About Us

Our History

1983: The CD was first launched, Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi was released, and, most significantly of all, the Orchard Theatre opened it's doors! Over five decades later, The Orchard Theatre established itself as one of South East’s leading live entertainment venues. The theatre's comfortable auditorium seats up to 956 audience members, and is fully air-conditioned (for all those blistering summers Dartford is known for).

Our eclectic programme features a wide array of top-quality musicals, drama, comedy, dance, family shows, one-night events, in addition to a world-class pantomime every holiday season (oh yes, it does!).

Orchard West

Events before 30 September 2024 will now take place at the Orchard West theatre.

Orchard West is the temporary venue which will operate during the closure of The Orchard Theatre, for essential works following concerns over RAAC concrete.

A state-of-the-art seating arrangement is at the heart of Orchard West, with a 1,091 capacity. The seating arrangement includes front-row, flat floor seats and a raised platform, offering excellent views of the stage. It also provides comfortable seating and accessible positions for all attendees.

Located on the Westgate site just a stone’s throw from The Orchard Theatre, Orchard West is a unique and exciting setting for audiences to continue to enjoy live performances in a warm, safe and comfortable environment. Crucially, the venue also supports the continuing employment of the theatre team, visiting artists and backstage crew - plus many local businesses in the surrounding area that rely on footfall from theatregoers. Orchard West FAQ

Careers with the Orchard Theatre

Our outstanding team work together across a number of departments and specialisms, from customer-facing roles in the Front of House and Sales teams, to Hospitality, Marketing and Technical staff.

If you think you would enjoy the challenge of working in our fast-paced, customer-focused, award-winning venue take a look at the current vacancies or find out more about volunteering with us. 

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