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THEATRE REVIEW

BY LIZ DYER

Who else is excited to check out the newly revamped Orchard Theatre this month? Fresh from its summer makeover, the theatre reopens in September with a packed schedule of feel-good shows, cult classics and TV favourites, ensuring any end of summer blues are well and truly forgotten.

Hot on their heels is something very different, but no less legendary. Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap (16th-21st) is the longest running show in the history of theatre, having been thrilling audiences in the West End for an astonishing 66 years. The touring production brings the classic murder mystery to the rest of the UK - but will you guess whodunnit in time? And more importantly, First up, Dartford kicks off a new tour for Priscilla Queen can you keep a secret…? of the Desert (5th-14th), the fun, fabulous tale of three friends on an unforgettable road trip across Australia. And that’s not all! Because bringing September to a Stepping into the lead role of Mitzi this time around is close in its own unique style is a show that needs no Holby City star and Strictly champion Joe McFadden - but introduction: it’s the 40th anniversary tour of the Rocky anyone who’s seen Priscilla before will know that’s just Horror Show (23rd-28th), featuring - you guessed it, one reason to book; the incredible costumes, classic another Strictly winner. This time it’s Joanne Clifton, who disco soundtrack and hilarious, heartwarming story are stars as bemused bride-to-be Janet alongside West End more than worth a visit in their own right. star Stephen Webb as Dr Frank’n’Furter. This show has become a cult favourite since its first performance four Speaking of Strictly stars - no sooner have Priscilla and co decades ago, but don’t be put off if you’ve never seen it left the building, they’re replaced for one date only (15th) before; the fishnets are optional… And if you can’t get by former contestants Louis Smith and Rachel Stevens, enough of the Time Warp, why not book in for the Rocky who are joined by Pussycat Doll Melody Thornton and Horror Song Workshop on the 28th – visit the Orchard Lee Ryan (who was also on Strictly, but let’s not dwell on website for more details. that) in Rip it Up the 70s. Following the success of Rip it Up the 50s and - yep - Rip it Up the 60s, this new touring These great shows are just the start of what promises show features the hits of Michael Jackson, The Bee Gees, to be an amazing season of theatre in Dartford. So don’t Marvin Gaye, Pink Floyd and many more, in a fun-packed delay, get those tickets booked while you can, and enjoy! celebration full of music and dancing.

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