Theater, music and comedy will return to one of the county’s castles next month and throughout the summer.
Following the success of the Hever Festival Theater Bites Season last year, a program of varied social distancing performances will be presented at four venues in the gardens and grounds of Hever Castle near Edenbridge.
Starting Saturday, May 29, live performances will be staged at the Two Sisters Theater – the original tiered and sheltered theater – the Lakeside Loggia; Anne Boleyn’s Walk, an old secluded open-air wooded glade and on the main lawn.
The space around them allows the audience to choose where to sit and enjoy the shows from their own chairs or blankets.
The outdoor festival, now in its 38th year, will open with the People’s String Foundation featuring musicians Ben and Zaid using music, puppets, art, cinematography and animation against the backdrop of their orchestra Virtual Gypsy of 32 musicians.
Shakespeare fans can see The Lord Chamberlain’s Men with Macbeth on Sunday, June 13 as originally performed, by an all-male cast with Elizabethan costumes, music and dancing. The Three Inch Fools also return to the Loggia with The Merry Wives of Windsor on Monday, August 30.
The Two Sisters Theater will host performers, including Britain’s Got Talent finalist magician Ben Hart on Friday, July 23; singer Stacey Kent on Sunday July 25 and BBC Radio 2 favorite Reverend Kate Bottley on Tuesday August 3.
There will also be a family entertainment program, starting with mid-course entertainment from The Further Adventures of Dr Dolittle at the Illyria Theater; the comedy Blue Planet III and the wild adaptation of The Jungle Book by Immersion Theater.
Dustbin Doris will be presented in association with the Tunbridge Wells Puppetry Festival; Horrible Histories: Gorgeous Georgians and Vile Victorians will be staging in August, and there will be a celebration of Harry Potter.
Artists from Kent will also perform, including Night Owls Amy Winehouse Tribute Back to Black; The second installment of the First Knight Theater in Alan Ayckbourn’s Norman Conquest trilogy Living Together and Hever Castle historian Dr. Owen Emmerson with Claire Ridgway will spend an evening tracing the history of Hever’s most famous residents.
The final night of the Hever Proms returns on Sunday, August 29, and Ronnie Scott’s All Stars will also feature in a new music and storytelling program.
Tickets can be booked online at heverfestival.co.uk or call the ticket office during working hours on 01732 866114.
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