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The Woman in Black – Orchard Theatre, Dartford

Writer: Susan Hill Adaptor: Stephen Mallatratt Director: Robin Herford Reviewer: Dan English A dark and sinister presence has overcome the Orchard Theatre thi OK s Halloween with the arrival of the touring production of acclaimed thriller The Woman In Black. One of theatre’s most well-known pieces, The Woman In Black sees a lawyer employ an unnamed actor to perform the ...

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The Rocky Horror Show – Orchard Theatre, Dartford

Writer: Richard O’Brien Director: Christopher Luscombe Reviewer: Dan English It’s at the moment when the audience all rises to do the Time Warp that you realise that this production continues to pull long after its first run, as The Rocky Horror Show reaches Dartford as part of its UK tour. Newly engaged, and fantastically naive, Brad and Janet stumble across ...

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The Mousetrap – Orchard Theatre, Dartford

Writer: Agatha Christie Director: Gareth Armstrong Reviewer: Dan English There are twists, gasps and foul play aplenty in the hard-working touring production of the long-running West End hit The Mousetrap, penned by renowned sleuth scribe Agatha Christie. Cut off from the rest of civilisation in the midst of a heavy winter storm, the guests as the newly opened Monkswell Manor ...

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Priscilla Queen of the Desert – Orchard Theatre, Dartford

Book: Stephan Elliott and Allan Scott Director: Ian Talbot Reviewer: Dan English Joe McFadden brings the Outback to Dartford in this production of the musical Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, which kick-started its UK tour in the Kent town. The production sees Tick, McFadden, head to the Outback with two fellow performers as he aims to bring his drag act ...

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Annie – Orchard Theatre, Dartford

Book: Thomas Meehan Director: Nikolai Foster Choregrapher: Nick Winston Reviewer: Dan English Craig Revel Horwood’s menacing and hilariously cruel depiction of the villainous Miss Hannigan steals the show as Annie reaches Dartford’s Orchard Theatre as part of its UK tour. The Strictly Come Dancing judge and accomplished choreographer, continuing his hugely successful foray into musical theatre, leads a hard-working cast as ...

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The Girl on the Train – Orchard Theatre, Dartford

Writer: Paula Hawkins Adaptors: Rachel Wagstaff and Duncan Abel Director: Anthony Banks Reviewer: Dan English  A missing girl and an alcoholic struggling to get a grip on reality combine in this highly stylish adaptation of the hit thriller The Girl on the Train. Samantha Womack is Rachel Watson, a woman finding it hard to adapt following a messy divorce from ...

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Abigail’s Party – Orchard Theatre, Dartford

Writer: Mike Leigh Director: Sarah Esdaile Reviewer: Dan English Jodie Prenger leads a determined cast trying to revive an ageing script one tense joke at a time in during the painfully awkward festivity which makes up Abigail’s Party, reaching Dartford as part of its nationwide tour. Mike Leigh’s play focuses on the strained relationship between Laurence and Beverley, with the ...

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Calendar Girls the Musical – Orchard Theatre, Dartford

Writer: Tim Firth and Gary Barlow Director: Matt Ryan Reviewer: Dan English Preconceptions are thrown out of the window, along with pretty much everything else, as the Calendar Girls lay everything bare as part of its UK tour, reaching Dartford’s Orchard Theatre. Continuing their successful musical theatre partnership, Tim Firth and Gary Barlow combine again to provide an entertaining book ...

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