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).

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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

£13.75–£60.50 / 01322 220000

Wed 1 Nov

£13.75–£60.50 / 01322 220000

Thu 2 Nov

£13.75–£60.50 / 01322 220000

…and 2 more dates until 4 Nov

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

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.


Poperatic man band.

Sun 10 Sep

£25.50 / 01322 220000

The Bowie Experience

Tribute to the late, great David Bowie.

Wed 29 Nov

£25.50 / 01322 220000

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

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.

Tue 18 Apr

£23.50 / 01322 220000

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

£11.50–£26.50 (£9–£24.50; £13.50; £74) / 01322 220000

Thu 27 Apr

£11.50–£26.50 (£9–£24.50; £13.50; £74) / 01322 220000

Fri 28 Apr

£11.50–£26.50 (£9–£24.50; £13.50; £74) / 01322 220000

Sat 29 Apr

£11.50–£26.50 (£9–£24.50; £13.50; £74) / 01322 220000

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…

Mon 17 Apr

£15 (Children £13; £52.50) / 01322 220000

The ELO Experience

This tribute band recreates 'Mr Blue Sky' et al, probably with a more stable line-up than the real ELO.

Wed 29 Mar

£25.50 / 01322 220000


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.

Tue 30 May

£22.50–£44.50 / 01322 220000

Wed 31 May

£22.50–£44.50 / 01322 220000

Thu 1 Jun

£22.50–£44.50 / 01322 220000

…and 2 more dates until 3 Jun

Fanny Galores Big Night Out!

An evening of drag entertainment, featuring Fanny Galore, her cheeky butlers and DJ.

Thu 6 Apr

£25 / 01322 220000


  • Directed by: Arlene Phillips (choreographer)
  • Written by: Jim Jacobs

The classic romantic musical, set in an American high school in the '50s.

Tue 21 Nov

£20–£45 / 01322 220000

Wed 22 Nov

£20–£45 / 01322 220000

Thu 23 Nov

£20–£45 / 01322 220000

…and 2 more dates until 25 Nov

Henning Wehn: Westphalia Is Not An Option

New show from the German Comedy Ambassador.

Fri 22 Sep

John Mayall

Elder statesman of British blues, who mentored the likes of the young Eric Clapton and Peter Green on his 80th Anniversary Tour.

Sat 18 Nov

£33.50–£39.50 / 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

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.

Thu 4 May

Lee Hurst: Comedy Show No 9

Stand-up comedy show from the veteran Londoner.

Thu 20 Apr


Pop icon, Bond singer and 1969 winner of the Eurovision Song Contest whose singing career spans six decades.

Tue 24 Oct

£39 / 01322 220000

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.

Sun 24 Sep

£31.35 / 01322 220000

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.

Thu 30 Mar

£25–£28 / 01322 220000

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.

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…

Sun 9 Apr

£23.50 (Children £19.50 under 16s) / 01322 220000

Noel & Gertie

A celebration of Noel Coward and Gertrude Lawrence.

Tue 28 Mar

£21–£26 / 01322 220000

Omid Djalili: Schmuck for a Night

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

Sat 6 May

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

…and 3 more dates until 10 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.

Sat 22 Apr

Paul Chowdhry: Live Innit

The Lafta funniest stand-up award winner of 2013 tackles more observational stuff in his latest show.

Sat 21 Oct

Russell Brand: Re:Birth

The controversial stand-up embarks on his latest tour, inspired by the birth of daughter.

Sun 9 Apr

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

Sam Bailey

The former prisoner officer turned songstress who won the 2013 X Factor takes her new album Sing My Heart Out on the road.

Fri 31 Mar

£28–£33 / 01322 220000

Sat 1 Apr

£28–£33 / 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

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.

Tue 2 May

£20.50–£22 / 01322 220000

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.

Fri 21 Apr

£28.50–£38.50 Premiere Card £7.50 off / 01322 220000

Some People v Reginald D Hunter

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

Fri 5 May

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

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.

Sun 16 Apr

£15 (£13) / 01322 220000

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.

Mon 10 Apr

£22.50–£43.50; £22.50–£55.50; £22.50–£39.50; £24.50–£55.50 / 01322 220000

Tue 11 Apr

£22.50–£43.50; £22.50–£55.50; £22.50–£39.50; £24.50–£55.50 / 01322 220000

Wed 12 Apr

£22.50–£43.50; £22.50–£55.50; £22.50–£39.50; £24.50–£55.50 / 01322 220000

…and 3 more dates until 15 Apr

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