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- Website www.thegulbenkian.co.uk
The University of Kent’s Arts Centre offering a diverse and dynamic rage of arts and performances for students and the public. Actively engaging with the local community via projects including Gulbenkian Youth Theatre and ART31 in line with their mission statement: 'Gulbenkian will work with a range of creative partners to become a leading 21st Century international arts centre offering an engaging, innovative and high quality arts programme. We will act as a catalyst developing and curating ideas, spaces and emerging talent. The empowerment of children and young people will be at the core of our activity.'
The closest train station is Canterbury West and local buses go directly to the venue.
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- Written by: Eddie Kay
Three new commissions by choreographers Tamsin Fitzgerald, Lenka Vagnerova and newcomer Rebecca Evans that explore the darker side of humanity. Presented by 2Faced Dance.
Alice Curiouser And Curiouser: T24
The University of Kent Drama Society presents an adaptation of the popular story of a girl who travels to the transformative world of Wonderland.
Wed 22 Mar
Arthur Pita/HeadSpaceDance: Stepmother/Stepfather
The company and award-winning director collaborate on darkly surreal re-imaginings of two tales about parenting.
Ashford Choral Society: Elijah
The vocal ensemble, conducted by Mark Deller, with baritone Matthew Brook, soprano Penelope Martin-Smith, alto Bethan Langford and tenor Paul Young perform Mendelssohn's oratorio.
Best Of BE Festival 2017
Three shows from Italy, Germany and Switzerland from Birmingham's European arts festival featuring Philippe Saire's Vacuum, Oliver Zahn's Situation With Outstretched Arm and Teatro Sotteraneo's Overload.
Canterbury Cantata: J S Bach
Performance of J S Bach's classic vocal work featuring Canterbury Camerata, leader Stelios Chatziiosifidis and director Grenville Hancox.
A Celebration Of Youth
The Kent Youth Wind Orchestra conducted by Graeme Vinall and Kent Youth Choirs conducted by Rose Martin and others present an exciting programme of modern and classical music.
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
- 145 min
- Directed by: Ken Hughes
- Written by: Roald Dahl, Ken Hughes, Richard Maibaum (additional dialogue)
- Cast: Dick Van Dyke, Sally Ann Howes, Adrian Hall, Heather Ripley, Lionel Jeffries, Benny Hill
Lengthy, effects-filled children's adventure conceived in the wake of Mary Poppins' huge commercial succes but with a charm (and great songs) all of its own. Dick Van Dyke is the mad inventor whose flying car propels his children and romantic interest Howes to a far-off land of adventure.
Chris Ramsey: Is That Chris Ramsey?
Upbeat anecdotes, feelgood humour and witty observations from Ramsey.
Play about two clowns trapped in a cardboard world.
Sun 23 Apr
David O'Doherty: Big Time
Armed with a teeny keyboard and an incredible wit, David presents his latest solo show of comedy and songs, the ledge.
- 109 min
- Directed by: Mick Jackson
- Cast: Rachel Weisz, Tom Wilkinson, Timothy Spall
Deborah Lipstadt (Weisz) is a historian and lecturer who faces a libel suit after she derides controversial author David Irving (Spall) for his views on the Holocaust. This dramatisation of a 1996 court case has some compelling stretches, but Hare’s script lacks insight and it’s little more than a dry reconstruction of…
The Devil’s Masquerade: The University Musical Theatre Society
The ensemble performs a selection of West End and Broadway classic numbers featuring songs from Into the Woods, Hamilton, Sweeney Todd and Miss Saigon.
Sat 4 Mar
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Sun 5 Mar
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Three contemporary works by respected international choreographers Tony Adigun, Patricia Okenwa, Karen and Allen Kaeja alongside a restaged work by Shobana Jeyasingh.
Fame!: The University Of Kent Musical Theatre Society
The ensemble present a reinvention of the well-known, classic musical about a diverse group of students as they commit to four years of gruelling artistic and academic work.
Thu 30 Mar
Fri 31 Mar
Sat 1 Apr
Blackeyed Theatre Company presents a new version of Mary Shelley's masterpiece.
Choreographer Rosie Heafford collaborates with dancers, artists and the public to make a highly visual dance performances for all ages about clothes.
Adapted for the stage by children's author David Almond, this is a gritty story about young people trying to find their way in the world, performed by Theatre Sans Frontieres.
The acoustic guitarist and singer-songwriter performs his original melodic songs.
Josh Howie's Messed Up
With a BBC Radio Four sitcom, appearances at UK and international festivals and regular circuit performances under his belt, Josh finally embarks on his first solo tour, telling stories of his attempts to be the perfect husband and father and the inevitable failures he succumbs to.
A triple bill presenting work by multi-award winning Jasmin Vardimon, and emerging choreographers Marilena Dara, and Paul and Christine Blackman. Preceded by a curtain raiser performed by Gulbenkian Youth Dance Company.
Kent College Spring Concert: Gloria
The school's choirs and Choral Society perform the Gloria by Antonio Vivaldi and John Rutter, plus William Walton's Coronation March Crown Imperial, performed by the College Orchestra.
Kent Enlightens Nepal
Nepalese Society students from all around the country showcase their talent.
Larry Dean: Farcissist
Off the back of a break up the Glaswegian Amused Moose Comedy Award winner tries to examine who he is and whether changes in his life are a good or a bad thing.
The Mighty Doonans
A powerhouse folk ensemble originating from the north east of England featuring two generations and four families of talented musicians.
Milton Jones Is Nearly Out There: Work-In-Progress
Slightly neurotic and deadpan one-liners littered with puns from the surreal stand-up and Sony Award-winning radio star.
Mon 10 Apr
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Motionhouse Dance Theatre: Scattered
Dance show exploring the mystery and majesty of water.
A Night At The Theatre
Casson & Friends presents an interactive, family-friendly, dance theatre and storytelling performance in which three people who get trapped in the theatre become the stars of their own show.
Peter And The Wolf: On The Other Hand
The company presents the delightful tale of how a clever boy, with the help of his animal friends, triumphs over the peril in the woods.
Phoenix Performing Arts 2017
The ensemble presents its annual popular variety show packed with a mix of popular musical theatre, song, dance and comedy.
Sun 2 Apr
Pride And Prejudice
The spirited Bennet sisters haplessly search for love and dashing Mr Darcy unwittingly finds his match in The Pantaloons version of Jane Austen's enduring romantic comedy.
The talented performers present an annual showcase featuring a magnitude of different dance styles and disciplines alongside unique dance themes.
Rapunzel and the Tower of Doom
Theatre of Widdershins presents its retelling of the tale of the girl with a particularly bad hair day featuring an array of incredible puppets.
Richard Herring: The Best
A 'best of' compilation from the comedian as he picks the best jokes from his last 12 shows.
Sun 5 Mar
Times to be confirmed / Phone for prices / 01227 769075
James Cousins Company, in collaboration with Korean dancers and artists, looks at the role of women in modern society using Shakespeare's character as a base.
Tue 7 Mar
Royal Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty
The Royal Ballet performs its signature work, the classic fairytale of Aurora and her prince, in a version revitalised by Monica Mason and Christopher Newton in 2006 for the company's 75th anniversary, and since reworked further by top choreographers.
The Sam Kelly Trio
The BBC Radio 2 Folk Award-winning Cornwall-based singer-songwriter leads the folk trio with Jamie Francis on banjo and Evan Carson on percussion.
The Sons Of The Lotus Machine
The three-piece combo from Kent play alt rock originals. With support from The New Nervous Kind.
- 117 min
- Directed by: M. Night Shyamalan
- Cast: James McAvoy, Jessica Sula, Haley Lu Richardson, Anya Taylor-Joy
- UK release: 20 January 2017
Kevin (McAvoy) suffers from dissociative identity disorder; when he kidnaps three teenage girls, best pals Marcia (Sula) and Claire (Richardson) and troubled loner Casey (Taylor-Joy), multi-personality strangeness ensues. With superb work from McAvoy and Taylor-Joy, this is easily Shyamalan's most compelling and…
Terry Pratchett’s Wyrd Sisters: University Of Kent Players
The company presents Stephen Briggs's adaptation of the classic tale as Pratchett's reworking of Shakespeare's Macbeth is brought to life. This production will be raising money for The Orangutan Foundation.
Thu 6 Apr
Fri 7 Apr
Sat 8 Apr
Stephen Barlow conducts Shostakovich's Piano Concerto No 2 In F, Francaix's L' Horloge De Flore Oboe And Orchestra, Chick Corea's Trio For Piano, Flute,Bassoon, Barber's Adagio For Strings and Mozart's Symphony No 25 In G Minor, with pianist Reiko Fujisawa and oboeist Ian Crowther.
Tony Law: A Law Undo His-elf What Welcome
The stand-up presents his latest hour of inimitable surreal comedy-art.
The acoustic guitar-toting English duo take some new tunes on the road, along with their decade-strong back catalogue in tow.
University Of Kent Concert Band And Big Band: Kinds Of Blue
The talented musicians play a selection of classics including an excerpt from West Side Story, a medley from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Vaughan Williams' Folk Song Suite, and the Gordon Goodwin Grammy-award-winning arrangement of Rhapsody in Blue, conducted by Ian Swatman.
Fri 17 Mar
£13 ( £7) / 01227 769075
University String Sinfonia
The ensemble performs popular string music by Elgar, Holst, Handel and Percy Grainger directed by Floriane Peycelon.
A journey into the unconscious mind, where your instincts will guide you through a narrative of surreal dreams and fears inspired by the work of Sigmund Freud. Featuring art, sound installation and cinematic and interactive 360 degree film.