Opened in 1983 by the Duke of Kent, the Orchard Theatre has been attracting a range of genres and styles through its doors. Ranging from comedians, West End musicals, drama, opera and music, the theatre maintains the area's cultural leanings.
Handily situated in Dartford town centre, the theatre is just a few minutes from the train station, which services direct trains from London and Kent. Parking is available in two venues: the Civic Centre car park (just over the footbridge; free after 6pm) and the Orchard Shopping Centre car park (parking charge; closes at midnight).
Events at this venue
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The Addams Family - The Musical Comedy
The work is based on Charles Adams' well-know characters and tells the story of Wednesday and her romance with a normal and how it affects the family. Presented by Aria Entertainment and adapted from the book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice.
Tue 31 Oct
Al Murray: Let's Go Backwards Together
A brand new show from everyone's favourite bigoted landlord, Al Murray, star of Happy Hour. Please only cheer at the irony and stay in your house if you actually hate the French.
All or Nothing
A musical based on the 1960s group The Small Faces.
Mon 19 Jun
Tue 20 Jun
Babe, The Sheep-Pig
The story of a pig who wants to be a sheepdog.
Fri 26 May
Sat 27 May
Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom
- Directed by: Richard Lewis
- Written by: Mani Svavarsson (music)
Richard Lewis' adaptation of the award-winning television animation set in a miniature world of fairies, elves and insects. The production features original music by Mani Svavarsson, with original lyrics by Matt Lewis.
Sat 1 Jul
The Bowie Experience
Tribute to the late, great David Bowie.
La Cage Aux Folles
John Partridge stars as Albin and Adrian Zmed as Georges in this Bill Kenright production about drag artists and family values.
Wed 10 May
Thu 11 May
Champions Of Magic
Following a run in London's West End five illusionists present a live show of mind reading, close-up magic and daring large-scale illusions.
DAODS: Made In Dagenham The Musical
- Directed by: Nigel Cole
Inspired by a true story and based on the hit movie, this uplifting British comedy tells the story of a group of women fighting for women's rights in 1968.
Wed 26 Apr
Thu 27 Apr
Fri 28 Apr
Dick And Dom Live
The legends of Children's TV, Dick and Dom are about to be unleashed on you in Solihull's Core theatre! Touring the UK in a show that promises to get the whole family on their feet. The performance will be full of madcap challenges and audience participation games that will guarantee to have you in stitches. This is a…
The ELO Experience
This tribute band recreates 'Mr Blue Sky' et al, probably with a more stable line-up than the real ELO.
Following its roaring success on the West End stage, Bill Kenwright's production of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's enduring musical Evita tells the story of Eva Peron, wife of former Argentine dictator Juan Peron, who won over a nation to be heralded as the 'spiritual leader' of Argentina.
Fanny Galores Big Night Out!
An evening of drag entertainment, featuring Fanny Galore, her cheeky butlers and DJ.
- Directed by: Arlene Phillips (choreographer)
- Written by: Jim Jacobs
The classic romantic musical, set in an American high school in the '50s.
Henning Wehn: Westphalia Is Not An Option
New show from the German Comedy Ambassador.
Elder statesman of British blues, who mentored the likes of the young Eric Clapton and Peter Green on his 80th Anniversary Tour.
Jon Richardson: Old Man
Wry observations and pessimistic humour from the 8 out of 10 Cats star, who is starting to feel his age.
Jools Holland and His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra
Jools and his band play classic boogie woogie and rock'n'roll tunes for your merriment. Featuring guest vocalists Ruby Turner and Louise Marshall.
Lee Hurst: Comedy Show No 9
Stand-up comedy show from the veteran Londoner.
Pop icon, Bond singer and 1969 winner of the Eurovision Song Contest whose singing career spans six decades.
The Magic of Motown
Tribute to the sweet soul sounds of Motown starring the supremely-talented Magic of Motown band, with hits made famous by the Isley Brothers, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Martha Reeves and more.
Motown's Greatest Hits: How Sweet It Is
Celebrating over 50 years of Motown music with tributes to The Four Tops and The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, the Jackson 5 and many more.
My First Ballet: Cinderella
A carefully produced ballet telling the story of Cinderella, with a narrator to help introduce and engage young children to the art of ballet.
Thu 6 Apr
Fri 7 Apr
Naomi's Wild And Scary
Children's TV presenter Naomi Wilkinson will let you in on the secrets of her wild adventures to the corners of the earth where she has travelled in search of fierce, frightening and furry animals. Joined on stage by Animal Mark, the pair will offer an exciting discussion on the global population of animals, and who to…
Noel & Gertie
A celebration of Noel Coward and Gertrude Lawrence.
Omid Djalili: Schmuck for a Night
The British-Iranian comedian and star of stage and screen brings his new show to an adoring public.
Out of Order
Ray Cooney's 1990 farce set in a posh London hotel.
Wed 7 Jun
Pasha: Let's Dance The Night Away
The Strictly Come Dancing star and his fantastic dancers are back again touring the UK with their completely brand new show. Expect favourite dances, stunning costumes, great music, chat and fun for all the family.
Paul Chowdhry: Live Innit
The Lafta funniest stand-up award winner of 2013 tackles more observational stuff in his latest show.
Russell Brand: Re:Birth
The controversial stand-up embarks on his latest tour, inspired by the birth of daughter.
Got a goldfish that you flushed down the toilet that you need to say sorry to? Now's your chance to apologise through the medium of Sally Morgan.
The former prisoner officer turned songstress who won the 2013 X Factor takes her new album Sing My Heart Out on the road.
The eighties' singer with the famous hips performs his past hits to celebrate the anniversary of 30 years since the release of his first hit in the UK. In 1980 the singer released Hot Dog after years of touring and recording Stevens got his big break. His success in the eighties continued with the release of Marie Marie…
The Simon & Garfunkel Story
With a backdrop of projected photos and original film footage a full live band perform Simon & Garfunkel hits including 'Mrs Robinson', 'Cecilia', 'Homeward Bound' and many more.
The Solid Silver 60s Show
Relive the nostalgic sounds of 60s pop in the company of Peter Noone, Brian Hyland, Dave Berry, New Amen Corner & The Merseybeats.
Some People v Reginald D Hunter
The self-proclaimed 'comedian, swashbuckler and scientist' takes his latest and no doubt controversial show on the road.
The Sons Of Pitches
Inventive pop covers, original numbers and improvised songs from the multi award-winning a cappella YouTube stars and winners of BBC Two's The Naked Choir..
Wed 28 Jun
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The Sooty Show
Sweep, Soo and Richard join the loveable bear to celebrate his birthday party – where things don't seem to be going to plan.
Thoroughly Modern Millie
An adaptation of the 1967 film of the same name telling the story of a small town girl trying to make her dreams come true in New York City, starring Strictly Come Dancing's Joanne Clifton as the titular character and Eastenders star Michelle Collins in the role of Mrs Meers.