The architect, G E Bond built many other public buildings in The Medway Towns including the former Chatham Town Hall, St Andrews Church and the River Medway Conservancy Board Offices.

After a fire in 1937 the interior was redecorated by Andrew Mather, the leading theatre architect of his day, well known as the house architect for the Odeon Circuit Cinemas.

The theatre played host to many of the greatest actors of the twentieth century including Ken Dodd, Rex Harrison, Charlie Chaplin, Stan Laurel, Shaw Taylor, Gracie Fields, George Formby, Max Miller and Norman Wisdom and shows ranging from Shakespeare to Pantomime.

The arrival of the Annual Circus, when the animals were paraded through the streets and housed in enormous cages beneath the stage became a regular feature of life in the Medway Towns.

Recently, many people from the world of show business had joined the Theatre Royal Chatham Trust supporting their efforts to reopen the theatre.



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