Hazlitt Theatre

Type:Theatre

Hazlitt Arts Centre, Earl Street, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 1PL

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The Hazlitt Theatre in Maidstone provides a great variety of entertainment events from comedy and drama to dance and music productions. The theatre has seating for around 350 people and a licensed bar offering refreshments.

The Hazlitt Theatre is home to such a wide range of quality entertainment and cultural activities for all ages and tastes, including a 5 week run each year of the annual Christmas Pantomime with well-known TV stars in the line-up.

If you enjoy dance, then look out for the Vienna Ballet Company who frequently include the Hazlitt on their UK tour. If you love music then the Hazlitt is a popular venue for great music acts, and if comedy is your preference then you will enjoy the well-known comedians who make Maidstone one of the stops on their circuit.

In addition to the main auditorium, the Hazlitt Theatre complex includes the Exchange Studio Theatre which seats 150, and the Fourth Wall Studio, with a capacity of 60, is popular as a rehearsal space or a small performance area. These additional spaces provide smaller, more intimate shows allowing new and original work to be seen.
 

As well as professional shows, the Hazlitt Theatre is hired by many groups and companies to stage their own shows. In addition, the Hazlitt attracts film companies, ghost hunters, and local businesses looking for meeting facilities, plus numerous workshops and classes.

The Hazlitt Youth Theatre, a weekly workshop for 11-18 year olds, now has a membership of almost 200 and invites members to take part in events and productions throughout the year.

Maidstone Film Society is based at the Hazlitt Theatre and shows a diverse range of world cinema from September through to April with screenings on Monday evenings at 8pm.

Also within the Hazlitt complex, the Graham Clarke Gallery is an intimate space for local artists to exhibit and create work.

The Hazlitt Theatre is located in Earl Street, home to numerous restaurants and pubs, great for a pre-show meal. There is ample parking available at the nearby Fremlin Walk Shopping Centre car park which is open in the evening.

If you are interested in the history of the Hazlitt Theatre, go to the Inspire Me section of the Visit Maidstone website.

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Events

Saturday, 26th November 2022 - Saturday, 31st December 2022

Sleeping Beauty logo and forest backgroundSleeping BeautyJoin the Hazlitt Theatre this Christmas as they transform the much-loved classic story into a fun-filled family panto, full of songs, dances and even a fiery Dragon!
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Wednesday, 21st December 2022 - Saturday, 24th December 2022

Train and Christmas trees in the eveningPolar ExpressThe Polar Express Presented by The Hazlitt Institute For Performing Arts
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Thursday, 12th January 2023 - Thursday, 12th January 2023

The Adult Panto Cinderella and her Naughty ButtonsCinderella & Her Naughty ButtonsBack on the road for their 19th year, the Market Theatre Company are out to corrupt another fairy-tail classic beyond recognition with an Adult Panto like no other.
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Friday, 13th January 2023 - Friday, 13th January 2023

Frankly Sinatra starring David AlaceyFrankly SinatraDirect from Las Vegas, the iconic music of Frank Sinatra is brought to life once again HIS WAY. Featuring the swing, the swagger and the velvet vocals of Frank Sinatra in concert, enjoy a not-to-be-missed evening with world renowned vocalist David Alacey.
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Saturday, 14th January 2023 - Saturday, 14th January 2023

An evening of BurlesqueAn Evening Of BurlesqueRoll up, roll up. . . a scintillating night out of sparkling entertainment – the UK’s longest-running burlesque show – is back touring the nation. And, it’s bigger than ever.
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Facilities

Other

  • Booking essential
  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Parking (charge) - Parking available at Fremlin Walk Car Park
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors

Accessibility

  • Disabled facilities (please call for details)

Establishment Features

  • Conference facilities

Payment Methods

  • MasterCard accepted
  • Visa accepted

Provider Preferences

  • In town/city centre

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TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

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    Recent Reviews:

    • 539ageorge
      Weston super Mare, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Family
      Jack & The Beanstalk
      5 of 5 stars
      Sunday, 12th December 2021
      Excellent performance great family friendly fun .Panto cast engaging, a very enjoyable time. Checked for covid passes on way in . Not asked to wear a mask but we did. Bit cooler in bar area due to... Read full review
    • Maidstonie
      Trip Type:
      Friends getaway
      Sleeping Beauty
      5 of 5 stars
      Sunday, 27th November 2022
      First day 'glitches' should be left in for the rest of the pantos. So so funny and just hilarious. Well worth every laugh and had the whole theatre engaged, in stitches and the interaction between... Read full review
    • Domcmo
      Birmingham
      Trip Type:
      Family
      Sleeping Beauty 2022 - a clever panto ruined by being too sexualised, bawdy and crude
      2 of 5 stars
      Sunday, 4th December 2022
      It would have been such a fantastic panto but was unfortunately ruined by repeated, constant sexualised jokes involving references to c*cks, tinkles, bushes, tight bottom muscles and a dance with... Read full review

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    Opening Times

    opening 2022 (1 Jan 2022 - 31 Dec 2022)
    opening 2022 (1 Jan 2022 - 31 Dec 2022)

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