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What’s on this month in Kent

PUBLISHED: 16:59 29 January 2018 | UPDATED: 11:25 30 January 2018

The Adele Songbook comes in Tunbridge Wells

The Adele Songbook comes in Tunbridge Wells

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Our selection of top events and diary dates for this month in Kent

THEATRE

Until 3 Feb

Mindgame

A mind-bending psychological thriller from the pen of Anthony Horowitz, creator of Foyle’s War, the BBC’s New Blood, Alex Rider, the Sherlock Holmes novels House of Silk and Moriarty.

Tickets: £15 to £18. 01892 530613. Assembly Hall, Tunbridge Wells

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Until 3 Feb

Of Mice And Men

Written by Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck and based on his own experiences in the 1920s, this is the story of two migrant ranch workers who dream of owning their own ranch.

Tickets: £12.25 to £37.75. 01227 787787. The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

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6 Feb

2018 Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year lands in Tunbridge Wells with a unique and exciting show of cultural spectacle showcasing amazing Chinese performing arts.

Tickets: £15 to £60. 01892 530613. Assembly Hall, Tunbridge Wells

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11 Feb

Dogs Don’t Do Ballet

The very funny tale of a small dog with big dreams, suitable for ages 3-plus.

Tickets: £10. 01732 304241. EM Forster Theatre, Tonbridge School, Tonbridge

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21 Feb

Wisdom of a Fool

A tour-de-force performance by Jack Lane, portraying the story of comedian Norman Wisdom.

Tickets: £16; £14. 01732 304241. EM Forster Theatre, Tonbridge School, Tonbridge

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21 Feb

The Enormous Room

Dave’s wife Jackie has died, but he still sees her everywhere. She is lying in his bed, sitting at the kitchen table and laughing with their daughter Sam. Dave has withdrawn into the living room unable to let his memories go, but going is all that Sam can think about.

Tickets: £8.80 to £12.80. 01227 769075. The Gulbenkian, Canterbury

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28 Feb

The Thing From Over There

A rip-roaring adventure from Gonzo Moose.

Tickets: £15; £13. 01732 304241. EM Forster Studio, Tonbridge School, Tonbridge

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COMEDY

2 Feb

Jim Davidson

One of the UK’s most long-standing comedians will deliver a show that promises to be the antidote to the so-called PC world we now live in. Guaranteed to be outrageous and as truthful as ever.

Tickets: £22.50, £17.50. 01843 292795. Margate Winter Gardens, Margate

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8 and 17 Feb

Spoiler Alert

Ed Byrne returns to the road with his biggest ever tour to date. He explores the thin line between righteous complaining and brat-like whining and asks ‘Are we right to be fed up, or are we spoiled?’ Very funny.

Tickets: £24 (Assembly Hall); £28.00 (Orchard Theatre). 01892 530613 (Assembly Hall, 8 Feb); 01322 220000 (Orchard Theatre, 17 Feb). Assembly Hall, Tunbridge Wells; Orchard Theatre, Dartford

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23 Feb

Shazia Mirza

With Love From St Tropez is a show about lies and truth, nudity and the periodic table - the things that hold the key to the future. How much do you wear? What do you look like, and will they let you in? Oh, and don’t you dare wear more than dental floss on a French beach.

Tickets: £15 to £18. 01892 678678. Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells

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23 Feb

Tonbridge Comedy Night

Three top comedians on the live circuit will tickle your funny bone. The showcase features Jeff Innocent

Tickets: £12. 01732 304241. EM Forster Studio, Tonbridge School, Tonbridge

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MUSIC & DANCE

2 Feb

Clare Teal Duo

Award-winning singer and BBC Radio 2 presenter Clare Teal revels in performing in more intimate venues accompanied by piano, so don’t miss your chance to see her in such a venue.

Tickets £23 to £25. 01304 370220. Astor Community Theatre, Deal

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4 Feb

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

The concert begins with the haunting rhapsodic work by Vaughan Williams – his Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis. This is always in Classic FM’s top ten and is a spell-bindingly beautiful work, then showcases work from Elgar and Dvorak.

Tickets £12.90 to £36.90. 01303 228600. Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone

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5 Feb

Jive Talkin’

The timeless repertoire of the Bee Gees is brought to life in this stunning stage production which will have you reaching for your handkerchiefs and dancing in the aisles.

Tickets: From £21. 01892 530613. Assembly Hall, Tunbridge Wells

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6 Feb

The Damned

With no shortage of eclectic hits to draw upon, having been around in one form or another since the first rumblings of punk rock in the 1970s, Dave Vanian, Captain Sensible, Monty Oxymoron, Pinch and Stu West will ensure that The Damned’s 2018 UK tour will electrify fans across the nation.

Tickets: £30.15. 01303 228600. Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone

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7 Feb

Nathan Carter

Irish country singer Nathan Carter is bringing his “Livin’ The Dream” tour to Chatham. He regularly performs sell-out shows throughout Ireland, and now he is bringing his sound to Kent!

Tickets: from £24.50. Buy online. The Central Theatre, Chatham

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9 Feb

Thank You For The Music

Welcome to an all new sequin-spangled ultimate tribute to ABBA. Dancing kings and queen will have the time of their lives at this all-time great party-time extravaganza.

Tickets: From £22.50. 01892 530613. Assembly Hall, Tunbridge Wells

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12 Feb

The Classic Rock Show

Paying tribute to many of the world’s all-time guitar greats, such as Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Mark Knopfler Walter Becker, Eric Clapton, Angus Young, Brian May, Joe Walsh, Paul Kossoff, Peter Green and Pete Townsend, plus many more, The Classic Rock Show’s world-class musicians will power through some of rock’s finest moments.

Tickets: £25. 01322 220000. Orchard Theatre, Dartford

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14 to 17 Feb

A Spoonful of Sherman

The UK premiere of a brand-new musical that celebrate 100 years of wonderful Sherman family music.

Tickets: £16; £14. 01732 304241. EM Forster Theatre, Tonbridge School, Tonbridge

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15 and 16 Feb

Broadway to Hollywood

Anton Du Beke and Erin Boag announce an exciting new show that will showcase the undisputed talent of one of the nation’s favourite ballroom couples and a stellar supporting cast including brilliant star vocalist Lance Ellington, six world-class Ensemble Dancers and the 25-piece London Concert Orchestra conducted by Richard Balcombe.

Tickets: £17.25 to £50.75. 01227 787787. The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

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19 Feb

The King is Back

Internationally renowned as one of the best Elvis tributes around today, Ben Portsmouth will bring his unique style, charisma and 10-piece band to the Kent stage and show why The King is Back.

Tickets: From £25.50. 01892 530613. Assembly Hall, Tunbridge Wells

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22 Feb

Fairport Convention

Fairport Convention has been making great music for more than half a century. Credited with originating British folk-rock music, the band has been through many changes but the current members retain a passion for live performance.

Tickets: £25. 01892 530613. Assembly Hall, Tunbridge Wells

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23 Feb

Faith

The George Michael Legacy is a stunning celebration of arguably one of the greatest singer/songwriters of all time. Featuring international George Michael tribute Wayne Dilks and his eight-piece band, this will be a musical journey of 35 years of hit records, from Wham to a successful solo career.

Tickets: £22.50. 01892 530613. Assembly Hall, Tunbridge Wells

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24 Feb

The Beat and The Selecter

Catch this co-headline show with The Beat and The Selecter beside the seaside in February. This double dose of ska will have you skanking non-stop to plenty of feelgood hits.

Tickets: £30.25. 01843 295887. Dreamland, Margate

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25 Feb

Allan Bunney Concert

An organ demonstration and recital.

Tickets: Free. 01732 304241. Chapel of St Augustine, Tonbridge School, Tonbridge

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25 Feb

Someone Like You

Back on the road by popular demand, Someone Like You - The Adele Songbook is an immaculate celebration of one of our generation’s finest singer-songwriters.

Tickets: £18.50. 01892 530613. Assembly Hall, Tunbridge Wells

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26 Feb

Hooray For Hollywood

Step back in time to 1920’s London and discover the most unforgettable show songs that made their way across the Atlantic and that helped shape a legacy of opulence still much admired today.

Tickets: £24. 01322 220000. Orchard Theatre, Dartford

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27 Feb to 3 Mar

The Sound of Music

One of the greatest musicals of all time returns to the stage to enchant the young and the young at heart. This wonderfully lavish staging tells the true story of the world famous singing family, from their romantic beginnings and search for happiness, to their thrilling escape to freedom at the start of the Second World War.

Tickets: £25.00 (Tue to Thurs); £35.00 (Fri to Sat). 01892 530613. Assembly Hall, Tunbridge Wells

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28 Feb

Islands in the Stream

Leave your 9 to 5 worries at the door and get ready for a night in the company of country music royalty as you revel in the songs of the Queen and King of country music - Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers.

Tickets: £28. 01322 220000. Orchard Theatre, Dartford

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OUT AND ABOUT

3 and 4 Feb

Build It Live South East

The exhibition will provide a whole weekend of inspiration all under one roof, including expert guidance for anyone planning a self-build, renovating a property or looking to add light, space or value to their current home.

Tickets: £12, builditlive.co.uk. Kent Event Centre, Kent County Showground, Detling

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5 Feb

A Material Practice

Artist Harriet Hill has created a piece for the FLOW exhibition. She discusses her work in this talk.

Tickets: Free. 01732 304241. Cawthorne Lecture Theatre, Tonbridge School, Tonbridge

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9 Feb

Star Gazing

In this introduction to astronomy hear expert talks and top tips before looking through telescopes to explore the night sky and gaze among the stars. Please note there is no disabled access down to the meadow where the stargazing event will be held.

Tickets: £20 (adult); £15 (child). 0370 333 1181. Down House, Downe

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10 Feb

Murder Mystery Ride

The game is afoot, as a great detective once declared. And given that the police have drawn a blank on apprehending the villain, it’s up to you. Come along and try your hand at solving a murder, and you might win a prize…

Tickets: £37. 01892 537715. Spa Valley Railway, Tunbridge Wells

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10 to 18 Feb

Enchanted Garden Trail

Explore the Enchanted Gardens Trail to discover some magical forest dwellers. Winding through the 11 acres of formal gardens, the trail is sure to delight children and adults alike. Each character along the trail will reveal a clue to help you unlock a hidden message. Can you discover all the clues to solve the puzzle?

Tickets: £6 to £30. 01892 870307. Penshurst Place and Gardens, Penshurst

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10 and 11 Feb

The PJ Masks

Visit the Spa Valley Railway to see Owlette, Catboy and Gekko, from the PJ Masks. The super trio will be on hand to see their fans arriving on trains hauled by a steam and diesel locomotive from Tunbridge Wells West at intervals throughout the weekend.

Tickets: £6 to £30. 01892 537715. Spa Valley Railway, Tunbridge Wells

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10 to 18 Feb

Living with Nature

Discover more about conservation and local wildlife as part of the half-term event Living with Nature. Find out how to create habitats and encourage wildlife into your garden and join the RSPB workshop.

Tickets: £12.35 to £39.90. 01732 865224. Hever Castle, Edenbridge

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From 10 Feb

Snowdrop Walk

A heavenly carpet of snowdrops will provide a magical trail for visitors to follow. Around 70,000 snowdrop bulbs have been planted in the gardens over the past few years, including a mix of single and double snowdrops, interspersed with some unusual varieties

Tickets: £12.35 to £39.90. 01732 865224. Hever Castle, Edenbridge

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23 to 25 Feb

Faversham Literary Festival

The inaugural literary festival will take place in three of the town’s historic venues, the Guildhall on Market Place and the Assembly Rooms and The Limes on Preston Street. With local and national writers, poets and journalists all sharing their work, there’s lots of events to choose from over the main festival weekend, while the lead-up week includes writing workshops and talks on 17 and 18 February and a performance of the musical The Skate Boys of Faversham Town to open the festival at the Assembly Rooms on 22 February.

Tickets: various, available via www.favershamliteraryfestival.org, or at The Hat Shop on West Street. Guildhall, Assembly Rooms and The Limes

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