The Chelsea Theatre set to finally open its doors


Established as a community centre for the World’s End estate, the venue is one of just two community-led theatres in the UK which has grown and expanded to host a wide variety of events and exhibitions and organisers are thrilled that it is now one of key hubs for the Kensington +Chelsea Summer Festival – which, due to the lifting of many restrictions, is evolving and developing on an almost daily basis.

“We believe it’s everyone’s right to help shape culture and influence possibilities. Local people, artists, audiences, staff and volunteers will reflect the diversity of our global borough and global reach.” comment Festival organisers Verena Cornwall and Vestalia Chilton.

Boasting six studios, two theatre spaces and an air-conditioned bar with sunset views across the terrace, The Chelsea Theatre will be presenting a mix of live theatre and publicly curated exhibitions that are affordable and accessible for all audiences over the next few weeks.

“After a long road, we can’t wait to see this extraordinary venue used as its architects intended; to bring people together to celebrate, inspire, and be inspired. The space will soon be overflowing with creativity, possibilities and choice; a creative toy box for all. Our major renovation heralds a vibrant new era for our local community and the wider creative community.” Explains Paul Adlam, General Manager, The Chelsea Theatre

Festival events at the theatre are designed to welcome audiences from the borough and across the city with many offering tickets on a Pay What You Want basis to ensure that everyone can get involved. From family-friendly shows to a foray into French popular music and a re-imagining of super-sleuthing sidekick, Dr Watson’s experiences at the Reichenbach Falls, the full programme features drama, dance, cabaret, monologues, comedy and poetry with audiences promised shows full of humour, profound personal insight and thought-provoking entertainment. The programme of events and Pay What You Want offer is designed to reflect and support the myriad of artists who are now emerging after months of cancellations and curtailments with all ticket sales split between the artists and the theatre

The Kensington + Chelsea Festival throughout the summer. Details and bookings can be made via the theatre website What’s On pages –