- Telephone 01322 220000
- Website www.orchardtheatre.co.uk
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).
There are 38 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.
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 2017
- Written by: Willy Russell
Willy Russell's moving tale about two brothers whose lives are worlds apart.
Wed 23 Nov
Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story
- Directed by: Rob Bettinson
- Written by: Alan Janes
Celebrate the man and the music as the popular touring production of the rock musical rolls into town again.
Chris Ramsey: Is That Chris Ramsey?
Upbeat anecdotes, feelgood humour and witty observations from Ramsey.
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.
Arthur Miller's The Crucible, presented by Sell a Door Theatre Company and the Queens Theatre Hornchurch.
Dennis Locorriere brings his incarnation of Dr Hook to town.
Ellen Kent's Opera & Ballet International: Aida
Verdi's drama about an enslaved Ethiopian princess stars Olga Perrier in the title role and Liza Kadelnik as Amneris. Sung in Italian with English surtitles.
Film Making Workshop 2
Take part in a two day film-making workshop and get to experience what it's like to work both in front and behind the camera. Budding young film makers will get hands-on training at camera technique, storytelling ideas, acting, directing and writing. For ages 10-15 years.
Foster & Allen
Popular Irish folk duo whose career spans over 40 years and 30 albums.
Veteran beat pop combo still swearing that their brother ain't heavy and the like.
Jackson Live In Concert: Amir Sharma: Michael Jackson Tribute
Ben Bowman is the King of Pop with a full band and live backing dancers, in this energetic tribute.
Thu 1 Dec
£22.50 / 01322 220000
Tricks and illusions from the Britain's Got Talent runner-up.
More controversial stand-up from the x-rated comic and inexplicable winner of 2014's CBB.
Josh Widdicombe: What Do I Do Now
A new show from Widdicombe, who has been so busy doing everything else (appearing on TV, radio and writing/starring in his own sitcom) that we're surprised he's found the time to write a whole new stand-up tour.
Kevin Bloody Wilson
Australia's cult comedy king performs his too-crude-for-TV songs.
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…
Legend of A Band
Legend of a Band faithfully creates a tribute to the Moody Blues.
Maximum Rhythm & Blues
Rock and blues with a twist of jazz by the Paul Jones-fronted combo, together with PP Arnold and Zoot Money.
Ministry Of Science Live
Interactive science show exploring the inventors and engineers who have shaped the modern world we live in.
The British-Iranian comedian and star of stage and screen brings his new show to an adoring public.
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.
Fri 5 May 2017
£24.50 / 01322 220000
Richard Alston Dance Company
Works by Alston and his Associate Choreographer, Martin Lawrance, including the intense and dramatic Stronghold, the duet for two men, Mazur, which is danced to live Chopin mazurkas, and Brisk Singing, which celebrates the music of Jean Phillippe Rameau, genius of the French baroque.
Romesh Ranganathan: Irrational
In this brand new show, Ranganathan explores the rationality of his worldview and explains why it's everyone else who is wrong.
Round The Horne: The 50th Anniversary Tour
For its 50th anniversary, Tim Astley directs a stage-adaptation of the classic 1960s radio comedy show, based on the original scripts of Marty Feldman and Barry Took.
Roy Wood & His Band: Million Sellers Xmas Special Show
Join the legendary Roy Wood, together with his incredible rock 'n' roll band, as they perform his classic hits including I Can Hear The Grass Grow, Flowers In The Rain, Blackberry Way, California Man and See My Baby Jive, plus many more. With support from The Cold Heart Revue.
Mon 28 Nov
£32 (£31) / 01322 220000
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.
Sensational 60's Experience
The Marmalade, Herman’s Hermits, Chris Farlowe and Steve Ellis’ Love Affair perform their evergreen hits.
A comedy starring Crissy Rock, Frazer Hines, Billy Pearce, Leah Bell and Paul Dunn, following a chain of extraordinary events that unfold one day in the quiet town of Olwinskirk.
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
The story of one of music's most compelling duos.
Steve Backshall's Wild World
Steve Backshall talks about his adventures, expeditions, his new novel Tiger Wars and his last book, Looking for Adventure.
One of the most accomplished soul bands to grace the R&B scene, The Stylistics bring with them the sweet, soulful memories of years past.
- Directed by: Adam Cooper
- Written by: Joe Penhall
British singer-songwriter, Ray Davies, recalls his early life and the career of the eponymous pop-rock group, The Kinks, in this musical biography set during the 1950s and 1960s. Directed by Edward Hall.
Wed 16 Nov
Thu 17 Nov
Tea & Tour
Expert guides lead a tour behind the scenes of the theatre and share secrets of the stage, followed by a relaxing afternoon of tea, cakes and scones.
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.
Why The Whales Came (Ages 7+)
Multi-award-winning performer and storyteller Danyah Miller vividly brings to life another enchanting tale by Michael Morpurgo. Children Gracie and Daniel have been forbidden to go near the mysterious and seemingly dangerous Birdman. But messages and clues intrigue them…