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Chester Playhouse planning grand reopening in August, two years after fire

By Evan Taylor Jun 8, 2023 | 1:07 PM

The Chester Playhouse will reopen this August after two years of renovations following a fire in June 2021. Photo: Chester Playhouse/Facebook

After enduring a devastating fire near the completion of a major restoration project in June 2021, the Chester Playhouse is gearing up to reopen its doors to the public in a grand celebration. Following two years of meticulous rebuilding, the community is eagerly anticipating the upcoming event, which promises to be a momentous occasion.

Mark your calendars for a festival-style street party, set to take place in the heart of Chester. The event will kick off with a vibrant parade, starting from the Chester Legion and making its way down Queen Street to the newly reconstructed Playhouse. Join in the excitement as an official ribbon-cutting ceremony marks the unveiling of the revitalized building, symbolizing a new chapter for this cherished cultural institution.

Once the ribbon has been ceremoniously severed, the festivities will commence with an array of captivating performances. Attendees are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs and revel in the musical talents of an extraordinary lineup of artists, including local favorites Dark & Stormy. Expect some delightful surprises throughout the event, ensuring a memorable experience for all who attend.

Firefighters worked to put out the June 11th fire at the Chester Playhouse. Photo: Evan Taylor

In between performances, take the opportunity to explore local stores or peruse booths showcasing the remarkable creations of local artisans. Nearby restaurants will be ready to satiate your appetite, allowing you to indulge in the town’s culinary delights. Furthermore, don’t miss the chance to sign up for a guided tour of the newly constructed theatre building, led by a friendly and knowledgeable committee. This tour will offer a glimpse into the future home of engaging and inspiring live events, providing a sneak peek of what’s to come.

Organizers emphasize that this upcoming community celebration is open to all and free of charge. Families are encouraged to join in, bringing their lawn chairs and sunscreen, while the organizers ensure an abundance of smiles for all attendees.

As part of the “Welcome Home” performance series, Chester Playhouse will host a mesmerizing concert featuring an exceptional lineup of artists. Among them will be Chester’s very own Old Man Luedecke and Nova Scotia’s rising R&B star Zamani, joined by headliner Lennie Gallant. The concert taking place in the Playhouse does require a ticket, which can be purchased online.

The inaugural night of performances at the rebuilt Chester Playhouse promises to be a momentous occasion, setting the stage for a vibrant cultural calendar in the community. The management warmly invites everyone to save the date and be part of this historic event, extending a heartfelt “Welcome Home” to the Chester Playhouse.


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