The Year of the Hiker


The Herne Bay Musical Theatre Society, present this play by John B Keane.

Written in 1963, this play tells the story of a man, nicknamed “The Hiker”, who goes out for a pack of cigarettes and disappears for 20 years. His wife has to endure the shame of being left and to bring up their children in difficult times.

The Hiker returns home on the day of his youngest child’s wedding and it soon becomes apparent that he is dying.

Performance on the 8th, 9th and 10th of February 2018, starting at 7:45pm

Book online via TicketSource

2017 Pantomime – Red Riding Hood

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Red Riding Hood by Bob Hammond is the Arden’s Christmas Show this year – join us for all the traditions of pantomine, boo the baddies, cheer the goodies and be dazzled by the Dame’s amazing outfits!


Thursday 7th December – 7.30pm
Friday 8th December – 7.30pm
Saturday 9th December – 2pm
Sunday 10th December – 2pm

Thursday 14th December – 7.30pm
Friday 15th December – 7.30pm
Saturday 16th December – 2pm
Sunday 17th December – 2pm

Tickets priced £5/6 are available to book online at or from Carter’s Newsagents, Market Place, Faversham.




Rising Damp

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12 – 14 October 2017

Student Alan moves into an attic flat, finding he has to share with the mysterious Philip, contend with a hole in the floor, water running down the walls and the sinister landlord, Rigby. Moreover, Rigby has designs on Miss Jones from downstairs, and she has developed a passion for Philip.

Tickets priced £7 Adult and £6 Concessionary are available to book online via Ticketsource or from Carters, Market Place, Faversham.

Strike – The Cuckoo’s Calling

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Young Arden alumnus, Tom Burke, was on our TV screens this evening playing Cormoran Strike in the BBC adaptation of Robert Galbraith’s (aka JK Rowling) detective story, Strike – The Cuckoo’s Calling.

The next two episodes will air over the course of the next week and will be available on BBC iPlayer.

We’re delighted to see Tom’s career going from strength to strength and take a teeny bit of pride in seeing him put in another compelling performance.

Bravo Tom!


Photo credit: BBC

Murder at the Arden Theatre

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OUR FRIENDS, PURPLE DREAMS, are bringing their Murder Mystery to the Arden! Book your seats from Carters, or just come along on the 26th.

They have forwarded a synopsis of the play as follows, and some interesting snippets about the actors –

The shape of a body can be made out underneath a sheet, blood is seeping through the top.

Someone stands above it, then as they talk they move around the stage, nervously, always glancing at the body .

As they stand over the body again they are joined by others….. THE STORY UNFOLDS !

The Arden Theatre is the scene of a murder as a new play opens there on 26th August . The play from the pen of award winning, critically acclaimed playwright Tobias Nicholls uses the setting of the theatre to create this drama and as the play unfolds and a comedy turns to tragedy as a murderer reveals themselves…but who will be their first victim? Come to the Arden to find out and enjoy the experience of live theatre.

The Arden Theatre, Leslie Smith Drive, Faversham, Kent ME13 8PW  – Saturday 26th August, 7.30 pm, Tickets £10. Tickets available from : Carter’s News Agents ,15 Market Place , Faversham : 01795 590 900 or at the door.

The Cast

Tamsin Stevenson (Penny Marshall)

Tamsin is the newest recruit to Purple Dreams Productions, joining late 2016.  She made quite an impact in the role of Carina Harris in ‘The Empty Stage’ and the role of Penny in ‘Murder at Arden Theatre’ was written especially for her. Previous to joining the group, Tamsin completed her 3 year BA course at East 15 Acting School in 2010 and went on to  take on  such theatre roles as Stella in ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ (at Madder Market Theatre) as well as TV appearances in BBC’s ‘Partner’s in Crime’ and in ‘Crime Watch’ reconstructions. Tamsin is also an accomplished singer and dancer.


Tobias Nicholls (David Porter)

Tobias is the founder and Creative Director of Purple Dreams.  He founded the group in 1999 and has, to date, written, directed and performed in all seventeen productions for the group, compiling a selection of two-act plays, one-act plays and sketches.  The group regularly enter Drama Festivals and have proved to be a force to be reckoned with.  Over the years Tobias has won numerous Acting and writing awards, and along the way became a published poet.

Away from Purple Dreams, Tobias has professionally toured in a Rollason Entertainments production of Jack & The Beanstalk, and has appeared both on television on film. He appeared in reconstructions for an episode of “Missing Children: Lorraine Kelly Investigates” and two episodes of “Missing Mums: Lorraine Kelly Investigates”; both for Sky. Tobias also appeared as a Devonshire Servant in ‘The Duchess’, starring Keira Knightly and Ralph Fiennes, directed by Saul Dibb.  Most recently, Tobias has appeared in a number of short films including ‘Something Good.’ (directed by Phillip Rashleigh), ‘Noose’ (directed by Naga Sai Pratish) and ‘Patch’ (directed by Jennifer Borcea), as well as some music videos.


Katharine Levy (Beth Anderson)

Before joining Purple Dreams in 2010, Katharine had appeared on stage in many roles in such productions as ‘The Darling Buds of May’, ‘The Crucible’, ‘The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe’ & ‘Billy Liar’. As well as appearing on stage, Katharine helped backstage as a production assistant for ‘The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾’, ‘The History Boys’, and ‘High School Musical 2’ in local Norfolk productions. Since joining Purple Dreams, Katharine won a ‘Best Actress’ award for her portrayal as Verity in ‘Don’t Tell Jane!’, and has become an integral member of the company, supporting the group behind the scenes as their Senior Production Assistant.  She’s appeared in every touring production to date, taking on starring roles in ‘Shadows in the Snow’ (2012) and ‘The Empty Stage’ (2016). He portrayal of ‘Beth Anderson’ in ‘Murder at Arden Theatre’, marks her twelfth production with the company.


Lawrence Ward (Sam West)

Lawrence joined Purple Dreams last year as Patrick in ‘The Empty Stage’.  He recently filmed at Castle Rising in the film short God Save the King for George Moore Films, as a mercenary warrior, having been working with The RSC Stage Fight Club in Stratford since completing a UK tour of Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol as Inspector Lestrade last February (2016). Other recent theatre credits include: Reg in Up’n’Under, Theatre Anonymous; Cambridge Shakespeare Festival as Marcus Andronicus in Titus Andronicus and Corneus in Up Pompeii, Baroque Theatre UK tour. Lawrence also has several film credits and appears as a dodgy Investor in City of Tiny Lights, Ferndean COTL productions; Sirrus in The Silencer Phoenix-i Productions; Dr Phil in

Zombie Undead; Kurtz in The Insiders Phoenix-I and will soon be seen in Sky’s TV Footballers!


Thank you Mary!


At the AGM last night Mary Caryer retired as Chair of the Committee after 11 years in the post (this time around). Her association with the Arden goes back to the days of the fundraising effort to build the original theatre back in the 70s and early 80s (she’ll never forgive me for posting this publicity shot from ‘back in the day’).

Mary will continue to be seen at the theatre, but we hope she enjoys a well earned break from her duties at the helm.

Thank you for all your hard work Mary, don’t be a stranger!

Mary says…

I’ve been threatening to retire from the Arden chair for some time, and now I’ve finally done it. My thanks to you all for being so supportive over the past eleven years – and my very best wishes to the new management team.

I really was touched by the flowers, chocs and wine. Thanks and thanks again.