Our story

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The Chelsea Theatre was built in 1977 as part of the World’s End Estate, which was designed to be an ideal ‘super community’ with 750 affordable flats, community spaces, shops, a primary school, and a church, all within walking distance of each other. In January 2020, our building re-opened after a multi-million pound refurbishment that saw the entire building transformed both inside and out.

On the Ground Floor, the Theatre now has an open-plan café space, two meeting rooms, and three Studio spaces for activities, projects, and rehearsals. On the First Floor, there is a brand new roof bar with adjoining west-facing terrace, along with our 135-seat state-of-the-art theatre space.

For over 40 years, The Chelsea Theatre has been a home for culture, community, and creativity all coming together under one roof. Our activities, many of which are free to partake in, range from Ballroom Dancing to Self-Defence to Women’s Boxercise. We have choirs, youth theatre programs, and dance schools running alongside our professional theatre rehearsals and productions. Our studios also house after-school clubs, youth projects, and early years programs alongside exercise classes, film clubs, and yoga specifically for Over 50s. Whatever your age, and whatever your interest, there will be something for you to do at Chelsea Theatre.

Our Activities can be seen in our calendar here. We are always keen to know more about what projects you would like to see in the building, so please Contact Us if you’d like to suggest an idea.

If you would like to hire a room for a recurring project, then please look at our Room Hire page here. Some of our rooms can also be booked for one-off events and meetings.

The full theatre programme will be launched in Autumn 2020, but for now you can find more information about our plans for the theatre here.

Most importantly, just drop by and visit us. Check out our beautiful new café with their daily offerings of hot and cold food and drinks for everyone to enjoy. Our rooftop bar and terrace will be open after Easter.