A former chapel in Stoke Newington has been given a new lease of life, reopening as a theatre. It is now home to amateur theatre group, The Tower Theatre Company.

The building, which was built in the 19th Century and first functioned as a Methodist chapel, previously operated as a women’s-only gym.

The Tower Theatre Company, which has produced plays since 1932 and has worked with the likes of Sian Phillips and Tom Courtenay, had a venue in Islington for years. When a lease renewal fell through, it took fifteen years to find a suitable venue.

And now they’ve found it in Stoke Newington.

David Taylor, Project Manager at The Tower Theatre Company, said: “An amazing amount of work has been carried out by professional builders and volunteers to create a base for one of London’s leading non-professional theatre groups.”

“It has been quite a challenge getting everything to come together but I hope the facilities will be well used and become a real hub for the company and the community.”

The building has been fully refurbished in recent months, and now boasts a rehearsal room (where the gym’s swimming pool used to be), storage facilities for props, social and performance spaces which will be available to hire, and a theatre space, with seating for 120 people.

Find out more about upcoming Tower Theatre Company productions here.

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