Kenton Theatre Announces ‘Pay What You Want’

The Kenton Thratre recognises that the cost of living crisis makes it harder for many people to relax and enjoy a night out. Therefore a selection of shows are being offered on a ‘Pay What You Want’ basis.

The Pay What You Want scheme will allow people to see selected shows and pay what they can afford.

All profits from the double bill show of Tales From Star City & The Letter of Last Resort will go to the War Child Charity, who are working on the ground with displaced and endangered children and families in Ukraine and other war zones.

Having weathered the storm of the COVID pandemic thanks to the support and generosity of those who donated to the Kenton For Keeps Campaign, the Kenton team is keen to help people have a good night out.

The Kenton believes that it’s really important for the community and for people’s mental health to be able to go out and enjoy an evening of top quality entertainment, whether that’s with our friends and family or just for some solitary escapism.

Patrons can choose to pay whatever amount they decide to for these shows – no minimum or maximum, customers can genuinely pay whatever they want for their tickets.

The shows included in Pay What You Want are:

Tales from Star City & The Letter of Last Resort on 29 May
(A double bill of innovative drama – all profits to go to War Child)

Howerd’s End on 9 June
(An exploration of comedy legend Frankie Howerd’s life and work)

Ghostlights on 24 June
(Live music with local bands from Oxford and Reading)

Theatre Manager Simon Spearing said: “We know it’s difficult for everybody at the moment, and we genuinely think that theatre should be a way of getting away from it all for a couple of hours. Theatre should be here for all of us to enjoy, and that’s why we are working with some brilliant people to offer a selection of shows with no set ticket prices. If you fancy a hard-hitting drama we have Tales of Star City and The Letter of Last Resort. A poignant, thought-provoking comedy about one of our biggest TV and theatre legends? We bring you Howerd’s End. In the mood for a night of great new music? Give Ghostlights a try. This is a new initiative for the Kenton and if people go for it we will try to keep doing it with more shows in future. So what have you got to lose? It doesn’t matter if you pay £1, £20 or £50, we just want everybody to be able to come and have a great night out.”

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