Orchard Theatre

Orchard Theatre
Home Gardens, Dartford, Kent, DA1 1ED

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Orchard Theatre

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).

Event times

There are 36 events at this location

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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

£22–£29 PREMIERE CARD £7.50 off Mon (off top two price tickets only) / 01322 220000

Tue 20 Jun

£22–£29 PREMIERE CARD £7.50 off Mon (off top two price tickets only) / 01322 220000

Wed 21 Jun

£22–£29 PREMIERE CARD £7.50 off Mon (off top two price tickets only) / 01322 220000

All Star Superslam Wrestling

An action-packed live wrestling event from All Star Promotions which sees British stars facing tough opposition from Europe and the world federations from America.

Sat 4 Feb

£18–£57 / 01322 220000

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.

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Brendan Cole: All Night Long

Choreographer, performer and Strictly's dancer Brendan Cole performs more dazzling ballroom and Latin moves.

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.

Tue 9 May

£17–£51.50 / 01322 220000

Wed 10 May

£17–£51.50 / 01322 220000

Thu 11 May

£17–£51.50 / 01322 220000

…and 2 more dates until 13 May

Chris Ramsey: Is That Chris Ramsey?

Upbeat anecdotes, feelgood humour and witty observations from Ramsey.

Sat 4 Mar

The Classic Rock Show

Air guitars at the ready for this incredible musical journey through the best moments in rock featuring music by the likes of Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Eagles, Dire Straits and Meat Loaf.

Thu 2 Feb

£25–£35 / 01322 220000

The Crucible

Arthur Miller's The Crucible, presented by Sell a Door Theatre Company and the Queens Theatre Hornchurch.

Tue 14 Mar

Prices to be confirmed / 01322 220000

Wed 15 Mar

Prices to be confirmed / 01322 220000

Thu 16 Mar

Prices to be confirmed / 01322 220000

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Ellen Kent's La Bohème

Puccini's romantic opera is staged traditionally, directed by Ellen Kent and starring international soloists.

Sun 19 Feb

£24.50–£36.50 / 01322 220000

Fantastic Mr Fox

A playful retelling of Roald Dahl's sly tale.

Tue 28 Feb

£22.50 / 01322 220000

Wed 1 Mar

Thu 2 Mar

…and 3 more dates until 5 Mar

The First Hippo on the Moon

David Walliam's children's book about two big hippos and one enormous dream – which of them can make it to the moon first?

Sun 29 Jan

£18.50; £16.50 under 16s / 01322 220000

Mon 30 Jan

£18.50; £16.50 under 16s / 01322 220000

Tue 31 Jan

£18.50; £16.50 under 16s / 01322 220000

Wed 1 Feb

£18.50; £16.50 under 16s / 01322 220000

The Full Monty

Oscar-winning writer Simon Beaufoy has adapted his feel great 1990s film about six washed-up Sheffield steel workers, who swap the dole queue for the stage. Gary Lucy, Joe Absolom, Andrew Dunn, Louis Emerick, Chris Fountain and Kai Owen flex their pecs to great songs by Donna Summer, Hot Chocolate and Tom Jones.

Mon 13 Feb

£20.50–£37 / 01322 220000

Tue 14 Feb

£20.50–£37 / 01322 220000

Wed 15 Feb

£20.50–£37 / 01322 220000

…and 3 more dates until 18 Feb

Jim Davidson

  • 3 stars

More controversial stand-up from the x-rated comic and inexplicable winner of 2014's CBB.

Fri 3 Feb

£21.50–£27 / 01322 220000

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The Johnny Cash Roadshow

Cash tribute from singer-songwriter Clive John.

Mon 27 Feb

£20.50–£24.50 / 01322 220000

Jon Richardson: Old Man

Wry observations and pessimistic humour from the 8 out of 10 Cats star, who is starting to feel his age.

Fri 20 Oct

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

  • Directed by: Bill Kenwright
  • Written by: Tim Rice (lyrics)

Bill Kenwright's production of the Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber musical returns, with X Factor winner Joe McElderry starring as the boy with the troublesome coat.

Tue 7 Feb

£17.50–£38.50 / 01322 220000

Wed 8 Feb

£17.50–£38.50 / 01322 220000

…and 2 more dates until 11 Feb

Lee Hurst: Comedy Show No 9

Stand-up comedy show from the veteran Londoner.

Thu 20 Apr

Lee Nelson: Suited and Booted

Lee Nelson, the creation of comedian Simon Brodkin, is the chavvy catch-phrase monger whose Well Good Show has become a BBC3 hit. Now the South London geeza takes his banter to the live stage where it all works best. Brodkin has appeared as Nelson in a host of TV programmes including Al Murray's sketch show Al Murray's…

Sun 19 Mar

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Matthew Bourne’s Early Adventures

A programme of hit pieces that launched the career of one of Britain's favourite choreographers. The performance forms part of the company's 30th Anniversary celebrations, and the programme will include The Infernal Galop, Town And Country, Spitfire and Watch With Mother.

Mon 20 Feb

£13.50–£31.50 / 01322 220000

Tue 21 Feb

£13.50–£31.50 / 01322 220000

Wed 22 Feb

£13.50–£31.50 / 01322 220000

Matthew Bourne's Early Adventures

A magnificent performance of Ballet and Dance.

Mon 20 Feb

£17.50–£31.50; £42.50 inc meal / 01322 220000

Tue 21 Feb

£17.50–£31.50; £42.50 inc meal / 01322 220000

Wed 22 Feb

£17.50–£31.50; £42.50 inc meal / 01322 220000

Miles Jupp: Songs Of Freedom

The actor, stand-up and host of The News Quiz muses on modern life.

Sat 4 Feb

£21.50 / 01322 220000

Omid Djalili

The British-Iranian comedian and star of stage and screen brings his new show to an adoring public.

Sat 6 May

£25.50 / 01322 220000

Out of Order

Ray Cooney's 1990 farce set in a posh London hotel.

Mon 5 Jun

£22.50–£39.50 / 01322 220000

Tue 6 Jun

£22.50–£39.50 / 01322 220000

Wed 7 Jun

£22.50–£39.50 / 01322 220000

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Puss & Dick - The Adult Panto

The Market Theatre Company presents an alternative to the family pantomime. With a minimum of set, props and costume this traditional story is distorted almost beyond recognition.

Sun 29 Jan

Reginald D Hunter: The Man Who Attempted To Do As Much and Such

The self-proclaimed 'comedian, swashbuckler and scientist' takes his latest and no doubt controversial show on the road.

Rumours of Fleetwood Mac

The Mick Fleetwood-approved tribute act who cover the gamut of Mac material from the Peter Green era to the Buckingham/Nicks days.

Sun 26 Feb

£24.50–£34.50 / 01322 220000

Sally Morgan

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.

Wed 3 May

£28.50–£32.50 / 01322 220000

Shakin' Stevens

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…

Wed 19 Apr

£22.50–£35 / 01322 220000

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Smile

Lyn Paul leads a stellar line up of leading performers from West End shows in a dazzling evening of musical hits to raise money for a little boy in need of lifesaving treatment in the US.

Sun 12 Feb

£30 / 01322 220000

So You Think You Know About Dinosaurs?

Scientist TV answers questions about dinosaurs and uses film footage from the BBC's Planet Dinosaur to talk about deadly predators. There's also the chance to show off your own dino knowledge.

Fri 17 Feb

£15.50 ( £58) / 01322 220000

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

Times to be confirmed / Phone for prices / 01322 220000

Tango Fire: Flames Of Desire

  • Written by: german Cornejo

Argentinian dance company led by choreographer and dancer German Cornejo.

Sat 25 Feb

£20–£28.50 / 01322 220000

That'll Be the Day

Step back in time with a brand new edition of the popular touring show, and hear rock'n'roll hits from the 50s, 60s and 70s.

Sun 12 Mar

£29.50 / 01322 220000

Fri 24 Feb

£10 phone for availability / 01322 220000

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