Arden of Faversham

The Arden Theatre is performing ARDEN OF FAVERSHAM on 26, 27, 28 January, 8 pm at the theatre.

This is a revised, streamlined, modern-dress version of the original 1592 script, as adapted by the Royal Shakespeare Company, based on the nefarious murder of Thomas Arden, Mayor of Faversham, in 1551.

The play is anonymous, although attributed to various writers of the time, including Christopher Marlowe, with possibly some input by William Shakespeare.

Thomas Arden’s wife, Alice, is not only having an affair with local ‘butcher’s boy’, Mosby, but the two of them are planning to murder him, and various failed plots are set in motion. The murder is finally accomplished in Arden’s House, the body hidden in the grounds of the Abbey where it is inevitably discovered, and all those involved are brought to justice – execution in each and every case. The exciting story is coloured by greed, infidelity and violence, while offering a fair degree of comedy.

ARDEN abounds with local colour; the Flower-de-Luce, Boughton, Rainham Down, Sheppey, Faversham Abbey and grounds, as well as the main setting – Arden’s House, which still exists in Abbey Street, the backdrop for a production of the original version in 2004.

ARDEN OF FAVERSHAM is directed by Kevin Piper, assisted by Mary Caryer. Kevin, who also plays Mosby, has appeared in many Arden Theatre productions. Alice is played by Katie Blythe, Arden by Richard Stone, both experienced actors new to the Arden stage, as are several other members of the cast. Established Arden members are also well represented amongst the cast and crew.


Tickets, priced £7.00 and £6.00 concessionary are available from The Sweet Scene, Preston Street, Faversham

Or book online via TicketSource.


Top Girls

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Marlene celebrates her appointment as managing director of TOP GIRLS EMPLOYMENT AGENCY with women who come from different times and places but have extraordinary achievements in common. The play spotlights ‘top girls’ who, like top men, often achieve success at the expense of their less able sisters. Thought provoking, funny, hard-hitting, a must-see!


Tickets can be booked online here.

The Canterbury Belles

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The Canterbury Belles

 It’s London’s Eaton Square in 1879.  “There’s something sinister down in the cellar” In fact, it’s a body and it’s murder most foul. What links this discovery with a pair of batty sisters who paraded around Canterbury and Herne Bay, flirting with soldiers, giggling like teenagers and, in their words, prancing like naughty little kittens? Indulged by their doting father, they are a tourist attraction, dressed about forty years below their real age, slapping on the paint and powder, flaunting their cupid’s kettle drums “so the young gentlemen will scarce be able to keep their dandles off our bustles”.  They are also the world’s worst landlords.

The Really Promising Company has done it again with an entertaining musical whodunit based on a true story and narrated by Walter Cozens, the founder of the Canterbury Archaeological Society and the Canterbury Arts Society who had an abiding interest (or, as his wife would describe it, an obsession) in the twisting and turning events of the discovery, the events leading up to it and the subsequent trial.

It’s a commentary on ageing and the lengths some people went, and still go, to try and turn back the clock.

And talking of clocks…………………..

The Really Promising team of writer Jane Jones and composer Lewis Edmunds comes together again with a talented cast for this roller coaster of a journey featuring the mincing sisters, an enthusiastic policeman, a patronising inspector, two unsympathetic gaolers, a petty thief, a sinister landlord and a cast of disgruntled tenants living in Canterbury’s Blackfriars. The Canterbury Belles is performed by a dedicated company of enthusiastic amateurs with a professional sound, directed by Barry Clayton with music coaching by Jon Williams.

Dates and Times

Arden Theatre, Faversham on Friday 11th and Saturday 12th November 2016 at 7.30 pm

Tickets are £10, available by contacting:, 01227 458829 or from Sweet Scene, Preston Street, Faversham

For more Information contact Jane Jones at