There are currently two groups for theatre visits, open to all Gravesend U3A members - no problem with being a member of both!
The West End Group is organised by Carol Edwards and specialises in weekday matinees visits to top West End shows, usually involving a railway trip up to Charing Cross.
The Orchard group is run by Mary Moss and selects from productions appearing in Dartford Orchard Theatre.
In both cases, it is advisable to get yourself registered with these ladies as being a keen theatre goer in the first instance, and they will then contact you whenever a new production is being organised for an excursion.
West End productions: Due to an increasing number of theatre-goers requesting tickets, the format of this group has recently changed. It has been decided to limit the number of tickets booked to 50, which means they are allocated on a strictly first-come, first-served basis. The group leader holds an email list of those interested, so members are strongly advised to ensure their names are on it. Greatly reduced price tickets are reserved in advance and details are emailed to those on the list. If there are any remaining tickets, they are offered to the general membership via the newsletter or at the next monthly meeting. Seats have so far been booked for matinee performances only – no transport is provided so members are free to plan the rest of their day to suit themselves
The Orchard Theatre Group has to have a minimum of 10 to obtain a group discount. Firm interest is therefore encouraged early for the popular shows and full payment is required in advance. A regular email is sent to Group members indicating current productions, so please sign up with Mary to be alerted to proposed group visits. Transport to The Orchard is not included.