Central Park set to play host to work by William Shakespeare and Noel Coward

PUBLISHED: 10:33 27 March 2015 | UPDATED: 10:33 27 March 2015

William Shakespeare's work will again feature in Dartford's Central Park

William Shakespeare's work will again feature in Dartford's Central Park


Summer outdoor stage setting for free theatre performances

A new outdoor stage and picnic area in the heart of Dartford’s Central Park will opens its gates this summer to host the council’s popular free Shakespeare evening and welcome a classic Noël Coward play.

Noel Coward’s Hay Fever, a comedy of manners about a family whose theatrical excesses torment a group of unsuspecting visitors, comes to the Outdoor Theatre on Tuesday, August 4.

While The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Shakespeare’s romantic comedy following the fortunes of two best friends in love with the same girl, will be performed on Thursday, August 6.

Both plays will be performed by The Changeling Theatre.

Dartford council leader Jeremy Kite said, “People seem to love what we’re doing with our Edwardian transformation of Central Park and this summer sees another major milestone. We’re opening up a huge natural picnic area by the river and have created a simple but elegant stage for outdoor performances.

“The council is putting on two great performances as part of our opening season but I want community groups and other performers to make use of the stage too. It would be great for school plays and amateur dramatic groups.”

‘I’m delighted to confirm that tickets to both performances will once again be FREE to Dartford taxpayers and will be available via the council’s online booking system in June.”

More information, along with details of other events taking place this summer, can be found at

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