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PUBLISHED: 15:17 28 December 2014 | UPDATED: 08:28 03 January 2015

Ice rink at Calverley Park, Tunbridge Wells

Ice rink at Calverley Park, Tunbridge Wells

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Plan your days and evenings out in Kent this January with Kent Life’s essential, county wide guide to the best in music, theatre, comedy and family outings

Until Jan 2015

Ice Skating

Now in its fourth year, the hugely popular Tunbridge Wells ice rink continues this month. Set in the natural amphitheatre of central Calverley Grounds, opposite the railway station, the ice rink offers spectacular views of the park. There is also plenty to do if cutting the light fantastic on the ice is not your thing, including the chance to do a spot of festive shopping and enjoy a hot chocolate or a mulled wine.

Tickets: £7 (child); £9.50 
(adult) per hour
01892 530613 
(Assembly Hall box office)
Calverley Grounds, 
Tunbridge Wells
Satnav: TN1 2SH

5 to 10 Jan

Dreamboats 
and Miniskirts

The sequel to the sell-out Dreamboats and Petticoats follows the story of the protagonists from the original musical and showcases some 
of the greatest songs of the 1960s. It’s 1963, and the world 
is changing – fast.

Tickets: £15 to £35
01322 220000
The Orchard Theatre, Dartford
Satnav: DA1 1ED

5 Jan

Classic Rock Show

Come hear the Top 20 greatest guitar riffs of all time. From the extraordinary opening sounds of Led Zeppelin’s Whole Lotta Love to Queen’s powerhouse anthem We Will Rock You via AC/DC’s Back in Black and everything in between, this show really rocks.

Tickets: £32.50
01892 530613 
Assembly Hall, Tunbridge Wells
Satnav: TN1 2LU

6 Jan

Twelfth Night

Maidstone Choral Union invites you to an evening of carols and the spoken word that will be a joyous end to the festive season. The audience is invited to sing, together with the choir, some of the most popular carols. There will be a retiring collection

Tickets: Free, visit: www.maidstonechoralunion.org.uk
United Reform Church, Maidstone
Satnav: ME14 1QU

14 Jan

Peter Howarth

Grab this chance to see Peter Howarth, lead singer of the Hollies, exercise his vocal talents and superb acoustic guitar arrangements of hits by The Hollies, Cliff Richard and Roy Orbison. Songs include He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother, The Air That I Breathe, Devil Woman, Carrie, Pretty Woman and some from his album Evermore.

Tickets: £13
01227 787787
The Marlowe, Canterbury
Satnav: CT1 2AS

14 to 17 Jan

Dead Simple

Directed by Olivier award winner Ian Talbot and adapted by Shaun McKenna, this gripping, chilling, thriller has the classic suspense, twists and turns of an original tale from the pen of Peter James.

Tickets: £15 to £28
01322 220000
The Orchard Theatre, Dartford
Satnav: DA1 1ED

16 Jan

Magical Mozart

From the producers of 
A Viennese Strauss Gala, this sumptuous costumed show immerses the audience in 
the music and classical baroque world of one of the world’s greatest composers - Mozart.

Tickets: £21, £19 (concs) 
01892 530613 
Assembly Hall, Tunbridge Wells
Satnav: TN1 2LU

17 Jan

The London Welsh

Male Voice Choir

The choir will perform in aid 
of The Canterbury Forest of Blean Rotary Club charities.

Tickets: Marlowe Theatre
01227 787787
Canterbury Cathedral
Satnav: CT1 2EH

18 Jan

Nils Lofgren

The legendary American songwriter, virtuoso guitarist and pianist makes his return to the UK in 2015. After touring with Bruce Springsteen as a long-time member of the E Street Band on The Boss’s Wrecking Ball and High Hopes tours, he is back to perform his own legendary live show. Nils will be joined for an acoustic set by the multi-instrumentalist Greg Varlotta.

Tickets: £28.50; £38.50 
01892 530613 
Assembly Hall, Tunbridge Wells
Satnav: TN1 2LU

20 to 31 Jan

Jersey Boys

The internationally acclaimed stage sensation, Jersey Boys,
is touring the UK and Ireland 
for the first time in 2015. This smash-hit musical has won 
55 major awards worldwide, including the Olivier Award for Best New Musical. Jersey Boys tells the true life story of four boys from the wrong side of 
the tracks who wrote their own songs, invented their own unique sound, and sold 100 million records worldwide.

Tickets: £18.50 to £49.50
01227 787787
The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury
Satnav: CT1 2AS

22 Jan

Sir Chris Bonnington

Sir Chris Bonnington is Britain’s best-known mountaineer and one of the most successful ever expedition leaders. He will be presenting a ‘life and times’ account, covering his 60 years spent in the mountains. With original images and raw footage, this is a rare chance to hear about some of the greatest expeditions of the 20th century.

Tickets: £19.50, £12 (concs) 
01892 530613 
Assembly Hall, Tunbridge Wells
Satnav: TN1 2LU

23 Jan

Ross Noble

Following 14 sell-out tours, the king of improvisational comedy is back with a brand-new UK show, Tangentleman. The master surrealist uses an infinite imagination and plenty of tomfoolery, which is sure to 
have audiences in fits of laughter.

Tickets: £25 
01892 530613 
Assembly Hall, 
Tunbridge Wells
Satnav: TN1 2LU

23 Jan

From The Jam

From The Jam, featuring former Jam bassist Bruce Foxton, vocalist and guitarist Russell Hastings and drummer Steve Barnard, is back on the road. 
The group has gained a reputation for the kind of incendiary performances that sealed The Jam’s reputation years ago. Expect to hear classics such as Down In The Tube Station At Midnight, Going Underground, Town Called Malice and The Modern World as well as songs from Bruce’s solo career.

Tickets: £23
0844 871 3015
Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone
Satnav: CT20 2DZ

24 Jan

Canterbury Chorals

One of the most enduring scores by Berlioz, contrasting the deep, intense music written for the role of Herod with the sounds of angelic choirs, all wrapped in a masterpiece of orchestral writing. Also features the Crypt Choir of the King’s School and Canterbury Choral Society Youth Choir.

Tickets: Marlowe Theatre
01227 787787
Canterbury Cathedral
Satnav: CT1 2EH

25 Jan

Sound of Music

Enjoy a screening of the Julie Andrews classic, celebrating its 50th anniversary, in glorious Technicolor, with subtitles so 
the audience can sing along..

Tickets: £16
01322 220000
Orchard Theatre, Dartford
Satnav: DA1 1ED

26 Jan

La Fille Mal Gardée

Recreated by Alexander Gorsky, this remains one of the oldest ballets still regularly performed. A gentle tale of love thwarted, unrequited and found, it is a masterpiece of comedy. With plenty of ribbons, romance and rivalry, it conjures up a world 
of pastoral simplicity where a farm boy woos a flirty farmer’s daughter and they find inventive ways to avoid her mother.

Tickets: £25.50 to £48.40
0844 871 7620
Churchill Theatre, Bromley
Satnav: BR1 1HA

26 to 31 Jan

Blood Brothers

Written by Willy Russell, this production tells the moving tale of twins who, separated at birth, grow up on opposite sides of the tracks only to meet again with fateful consequences. The superb score includes Bright New Day, Marilyn Monroe and the hit
song Tell Me It’s Not True.

Tickets: £28.50, £25.50 (Tue to Thur evenings); £31.50, £29.50 (Fri and Sat evenings); £25.50, £21 (Wed and Sat matinees)
01892 530613 
Assembly Hall, Tunbridge Wells
Satnav: TN1 2LU

27 Jan

Coppélia

Every toy has a story, especially in this charming comedy of errors set in a doll-maker’s workshop. This light-hearted 
tale of mistaken identity and confused lovers follows mischievous Swanilda, her impetuous suitor Franz and the eccentric toymaker Dr Coppelius as they are brought to life by sparkling choreography and 
the animated score of Delibes.

Tickets: £25.50 to £48.40
0844 871 7620
Churchill Theatre, Bromley
Satnav: BR1 1HA

28 Jan

Swan Lake

The greatest romantic ballet of 
all time is brought to life by Tchaikovsky’s haunting and unforgettable score. From the splendour of the Palace ballroom to the moon-lit lake where swans glide in perfect formation this compelling, tragic tale has it all.

Tickets: £25.50 to £48.40
0844 871 7620
Churchill Theatre, Bromley
Satnav: BR1 1HA

30 Jan

The Magic of Motown

One of the UK’s biggest musical spectaculars returns with an all-new, all-star production. Featuring more chart toppers than ever, with music from the Four Tops, Supremes, Jackson 5, Isley Brothers, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Temptations, 
Diana Ross and Lionel Richie.

Tickets: £18 to £32.50
08448 717 620
Churchill Theatre, Bromley
Satnav: BR1 1HA

1 Feb

Fleetwood Mac: Rumours

Replicating the subtlety and power of Fleetwood Mac at the group’s brilliant best, let timeless classics such as Black Magic Woman, Albatross, Go Your Own Way, Dreams and Little Lies, take you on a nostalgic evening of breathtakingly outstanding musicianship; and all performed in the context where the songs work best – a live stage.

Tickets: £23.50
01322 220000
Orchard Theatre, Dartford
Satnav: DA1 1ED

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