The Orchard Theatre is a 956-seat theatre situated in Dartford, Kent that provides the local community with a range of entertainment from leading West End musicals, top comedians, dramas, variety, children’s entertainment, classical music, operas, and of course the ever-popular annual pantomime.
The Orchard was officially opened by His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent on Thursday 14 April, 1983. Since then, the building has seen numerous stars grace the stage including Bradley Walsh, Jim Davidson, Joe Pasquale, Lesley Joseph, Kate O’Mara, Wendi Peters, Anita Dobson, Barbara Windsor, Andrew Sachs, Joe Longthorne and this Christmas, Craig Revel Horwood and Ann Widdecombe will perform in the ‘strictly’ wicked pantomime, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
The Orchard is home to The Circle Restaurant which boasts a menu bursting with fresh seasonal flavours just a foot-step away from first-class entertainment. As well as pre-show dining, The Circle Restaurant offers a selection of dining evenings including the ever-popular Murder Mystery Evenings, hilarious Comedy Curries and a host of Christmas themed events.
The Orchard Theatre runs an annual summer youth project offering the opportunity for local young performers to work with a highly-skilled professional production team to rehearse and perform a full-scale musical in just two weeks.