The Kenton Theatre
The Kenton Theatre web site is at www.kentontheatre.co.uk.
01491 575698. Monday to Friday from 11:00 to 5:00, Saturdays from 10:00 to
noon. Recorded information at other times.
New Street, Henley on Thames, RG9 2BP. Click here for a map.
Shell Shock, 7th June, 19:30
A darkly comic and personal realisation of one old soldier’s battle with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Shell Shock was created with the support of military and mental health charities such as Help for Heroes and Combat Stress and presents the biographical tale of ‘Tommy’, a former soldier attempting to fit back into civilian life after a long career in the military. Tommy’s observations on everyday absurdities are frequently humorous, sometimes violent but always poignant. Nothing is safe…post office queues, shopping at Ikea and a Nintendo Wii all feel the full force of Tommy's outraged frustration. Based on Shell Shock: The Diary of Tommy Atkins by Gulf War veteran Neil Blower Watkin.
9 to 5 - The Musical, 13th to 16th June, 19:45
Music by Dolly Parton. A WLOS production.
Ghost Station, 13th to 14th July
A small group of London teens break into a dead tube station - closed up since the late 40’s. The station is a dark time capsule, unchanged and boarded up with commuters passing through on trains unknowingly every day. But things take a strange turn when they film the quiet platform. As they look through the view screens on their phones they can see children in school uniforms, dancing girls, soldiers, nurses and more! Over days of filming they realise the children and adults they are seeing are about to fall victim to a disaster, when dozens of people will be killed in a dreadful accident on the platform. Can they find a way to reach into the past and speak to the people they can hear and see so clearly? Can they change history? Featuring sing-a-long popular songs from the 40's such as Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy and Chattanooga Choo Choo. Presented by performing arts students and adults from Artemis Studios, this is a roller coaster story with laughter, tears and some toe tapping songs!
Sweeney Todd, 14th to 15th July
Sweeney Todd has become a bloody, worldwide success since being awarded eight Tony Awards (including Best Musical), for its Broadway premiere and has now been adapted for high school performers in Sweeney Todd School Edition. Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler's (A Little Night Music, Pacific Overtures) tasty, thrilling, theatrical treat has simultaneously shocked, awed and delighted audiences across the world. An infamous tale, Sweeney Todd, an unjustly exiled barber, returns to nineteenth century London, seeking vengeance against the lecherous judge who framed him and ravaged his young wife. The road to revenge leads Todd to Mrs. Lovett, a resourceful proprietress of a failing pie shop, above which he opens a new barber shop. Mrs. Lovett's luck sharply shifts when Todd's thirst for blood inspires the integration of an ingredient into her meat pies that has the people of London lining up. And the carnage has only just begun!
How to Hide a Lion, 11th November, 15:00 at The Haymarket
When a lion is chased out of town, a little girl, Iris, helps him to find somewhere to hide. Iris embarks on a mission to squash her new friend into a variety of sneaky tight spots, as the misinformed town folk try and track him down. Helen Stephens’ magical book, How to Hide a Lion, comes to life with playful humour, dazzling puppets and jazz.
Dick Whittington, 15th to 29th December
Following the success of last year’s smash hit pantomime Robin Hood, Immersion Theatre are thrilled to be returning to the Kenton with an even bigger, more spectacular and fun-filled festive treat: Dick Whittington! Packed with hilarious routines, heaps of audience interaction, spectacular sets and a host of chart-toppers, this high energy, exciting story about a young man seeking his fame and fortune among the bright lights of the big city promises to be the purrrr-fect Christmas treat for all the family!
Previous drama festivals
Henley Drama Festival 2018, 1st to 5th May 2018
Henley Drama Festival 2017, 1st to 6th May 2017
Henley Drama Festival 2016, 2nd to 7th May 2016
Henley Drama Festival 2015, 5th to 9th May 2015
43rd Henley Drama Festival, 5th to 10th May 2014
42nd Henley Drama Festival, 6th to 11th May 2013
The Henley Drama Festival at the Kenton, 8th to 12th May 2012
40th Kenton Drama Festival, 4th to 7th May 2011
39th Kenton Drama Festival, 4th to 8th May 2010
Kenton Drama Festival, 5th to 9th May 2009
35th Kenton Drama Festival, 9th to 13th May 2006.
33rd Kenton Drama Festival, 11th to 15th May 2004.
32nd Kenton Drama Festival, 14th to 17th May 2003. The details are in the Archive.