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The Brook Theatre gets £415,000 facelift

11 September 2017

The Brook Theatre in Chatham looks like the star of the show following an external facelift worth £415,000 – just in time for the build up to the festive season and annual Brook Christmas Show.

The entertainment venue has been hidden away for almost a year, surrounded by scaffolding and white wrap while works were carried out, but it’s now back in full view and looking better than ever.

As one of Medway’s much-loved theatres, Medway Council felt it was important to maintain what is a central hub for entertainment, arts, community activities, and a venue available for hire. The theatre remained open as usual throughout the works, which included essential repairs, cleaning of the stonework and roof, and improvements to the external lighting. The last part of the renovation saw the three iconic clock faces repaired, cleaned and re-lit.

Ready for the Brook Christmas Show

The theatre, now gleaming at the heart of Chatham, is set see thousands of families pass through its doors in the coming months to enjoy the popular annual interactive Christmas show, this year called The Lion who came for Christmas - tickets available now.

Part of Chatham's extensive regeneration

Vast investment has been made by the council to ensure The Brook Theatre, which opened in 1997 and was previously Chatham Town Hall and then Medway Arts Centre, is around to offer quality entertainment for many more years to come. It’s an important part of Chatham, which is in the midst of an ambitious regeneration programme to transform the area into Medway’s city centre.

Keeping Medway's 'entertainment gem in good shape'

Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder in charge of council property Cllr Adrian Gulvin said: “The works were essential to keep the building in good condition and fit for purpose – and the theatre really is looking great now it’s been unveiled for all to see.

“We know lots of people, both locally and from further afield, enjoy coming to watch shows at The Brook Theatre and so it’s important that we keep one of Medway’s entertainment gems in good shape."

Cllr Howard Doe Portfolio Holder for Community Services said: “As well as being the home for several professional creative companies, The Brook Theatre is also a place enjoyed by many groups within the community such as dance and drama schools and groups, so this is a really important venue in the heart of Medway. It is a measure of the council’s commitment to the arts that such significant investment has been made and I must say it looks very smart indeed."