Here’s some key events taking centre stage this month.
1st » Telling Tales
Kickstart your month with a comedy like no other, when the historical theatre company Blast from the Past present a new version of Geoffrey Chaucer’s timeless classic The Canterbury Tales at the Trinity Theatre in Tunbridge Wells. Taking visual inspiration from medieval mystery plays and complete with a touring set which has been specially constructed to resemble a medieval travelling theatre, the three-man cast use drama, verse, physical theatre and song to bring Chaucer’s characters to riotous life, telling tales packed with colourful characters and strange situations.
The performance begins at 8pm and tickets cost from £12. www.trinitytheatre.net
7th » All that Jazz
JazzHouse Tunbridge Wells are having their opening evening at Pure in the town, featuring Derek Nash and Protect the Beat. At the forefront of the British jazz movement, Derek is one of the most impressive saxophonists in the UK today – he fronts the funk/fusion band Protect the Beat, and has been a member of the Jools Holland Rhythm and Blues Orchestra since 2004. Come and enjoy an evening of great music.
For more information visit www.thejazzhousetw.co.uk
9th » Historical Harmonies
To commemorate the great fire and the rebuilding of Smallhythe 500, a concert is taking place at St John the Baptist church in Smallhythe. The Tenterden Singers group will be performing a unique exploration of The History of Smallhythe and the music of the period. Directed by Stephen Pusey and narrated by Ian Klemen, the event begins at 7.30pm.
Tickets cost £9 and are available from Smith’s Florist, Tenterden High Street.
14th » Shakespearian Sounds
Renowned pianist Gil Jetley comes to a private home in Sandhurst for the seventh annual Richard Beattie Davis Musical event for Hospice in the Weald this month. Gil will be playing his own transcription of Romeo and Juliet by Tchaikovsky, as well as other piano favourites. Tickets are by donation and cost a minimum of £14. The event begins at 3pm.
Reservations in advance only from Gillian Davis 01580 850 384.
15th » To go or not to go
The National Theatre will be screening the live performance of Hamlet at the E M Forster Theatre of Tonbridge School. As a country arms itself for war, a family tears itself apart. Forced to avenge his father’s death but paralysed by the task ahead, Hamlet rages against the impossibility of his predicament, threatening both his sanity and the security of the state. This brilliant piece of acting by Benedict Cumberbatch is not one to be missed.
Tickets cost £15 and can be booked by visiting www.boxoffice.tonbridge-school.co.uk or by calling 01732 304 241.
17th » Play by Play
For Services Rendered is one of W. Somerset Maugham’s last plays before he retired and is being performed at the Oast Theatre in Tonbridge. Known as his most controversial works, it deals with the effect of the Great War on an ordinary, middle class family. It is a fascinating and beautifully crafted play with conflict, resolution and a surprising amount of humour.
Tickets cost £10 and can be booked online at www.oasttheatre.com or by phone on 01732 363 849.
18th » Pianists’ Playtime
Finchcocks Musical Museum will be hosting an open day for pianists. It is an opportunity for pianists to explore this unique and accessible collection, and to play and learn about the instruments with their knowledgeable staff and to join in classes with their Educational Team. You might even be invited to take part in a short performance at the end of the day, if you would like to. Hot and cold drinks will be available throughout the day as well as snacks and lunch options. To book visit www.finchcocks.co.uk.
Tickets cost £45 for a pianist and £20 for an observer.
25th » Country Concert
The Assembly Hall Theatre in Tunbridge Wells will be the setting for a night of brilliant music from Hayseed Dixie. The band began in the summer of 2000 in the mountains of East Tennessee and have slowly but surely found their music – something akin to AC/DC. They’re latest release is called Hair Down to My Grass, recorded in the mountains of Cumbria, and is their greatest album yet. The night starts at 7.30pm and costs £21.50.
For more information visit www.assemblyhalltheatre.co.uk or call 01892 530 613.