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EM Forster Theatre in Tonbridge set to welcome back audiences for film and comedy nights

Theatre managers are welcoming audiences back into their auditorium for film nights and live comedy.

The EM Forster Theatre in Tonbridge , which held its first shows last week outdoors , has been given the We're Good to Go stamp from Visit England, and announced its first shows indoors since lockdown, starting on Thursday, September 10.

NT Live Cyrano de Bergerac starring James McAvoy Picture: Marc Brenner
NT Live Cyrano de Bergerac starring James McAvoy Picture: Marc Brenner

The EMF auditorium has been transformed into a cinema for the four films this month while the seating in the studio has been changed to allow for the comedy night.

Theatre manager Kat Portman Smith said: ‘We can’t wait to welcome audiences back into the theatre and offer a great evening of entertainment once again. We’re delighted at the response to our recent outdoor events with sell-out crowds and happy audiences, and we’ll be announcing more films and social distanced live performances very soon.’

The season kicks off with a modern take on Charles Dickens' classic tale of a young orphan, The Personal World History of David Copperfield (PG) on Thursday, September 10 at 7pm.

From birth to infancy and adolescence to adulthood, the good-hearted David Copperfield is surrounded by kindness, wickedness, poverty and wealth, as he meets an array of remarkable characters in Victorian England. As he sets out to be a writer, in his quest for family, friendship, romance and status, the story of his life is the most seductive tale of all.

The Personal History of David Copperfield
The Personal History of David Copperfield

This will be followed by the colourful musical adventure for youngsters, Trolls World Tour (U) on Sunday, September 13 at 2.30pm, with the voices of Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake in the all-star sequel to DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls World Tour.

Sam Mendes’ award-winning First World War epic 1917 will be shown on Friday, September 25 and on Thursday, September 17 there is an opportunity to see the National Theatre Encore screening of Cyrano de Bergerac, postponed from March, starring James McAvoy.

Trolls World Tour (41794111)
Trolls World Tour (41794111)

The popular monthly Comedy Night for over 16s on Friday, September 18 brings top comedians on the circuit to provide the laughs plus drinks available to pre order and on the night. It will be compered by Russell Hicks, with Neil McFarlane in support and headliner Ben Norris.

Tickets for the films are £5 each and audiences can choose their seats online with 2m distance between each household group. Tickets for the NT Encore screening are £10. Tickets for the comedy night are £13.

To book go to emftheatre.com or call 01732 304241.

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