On Wednesday 13 January The Orchard Theatre hosted its first ever Season Launch, Nicola Samer, Associate Director of The 39 Steps, Managing Director of The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Ian Maclay and dancer Duwane Taylor and Dance Captain Kayla Lomas-Kirton from Into The Hoods – ZooNation all visited Dartford to speak to Groups Club members exclusively about our exciting up-coming Spring Season of shows. After the event Group bookers were also invited to the opening night performance of the spectacular Cirque Berserk!

To start off the New Year Lesley Joseph will play Miss Hannigan in a brand new production of Annie at The Orchard Theatre, Dartford from Monday 25 – Saturday 30 January.

The 39 Steps, will celebrate the Olivier Award-Winning Comedy’s its 10th anniversary. Based on Alfred Hitchcock’s 1935 movie and John Buchan’s 1914 spy thriller The Thirty Nine Steps and adapted for the stage by Patrick Barlow, The 39 Steps will at The Orchard Theatre from Monday 1 – Saturday 6 February.

Everybody Cut Loose as the explosive Rock ‘n’ Roll musical Footloose premieres on Dartford’s stage starring Gareth Gates playing the role of Willard, alongside Maureen Nolan as Vi Moore at The Orchard Theatre from Monday 8 – Saturday 13 February.

The international award-winning musical Chicago starring Eastender John Partridge, Coronation Street and Emmerdale favourite Hayley Tamaddon and real life prison wardon and X-Factor winner Sam Bailey will be hitting Dartford from Monday 29 February – Saturday 5 March.

Don’t miss the Olivier Award-nominated production of Jacqueline Wilson’s Hetty Feather as it is brought thrillingly to life on stage from Wednesday 23 – Sunday 27 March. Entertain your little ones with top-class family shows including Mister Maker, My First Ballet: Sleeping Beauty, and Zoonation and Sadler’s Wells Co-production, Into the Hoods Remixed.

The highly acclaimed 2015 national tour of Terence Rattigan’s Flare Path, directed by Justin Audibert will come to The Orchard Theatre from Tuesday 5 – Saturday 9 April 2016. Flare Path paints an evocative portrait of life in wartime Britain for the life-and-death existence of the RAF bomber crews, and their wives and sweethearts who were left waiting their return.

Get ready for the ride of your life! Duncan James will star as ‘Tick’ in the international smash hit musical Priscilla Queen Of The Desert at The Orchard Theatre, Dartford from Monday 25 – Saturday 30 April.

Louise Jameson (Doctor Who, EastEnders, Doc Martin) will star as Mrs Boyle in the record-breaking 60th anniversary tour of Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap. The beloved murder mystery will visit The Orchard Theatre from Monday 16 – Saturday 21 May.

Also this season prepare for a hilarious line-up of some of the UK’s most popular comedians including Lee Nelson, Ed Byrne, Russell Kane, Jimmy Carr and Bobby Davro to name but a few!

Pre-show dining is also available before the show. The Orchard Theatre’s Restaurant provides a range of delicious, unique and memorable dishes, using the freshest local produce and prepared daily by the Head Chef. Reserve your table when booking your show tickets. For more information visit orchardtheatre.co.uk or call the Ticket Office on 01322 220000.