Henley Life - November 2018 - page 9

We’re already well into our autumn
programme at the Kenton and as usual, we’ve
got a feast of entertainment to take us up to
Christmas and beyond.
Along with The Royal British Legion and the
Come And Sing Company, we’ll be presenting
our First WorldWar Centenary Event
(November 10), an afternoon of poetry,
theatre and music in honour of the fallen.
Students from Gillotts will perform excerpts
Oh! What A Lovely War!
and there will be
a sing-a-long of the songs that boosted
morale in the trenches.
Proceeds from the event will go to The Royal
British Legion, so not only will it be a
wonderful and emotional event, but it will
make a difference to the lives of others too.
We’re great music fans at the theatre and we
like to support musicians at every stage of
their career, and Opera Prelude’s presentation
One Romantic Evening
(November 17)
showcases the latest rising talent.
These nights are always very special and with
music from some of the best loved operas and
musicals in their repertoire such as
Le Nozze di
Figaro, L’Elisir d’Amore, La Bohème, Madama
La Traviata
we’re certain that this
will be no exception.
We’re welcoming back the International
Ukulele Club of Sonning Common (December
9) and they never disappoint. Sam Brown
founded the club back in 2007 and now she
runs five clubs with more than 100 members,
this show will feature the original club.
In the New Year The Rat Pack (January 25) will
be joining us and local favourite Kenny Lynch
will croon some of his best-known songs.
Moving from the 1950s to the 1980s, and
we’ve got Hazel O’Connor and China Crisis
making an appearance in the Spring. We’re
also trying something new with our Jazz In
The Round Series (January 16, February 13,
April 3).
The audience will be seated around the
stage with world-class-renowned jazz artists
giving a close up view of every movement
and key change. We’re really excited to be
welcoming back the UK’s foremost jazz
vocalist, Jacqui Dankworth with her Jazz
Sirens (March 2).
Our comedy nights have really taken off,
they’re and becoming more and more
popular. Comedy@The Kenton happens
once a month and showcases up-and-
coming talent. Over the next few months
we’ll be welcoming Pierre Novellie, Julian
Deane, Hayley Ellis, and Tania Edwards
(among others).
This Show Does Not Contain
(January 18 & 19) features some of the
best female comedy around and in April
we’re delighted to be having Ed Gamble
bringing his show
to the theatre.
Comedy really is on the rise at the Kenton!
Naturally we’re all very excited for Christmas
--we’ve made our lists already and dispatched
them to the North Pole -- but a few of our
Christmas wishes will be coming true here in
New Street.
We’ve got
Bugsy Malone
on stage (from
November 23) when Stageworks students
load up their splurge guns for some messy
musical fun. Santa will be at the theatre in his
grotto as part of the town’s annual Christmas
Festival Event (November 30) when every
child receives a free gift.
Then the
Sleeping Beauty
ballet gets
December off to a beautiful start. If you’re
dreaming of a white Christmas, then come
and see HAODS performing the Irving Berlin
classics from... White Christmas.
Our Christmas @The Kenton (December 20)
is always great fun and this year Pure Fluke,
Katie Moberly, Megan Henwood, Purdy and
Big Band and Local Lovelies will be getting
everyone in the festive mood.
What would Christmas be without a
Pantomime? Immersion Theatre, the team
behind last year’s smash hit
Robin Hood,
return with an even more spectacular show
Dick Whittington
( December 15-29). It
promises to be a monumental show with
jokes, songs and audience interaction.
01491 575698 Box Office open Monday to
Saturday. For full programme visit
Kenton Theatre, New Street, Henley,
Oxfordshire RG9 2BP
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