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Stage set for more new homes in centre of Chatham

  • 7 February 2012
  • From the section England
Theatre Royal
The Theatre Royal was built in 1899 but has been unoccupied since its closure in 1955

Affordable homes are to be built on the site of a derelict Kent theatre which once saw the likes of Charlie Chaplin and Stan Laurel grace its stage.

The Theatre Royal, in High Street, Chatham, was built in 1899 but has been unoccupied since its closure in 1955.

A local campaign to restore the 3,000-seat venue to its former glory was eventually abandoned in 2002.

Its Victorian front, with columns and arches, will be restored and utilised as part of the new development.

Two blocks of 12 flats, with underground parking, will be constructed behind it on the land where part of the Theatre Royal, which was demolished last year, once stood.

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