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Josie Long: Something Better, Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury, Wed 1 Feb

Stand-up comedian and three-time Edinburgh Comedy Award Nominee, Josie Long is bringing her new show, Something Better to Canterbury. The show is all about wanting more from life and the struggles that come with trying to realise who you are and what you can’t change. Her sharp and self-deprecating style of comedy is the perfect mixture in creating a thoroughly entertaining (and rather funny) show.

8pm, Tickets: £14 (plus booking fees). The Marlowe Theatre, The Friars, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 2AS, Box Office: 01303 760750,

Bowie Experience, Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells, Fri 27 Jan

The world’s number 1 celebration of David Bowie is currently touring the UK offering an amazing concert experience celebrating the music of one of the world’s greatest pop icons. This must-see show promises to take you on a fantastic musical journey from Space Oddity to Let’s dance. The concert sounds like a fantastic tribute to Bowie’s iconic career and whether you’re a loyal fan or absolute beginner there will definitely be classic Bowie hits you’ll recognize and love.

7:30pm, £24 (plus booking fees). Assembly Hall Theatre, Crescent Rd, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN1 2LU, Tel: 01892 530613,

Noisy Notes, Margate Winter Gardens, Margate, Sun 29 Jan

Sue Perkins is clearly a very funny lady most notably her time on Bake Off had us in stiches every week (sob!). But in this new production aimed at children, Sue will be taking to the stage in a completely different light as she conducts a full symphony orchestra. This fun show, complete with animations and opportunities to participate ensures your children can become inspired by music.

2:30pm, Tickets: Adult £7 Child £5. Margate Winter Gardens, Fort Cres, Margate, CT9 1HX, Tel: 01843 292795,

Cinderella, The Stag Theatre, Sevenoaks, Thu 26 Jan – Sun 29 Jan

The Sevenoaks Entertainers are returning to The Stag Theatre with a brand new production of Cinderella. The classic rags to riches fairy tale will be brought to life with a cast of over 70 people and a fantastic live band. Get your tickets now to avoid disappointment!

Show times: Thu & Fri (7:30pm), Sat (1:30pm & 6:30pm), Sun (12:30pm & 4:30pm), Tickets: Adult £15 Child £13, Stag Community Arts Centre, London Road, Sevenoaks, TN13 1ZZ, Tel: 01732 450175,

Burns Night, The Spa Hotel, Tunbridge Wells, Sat 28 Jan

Celebrate Burns Night in traditional Scottish style this weekend as The Spa Hotel hosts a dinner event that’ll have you eating, drinking (and celebrating) like a true Scotsman. Have a sip of a Mint Julep at the canapé reception before digging into a fantastic five-course meal that includes classics such as Haggis Scotch Egg and Cullen Skink, all washed down by Whiskey with every course. Carry on the festivities, as music from a traditional piper will carry on throughout the evening. Call up now to book a spot.

£52, The Spa Hotel, Mount Ephraim, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN4 8XJ, Tel: 01892 520331,

Pride and Prejudice, Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury, Tue 31 Jan – Sat 4 Jan


The latest interpretation of Jane Austen’s love story has been adapted into a terrific stage production and is heading to The Marlowe Theatre following recent sell out performances at Regent’s Park Theatre. The classic tale of Elizabeth Bennet and Mr Darcy will feature a strong cast including Matthew Kelly (Of Mice and Men) and Felicity Montagu (Bridget Jones’s Diary). Don’t miss out on this stunning production and join in the celebrations of the life of Jane Austen as we approach the 200th anniversary of her death.

Times: 7:30pm (evenings) 2:30pm (Thu & Sat), The Marlowe Theatre, The Friars, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 2AS, Box Office: 01303 760750,


My First Ballet, Cinderella, Orchard Theatre, Dartford, Thurs 6 – Sat 8 Apr

If you have a budding dancer in your family and you only take them to one show this year – make it this. The My First Ballet series is a touring performance put on by second year students at the English National Ballet – so basically the rising stars. It’s also totally adapted to suit 3 – 7 year olds, both in price and also length (there’s even a narrator to explain the story). It’s aimed to inspire young ballerinas – and five years ago I took my ballet-mad daughter to Coppélia when that toured (and she was lucky enough to get a space on the workshop beforehand too) – it was amazing. She’s nearly 10 now and prefers dabbing to demi-pliés, but *sigh* no one can take away the memories…

Times: 11am. 2pm, 5.30pm, Orchard Theatre, Home Gardens, Dartford DA1 1ED,

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