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Sophie Hewitt
20th March 2024

The applause, the encores…there’s nothing like a night out at the theatre, but you don’t need to head to the West End for a taste of the theatrical. Oh no, with Kent’s range of historic theatres and a pretty impressive list of upcoming plays and performances, this round up deserves its very own standing ovation! What’s more, with stages ranging from forests to historic houses, the backdrops of some of these performances sure to have you celebrating World Theatre Day on 27th March in style. So now we’ve set the stage, let’s play on.

Riverhill Himalayan Gardens

This summer, the picturesque Sevenoaks garden will act as the backdrop to some first-class theatre under the stars. Venture into the beautiful Walled Garden, settle down on the grass terraces of the amphitheatre, and enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime viewing experience. Performances of ‘The Comedy of Errors’ and ‘Present Laughter’ are sure to have you in stitches, so head along and prepare for hilarity to ensue.

Sarah Thorne Theatre

This fantastic venue has a whole host of events for you, family, and friends to attend. Tours and concerts, as well as Christmas pantos and festive fun, can all be found under one roof at the Sarah Thorne Theatre in Broadstairs. So, browse their schedule, and pop your next evening out in the diary!

Tom Thumb Theatre

One of the smallest arts venues in the world, this converted coach house seats 50, providing a wonderfully intimate and exclusive night out. With cocktail bar to accompany your show, you can settle in and get comfortable. Join in on the spectacle and celebrate the theatre’s 40th anniversary in April.

Granville Theatre

Reopened just last year, this fantastic venue boasts a packed programme year-round. Shows, concerts, and musicals can all be enjoyed under one roof, with the likes of ‘The Legend of Music: Bob Marley’, ‘Grease’, ‘Milton Jones’ Hamilton’, just to name a few!

Astor Theatre

On the beautiful Kentish coast, the Deal's Astor Theatre has got some fantastic shows lined up for you this year. From Pink Floyd on ice to the Royal Opera House's Madame Butterfly, there's always something to stun everyone in the audience. Nearby, you'll find Keepers Cottages' Shell Seekers, a family and pet friendly property to house you and your loved ones while you take a lovely trip to the seaside!

Smallhythe Place

You won’t see many theatres like this one. Thatched, historic and timber-clad, this 17th century barn is the perfect setting for a unique evening out at the theatre. Many a famous actor has trod the boards here, from John Gielgud, to Sybil Thorndike, but this summer the stage will be home to a range of performances, from Pride and Prejudice to Othello, Much Ado About Nothing to The Merchant of Venice.

Tonbridge Castle

A medieval fortress and a starlit night, we told you theatre in Kent deserves a standing ovation. And this year, Tonbridge Castle brings some fantastic performances, with Dr Dolittle, The Railway Children, and Jeeves and Wooster taking centre stage. Get ready for a show full of laughs, entertainment, drama, and fun! 

The Marlowe Theatre

If ever there was a time to become a member of the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury, it’s now! You can book into shows from the musical Rob Brydon, hilarious Miriam Margolyes, or show-stopping Grease the musical. And with Canterbury right on your doorstep, your post-show drinks and dinner have practically sorted themselves...


Just minutes from The Marlowe, stop off at Corkk for a sample of delicious local wine after your show. With expert sommelier choosing the best of the best, you're guaranteed a wine to remember. Taste the notes, enjoy the atmosphere, and watch the world pass by in the heart of the city. 

With easy links to London and GroupSave tickets with Southeastern, it’s never been easier to make a break of it in Kent. Hop on the train and enjoy a weekend away without the drama.