Last year we went to a couple of shows at Hever Castle’s Hever Festival Theatre and couldn’t recommend it highly enough.
In fact it was one of our top ten places to visit that year.
This year it looked like it wouldn’t be returning due to the current climate however…
The West End in the Garden of England’ a visit to The Bitesize Festival at Hever Castle is an unforgettable experience.
Following the recent change to the government guidelines Hever Festival Theatre are delighted to be opening to the public for live, open-air performances next month.
Having postponed the full 2020 Festival the team have been busy producing an all-new fortnight of festival favourites. Keeping the wellbeing of artists, audiences and staff at the forefront of their work, they have developed a socially distanced programme for everyone to enjoy. To create this intimate, ‘bitesize’ season the festival are working with a small number of their favourite artists on smaller shows (with no less bite!), on shorter performances without intervals and with a smaller audience capacity.
As well as the ever-popular Last Night of the Hever Proms (Sun 30 Aug) and the Ronnie Scott’s Quartet (Sat 22 Aug)
The Simon and Garfunkel Story have created a new ’unplugged’ performance just for the festival (Sat 29 Aug). Charles Court Opera return with a celebration of Gilbert and Sullivan (Sun 23 Aug) and the Kent based Night Owls Productions bring The Dolly Parton Story (Fri 28 Aug). For Shakespeare lovers the extremely energetic, charmingly chaotic and environmentally sustainable HandleBards perform Romeo and Juliet (Tues 18 Aug) and the ingeniously imaginative The Three Inch Fools play A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Tues 25 Aug). Hever Festival’s first ever Bitesize Stand-Up Comedy Club features Javier Jarquin and Gary Tro and is compered by award winning stand up, and ‘Live at the Apollo’ star Laura Lexx (Fri 21 Aug). For families the fabulous Illyria return with The Wind In the Willows, amongst the trees on Anne Boleyn’s Walk (Wed 26 Aug).
It has come as a happy surprise to us all that we are able to hold events this year and we can’t wait to share the 2020 Bitesize Festival. The theatre tent is not available, so we have the joy of performing with a castle view and are delighted to be returning to the loggia. As many of our audience members will know the loggia was the home of the festival theatre for many years, it’s good to be back. Ailsa Molyneux Festival Director
Ticket are available now at www.heverfestival.co.uk. Prices reflect the fact that performances are not undercover with all tickets £20 and family shows £12.50. Bring your own cushions, blankets, chairs. Picnics are, as ever, strongly encouraged!