Chudleigh Arts Festival 2021 programme to be announced soon!




Festival performances are as follows:


(Bear in mind there are additional performances of A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC on 4 & 5 September)




Booking is only available in advance.


This is how it works:


all seating will be placed in socially-distanced booking bubbles.  Please make sure everyone you are booking for is in the same bubble as you if you wish to be seated together.


When we receive your request, we will allocate your seats.  Upon confirmation of payment, we will issue an e-ticket.



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Chudleigh Arts Festival 2020 Memories...



Formerly known as KIT & THE WIDOW, Kit Hesketh-Harvey – veteran of Radio 4’s ‘Just A Minute’ – and James McConnel write and perform original comedy cabaret songs, on any subject, ranging from Jeremy Corbyn to Wet Wipes.  Currently resident at London’s THE PHEASANTRY, Kit & McC also prowl theatres and festivals up and down the UK – including the  Edinburgh Festival every year.

Nominated for 2015 ‘London Cabaret Award’

“The duo make beautiful musical comedy together… Catch this splendid show”.
(London Evening Standard)
“I could barely write for laughing most of the time…”
(British Theatre Guide – Edinburgh Festival)
“Comic geniuses…” (Cabaret Scenes)


Sat 19th Sep 5pm & 8pm

All tickets £15.00



An earthquake is erupting, but not in Orange Street. Shakespeare meets Ska, Two-Tone and Rudeboy in a high-energy comedy of... um...errors!

Two pairs of twins, separated at birth now cause chaos in Ephesus as merchants and magistrates, and even wives can’t tell which is which!

Somehow Madness, Bad Manners, The Pretenders and even Bananarama all add to the fun.





Sat 12th Sep 7pm, Sun 20th Sep 3pm and 7pm

Tickets £7.50  (concessions £6.00)



Enjoy 45 minutes in the company of Beatrix Potter herself, as she tells some of her favourite stories, accompanied with charming sing-alongs and activities for younger children.


Beatrix is played by Laura Porter, who graduated with a First Class degree in Musical Theatre from Trinity Laban in London.  Performance credits include Beauty & The Beast at Exeter Corn Exchange and Hawthorn Theatre, and Charles Court OPera's The Nativity.







Sat 12th Sep 3pm, Sun 13th Sep 3pm

All tickets £5.00



Set in the delightful Orchard Gardens, Opera al Fresco offer a dizzying melange of highlights from comic, serious and pastoral opera and operetta.


The quartet, under the musical direction of Paul McLure, will whisk you away to the realms of operatic fantasy, with a few giggles along the way!


In non-Covid times,  the members of Opera al Fresco form part of the Staircase Opera Company.  The company is well known around Devon for their entertaining Opera Scenes concerts, and for their highly dramatic productions of Britten's Turn of the Screw and in the past 4 years, Menotti's The Medium, and The Consul.  




Fri 18th Sep 7pm

Tickets £7.50  (concessions £6.00)




The heartfelt wail of the blues; the sultry heat of the campfire; the crazy swirl of the bal musette,
all fused together ​with virtuosity and passion in the melting pot of 1930’s Paris: the result was gypsy jazz.
Now ‘LA VIE EN ROSE’ play this exuberant, toe-tapping music with a swing and joie-de-vivre as fresh today
​as when Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli first conjured it from the back streets of Pigalle.

' L A  V I E  E N  R O S E ' . . . five musicians with wide-ranging individual backgrounds in classical music, traditional jazz, rock, blues, country, ragtime and roots, pulled together by the shared pleasure of gypsy jazz and hot swing.



Sun 13th Sep 7pm

All tickets £10.00



A stylish evening of Broadway (and probably West End) standards, delivered by dazzling vocalists in the cosy Orchard Cafe Gardens.  Who could ask for anything more?











Thu 17th Sep 7pm

Tickets £7.50  (concessions £6.00)



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Chudleigh Arts Festival 2021