With social distancing restrictions lifted, the Kenton Theatre reopened its doors on Friday with a party to celebrate the return of live theatre. Guests were treated to entertainment from DJ One Deck aka Gary Boys, Cyril Felix on drums and singer Adam Isaac. The first of the Kenton outdoor summer roadshows started on Saturday with Morgan & West’s comic and hilarious version of The Three Musketeers overlooking the river on Mill Meadows.
Simon Spearing, Theatre Operations Manager said, “I’m really pleased that we have been able to welcome audiences again, and it was amazing to have such brilliant and wildly different performers as DJ One Deck and Morgan and West kick off our new Summer Season.
“The Kenton Theatre is a magical building but it’s been sitting empty for too long. It really needs people to come in and enjoy themselves to bring the theatre to life. And it was a privilege to see that happen on Friday and to show people that we can have fun and be safe.
“We are really keen to take our shows outside of the theatre too, and The Three Musketeers was the beginning of another new initiative for us. On Mill Meadows we chatted to and entertained lots of people who may have not otherwise thought of going to the Kenton so it was amazing to be able to present such a funny and inventive show out on the banks of the Thames. We can’t wait to build on the successes of this weekend with our future events both inside and outside of the Kenton Theatre.”
Gary Boys said, “The Kenton Theatre is our little ‘Gem’ in Henley and like all entertainment venues been shut down for over 18 months and being the 4th oldest working theatre in the UK we as a community should support our local entertainment venues. I streamed online around the World through social media channels with the company of Cyril Felix performing on congas and was impressed by the technical support and sound in the theatre and we had a blast and perfect dress rehearsal before with perform at the Regatta for 5 nights.”
“Drama at school gave me the confidence and platform to succeed in business and the theatre is the perfect venue for all ages to find a spiritual home as a performer or a guest in the audience. I was struck by the passion and dedication everyone in the Kenton shows and they are a shining light of hope for the community.”
The next Summer Season roadshow will be Wind in the Willows presented by Dorchester Amateur Dramatic Society in the beautiful gardens at Peel Fold in Henley. It follows the adventures of Mole, Rat, Toad and Badger as they spend their summer days messing about on boats, exploring the Wild Wood, and trying to save Toad Hall from weasels and stoats. The shows start this Thursday (29th July) and runs until the 31st. To book go to https://kentontheatre.co.uk/event/kenton-summer-roadshow-2021-the-wind-in-the-willows/