CHESTER has a new theatre.
The King’s School has announced the completion of the Vanbrugh Theatre on its Wrexham Road site.
The theatre is named after Sir John Vanbrugh (1664-1726), a former pupil of the school, an influential dramatist and architect.
The project, costing £1.2m, has been part-funded by a legacy left to the school by a former pupil.
The 270-seater theatre will be used for the independent school’s regular drama productions as well as professional productions and the seating can be retracted to make use of the space for other events. School assemblies will also be held there.
The opening programme includes professional productions by Opera della Luna and The King’s Singers.
Headteacher Chris Ramsey said: “We are extremely excited about the theatre and are looking forward to the opening programme.”
Actor and former King’s School pupil Ronald Pickup will officially open the theatre at a gala evening in June.
Other past pupils who have followed a thespian route include Nickolas Grace, who appeared in the original TV show Brideshead Revisited, and the late Hugh Lloyd, who co-starred with the legendary Tony Hancock in Hancock’s Half Hour .
For the theatre programme and tickets, visit www.kingschester.co.uk/theatre or call 01244 689527.