WPDS at Smallhythe Place

As part of our 90th anniversary we are delighted to announce that our Spring production has an extra date. On 13th May 2017 we are taking ‘The Garden Party’ to the Barn Theatre at the beautiful National Trust property Smallhythe Place. This is a special one night only performance in a stunningly intimate theatre.

It is an enormous thrill for us to perform at such an atmospheric place where some of the greats of British stage in the last century have performed incl. Sir Alec Guinness, Sir John Gielgud, Dame Sybil Thorndike, Dame Edith Evans, Sir Michael Redgrave and Joan Plowright. We have a super play to take there combining family drama, shocks, revelations and humour, which is sure to please and make for a fantastic evenings entertainment.

The delightful house and gardens will be open as usual on the day and it is worth noting they also have some fabulous costumes belonging to the famous Victorian actress Ellen Terry which can be viewed by arrangement with the National Trust in advance. Smallhythe Place was once owned by Ellen and after her death her daughter changed the use of the barn to a theatre.

The house and garden closes at 5pm, giving you time to have a look round the charming town of Tenterden (five minutes drive away) before the grounds re-open to theatre patrons from 6pm. The theatre bar provides drinks and light refreshments or if the weather is good you can bring a picnic. The performance starts at 7.30pm

Sue Eacott

More information about Smallhythe Place can be found at

Theatre seating is limited, so book early to avoid disappointment.