Dates for the 46th Festival...

16th September - 30th September 2017

23RD JULY 2017

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Pre Christmas Special Performance
Chekhov Triple Bill
Sunday 18 December 2016

We have teamed up once again with Alisdair Kitchen – director of the hugely claimed operas Turn of the Screw and Don Pasquale at the recent 2016 Rye Arts Festival – to bring three short plays by Anton Chekhov to Rye just ahead of Christmas.

Challenging the commonly-held assumption that opera singers can’t act, Alisdair and his company, Euphonia Studio will prove to the contrary in a highly entertaining triple bill of short plays by the Russian playwright. Updated to a modern-day, north-of-England setting, The ProposalOn the Evils of Tobacco and The Bear feature a cast of young opera singers – Edward Jowle, Sophie Dicks and Hannah Jane Peel – using their voices in a completely different way… without singing a note! And they can act!

Adapted and directed by Euphonia Studio Artistic Director Alisdair Kitchen, the production is playing in London until 10th December at The Drayton Arms Theatre, so will be fully rehearsed and warmed up for a one-off performance in Rye in association with the Rye Arts Festival.

The performance is at Rye Creative Centre in New Road, Rye at 4pm on Sunday 18th December and tickets for the Rye performance are just £10! A bar will be open and mulled wine and home-made mince pies (supplied by Rye Deli) will be available after the performance.

Tickets can be bought in advance online at:, at Grammar School Records in the High Street or on the door!