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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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1916: At War, At Home
Pianist Neil Brand uses the films, music and writings of the time to take his audience deeply into the experience of the serving soldier and his family at home 100 years ago this year. With dramatisation from Elizabeth Fost.
The Albion Christmas Band
The Albion Christmas Band consists of three Fairport Convention alumni and singer Kellie White.
All About The Boys
A historical dramatisation inspired by one of the foremost soldier poets of the First World War, Wilfred Owen.
Ashford Choral Society: Elgar: The Dream Of Gerontius
The vocal ensemble, conducted by Mark Deller, with mezzo Susan Legg, tenor Charles Daniels, baritone Simon Thorpe, performs Elgar's masterpiece.
Sat 19 Nov
£12–£20 (Children £6–£10 under 16s) / 01227 769075
- 117 min
- Directed by: Steven Spielberg
- Written by: Roald Dahl (novel), Melissa Mathison (screenplay)
- Cast: Mark Rylance, Ruby Barnhill, Bill Hader, Rebecca Hall
- UK release: 22 July 2016
Eight year old Sophie (Barnhill) looks out her window one evening to discover something terrifying – the Big Friendly Giant (Rylance), who unlike his giant brothers doesn't actually want to eat her. Magical, funny and surprising stuff from Spielberg, lacking only some of the menace of Dahl's original, but genuinely…
Canterbury Orchestra Winter Concert 2016
Andrew Lowen conducts the orchestra in a performance of Mozart's Overture To La Clemenza Di Tito, Mozart Ave Verum and Symphony No 40 In G Minor and Haydn's Insanae Et Vanae Curae and Symphony 104, The London.
- 118 min
- Directed by: Matt Ross
- Written by: Matt Ross
- Cast: Viggo Mortensen, George MacKay, Samantha Isler
Ben (Mortensen) has raised a family of six off the grid in the Pacific Northwest, teaching them survival skills and science but leaving them unprepared for the rest of the world. The film doesn't face how Ben seems more like a cult leader than a great dad and it's contrived and contradictory, but Mortensen is a delight.
Cara Dillon: Upon A Winter's Night
The Irish vocalist performs classic carols, celtic hymns and other seasonal songs from her Christmas album.
Chris Ramsey: Is That Chris Ramsey?
Upbeat anecdotes, feelgood humour and witty observations from Ramsey.
A Christmas Collection
A festive showcase featuring talented young performers from local schools, colleges and dance academies.
Sun 20 Nov
Depths Of My Mind
The performance looks at the latest developments in neuroimaging around the teenage brain. It combines aerial skills, visual theatre, projections and music.
The Elis James & John Robins Experience
Readings and chat with the Radio X firebrands.
Erik Satie: Memoirs Of A Pear-Shaped Life
Actor Allan Corduner and pianist Anne Lovett present half monologue and half piano recital showcasing a portrait of a complex, eccentric and lonely man.
Gary Clarke's Coal
THE drama, the tragedy and the unbreakable spirit of a working class community fighting for its future the show the critics hailed as "urgent and heroic" and "emotional dynamite" is back! Following a critically acclaimed sell out debut Spring tour at dance venues and theatres across Britain, Gary Clarke Company now sets…
The Girl with All the Gifts
- 111 min
- Directed by: Colm McCarthy
- Cast: Gemma Arterton, Sennia Nanua, Glenn Close, Paddy Considine
- UK release: 23 September 2016
A scientist and a teacher living in a dystopian future embark on a journey of survival with a special young girl named Melanie. Moving, visceral and surprising sci-fi horror, asking questions about what it means to be human.
Highly Sprung: Fall Out
Written in response to a growing concern that young people are becoming disempowered this physical theatre piece follows the story of three young people whose night out leads to a journey of self discovery, testing friendships and questioning identity and loyalty.
Hubbub: A Musical Adventure!
Join a musical journey as five friends follow the trail of the mysterious blue beetle in the quest for a lost voice. With original live music from the celebrated Aurora Orchestra. Presented by Mishmash Productions.
Jason Byrne is Propped Up
Jason brings back prop comedy in a way that'll make you forget all about Gallagher and Carrot Top.
John Harle In Concert With Marc Almond
The saxophonist and composer celebrates his 60th birthday with vocalist Sarah Leonard, fellow saxophonist Jess Gillam, pianist Steve Lodder, bassist Dudley Phillips, percussionist Hugh Wilkinson, the Dreamland String Quartet and Marc Almond, with whom he created the acclaimed album, The Tyburn Tree, in 2014.
John Hegley: I Am A Poetato
The performance poet, comedian, musician and songwriter presents an animal alphabet of poems with pictures, dialogue, songs, fig rolls, fog, foals and guillemots from his latest collection for children.
John Hegley: New And Selected Potatoes
The consummate wordsmith and performance poet hits the road to perform new and older works, sung and spoken.
Jonathan Pie: Live
The comic reveals the truth behind recent news events both home and abroad.
Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company Live: The Entertainer
- Directed by: Rob Ashford
- Cast: Kenneth Branagh, John Hurt, Sophie McShera
Set in post-war Britain John Osbourne's play The Entertainer follows failing music hall performer Archie Rice, played here by Rob Ashford.
Thu 27 Oct
Kubo and the Two Strings
- 102 min
- Directed by: Travis Knight
- Cast: Art Parkinson, Matthew McConaughey, Charlize Theron, Rooney Mara, Ralph Fiennes, Brenda Vaccaro, George Takei
- UK release: 9 September 2016
One-eyed origami expert Kubo (Parkinson) joins forces with no-nonsense Monkey (Theron) and goofy human/insect warrior Beetle (McConaughey) on a quest to defeat the Moon King (Fiennes). Breathtakingly beautiful stop-motion animation, maybe too scary for young kids, but with plenty of humour, fine voice performances and a…
Multi-award winning choreographer James Wilton re-imagines Herman Melville's seminal novel Moby Dick as a titanic battle between man and nature, using his trademark blend of athletic dance, martial arts, capoeira and partner-work.
Lucy Porter: Consequences
An new show of heart-felt personal revelations and incisive cultural observations from Lucy Porter.
Originally directed by Nigel Charnock for Volcano in 1999, this furious two-hander takes the bloodiest and most intense of Shakespeare's plays and strips it bare of its regal cushioning, evoking the tawdry domestic world of contemporary serial killers in an erotic and violent theatrical assault on the senses. It is…
Ultravox hits, solo work and covers from the man behind Band Aid.
Aakash Odedra Company presents this exploration of warped and exaggerated realities. With choreography from Aakash and Lewis Major.
The British-Iranian comedian and star of stage and screen brings his new show to an adoring public.
T24 presents Shakespeare's tragedy with a twist, challenging social and theatrical norms, exploring relationships and their consequences against the backdrop of tension and uncertainty.
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 2017
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Richard III: The Canterbury Players
An amateur production of Shakespeare's drama.
Comedian Russell Howard tries out brand new material.
Thu 10 Nov
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Sir Willard White And The Brodsky Quartet
The established opera joins forces with the dynamic ensemble to pay tribute to the relationship between Frank Sinatra and the Hollywood String Quartet, which led to the iconic 1957 album, Close To You. The evening will also include Britten and Copland folk songs, Barber's Dover Beach, a selection from Gershwin's Porgy and…
Canterbury four-piece influenced by the Canterbury psych/prog/pastoral scene of the late 60s and early 70s.
To Helen Back
Spoken word artist Helen Seymour analyses sickness, health, and what it really means to recover in this powerful and unique theatrical experience.
We're Going On A Bear Hunt: Little Angel Theatre (Ages 2-7)
- Directed by: Peter Glanville
- Written by: Barb Jungr (music)
Little Angel Theatre presents a 45-minute adaptation of Michael Rosen's popular children's book, with illustrations by Helen Oxenbury. The Lyndie Wright-designed puppets are directed by Peter Glanville with music and lyrics by renowned singer-songwriter Barb Jungr.