May to September 2022 – Hever Castle, Edenbridge

Hever Festival Theatre returns this year with over 40 shows to entertain you throughout the summer and for the first time they are continuing performances into September with Shakespeare’s Globe production of Julius Caesar (21 & 22 Sep).  

The vibrant and varied programme this year includes opera, plays, films, jazz, classical music, speakers, comedy, family favourites and the best tribute artists. 

The events take place in three spectacular locations in the award-winning gardens of Hever Castle, childhood home of Anne Boleyn, one of Kent’s top tourist attractions. The Loggia, the tranquil Italian Gardens with the magnificent lake view where this year you can enjoy Illyria’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Anne Boleyn’s Woodland Walk is the perfect setting to enjoy some family shows including David Walliam’s Awful Auntie, The Crow House and a retro caravan with a mind of its own in The Wagon of Dreams, and the Two Sisters Theatre (the original heart of the festival) where the outdoor seating is tiered and under cover or you can choose to sit where you like on the lawn and enjoy the vista from your own chairs or blanket, in the sunshine or under the stars. 

It is 500 years since Anne Boleyn’s first appearance in English court and the Festival Theatre is celebrating with the critically acclaimed play Anne Boleyn by Howard Brenton. Hever Castle Historian Dr. Owen Emerson and Kate McCaffrey also discuss their new book Becoming Anne charting her formative years. 

Musical Tribute nights sparkle across the programme: including Take That, Sinatra, Joni Mitchell, Simon and Garfunkel and Just Floyd. Other musical highlights include Grammy nominated vocalist Stacey Kent, The Music of James Bond introduced by former Bond Girl Madeleine Smith and The 4 D’s singing West End favourites.

Award-winning comedy writer and broadcaster Jon Holmes will be performing his BBC Radio 4 hit The Skewer and Nathan Caton will be headlining an evening of Comedy at the Castle with Grinstock Comedy Club. You can also become Jessica Fletcher for the evening in Solve-Along-A-Murder-She-Wrote.

Festival favourites Opera Brava with Carmen, Charles Court Opera with Mikado, Ronnie Scott’s All Stars and The Last Night of the Hever Proms complete the programme.

There is something for everyone.

Book online or through the Box Office on 07379 488477.