The Festival Theatre at Hever Castle
Our largest festival ever offers a summer of optimism and joy – July to August at Hever Castle, Edenbridge, Kent
We’ve made it – hooray! Our events will take place in four spectacular locations in the award-winning gardens of Hever Castle, childhood home of Anne Boleyn, one of Kent’s top tourist attractions: the Two Sisters Theatre, the original heart of the festival where the seating is tiered and under cover; The Main Lawn Stage with a superb view of the castle; The Loggia’s tranquil Italian Gardens with the magnificent lake view; and Anne Boleyn’s Woodland Walk, a secluded open-air ancient woodland glade.
We are committed to social distancing throughout the 2021 season and are thrilled to welcome an eclectic mix of home grown Kent artists including Night Owls’ Amy Winehouse Tribute Back to Black; Beyond the Barricade; New Creations Collective re-telling of The Secret Garden through classical music and ballet; First Knight Theatre’s second instalment of Alan Ayckbourn’s Norman Conquest Trilogy Living Together and Hever Castle’s own historian, Dr Owen Emmerson who, with Claire Ridgway, will spend an evening charting the colourful history of Hever’s most famous residents from their astonishing rise to power to their dramatic and bloody end The Boleyns of Hever Castle.
Once again, we have some fabulous tribute band performances from various acts and Emperors of Soul will be celebrating the songs of Motown. Last Night of the Hever Proms return with an additional Bitesize performance early evening, so audiences can enjoy a leisurely picnic post performance. Ronnie Scott’s All Stars are back with two popular shows: Rhapsody in Blue, a Jazz portrait of George Gershwin with James Pearson and Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club at 60. Britain’s Got Talent finalist Ben Hart will also be amazing us all with his magic as he embarks on his debut solo tour.
From the world of classical music we have the great privilege to see the first live performance of the recently recorded transcription by the multi-talented violinist David Juritz of Bach’s masterpiece the Goldberg Variations. Transcribed for Craig Ogden, widely acknowledged as one of the leading guitarists of his generation, Craig and David will be joined by the internationally renowned cellist, Tim Hugh. And as an added highlight David Juritz will be discussing ‘Arranging the Goldbergs’ in a 20 minute pre-performance talk.
We are also delighted to welcome back Charles Court Opera, one of the leading and most versatile chamber opera companies in the UK with three Gilbert & Sullivan productions: Iolanthe; The Complete Works of Gilbert and Sullivan in 75 minutes! and The Mikado. Also, Hever favourites Opera Brava also return bringing two greatly loved classics; Puccini’s Tosca and Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro.
The programme of family shows has been extended once again with a performance to enthral the children each week of the holidays, commencing with Long Nose Puppet’s Arthur’s Dreamboat; Immersion Theatre’s wild adaptation of The Jungle Book; Dustbin Doris presented in association with the Tunbridge Wells Puppetry Festival; Horrible Histories: Gorgeous Georgians and Vile Victorians; and Morgan and West’s action-packed family show The Three Musketeers.
Visit www.heverfestival.co.uk for further information or to book online or call the Box Office 01732 866114.