About The Orchard Theatre

Orchard Auditorium 

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The Orchard Theatre is conveniently located in the heart of Dartford’s town centre and attracts the latest and most sought after touring productions in the UK. We offer a range of entertainment from leading West End musicals, top comedians, bands, dramas, dance, classical music and opera. And of course, our ever popular annual pantomimes.

Dartford has been a busy market town with a rich history since the Romans. It plays host to a very popular and vibrant twice-weekly market within the town centre.

The Orchard Theatre was officially opened on the 14th April 1983 by His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent and quickly gained a reputation as one of the country’s premier venues presenting a remarkable range of entertainment. Since opening, The Orchard Theatre has enjoyed incredible success by opening its doors to some of the biggest and most respected names in the fields of arts and entertainment.

Orchard Theatre Refurbishments

A major redevelopment of The Orchard Theatre, Dartford took place in summer 2019. This project will significantly enhance the customer experience; allow the venue to widen the range of shows and events on offer; bring access arrangements at the theatre up to modern standards and improve energy-efficiency.

The £500,000 project saw the entire auditorium stripped back, with brand-new seats installed in all areas of the auditorium. 

Alongside the seating replacement and seat-plan reconfiguration other significant redevelopments included:

  • Installation of brand new house and auditorium lighting throughout the venue to improve energy efficiency;
  • Reconfiguration and enhancement of the in-house sound system to improve audibility and to offer improved infra-red and audio-description facilities;
  • New carpets installed and cosmetic and decorative enhancements completed throughout the auditorium and foyer spaces.

Due to the reconfiguration of our seating there may be some changes to a small amount of bookings, we will update our patrons of any changes that could possibly effect seating arrangements. You will recieve a phone call from a member of our team if your booking is affected. 

We look forward to welcoming you back to The Orchard Theatre very soon! 


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