28 September 2011
Last updated at 17:26
Just under a week before the new Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury is due to open to the public, staff are preparing for the first test performance in the new venue.
The building, which has a main auditorium plus a smaller studio space, was designed by Keith Williams Architects. It officially opens on Tuesday 4 October marking the completion of a two-year, £25.6m project.
The new building has three levels, with foyers and bars on each.
The giant Marlowe mask sculpture which stood outside the old theatre has been returned to the new site ready for the opening.
The main auditorium has a seating capacity of 1,200. The seats are made of Italian leather and have been designed so the acoustics will sound the same regardless of how many people are seated in the theatre.
The catering staff have been given their new uniforms in readiness for the first ever meal to be served in the new restaurant.
Even the tickets have been given a test run before the big day.
The new Marlowe Theatre aims to have a closer relationship between the audience and the stage, with no seat in the house further than 25m away from the stage.
After 25 successful years, the old Marlowe Theatre closed on Sunday 22 March 2009 with a gala performance called A Night Of A Thousand Stars.
According to theatre staff the new Marlowe is the first theatre to have all electronic posters around the walls. The building is totally accessible for disabled visitors, staff and artists.
"As theatre people, we need to be in the theatre," said director Mark Everett. "I've missed that hugely and I can't wait to get going in this new theatre."