Panto, ballet and musicals on offer at Dartford’s Orchard Theatre this winter

PUBLISHED: 12:00 08 December 2017

Party scene in The Nutcracker. Picture: The Orchard Theatre

Party scene in The Nutcracker. Picture: The Orchard Theatre


Theatre fans are in for a treat this winter, as a succession of thrilling shows arrive at The Orchard Theatre.

Kara Lily Hayworth as Cilla in Cilla - The Musical. Picture: The Orchard TheatreKara Lily Hayworth as Cilla in Cilla - The Musical. Picture: The Orchard Theatre

Ballet, musicals and comedy will keep families entertained all through December and January, in addition to the Dartford venue’s pantomime Cinderella starring Louie Spence and Michelle Collins.

The fun kicks off with That’ll Be the Day on December 11, the rock and roll variety show, which will combine laughs with Christmas classics from the 50s, 60s and 70s.

The Belvedere Concert band returns for the sixth year running on December 18, with The Magic of Christmas charity concert in aid of Parkinson’s UK and the Samaritans. The group and guests will bring the audience classic songs and music from the stage and screen, with plenty of festive favourites thrown in for good measure.

Ballet fans will be eager to snap up tickets for performances by the Moscow City Ballet. Sleeping Beauty will captivate on January 10 and 11, while much-loved The Nutcracker will arrive on January 10 and run until the 13th.

The cast of Cilla - The Musical. Picture: The Orchard TheatreThe cast of Cilla - The Musical. Picture: The Orchard Theatre

Musicals are not lacking either, with Cilla from January 16-20 and Crazy for You – starring Claire Sweeney and Tom Chambers – from January 23-27, while adult pantomime Sinbad the Sailor (January 7) will provide an alternative pantomime experience for grown-up guests.

The programme is topped off by New Jersey Nights (January 2-6), a celebration of the iconic music of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons.

Pre-show dining is available before all shows at the theatre, in Home Gardens. Tables can be booked at the restaurant when booking performance tickets.

For more information on all these shows or to book tickets, visit or call 01322 220000.

Drosselmeyer giving the doll to Clara in The Nutcracker by Moscow City Ballet. Picture: The Orchard TheatreDrosselmeyer giving the doll to Clara in The Nutcracker by Moscow City Ballet. Picture: The Orchard Theatre

The Orchard’s traditional pantomime Cinderella runs until December 31. You can read Q&As with star Louie Spence and director Lorna Strawson at


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