Saffron Walden’s £10m music venue described as “marvellous” on its official opening by The Good Life star Penelope Keith
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Saffron Walden’s £10million world-class performance venue was unveiled today (Saturday, November 30).
Actress Penelope Keith, who became a household name in the 1970s when she played Margo Leadbetter in the sitcom The Good Life, unveiled a plaque to officially declare Saffron Hall open.
Ms Keith described the venue, which is based at Saffron Walden County High School, as “marvellous”, adding: “Saffron Walden is enchanting and this facility will be a lovely addition for the community.”
The event kicked off a weekend of celebration.
A concert by Britten Sinfonia is being held later tonight (Saturday) while tomorrow the hall is hosting an Open House which will see a range of performances and practical workshops demonstrating its scope and versatility.
The hall will be opening its doors between 10.30am and 4.30pm and inviting visitors to see the 730-seat auditorium with retractable seating and stage, the rehearsal space and the purpose-built bar area where refreshments will be served throughout the day.
The spacious foyer and gallery areas will host displays by many of Saffron Walden’s performing arts organisations.
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During the day, local choirs, dance and theatre groups will put on short performances.
Entrance is free with a day pass that can be booked through the Saffron Hall box office.
• More details about forthcoming events are available via the website: saffronhall.com