Winter at the Kenton
As the autumn nights draw in, the Kenton Theatre is ready with a spectacular winter program to provide exciting entertainment for children and adults alike.
There is a lively schedule of family events during half term: The Owl and the Pussycat Ballet by Let’s All Dance combines stunning costumes, dancing and storytelling. The show is perfect for 3 – 9 year olds and children with special needs, and will take place on 26th October. Dance combines with the 400 years of Shakespeare’s legacy on the Kenton stage with Ballet Theatre UK’s Romeo and Juliet on 27th November.
On the 28th October, The Railway Children is brought to the Kenton Stage in a new adaptation by Julian Woolford. E Nesbit’s classic novel has been enjoyed since 1905, and Starbright Entertainments’ blend of storytelling, drama, comedy and musical theatre follows in the work’s long performance history.
There are plentiful provisions this winter for the comedy lovers amongst you – nationally renowned comedian Shappi Khorsandi comes to the Kenton on the 10th November as part of her tour Oh My Country: from Morris Dancing to Morrissey, to share her relationship with all things British. Mitch Benn takes a break from his work on Radio 4’s The Now Show to perform some of his first-rate musical stand-up on the 22nd October.
For the politically engaged, Michael Portillo will be giving a talk on his experiences on 12th November.
Lipstick on Your Collar kicks off the musical programme on the 23rd October with a night of 50s and 60s hits to get your feet tapping. Buddy Holly, Elvis Presley, The Beatles, The Ronettes and Dusty Springfield may be heard - dancing in the aisle encouraged! The National Youth Jazz Orchestra return on the 11th November after six sell out performances at the Kenton. Purdy will be starting our December with sultry jazz vocals after the release of her debut album 'Diamond in the Dust’, closely followed by Ben Portsmouth’s Christmas with the King from 2nd – 3rd. Sam Brown’s International Ukulele Club of Sonning Common will be playing on the 9th December to lift your spirits with songs from across the ages.
The Kenton continues its long tradition of excellence in amateur performance with The Wizard of Oz, a Young Performer’s Edition which will provide an enchanting journey into the Emerald City. HAODS is celebrating its 95th year with Spamalot, keeping all the cows, killer rabbits and glorious silliness in the run from 16th – 19th November.
As Christmas approaches, so does the Panto season! This year, the Kenton is host to Sleeping Beauty from 15th – 28th December, and Rapunzel by Henley Children’s Theatre from 30th December to 7th January. For yet more festive cheer, join Blake for a spectacular evening of yuletide songs on 10th December!
For more information on all of these shows and more, or to book tickets for any event, visit www.kentontheatre.co.uk or telephone us on 01491 575698. The box office is open Monday - Friday 11am - 3pm and Saturday 10am - 1pm.