention features Simon Nicol on guitar and lead vocals, Dave Pegg on bass and backing vocals, Chris Leslie on fiddle, mandolin, bouzouki and lead vocals, Ric Sanders on violin and Gerry Conway on percussion.

Fairport has won a coveted BBC Lifetime Achievement Award and the band was recently the subject of a major music documentary on BBC Four television. Radio 2 listeners voted Fairport’s ground-breaking album Liege & Lief 'The Most Influential Folk Album of All Time'.

Fairport Convention are Folk in the Barn favourites - not only are they are the nicest bunch you could ever meet, but we are in awe of their music and history and loyal legions of fans who don’t miss a chance to support them at every opportunity, including at their wonderful Cropredy Festival in August each year. This will be their tenth visit to Folk in the Barn, but their first visit to the beautiful Whitstable Playhouse.
 
 

The Audience

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National Theatre Live - Encore
The Audience

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

Winner of three Tony Awards® and two Olivier Awards, National Theatre Live’s smash-hit broadcast of the original West End production of The Audience - featuring Helen Mirren’s multi-award-winning performance as Queen Elizabeth II - returns to cinemas in celebration of the monarch’s 90th birthday.

Written by Peter Morgan (The Queen) and directed by two-time Tony Award® winner and Academy Award®-nominated director Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Hours), these special encore screenings include an exclusive Q&A with Helen Mirren and director Stephen Daldry.

For sixty years, Queen Elizabeth II has met with each of her twelve Prime Ministers in a private weekly meeting. This meeting is known as The Audience. No one knows what they discuss, not even their spouses.

From the old warrior Winston Churchill, to the Iron Lady Margaret Thatcher, Tony Blair right up to today’s meetings with the current incumbent David Cameron, the Queen advises her Prime Ministers on all matters both public and personal. Through these private audiences, we see glimpses of the woman behind the crown and witness the moments that shaped a monarch.

The Audience was presented in the West End by Matthew Byam Shaw for Playful Productions, Robert Fox and Andy Harries.

 

THE LIVE SCREENING HAS BEEN RATED bbfc 12a

 

On the Edge: Ali Smith and Sarah Wood in conversation

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Tickets
£4 | £3
 
Whitstable Biennale present...
On the Edge: Ali Smith & Sarah Wood in conversation
Saturday 11 June, 2pm - 3.30pm

Here we are in Whitstable, on the edge of England, on the edge of Europe. What does being on the edge mean? What are the creative possibilities of the precarious and the liminal? In a dialogue focusing on all the things that edge can mean, and a discussion of their recent projects, the artful Ali Smith and the filmic Sarah Wood conjure the possibilities.

Sarah Wood is an artist filmmaker. She works with the found object, particularly the still and moving image, as an act of reclamation and re-interrogation.

Ali Smith (CBE) is a Scottish writer based in Cambridge. She is the author of seven novels, two plays and several collections of short stories. In 2013 she collaborated with her partner Sarah Wood on Shire, an illustrated collection of short stories. Her novel How to be Both (2014) was awarded the Goldsmiths Prize and the Costa Novel award.

Ticket-holders are entitled to one free day-pass per ticket to the Whitstable Biennale festival cinema in the Horsebridge Arts Centre (valid 11 June only).
 
 

Grasscut and Oliver Coates

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£8 | £6
 
Whitstable Biennale present...
Grasscut
Oliver Coates
Saturday 11 June, 6.30pm - 9.30pm

Grasscut are composer/producer Andrew Phillips and musician/writer Marcus O’Dair. Phillips writes and produces all Grasscut music; he also sings and plays various instruments including guitar and keyboards. O'Dair manages the act and contributes keyboards and double bass. They are based in Brighton, England.

'The music never wallows in nostalgia or wishes for an idyllic Albion that never was... the most affecting thing about this inspiring album is that sense of experiencing the now' THE WIRE

'You’d be hard pressed to come across better, more focused sound collages than what you’ll find on Everyone Was A Bird' IRISH TIMES

'Always extraordinary, always rewarding' TOM ROBINSON, 6MUSIC

'The perfect accompaniment to an afternoon flat on your back at a sun-strafed festival' Q

Oliver Coates is widely in demand as a solo cellist, chamber musician, principal cellist with orchestras (Aurora Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, Britten Sinfonia) and as a producer and collaborator in new music.

He has played in and developed projects with Seb Rochford, Micachu and the Shapes, Massive Attack, Ben Frost, and Mara Carlyle amongst others. He works closely with the songwriter Emily Hall. He attained the highest degree result in the Royal Academy of Music's history before going on to complete an MPhil with distinction at New College, Oxford. He studied the cello with Colin Carr, Lionel Handy and Heather Harrison and is now an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music.

‘Tilts your perspective on the cello, generously drawing out the instrument’s warmth from unknown depths, its rich harmonic possibility.’ LARRY GROVES, THE WIRE

Ticket-holders are entitled to one free day-pass per ticket to the Whitstable Biennale festival cinema in the Horsebridge Arts Centre (valid 11 June only).
 
 

Live at the Playhouse

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Tickets
£12 in advance
£15 on the door
 
In aid of Abigail's Footsteps...
Live at the Playhouse
Comedy Gala Night
Sunday 12 June, 7.45pm

Local comedians and special guests featuring Lou Sanders, Matthew Crosby, Joel Dommett, James Acaster and Thomas Parry.
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Another Fine Mess

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Tickets
£10 | £9
 
White Cobra Productions present...
Another Fine Mess
Saturday 18 June, 7.45pm

Laurel and Hardy still make people laugh, 95 years after their first movie together. Stan and Ollie’s slapstick comedy and hilarious gags are popular with young and old alike.

Their rib-tickling rendition of Trail of the Lonesome Pine - performed in the 1937 film Way Out West - even got to Number 2 in the UK Singles Chart in 1975 after being championed by John Peel on Radio 1.

Theirs was a partnership - and friendship - that lasted a lifetime.

In Another Fine Mess, we meet Stephen and Phil whose tribute act to Laurel and Hardy includes some of the duo’s classic sketches.
 
But as they rehearse in the back room of a pub, real life intervenes. A shocking revelation from Phil strains their relationship, possibly to destruction.
 
 

'Allo 'Allo

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Tickets
£8 | £9 | £10
 
The Lindley Players present...
'Allo 'Allo
Tuesday 12 - Saturday 16 July, 7.45pm

Based on the hugely successful British television series that ran for seven seasons, this uproarious comedy relates the adventures of a hapless café owner, René Artois, in occupied France.

Germans have occupied the village of Nouvion and stolen all of its valuable artefacts. These include the first cuckoo clock ever made and a painting of The Fallen Madonna by Van Clomp. René and his wife have stashed a priceless portrait stolen by the Nazis in a sausage in their cellar, where two British airmen are also hiding until the Resistance can repatriate them. Communications with London using the wireless that is disguised as a cockatoo add to the many embarrassments this intrepid proprietor endures in the company of his patrons. News that the Führer is scheduled to visit the town inspires tricksters disguised as Hitler to frequent the cafe. Meanwhile Rene summons all the wit he can muster to save his cafe and his life.

"'Listen very carefully, I will say this only once' - you will revel in the latest stage production of the TV cult comedy classic 'Allo 'Allo! You won't be able to help yourselves.' THE STAGE
 
 

Legends and Laughter

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Tickets
£15
 
Neil J. Duncan presents...
Legends and Laughter
Friday 22 July, 7.45pm

This show is a unique celebration of the very best comedy and musical legends from both sides of the Atlantic during the past 70 years.

The incomparable Tommy Cooper plays host to the show and introduces superb performances from Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, as well as the velvet voice of Matt Monro and the King himself, Elvis Presley.

The show contains some mesmerising video production and a finale featuring a truly nostalgic duet by Elvis and Frank Sinatra.

Anthony Adams (Sinatra and Monro) became a household name when he appeared in the BBC’s The One and Only Show in 2008. Since then he has gone from strength to strength and his show is now in demand both in the UK and Worldwide.

Neil Duncan was voted the best Elvis Tribute Act in the UK in 2005. More recently he has added two quite different acts to his repertoire, that of Dean Martin and Tommy Cooper. Somehow he manages to achieve an uncanny resemblance, in both voice and looks, to all three of these legends of entertainment.

The vocal talents and impersonation skills of these two superb artistes bring us a show like no other, brimming with laughter, energy and timeless music.
 
 

Take 7 Showcase

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Tickets
£8.50
 
Star Performers Academy present...
Take 7 Showcase
Saturday 23 July, 6.30pm

SPA is a leading Performing Arts academy based in Canterbury. Now in its 7th year, it educates and facilitates young people from across the county to develop creative skills and personal growth.

SPA's Take 7 showcases its students in all three disciplines. Expect a wide variety of dance styles and vocal numbers as well as monologues in this fantastic performance by their truly professional students
 
 

9 to 5 The Musical

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Tickets
£13
 
Theatrecraft present...
9 to 5 The Musical
Wednesday 27 - Saturday 30 July, 7.45pm

This exciting and hilarious comedy centres on three office workers who turn the tables on their sexist boss. Outrageous, thought provoking and even a little romantic, 9 to 5 The Musical is about teaming up and taking care of business. 
 
 

Jazz on a Summer Night

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Tickets
£9.50
 
Burt Butler's Jazz Pilgrims present...
Jazz on a Summer Night
Sunday 31 July, 7.45pm

This annual and popular Jazz on a Summer Night is now in its 33rd   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!