Hever Festival Theatre

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Hever Festival Theatre
Hever Festival Theatre
Hever Castle, Edenbridge, Kent, TN8 7NG
  • Box office 07379 488477
  • Opening times Mon–Fri 10am–2pm; closed Sat & Sun.
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  • Website www.heverfestival.co.uk
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Covid-19 precautions

We will follow the government guidelines throughout the season.

When you visit, we will have some new safety measures in place. Please respect the rules and guidelines for your own protection and the safety of others. Those who do not follow the guidelines may be approached by staff and could be asked to leave. We promise to keep you feeling safe by: Restricting audience numbers Providing a warm welcome at a distance Using one-way systems to enable social distancing Additional cleaning Staff will wear face coverings in line with current government guidelines Operating a cashless system Providing the NHS QR Code poster with which to check in
Last updated: 23 April 2021

The Festival Theatre is an open-air theatre season set in the magical gardens of Hever Castle, Kent, offering shows for all ages and tastes between May - August. Hever Festival Theatre is an idyllic setting for a wonderful summer’s day, or evening, of socialising combined with top quality entertainment. The open-air festival venues are set in magical locations in the award winning gardens of Hever Castle in Kent. Events take place in the Two Sisters Theatre with covered seating, The Loggia with a view of the lake and Ann Boleyn's Ancient Woodland Walk. The gates open 45mins before matinees and close at 6pm, allowing plenty of time to enjoy the gardens, play areas and lake. In the evening the gates open at 6.30pm and audience are welcome to picnic before the evening performances begin. A bar and coffee shop are available and the Guthrie Pavilion Restaurant offers pre-theatre suppers and cream teas (to be booked in advance). There is a huge range of fantastic live entertainment on offer throughout the Summer including plays, family events, opera, comedy, jazz, music acts, speakers and Hever Festival's very own Last Night of the Proms. Full details and tickets are available at www.heverfestival.co.uk

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Events at this venue

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Alison Weir - Elizabeth of York: The Last White Rose

Alison Weir returns to the Festival by popular demand to talk about her latest book. Alison is such a gorgeous lady, it’s a great pleasure to be welcoming her back especially in Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee year. Eldest daughter of the royal House of York, Elizabeth dreams of a crown to call her own. But when her…

Sun 29 May

£15–£16 / 07379488477

Among The Wolves of Court by Lauren MacKay

Anne Boleyn’s story is famous, but that of her father, Thomas Boleyn, is less known. Thomas is usually portrayed as a grasping courtier who sacrificed his daughters to the royal bedchamber but there is far more to his story. For over three decades Thomas enjoyed a successful career as one of the Tudor period’s most highly…

Sat 25 Jun

£16 / 07379 488477

Anne Boleyn by Howard Brenton

After the success of Ayckbourn’s ‘The Norman Conquests’ FIRST KNIGHT Theatre returns to the Festival Theatre with something completely different – Howard Brenton’s ‘Anne Boleyn’. The perfect play for Hever Castle, Anne’s childhood home, this version of her story questions the traditionally held views about a tragic…

Thu 18 Aug

£19.50–£21.50 / 07379 488477

Fri 19 Aug

£19.50–£21.50 / 07379 488477

Sat 20 Aug

£19.50–£21.50 / 07379 488477

Awful Auntie

The new playground at the Saxby Hall Orphanage is finally complete, and we can't wait to celebrate with you. The orphanage was founded by Stella Saxby, who some of you may remember. Her parents were killed in a car crash in 1933, leaving her an orphan, all alone with herAwful Auntie. And when we say awful, we mean awful.…

Fri 29 Jul

£17.50 / 07379 488477

  • 14:30

Becoming Anne by Dr Owen Emerson & Kate McCaffrey

To celebrate 500 years since Anne Boleyn made her glittering debut at the court of King Henry VIII in 1522, historians Kate McCaffrey and Owen Emmerson will spend an evening charting the history of Anne Boleyn’s formative years, asking what factors shaped her into the woman who captured the heart of a king, divided a…

Wed 10 Aug

£15–£16 / 07379488477

Both Sides Now: A Tribute to Joni Mitchell

Both Sides Now is a live celebration of the songs of Joni Mitchell. The five-piece band of musicians have a star studded back catalogue of their own – having worked with: Badly Drawn Boy, Ruby Turner, the Eagles’ Don Felder, Corrine Bailey-Rae and Climax Blues Band to name but a few. The show guides us through over three…

Fri 12 Aug

£23–£28.50 / 07379488477

A Celebration of Father Ted with Joe Rooney

Join us in celebrating one of the greatest sitcoms ever made, as we welcome seasoned stand-up comic, Joe Rooney, for a night of all things Father Ted. Joe featured as the rebellious Father Damo in the classic second series episode ‘The Old Grey Whistle Theft’, leading Father Dougal astray with his earring, cigarette…

Sun 19 Jun

£19.50–£21.50 / 07379 488477

Charles Court Opera - The Mikado

We wouldn’t normally invite the same performance back to the theatre two years running but this show is an exception. The ‘masters of G&S’ Charles Court Opera, return to Hever Festival Theatre by popular demand (not enough of you could attend in our 2021 socially distanced theatre) with their stylish, highly…

Mon 29 Aug

£24–£30 / 07379488477

Comedy at the Castle

Hever Festival Theatre are delighted to be working with award-winning Grinstock Comedy. Local to Hever and 13 years strong, the company has been nominated for Comedy Club of the South two years running. Expect bellies full of laughter and aching faces, as we welcome some of the best acts from the TV and National Circuit.

Thu 28 Jul

£15–£19.50 / 07379488477

The Crow House: Circo Rum Ba Ba

A derelict house appears in the middle of the street. The windows are shattered and a keep out sign bars the front door. A furious bird has taken up residency in the chimney and squawks territorially when anyone comes near the house. One by one three very different characters arrive through the audience and try to take…

Wed 17 Aug

£16 / 07379488477

Dracula: The Bloody Truth

Travelling across Europe, from the dark and sinister Transylvanian mountains to the charming seaside town of Whitby, Professor Van Helsing and his three amateur actors stage a life-changing, theatrical production of Dracula - hoping to establish, once and for all, the bloody truth. The result is a delightfully silly…

Mon 30 May

£12.50 / 07379 488477

The Four D’s

With years of experience gracing the stages of London’s glittering West End to the theatres on board some of the world’s finest cruise liners, The Four D’s have captivated audiences around the globe, including their very own UK theatre tour and supporting Britain’s Got Talent finalists. Friends for many years and sharing…

Sun 31 Jul

£24–£30 / 07379488477

Frontier Sapiens Film Festival

Returning to Hever with a new line up of extraordinary films in 2022, the Frontier Sapiens Film Festival showcases inspirational human adventure stories on the big screen. Join us for an evening of short films celebrating incredible stories of human endeavour and the untold stories of inspirational people from all walks…

Tue 9 Aug

£15–£17.50 / 07379 488477

Horrible Histories Live: Terrible Tudors

We all want to meet people from history. The trouble is everyone is dead! So it’s time to prepare yourselves for Terrible Tudors live on stage! From the horrible Henries to the end of evil Elizabeth, hear the legends (and the lies!) about the torturing Tudors. Find out the fate of Henry's headless wives and his punch up…

Wed 24 Aug

£17.50 / 07379 488477

The Hug – A Long Nose Puppet Show

Based on the heart-warming and funny book The Hug by Eoin McLaughlin and Polly Dunbar, set to Tom Gray’s beautiful and witty music, this tale of hope, empathy and acceptance stars a Hedgehog and a Tortoise both in search of a restorative hug. The audience are invited on a journey full of fun, laughter and love.. and at…

Fri 22 Jul

£11.50–£12.50 / 07379 488477

James Bond Concert Spectacular By Q The Music

Calling All James Bond Fans! Formed in 2004 as the world’s first dedicated tribute to the music of 007, the group has established themselves, amongst Bond fan clubs around the world, as the finest performers of the songs since the originals. The show has become the world-wide, go-to provider for the top James Bond events.

Fri 5 Aug

£25–£35 / 07379488477

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte adapted for the stage by Polly Teale Produced by Another Way Theatre

Edenbridge-based Another Way Theatre present Polly Teale’s striking adaptation of Charlotte Bronte’s classic novel Jane Eyre. Following her journey from orphan to adulthood, this production revels in the passion of one of literature’s most loved heroines. Originally produced by experimental theatre company, Shared…

Wed 1 Jun

£16–£17.50 / 07379488477

Just Floyd

With an expertly crafted sound that’s reminiscent of the classic 70s Golden Floyd era, Just Floyd are regarded as one of the UK’s most authentic live Pink Floyd tributes. Renowned for having a certain lightness and relaxed authenticity to their performance they encapsulate the original spirit of Pink Floyd’s live shows.

Thu 25 Aug

£24–£30 / 07379488477

  • 20:00

The Last Night of the Hever Proms - The Brandenburg Sinfonia

The Brandenburg Sinfonia returns to the Hever Festival to present its popular tribute to the Last Night of the Proms conducted by raconteur Bob Porter. Prepare your picnic and pack your flags. It’s going to be a big, platinum celebration! Strauss Elgar Strauss Strauss Strauss Tchaikovsky Mozart Wood Arne Parry Elgar…

Sun 28 Aug

£25–£35 / 07379488477

A Midsummer Nights Dream by William Shakespeare

Five couples – three human, one fairy, and one mythical – find their relationships sorely tested, intimately probed and indecently exposed when a troupe of amateur theatricals bumble into the forest to rehearse a play. Shakespeare’s timeless comic masterpiece explores every colour in the spectrum of love, from arranged…

Tue 30 Aug

£17.50 / 07379 488477

No Town Like Motown

As Smokey said ‘Once you’re a Motown artist you’re always a Motown artist’. We say ‘Once you’re a Motown fan you’re always a Motown fan’! Over 60 years ago Berry Gordy set up the hit factory ‘Motown’. Between 1960-1969 there were 79 Motown records in the top 10 of the billboard 100. Each of these hits still resonates…

Sat 27 Aug

£25–£35 / 07379 488477

Opera Brava: La Traviata

From the thrill of unexpected romance to a heart-breaking reconciliation that comes too late – Verdi’s La Traviata is one of the most popular of all operas. Featuring one of the most poignant, romantic and tragic scores of all time, Verdi’s masterpiece contrasts spectacular party scenes with tender, intimate moments. La…

Sun 14 Aug

£25–£35 / 07379488477

Patience W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan Charles Court Opera

Charles Court Opera’s fresh and witty production of Patience, Gilbert & Sullivan’s hilarious satire on artistic movements and meaningless fads, is brimming with cheeky humour, memorable songs and delicious characters. Directed by John Savournin and designed by Simon Bejer (winner of Best Opera Production at the…

Sun 5 Jun

£24–£30 / 07379488477

Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie, adapted by Oliver Gray Illyria

Wendy Darling is certain she saw the face of a boy at her bedroom window three floors up – yet no-one believes her. So who can blame her when she agrees to fly away to the idyllic Neverland with him? But is Neverland as perfect as it seems? Or will the evil Captain Hook and his band of pirates kill Peter and rule over it…

Fri 3 Jun

£13.50 / 07379488477

Posting Letters To The Moon

An Evening of wartime letters between the actress Celia Johnson and her husband Peter Fleming read by their daughter, Lucy Fleming, and Simon Williams. These touching and amusing letters from Celia to her husband tell of her experiences during the war – from coping with a large isolated house full of evacuated children…

Wed 3 Aug

£19.50–£21.50 / 07379488477

The Queens Platinum Jubilee Celebration (First Night) of the Hever Festival Proms! Guildhall Strings

It’s a real coup for Hever Festival Theatre to be welcoming the Guildhall Strings to the festival for the first time. The ensemble has especially chosen the programme to mark The Queen’s Jubilee, we will not be hearing The Pomp and Circumstance March (until the Last Night proms) but it will be packed with British…

Sat 4 Jun

£24–£30 / 07379488477

Rapunzel Immersion Theatre

Let your hair down and get tangled in a brand-new musical adaptation of the classic fairy tale! This fast-paced, larger-than-life production contains all the ingredients Immersion’s loyal audiences have come to love and expect, including a laugh-out-loud script, heaps of audience interaction, a host of catchy songs…

Wed 27 Jul

£15–£17.50 / 07379488477

Razzamataz Summer Showcase

Razzamataz Theatre School Tonbridge presents ‘Razzamataz Live’ Razzamataz Tonbridge Theatre School students aged 4-18 will be taking to the stage for their Fabulous Summer Showcase ‘Razzamataz Live’ on 31st May 2-4pm. Each Razzamataz class will showcase their talents in song, dance and musical theatre, all while all…

Tue 31 May

£12–£16 / 07379 488477

The Ronnie Scott’s Soho Songbook

Direct from London’s world-famous jazz club, The Ronnie Scott’s All Stars combine world-class live jazz and narration for a unique evening celebrating ‘The Ronnie Scott’s Soho Songbook’. Since it’s humble beginnings as a basement music bar where musicians would jam, through to the internationally acclaimed music venue it…

Sun 21 Aug

£25–£35 / 07379488477

Rule the World Celebrating 25 Years of Take That

Rule The World featuring Dan Budd as Robbie Williams will take you on the ultimate Take That journey! As Take That celebrate thirty years dominating the charts, Rule the World present an exciting high-energy production dedicated to the UK’s number one Boy Band. This spectacular high-energy tribute comes complete with a…

Fri 26 Aug

£24–£30 / 07379488477

The Simon & Garfunkel Story

The Simon and Garfunkel Story takes you back through time, to tell the story of both Paul and Art, from their humble beginnings as rock n roll duo Tom & Jerry, right through their massive success, dramatic breakup and finishing with a stunning recreation of the 1981 Central Park reformation concert. The show features…

Sun 24 Jul

£24–£30 / 07379 488477

Sinatra, Sequins & Swing: The Capitol Years Live!

Recommended by the Sinatra family’s Europe representative, this Frank Sinatra tribute musical-like-no-other, celebrates the iconic hits, vocal majesty and Hollywood glamour of Sinatra’s sensational Capitol Records years of 1953-1961. A must-see evening for fans of Sinatra, Rat Pack or Swing. It’s 1961 and Sinatra is here…

Sat 6 Aug

£24–£30 / 07379488477

The Skewer: DJ Set with Jon Holmes

The Skewer is BBC Radio 4’s multi-award winning ‘satirical river of sound’, where current affairs melts into music, movies, and popular culture soundbites. Re-imagined as a DJ set, up-to-the-minute events melt into a collage of composition, packed full of surprising songs and satire. If you’ve never experienced a…

Fri 29 Jul

£19.50–£21.50 / 07379488477


Cult hit event Solve-Along-A-Murder-She-Wrote comes to town, with an interactive screening of the classic Murder-She-Wrote episode “Broadway Malady”. Jessica Fletcher heads to New York City but soon gets caught up in a murder mystery only she (or you!) can solve! Solve-Along-A-Murder-She-Wrote is a unique and hilarious…

Sat 30 Jul

£19.50–£21.50 / 07379488477

Stacey Kent

Mainstream jazz and Latin by the American singer-songwriter with her accompanying band.

Sat 23 Jul

£24–£30 / 07379 488477

A Star Is Born – Sing Along

‘Lady Gaga mesmerises in Streisand’s shoes *****’ the Guardian ‘Lady Gaga electrifies in a Hollywood Musical for the Ages.’ The Telegraph Bradley Cooper plays seasoned musician Jackson Maine, who discovers – and falls in love with – struggling artist Ally (Lady Gaga). She has just about given up on her dream to make it…

Sun 7 Aug

£14.50 / 07379 488477

The Tina Turner Story and The Aretha Franklin Story

A spectacular double bill celebrating the music and life stories of two of the world’s most iconic female superstars. The Tina Turner Story Journey through the life and music of this phenomenal, record-breaking superstar. From her humble beginnings in Nutbush, through to her being crowned the ‘Queen of Rock n Roll’. Enjoy…

Sat 28 May

£24–£28.50 / 07379488477

Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare

The Three Inch Fools hit the road with five actors, all manner of musical instruments and an inventive take on Shakespeare’s riotous comedy Twelfth Night. The Fools are dusting off their instruments and stepping back into the great outdoors, with a calamitous new production of Twelfth Night. Prepare for an evening of…

Tue 31 May

£17.50 / 07379488477

The Wagon of Dreams

Nerthus, Gorm and Baugi are three best friends who live in a caravan. Nerthus loves to read and dreams of writing stories. One day the friends discover their pet crow, Cheryl, has stolen a golden shark’s tooth necklace. Nerthus begins to imagine the story of a fisherman finding a mermaid asleep in his boat. At first Gorm…

Thu 4 Aug

£12.50 / 07379488477

West Side Story

  • 4 stars
  • 2021
  • US
  • 2h 36min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Steven Spielberg
  • Cast: Rachel Zegler, Ansel Elgort, Ariana DeBose, David Alvarez, Mike Faist, Josh Andrés Rivera, Corey Stoll, Brian d'Arcy James, Rita Moreno
  • UK release: 10 December 2021

Directed by Steven Spielberg from a screenplay by Pulitzer Prize winner Tony Kushner, West Side Story tells the classic tale of fierce rivalries and young love in 1957 New York City, inspired by Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet. This reimagining of the beloved musical stars Ansel Elgort as Tony and Rachel Zegler as María…

Thu 11 Aug

£11–£14.50 / 07379 488477

  • 20:00