19 October 2019 - 2 November 2019


Live theatre events at the Festival

Highlights of our theatre events at this years festival.


Those looking for live theatre events at the Festival can choose from two-handed mystery drama to time travellers fighting against fate to change the world and an exciting new production of Hansel and Gretel.  The intimate space of St Mary’s Hall Studio Theatre hosts Magic Circle, a tense crime dramaon the Festival’s opening night. St Mary’s is also the venue for The Time Machine, a new and radical interpretation of the HG Wells classic on 26 October. There’s more for those with an appetite for time travel in Traveler with teenagers unfolding secrets that should have stayed in the shadows in St Mary’s on 1 November.  A sell-out in Edinburgh and multi-award winning modern fairy tale, A Regular Little Houdini, in St Mary’s on 29 October, the  story of a dockworker’s son smitten with the escapologist and his emulation of his hero.

St Mary’s last Festival performances could not be more different. The fevered mind of Harry McNish as he relives Shackleton’s Endurance expedition as the only man ever to rebel against his command comes to St Mary’s on 2 November. The next day, 3 November, Monsters that Might Be  takes the St Mary’s audience on a whirlwind tour of creatures that might one day walk the Earth in the company of zoologist Jules Howard.

The University of Kent’s  Colyer-Fergusson Hall presents Hansel and Gretel in a 60-munute work for five musicians, a narrator and two puppeteers on 21 October. Mixing music, shadow play and animation in a dark fairy-tale landscape the audience (12+) is drawn into a mysterious yet curiously familiar world.


Full details of all the above events are at canterburyfestival.co.uk. Collect a brochure from the Festival’s Office in Orange Street, Canterbury.

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