The Kenton Theatre is the fourth-oldest working theatre in the country. The production of Pirates of Penzance referred to took place about three years ago, since when the theatre is under new management and has been extensively refurbished, including disabled access and toilets. The emphasis now is on professional touring productions as well as top-quality amateur shows, and recent sell-out events have included Chas 'n’ Dave, Pam Ayres and a series of “Kenton Lectures” from Colin Dexter, Lord Owen and Ann Widdecombe.
2 reviews of Kenton Theatre in English
We’re lucky to have a place like this is town.
It’s something like the fourth oldest theatre in Britain and, since it’s refurbishment, is churning out quality performances with big names.
It only seats a couple of hundred people - so it’s not huge - but, despite it’s size, it punches well above it’s weight.
You get plenty of famous names appearing throughout the year and prices are generally reasonable.
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What a quaint little place. Not my cup of tea, but I can imagine it might appeal to some. It’s got that old fashioned charm, but is kind of spoiled by the stained red velvet curtains and grubby looking fittings….
I went to see an amateur dramatics production of Pirates of Penzance there (grandma pressie) which I didn’t really enjoy, but apparently they now concentrate more on better quality stuff these days, and it’s been refurbished too :)
You might just like the charm of the place then - as I said not my cup of tea, but one to try if it sounds like yours.
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