Hever Festival

Over nearly 30 years the Summer Festival has become established as one of the premier outdoor events in the South East, attracting thousands every summer many of whom return year on year. Now in its 4th year on the stunning Two Sisters Lawn, the Festival Theatre goes from strength to strength.
The Summer Festival offers a rich variety of performing arts and entertainment catering for a wide variety of tastes from jazz to classics; from drama to opera and musical theatre. Audience are able to enter the grounds from 6.30pm for evening performances, where they may enjoy the beautiful Castle gardens and ambience by bringing a picnic, choosing to eat in the Castle Restaurant or by simply wandering through the magnificent gardens. For matinee performances, the audience may remain in the gardens after the performance until the grounds are closed for the day, usually at 6 pm.
Of course the highlight of your visit is to enjoy the feast of theatre and music on offer, prepared by professionals with an established reputation for quality and set in a magical location. The stage is fully covered, and the seating tiered, with the vast majority of seats also under cover.
The Venue
The Theatre is located on the delightful Two Sisters Lawn in the award winning gardens of Hever Castle, adjacent to the legendary Anne Boleyn Walk – the Castle was originally the home of the Boleyn family. The Theatre is surrounded by some delightful flower beds including the famous ‘long border’ and an abundance of ornamental trees; it also contains the picturesque Two Sisters pond (and grotto) and a magnificent Tulip Tree.
As well as being a visual delight, the setting provides a natural auditorium with easy access to the theatre car park and the lakeside for those who prefer to picnic in view of the lake. For the others, the lawn itself provides a convenient and relaxing spot for that pre-show picnic.
Theatre Facilities
The facilities include a large specially designed ‘Saddlespan’ canopy to house the stage and technical equipment, as well as tiered and covered seating for 390. As such, it provides an unusually high degree of protection against inclement weather.
For those audience members who prefer a hardier and more adventurous option, the auditorium also provides a further 70 reserved uncovered seats, as well as unreserved space on the grass either side of the reserved seating for concerts.
There is free and ample parking for cars and coaches, most of which provides hard standing.
On selected weekends, the Astor Wing will be offering accommodation. Each of their 21 rooms are individually designed, offering both comfort and luxury. For further information please phone 01732 861 800 or email tudor@hevercastle.co.uk

Dates of Performances

Sat 5 – Mon 6 May  –  Cinema Under the Stars
Sun 13 May  –  Folk Event: Fairport Convention
Sat 2 June  –  Diamond Jubilee Event – The Hollow Crown
Sun 3 – Mon 4 June  –  Cinema Under the Stars
Thurs 7 – Fri 8 June  –  Roald Dahl’s The Twits
Sat 9 June  –  Cantabile On the Funny Side of the Street
Sun 10 June  –  Folk Event: The Albion Band
Thurs 14 June  –  Shappi Khorsandi
Wed 18 – Sat 21 July  –  Daisy Pulls it Off
Wed 25 – Sat 28 July  –  The Yeomen of the Guard by Gilbert and Sullivan
Sun 29 July  –  Folk Event: Show of Hands
Fri 3 August  –  Jon Richardson
Sat 4 August  –  The Rat Pack Swingin’ at The Sands
Sun 5 August  –  Local and Live Sessions
Weds 8 August  –  Sleeping Beauty
Thurs 9 August  –  Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
Sat 11 August  –  Masters of the House sing the Musicals
Sun 12 August  –  Acker Bilk and his Paramount Jazz Band
Weds 15 – Sat 18 Aug  –  The Owl and the Pussycat by Bill Manhoff
Sun 19 August  –  The Humphrey Lyttelton Band with Tina May
Wed 22 August  –  Macbeth by William Shakespeare
Sat 25 August  –  La Boheme The Concert by Giacomo Puccini
Sun 26 August  –  Digby Fairweather’s Half Dozen with Maggie Reeday – Ella Meets Louis
Tues 28 – Fri 31 Aug  –  Cinema Under the Stars – Film Festival
Sat 1 September  –  Michael Law’s Piccadilly Dance Orchestra With ANGELA RIPPON – Chasing the Blues Away
Sun 2 September  –  Last Night of the Hever Proms

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