A new year means a whole new raft of shows to get excited about at the temporary Orchard West theatre in Dartford

The all-new theatre is just a two-minute walk from Orchard Theatre, and has amenities such as a bar, toilets and a huge auditorium which holds 1,091 people.

The venue is supporting the continuing employment of the theatre team, visiting artists and backstage crew - plus many local businesses in the surrounding area who rely on footfall from theatregoers.

Orchard Theatre in Dartford was forced to close after a survey found concerns with the theatre’s RAAC panels.

Since then, the council has “gone into overdrive” to find a “creative way of keeping the show going here in Dartford”.

Below are the latest shows announced at Orchard West theatre in Dartford, which are on sale now:

Johnny Cash Roadshow: Wednesday, May 1

The Rat Pack – Live in Concert: Wednesday, July 10

The Magic of Motown: Sunday, September 1

Musicals: The Ultimate Live Band Sing-along: Thursday, September 19

Here are the upcoming shows at the Orchard West theatre in January: 

Swan Lane: Wednesday January 17 - Thursday, January 18

Swan Lake is a fan favourite, the tragic tale of love that triumphs over evil.

Prince Siegfried falls in love with Odette, Queen of the Swans, only to be tricked into betraying her with devastating consequences.

The Elo Experience: Saturday, January 20

The ELO Experience are a tribute to The Electric Light Orchestra.

The set includes a sensational string section, stunning light show and large screen projection to further enhance the experience.

UK Pink Floyd Experience: Sunday, January 21

Celebrating 30 years since the ‘PULSE’  tour, this highly authentic show recreates the atmosphere of Floyd live - featuring top-flight musicians, a light show and over two hours of incredible music.

Spirit of the Dance: Wednesday, January 24

One of the most exciting dance shows ever, this high-octane extravaganza takes dance to the next level, in an explosive fusion of heart pounding Irish Dance combined with dance styles from round the world.

Fascinating Aida: Saturday, January 27

Uniquely charming, with diamond-sharp satire, filthy, hilarious, belligerent, political, poignant, and outrageous, this indomitable trio are the mistresses of their craft.

The story of Guitar Heroes: Sunday, January 28

The Story of Guitar Heroes recreates the unique sounds of each guitar legend with accuracy, utilising no less than 30 different authentic guitars.

The Serial Killer Next Door: Tuesday, January 20

Emma Kenny will take you on a journey looking at what ingredients of possibility lead to body counts by killers like Ted Bundy, John Wayne Gacy, Jeffrey Dahmer, and John Paul Knowles.

Gareth Gates in the Best of Frankie Vali and The Four Seasons: Wednesday, January 31

The Best of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons is a spectacular high-pitched celebration of timeless music from one of the biggest selling groups of all time.

Jeremy Kite, leader of Dartford Borough Council said: “Our theatre is such an important part of life for so many Dartford residents that when we were forced to close the venue, we were determined to find a way for the show to go on.

“The provision of Orchard West until we can re-open our much-loved venue means that not just our amazing pantomime, but a whole range of productions from local groups right through to the big names and West End performances can continue to light up the cultural life of our town."