Archived Friday 11th & Saturday 12th November 2016 - THE CANTERBURY BELLES - at The Arden Theatre


The Canterbury Belles

It’s London’s Eaton Square in 1879. “There’s something sinister down in the cellar” In fact, it’s a body and it’s murder most foul. What links this discovery with a pair of batty sisters who paraded around Canterbury and Herne Bay, flirting with soldiers, giggling like teenagers and, in their words, prancing like naughty little kittens? Indulged by their doting father, they are a tourist attraction, dressed about forty years below their real age, slapping on the paint and powder, flaunting their cupid’s kettle drums “so the young gentlemen will scarce be able to keep their dandles off our bustles”. They are also the world’s worst landlords.

The Really Promising Company has done it again with an entertaining musical whodunit based on a true story and narrated by Walter Cozens, the founder of the Canterbury Archaeological Society and the Canterbury Arts Society who had an abiding interest (or, as his wife would describe it, an obsession) in the twisting and turning events of the discovery, the events leading up to it and the subsequent trial.

It’s a commentary on ageing and the lengths some people went, and still go, to try and turn back the clock.

And talking of clocks…………………..

The Really Promising team of writer Jane Jones and composer Lewis Edmunds comes together again with a talented cast for this roller coaster of a journey featuring the mincing sisters, an enthusiastic policeman, a patronising inspector, two unsympathetic gaolers, a petty thief, a sinister landlord and a cast of disgruntled tenants living in Canterbury’s Blackfriars. The Canterbury Belles is performed by a dedicated company of enthusiastic amateurs with a professional sound, directed by Barry Clayton with music coaching by Jon Williams.

Tickets are £10, available by contacting: , 01227 458829 or from Sweet Scene, Preston Street, Faversham

For more Information contact Jane Jones at

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