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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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Benidorm Live – Orchard Theatre, Dartford

Writer: Derren Litten Director: Ed Curtis Reviewer: Dan English There’s plenty of winter sun to be had as the stage adaptation of ITV’s hit comedy Benidorm checks-in at Dartford’s Orchard Theatre as part of its tour. Leaping from ITV onto a UK and Ireland tour, Benidorm Live remains penned by Derren Litten and boasts several cast members from the TV series ...

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The Band – Orchard Theatre, Dartford

Writer: Tim Firth Director: Kim Gavin and Jack Ryder Music: Take That Reviewer: Dan English There’s nineties nostalgia aplenty in The Band, the triumphant new musical, which combines the pen of Tim Firth and the songs of Take That, putting every punter of a certain age back in the midst of their pop band obsession. It’s a feeling we’re all ...

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Aladdin – Orchard Theatre, Dartford

Writer: Alan McHugh Director: Thom Sutherland Reviewer: Dan English With a dramatic start, Dartford’s pantomime offering this year, Aladdin, tries to put punters in the festive mood with this visually stunning production. The Orchard Theatre’s seasonal selection, directed by Thom Sutherland, sees Aladdin (Alexis Gerred) attempt to escape the clutches of his nemesis Abanazar (Marti Pellow), all while trying to ...

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Let It Be – Orchard Theatre, Dartford

Musical Director: Michael Bramwell Director: Michael Gyngell Reviewer: Dan English The Fab Four continue to ply their trade as the songs and careers of The Beatles are delved into within the touring production of Let It Be. Chronicling Liverpool’s most famous export’s journey into trans-Atlantic stardom, this jukebox tribute follows the astronomical rise of Paul, Ringo, John and George as ...

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