Welcome to Hever Festival Theatre 2020

At Hever Festival Theatre we believe in the power of live performance to bring people together in wonder. We invite you to escape from the ordinary, laugh, be amazed, sing your heart out, relax in our truly magical setting and maybe come away seeing slightly differently, something you thought you knew.

We are growing; the number of performances has increased as our programme has become more varied and wide-ranging. Needless to say nothing great can be achieved in isolation. We work with a host of delightful friends which include The Globe on Tour, direct from Shakespeare’s Globe. Performing A Midsummer Night’s Dream, As You Like It and The Tempest the outstandingly talented cast will unravel these tales of lovers, exiles, dreamers and wanderers. MOBO Award winner, Mercury Prize and Jazz FM Award nominee and British Jazz Award winner, the vibrant and highly individual jazz pianist and composer Zoe Rahman who has established herself as a unique presence in the British music industry, is playing with her quartet in May – don’t miss this early concert it promises to be a hugely imaginative, exuberant performance.

New events in 2020 include local theatre producers Night Owl Productions presenting their trademark ‘show-umentary’ format with Black To Black – The Music of Amy Winehouse and Ben Hart, the Britain’s Got Talent finalist ‘the living embodiment of magic’ with his sell-out show Wonder. For the first time we are going to be holding an event at Hever Church. St Peter’s is celebrating 900 years so what better time to join Dr Lauren MacKay as she talks about Ann Boleyn’s father, Sir Thomas Boleyn, who is buried in the church.

Celebrating ‘The very best of what Britain has to offer!’ in our breathtakingly beautiful setting in the heart of the Tudor Hever Castle garden, we are constantly aware of what a privilege it is to enjoy such a glorious environment. We want to make this truly unique festival as environmentally guilt-free as possible. To this end, we are working solely with artists from the UK, the majority of them local (no glitter allowed!). We ask our audience to car-share and to take their litter home to be recycled as there will not be bins on site. Our tech company is from Kent, state of the art equipment and LED lamps are re-used. Blue Planet III will be further enhancing our awareness of the environment in their family-comedy-nature-documentary on 28 May.

Pack your picnic and your sun cream. It’s going to be a Summer of enchantment and delight and we very much look forward to welcoming you.

Everyone can be our Friend

If you haven’t signed up already please do consider becoming a Friend in 2020. It costs £27 and you can feel great about supporting the Festival Theatre whilst benefiting from a 10% discount on your theatre tickets and meals in the Guthrie Pavilion – which all adds up quite quickly into being a saving for you too. There are additional new benefits this year thanks to Hever Castle Golf Club, full membership details are available here

Don’t take it from us. Listen to what members of 2019 audience had to say:

‘Fabulous, professional and fascinating.’

‘Open air theatre at its best!’

‘Excellent choices of entertainment in fabulous, historic surroundings.’

‘Fantastic theatre experience.’

‘West End in The Garden of England.’

‘Enjoy the luxury of Peace and Beauty.’

‘We’ve enjoyed meeting friends annually around different performances since 1992 without skipping a year.’

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