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What’s on in Kent March 2017

PUBLISHED: 14:33 27 February 2017 | UPDATED: 14:33 27 February 2017

Hedda Gabler (9 March) (photography: Jav Versweyveld)

Hedda Gabler (9 March) (photography: Jav Versweyveld)

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Our selection of top events in March 2017 from around the county

Garden Design (2nd March)Garden Design (2nd March)

Million Dollar Quartet (until 4 Mar)

The true story of one unforgettable night when Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins all played together. Starring Jason Donovan as Sam Phillips, the man who brought them together.

Tickets: £20.50 to £39.50. 01227 787787. The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury. Satnav: CT1 2AS

Kelly OliverKelly Oliver

Fantastic Mr Fox (until 5 Mar)

This brand-new family show is a playful re-telling of Roald Dahl’s much-loved book; a brilliantly witty tale of the clever Mr Fox outfoxing three greedy farmers, brought to life on stage with live music and songs.

Tickets: £17.50 to £22.50. 01322 220000. The Orchard Theatre, Dartford. Satnav: DA1 1ED

Levison WoodLevison Wood

Big Time (1 Mar)

David O’Doherty (the Aldi Bublé, the Ryanair Enya) presents a brand new show of talking and songs played on a crappy keyboard from 1986.

Tickets: £17.50; £15.50. 01227 769075. The Gulbenkian, Canterbury. Satnav: CT2 7NB

Magic of Motown (25th March)Magic of Motown (25th March)

Garden design (2 Mar)

Gardeners of all levels of experience and ages won’t want to miss out on this informative event run by Hadlow College. Whether your ‘garden’ is a window box, a container, a courtyard, a family garden, a large garden or even an estate, this event will inspire you, plus it will be a whole lot of fun. There will be celebrity speakers and a buffet supper. All attendees must pre-register.

Tickets: Free. pat.crawford@hadlow.ac.uk (to register). Hadlow College, Tonbridge. Satnav: TN11 0AL

The Red Shed (22nd and 23rd March) (photography: Tracey Moberley)The Red Shed (22nd and 23rd March) (photography: Tracey Moberley)

Saint Joan (2 Mar)

Gemma Arterton is Joan of Arc, broadcast live from the Donmar Warehouse.

Bernard Shaw’s classic play follows the life and trial of a young country girl who declares a bloody mission to drive the English from France.

Tickets: £14; £12 (concs). 01732 304241. EM Forster Theatre, Tonbridge School, Tonbridge. Satnav: TN9 1JP

Million Dollar Quartet (until 4th March)Million Dollar Quartet (until 4th March)

Astronomy evening (3 Mar)

An evening of night sky gazing with the Edenbridge and District Astronomers.

Tickets: Contact venue. 01732 463255. Bore Place, Chiddingstone. Satnav: TN8 7AR

Fantastic Mr Fox (until 4th March)Fantastic Mr Fox (until 4th March)

Chamber Choir (3 Mar)

Conducted by Daniel Harding and Douglas Hancock, the evening’s programme by the University of Kent Chamber Choir will include Fauré’s Requiem.

Tickets: £13; £7. 01227 769075. Eastern Crypt, Canterbury Cathedral, Canterbury. Satnav: CT1 2EH

Richard Gadd (16th March)Richard Gadd (16th March)

Circus of Horrors (4 Mar)

The Circus of Horrors celebrates its 21st anniversary as it takes to the road with its latest incarnation, The Neverending Nightmare. This new show features an amazing amalgamation of bizarre, brave and beautiful acts, driven by a mainly original soundscape and performed with ‘a forked tongue firmly in each cheek.’

Tickets: £22 to £26. 01843 292795. Margate Winter Gardens, Margate. Satnav: CT9 1HX

The Curious Incident (6th to 11th March)The Curious Incident (6th to 11th March)

Is That…Chris Ramsey? (4 Mar)

The comedian you’ve seen on The Royal Variety Performance, Celebrity Juice, Live At The Apollo and in far too many newspapers when he was wrongly arrested in a hotel in his underpants, Chris Ramsey is coming to a stage near you.

Tickets: £24; £21.50. 01322 220000. The Orchard Theatre, Dartford. Satnav: DA1 1ED

Gerry & the Pacemakers (30th March)Gerry & the Pacemakers (30th March)

Curious Incident (6 to 11 Mar)

The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Nighttime takes us inside the mind of Christopher, an autistic 15-year-old, as he goes on an extraordinary journey after being accused of killing a neighbour’s dog.

Tickets: £17.50 to £38.50. 01227 787787. The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury. Satnav: CT1 2AS

Josie Long (2nd March)Josie Long (2nd March)

Delving deeper (7 Mar)

Explore Christian wisdom through art, music and poetry, and in particular, Andrei Rublev’s beautiful icon The Trinity.

Tickets: £15 (suggested donation). 01892 865988. The Church of Christ the Healer, Burrswood. Satnav: TN3 9PY

Out Of Order (27th March to 1st April)Out Of Order (27th March to 1st April)

Josh Howie (9 Mar)

Not many people who’ve had a sitcom character based on their life have then gone on to write and star in their own sitcom based on their life, but that’s what’s happened to Josh. with here. Son of Lynne Franks, the inspiration for Absolutely Fabulous, Josh has decided to step out the shadows and make it all about him,

Tickets: £8. 01227 769075. The Gulbenkian, Canterbury. Satnav: CT2 7NB

Room on the Broom (until 4th March)Room on the Broom (until 4th March)

Hedda Gabler (9 Mar)

Hedda and Tesman have just returned from their honeymoon and the relationship is already in trouble. Trapped but determined, Hedda tries to control those around her, only to see her own world unravel.

Tickets: £14; £12 (concs). 01732 304241. EM Forster Theatre, Tonbridge School, Tonbridge. Satnav: TN9 1JP

Bugs and Grubs (11 and 12 Mar)

Pull on your wellies and get up close to nature as you join other bug-hunters to discover all the mini-beasts living at Kent Life Heritage Park. Take a visit to the creepy critter cuddle corner, chat to the beekeeper and make a mini-beast house to take home. There’s even a chance to meet Lydia Greenfingers author Joseph Hopkins.

Tickets: Contact venue. 01622 763936. Kent Life, Maidstone. Satnav: ME14 3AU

Room on the Broom (11 and 12 Mar)

Internationally acclaimed children’s theatre company Tall Stories return to Tonbridge with their adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s hugely popular book.

Tickets: £11; £8.50 (groups of 10+). 01732 304241. EM Forster Theatre, Tonbridge School, Tonbridge. Satnav: TN9 1JP

Graft (15 Mar)

An adaptation of Steven Berkoff’s Graft: Tales Of An Actor, this play is a cautionary tale about the theatrical profession.

Tickets: £12.50. 01227 787787. The Marlowe Studio, The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury. Satnav: CT1 2AS

Street food (16 Mar)

Enjoy a day making some of the tastiest street foods from around the globe.

Tickets: Contact venue. 01732 463255. Bore Place, Chiddingstone. Satnav: TN8 7AR

Richard Gadd (16 Mar)

A genre-busting stand-up show, going to the depths of what it means to be a man.

Tickets: £12.00. 01227 787787. The Marlowe Studio, The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury. Satnav: CT1 2AS

Danza Contemporanea de Cuba (17 and 18 Mar)

Vibrant and sensual dance evoking the spirit of Cuba – an irresistible blend of Afro-Caribbean rhythms, jazzy American modern and inflections from European ballet.

Tickets: £13 to £27. 01227 787787. The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury. Satnav: CT1 2AS

Kelly Oliver (18 Mar)

A singer-songwriter, guitarist and harmonicist who blends tradition with bold indie-pop.

Tickets: £10. 01227 787787. The Marlowe Studio, The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury. Satnav: CT1 2AS

Vintage Fair (18 Mar)

Promising plenty of vintage fashion traders, as well as vintage home-ware, records and jewellery.

Tickets: £1. King Charles Church Hall, Tunbridge Wells. Satnav: TN2 5TA

Levison Wood (20 Mar)

Best-selling author, photographer and TV presenter Levison Wood shares his experiences and exploits as a modern-day explorer. Wood delights audiences with stories of his epic adventures, ranging from being chased by crocodiles and hippos in Africa, shot at by gunmen, falling off a mountain, being arrested, and meeting characters like the Dalai Lama and George Clooney.

Tickets: £26.65; £23.75. 0844 871 3015. Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone. Satnav: CT20 2DZ

The Commitments (20 to 25 Mar)

Roddy Doyle’s feelgood celebration of soul, based on the award-winning film.

Tickets: £29 to £49.50. 01227 787787. The Marlowe Studio, The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury. Satnav: CT1 2AS

The Red Shed (22 and 23 Mar)

The Red Shed is the third part of campaigning comic Mark Thomas’ theatrical trilogy, which began with the multi-award-winning Bravo Figaro and Cuckooed. Part theatre, part stand up, part journalism, part activism, Mark realises his obsession with community and struggle.

Tickets: Contact venues. 01843 292795 (Theatre Royal Margate); 01892 678678 (Trinity Theatre); Theatre Royal Margate, Margate (22 Mar); Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells (23 Mar). Satnav: CT9 1PW (Theatre Royal); TN1 1JP (Trinity Theatre)

Magic of Motown (25 Mar)

Live on stage, performing the music of the Temptations, Diana Ross and The Supremes, Four Tops, Stevie Wonder, Jackson 5, Marvin Gaye, Lionel Richie, Martha Reeves, Isley Brothers and scores more, comes one of the best Motown tribute shows.

Tickets: £21 to £88. 01843 292795. Margate Winter Gardens, Margate. Satnav: CT9 1HX

Mother’s Day Weekend (25 and 26 Mar)

Say thank you to mum this Mothers’ Day and spoil her with a memorable family day out. Treat mum to a delicious meal, or simply enjoy some quality family time together. Children can also decorate a flower pot filled with flowers in a free craft workshop to give mum on her special day and join a biscuit decorating workshop (£1.75 in addition to standard admission charges).

Tickets: Contact venue. 01732 865224. Hever Castle, Edenbridge. Satnav: TN8 7NG

The Sooty Show (25 Mar)

Izzy wizzy let’s get busy! Sooty is back in a brand-new show with guaranteed giggles. Sooty, Sweep and Soo head into town accompanied by TV’s Richard Cadell. Mr Slater has put Richard in charge of running the show but nothing is going to plan!

Tickets: £10 to £38. 01843 292795. Theatre Royal Margate. Satnav: CT9 1PW

The Bootleg Beatles (26 Mar)

Formed from the original cast of London’s West End hit show Beatlemania, The Bootleg Beatles have become an institution in their own right with their note-perfect recreation of hits from every era of the world’s most famous songbook.

Tickets: £22.12 to £29.50. 01634 338338. Central Theatre, Chatham. Satnav: ME4 4AS

Godinton House (26 Mar)

The gardens at Godinton House will be open every day in March with a special open day on 26 March to display the collection of old daffodils in the Wild Garden and raise money for the National Gardens Scheme charities.

Tickets: Contact venue. 01233 643854. Godinton House and Gardens, Ashford. Satnav: TN23 3BP

Mothers’ Day Treat (26 Mar)

Enjoy a Mothers’ Day treat with a trip on the Kent & East Sussex Railway. Enjoy the beautiful countryside as the train travels at a leisurely pace from Tenterden. Every mum travelling on the day can choose from a ploughman’s’ lunch or cream tea on either the 1.15pm or 3.35pm departures from Tenterden and will also receive a bouquet of flowers to take home as a reminder of their special day.

Tickets: £29.50; £18 (adults); £12 (children). 01580 765155. Kent & East Sussex Railway, Tenterden. Satnav: TN30 6HE

Out of Order (27 Mar to 1 Apr)

Written and directed by Ray Cooney, the master of farce. This tale of misbehaviour in Westminster stars Shaun Williamson (EastEnders).

Tickets: £18.50 to £36.50. 01227 787787. The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury. Satnav: CT1 2AS

Gerry and the Pacemakers (30 Mar)

Gerry Cross The Mersey is a journey down memory lane with Gerry performing all the great songs from his repertoire. Gerry will be joined by special guest Karen Lee Burnett.

Tickets: £19 and £21. 01843 292795. Theatre Royal Margate. Satnav: CT9 1PW

Oyster Boy (30 Mar)

A bittersweet tale set in the 1950s, based on the Tim Burton story.

Tickets: £12.50. 01227 787787. The Marlowe Studio, The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury. Satnav: CT1 2AS

Patchwork for beginners (30 Mar)

No sewing machine? No problem! Learn two fascinating and creative patchwork techniques in one workshop (9:30am-4pm).

Tickets: Contact venue. 01732 463255. Bore Place, Chiddingstone. Satnav: TN8 7AR

Spilikin: A Love Story (31 Mar)

A heart-breaking new love story, featuring a state-of-the-art robot.

Tickets: £12.50. 01227 787787. The Marlowe Studio, The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury. Satnav: CT1 2AS

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