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.
A Strange New Space, 18th April, 14:00
Did you know that Astronauts get taller in space? That our solar system is around 4.6 billion years old? Or that there are more stars in the universe than grains of sand on all of the beaches on earth? Amira knows all of these things. She is completely obsessed with space and dreams of becoming an Astronaut. But one night, the bangs, whooshes and fizzes of her imagination explode right out of her dreams, becoming a deafening reality. In the darkness, Amira must leave her hometown to go on an adventure to find a safe space. Hearing the words ‘space’ and ‘adventure’, Amira quickly packs her bag for the intergalactic trip she’s been waiting for… A completely original one woman show without words, A Strange New Space melds physical theatre with stunning puppetry and original music. We travel on an imagined voyage into space, paralleled with Amira’s real-life journey as a refugee across continents. This forms an unforgettable introduction to theatre for audiences of four years and older.
Take Me To…, 26th to 29th April
…Avenue Q, and on the way meet Matilda, or even The Phantom of the Opera. Don’t forget we are Crazy for You at the Cabaret, then a quick trip to Spamalot where We Will Rock You with The Boyfriend. On to a Wonderful Town with Sweet Charity, meet a Funny Girl on The Way To The Forum, and a Thoroughly Modern Millie who is not Wicked, but very much My Fair Lady… and many, many more. Join us on this Musical Theatre journey of Tony and Olivier award winning songs and shows from Broadway to The West End. Presented by HAODS.
Henley Drama Festival 2017, 1st to 6th May
The Henley Drama Festival is in its 44th year. It is a competitive festival of one act plays, performed by amateur drama groups, schools and stage schools of all ages. At the end of each evening a professional adjudicator will provide friendly, helpful and constructive criticism. A gala evening will be held on Saturday 6th May when trophies and awards will be presented.
Far From the Madding Crowd, 11th May, 19:30
Far From the Madding Crowd is perhaps one of the most endearing and English of Hardy's novels. It tells the story of the young farmer Gabriel Oak and his love for and pursuit of the elusive and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene. Her wayward nature however, leads her into the path of the dashing Sergeant Troy ‘…the past was yesterday; never, the day after’ and the introverted and reclusive gentleman farmer, Mr Boldwood, whose love for her fills him with ‘a fearful sense of exposure’ culminating almost inevitably in both tragedy and true love.
Oklahoma!, 14th to 17th June, 19:45
WLOS are proud to present their version of this multi award winning musical from Rogers and Hammerstein. The show is set in Indian Territory around 1907, when cattlemen and farmers were fighting over fences and water rights. In the middle of that controversy are two more rivalries. One is between a cowboy called Curly and a hired hand named Jud, both in love with Laurey. The second involves Ado Annie, Will Parker and Ali Hakim, a trio that will provide plenty of laughs. The music and lyrics have proved to be some of the best in musical theatre with songs that include Oh, What a Beautiful Morning, The Surrey with a Fringe on Top, People Will Say We’re in Love, I Cain’t Say No and of course Oklahoma!. These all combine to make this a musical treat for all the family.
Previous drama festivals
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.