‘The stage is set for the first events in outstanding new performance venue

A few weeks after the grand opening of Benenden School’s new Century Buildings, the curtain is about to go up on two shows – one of which takes place this weekend. The Times finds out more…


The completion of the stunning new Centenary Buildings at Benenden School has enabled the prestigious school to open up its performance spaces to the general public.

The purpose-built theatre will be hosting a professional touring production of ‘A Christmas Carol’ this coming weekend on Friday December 2 and Saturday December 3. The intimate venue will host two performances of the Dickens favourite by the highly regarded company Chapterhouse.

The following weekend, the spectacular new Centenary Buildings will be brought to life by the Len Phillips Swing Orchestra, who will be performing on December 10 and 11.

The Centenary Buildings comprise a light and airy atrium, smaller recital room, a Music School and the main Centenary Hall – an 800-seater multi-purpose space that has established one of the foremost concert halls in the South East.

The events in these new spaces will be the first of many, with a full programme of public performing arts events due to be released next year.

Benenden’s Commercial Arts Director Frankie Denton said: “Our buildings, both the newly opened ones and those that are more established, are a stunning addition to the Kent arts scene and we are proud to welcome the public to come and enjoy them.

“We are putting together an exciting and wide-ranging programme of events that audiences will love and it’s an incredibly exciting time for us and for the public.

“With its beautiful grounds, outstanding views and purpose-built facilities, Benenden is a hidden gem that we are confident performing arts enthusiasts will be delighted to return to time and again.”



A Christmas Carol

December 2 and 3, 7.30pm.

Adults £18; under-18s £12

Len Phillips Swing Orchestra

December 10 and 11, 7.30pm. Tickets £25

Full details and booking is available at: benenden.school/events

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