JAZZ

Sevenoaks School Jazz Club

Thursday 19 April
Sackville Theatre   7.30pm
Tickets £7   Book Now

 

Join us in the Sackville Theatre for the more intimate Jazz Club night, where the school’s leading soloists are backed by a professional trio of musicians under the leadership of Nicholas Beston.

TALK

Why Theatre?

A Talk by Simon Stephens

Friday 20 April
Sackville Theatre  6.15pm
Admission FREE but must be booked   Book a place

Playwright Simon Stephens (Punk Rock, Birdland and adaptations of A Doll’s House, The Seagull and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time) on writing for the stage.

THEATRE

Theatre Ad Infinitum present

Translunar Paradise

Thursday 3 May
Sackville Theatre   4.30pm & 7.30pm
Tickets £13 (concession £10) Book Now

Theatre Ad Infinitum's wordless tale of life, death and enduring love returns to tour the UK and Chile following years of extensive international touring amassing nine awards.Original performers George Mann and Deborah Pugh are joined by Sophie Crawford to retell, with precise gesture and touches of humour, the story of widower William who escapes to a comforting world of fantasy and memories rather than confront his grief. From beyond the grave, his wife Rose returns to help him let go.

This poignant, life-affirming tale uses intricate and lifelike hand-held masks - created by Madame Tussaud's senior sculptor Victoria Beaton - to travel back and forth through William and Rose's relationship, wordlessly conveying a lifetime of memories in 75 minutes.

Royal Opera House Encore Screenings

Ballet

Manon

Sunday 6 May
Pamoja Hall 2.00pm
Tickets £18.50 (£17 concession, subscriber £15* & child/student £10) Book Now

Kenneth MacMillan's source for Manon was the 18th-century French novel already adapted for opera by Massenet and Puccini. The premiere was given on 7 March 1974, with the lead roles danced by Antoinette Sibley and Anthony Dowell. The ballet quickly became a staple of The Royal Ballet's repertory, and a touchstone of adult, dramatic dance.

MacMillan found new sympathy with the capricious Manon and her struggle to escape poverty. Designs by his regular collaborator Nicholas Georgiadis reflect this, depicting a world of lavish splendour polluted by miserable destitution. MacMillan's spectacular ensemble scenes for the whole Company create vivid, complex portraits of the distinct societies of Paris and New Orleans. But it is Manon and Des Grieux's impassioned pas de deux - recalling the intensity of MacMillan's earlier Romeo and Juliet that drive this tragic story, and make Manon one of MacMillan's most powerful dramas.

Approximate running time: 2 hours, 35 minutes, including two intervals.

 

 

THEATRE

Clueless Theatre present

Two

by Jim Cartwright

Thursday 17 to Saturday 19 May
Ordovsky-Tanaevsky Drama Studio   8.00pm
Tickets £10 (£8 concession)   Book Now

Fourteen characters, two actors and one night in a hectic bar in Northern England. This is the recipe for Jim Cartwright's Two, blended with a whirlwind of emotion, questionable customer service and unspoken truths. From the landlord and landlady who despise the sight and sound of one another to a shaken (not stirred) cocktail of customers, Two explores the different types of relationships in society today.

'Jim Cartwright's 1989 play is a distillation (no pun intended) of what we've all experienced whilst nursing a drink in the local - rows, adolescent showing off, pathetic pick-up lines and overheard snippets of bizarre conversations' - J. D. Atkinson. Running time is 80 minutes without an interval.

This amateur production of Two is presented by special arrrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, LTD.

MUSIC

Sevenoaks Symphony Orchestra present

Summer Classics

Sunday 20 May
Pamoja Hall    7.30pm
Tickets £17, £16 Concessions (60+), Season Ticket holders extra tickets £15 & U19 £1   Book Now
 

Programme includes Mendelssohn Overture: Fingal's Cave, Chopin Piano Concerto No2 (soloist Artur Haftman), Schubert Rosamunde Ballet Music and Beethoven Symphony No7 in A.

Mendelssohn's atmospheric overture makes a wonderful opening work for a summer concert. It will be followed by music full of the Polish master's characteristic touches, and we can look forward to some virtuosic playing from our young Polish soloist. Schubert's incidental music for a long-forgotten play has remained very popular, with good reason, delightful tunes and delicate scoring. The symphony, which the composer spoke of fondly as 'one of my best works', will end the evening with a rousing triple forte.

THEATRE

SSTC Year 9 present

House of Blood

Tuesday 22 to Thursday 24 May
Sackville Theatre   7.00pm
Tickets £7    Book Now

A curse haunts the House of Atreus, passed down the generations and written in blood. Can the cycle of murder and revenge never be broken? Inspired by Aeschylus’s Oresteia, Year 9 students tell the story of a dark and disturbing Greek myth.

MUSIC

Singer/Songwriting Concert

Thursday 7 June
Recital Room   7.00pm
Admission FREE   Book a place

TALK

Victor Mallet Talks

Thursday 14 June
Recital Room   6.15pm
Admission FREE     Book a place

Victor Mallet, Asia News Editor of the Financial Times, will discuss his book River of Life, River of Death. Hailed in the New Statesman’s books of the year as a 'wonderful achievement', the book, on the Ganges and India’s future, exposes an environmental crisis of international significance and asks whether India’s politicians can save the holy river from catastrophe. 

BALLET

Royal Opera House Encore Screening present

Swan Lake

Sunday 17 June
Pamoja Hall    2.00pm
Tickets £18.50, £17 concession, £15 subscriber* & £10 child/student   Book Now

Swan Lake has had a special role in the repertory of The Royal Ballet since 1934. This Season The Royal Ballet creates a new production with additional choreography by Artist in Residence Liam Scarlett. While remaining faithful to the Petipa-Ivanov text, Scarlett will bring fresh eyes to the staging of this classic ballet, in collaboration with his long-term designer John Macfarlane.

Prince Siegfried chances upon a flock of swans while out hunting. When one of the swans turns into a beautiful woman, Odette, he is enraptured. But she is under a spell that holds her captive, allowing her to regain her human form only at night.

Swan Lake was Tchaikovsky's first ballet score. Given its status today as arguably the best loved and most admired of all classical ballets, it is perhaps surprising that at its premiere in 1877 Swan Lake was poorly received. It is thanks to the 1895 production by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov that Swan Lake has become part of not only ballet consciousness but also wider popular culture. That success is secured not only by the sublime, symphonic sweep of Tchaikovsky's score, but also by the striking choreographic contrasts between Petipa's royal palace scenes and the lyric lakeside scenes created by Ivanov.

APPROXIMATE RUNNING TIME:3 HOURS, INCLUDING TWO INTERVALS

THEATRE

SSTC Lower School Play present

Coram Boy

Wednesday 20 to Saturday 23 June
Sackville Theatre   7.00pm
Tickets £7   Book Now

Coram Boy adapted by Helen Edmundson from the children's novel by Jamila Gavin.

Set in Georgian England, where Thomas Coram has recently opened a foundling hospital in London for deserted children. Handel offers to stage a benefit concert to help provide a home for the alarming number of vulnerable, abandoned, children. But unscrupulous Coram men have taken advantage of the situation by promising desperate mothers to take their unwanted children to the hospital for a fee. Set amidst this tragic episode of British social history, and to the backdrop of Handel’s Messiah, Coram Boy follows the tale of two cities - Gloucester and London - and of two boys: Toby, saved from an African slave ship, and Aaron, illegitimate heir to a great estate.

Staged by a large Lower School ensemble, the Sevenoaks School Theatre Company’s production of this dark but uplifting story is not to be missed.

A beautiful story of lost children, abandoned hopes, broken hearts and reunions - The Guardian.

Coram Boy won the Whitbread Children's Book Award in 2000.

Lydian Orchestra Summer Concert

Sunday 15 July
Pamoja Hall   6.30pm
Tickets £15  (students/u21 £6 &  u16s £1)   Book Tickets

Conducted by Brynly Clarke, this concert features Davide Sorrentino (tenor) performing some of the world's best-known operatic arias, plus Bruckner's Symphony No.4 to showcase the talents of our amazing local young instrumentalists. Not to be missed!