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Details for the Summer Festival 2014 will available from 1 March 2014.
A Perfect Summer's Evening
Well summer finally arrived in 2013 and the Festival Theatre enjoyed every moment of it:
"I wanted to write and say how much we enjoyed hearing Viva Voce on Sunday just gone."
"Just a quick message to tell you how much I enjoyed the evening. From the disabled parking, the wheelchair ready if needed and a wonderful show!" (The Mikado; Illyria)
"I just had to write and say we were at the above show last night (Emperors of Soul) with friends, what a brilliant evening, the weather was kind to us after the rain yesterday, the show was slick, the music and song was unforgettable... A truly memorable evening."
"Really enjoyable, really good acting, really good weather wise, the perfect evening - as usual." (Joking Apart by Alan Ayckbourn; Kean Productions)
"Absolutely wonderful! We had a Family Feast which was excellent, I would highly recommend it." (Wind in the Willows; Chapterhouse Productions)
"Came on Saturday and really enjoyed it, we were under cover so rain wasn't a problem. A lovely evening" (Joking Apart by Alan Ayckbourn; Kean Productions)
"All in all, we could not have hoped for a better or more considerate service - a real credit to your establishment." (The Beach Boys; Westcoast)
"My wife and I attended your Beach Boys show last night and thoroughly enjoyed the show."
This is just a selection of the super feedback we received on this year's Summer Festival. So we have a lot to live up to, and are working hard right now to ensure that we offer as good, if not a better programme for next summer.
The full Line-up will be announced in the New Year; with preview information released via Facebook and Twitter.
If you would like to receive details on next year's Festival first and have the chance to book the best seats for your favourite shows, then why not become a Festival Friend.
You can become a friend NOW for just £20 for the year. Benefits also include discounts on all theatre tickets as well as other Castle facilities.
Simply email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send you full details and an application form.
We look forward to seeing you next summer.
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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.
The Summer Festival offers a wide selection of shows with something to suit all ages and most tastes. We work hard to ensure our performances are of the best possible standard, prepared by professionals with a reputation for quality whilst keeping ticket prices affordable. The stage is fully covered, and the seating tiered, with the vast majority of seats also under cover. So it really is the best of both worlds, the chance to enjoy a spectacular outdoor setting and first rate show, with protection from the elements and an intimacy not normally associated with outdoor events.
"Thank you for some splendid evenings - performances and food and setting."
"Congratulations! Macbeth was a wonderful experience."
"Just to say how much we enjoyed the performance on Saturday. Hard work for the two superb actors, but wonderfully executed. Well done them, and the unseen support."
Audience emails 2012
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 others, the lawn itself provides a convenient and relaxing spot for that pre-show picnic.
"I felt it important to email and thank your staff for being so welcoming and helpful. Please pass on my thanks to them, we had a great evening." Audience email 2012
The facilities include a large specially designed 'Saddlespan' canopy to house the stage and technical equipment, as well as tiered and covered seating for 380. 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; plus there is unreserved space on the grass either side of the reserved seating for concerts, for those who wish to stay with their picnic during the performance.
There is free and ample parking for cars and coaches, most of which provides hard standing.
Hever Castle offers Luxury B&B, which was voted 9 out of 10 by The Telegraph Travel's Section Hotelwatch Review in June 2012
Recently refurbished to an outstanding level of style and sophistication, the 21 rooms available in the Astor Wing of the Castle provide luxury and comfort whilst retaining the classic and historic influences of their surroundings. Rooms can be booked upto 8 weeks in advance.
For more information, and details of special packages please visit http://www.hevercastle.co.uk/holiday-lets-kent/bed-and-breakfast.aspx or call The Astor Wing on 01732 861800.