Saffron Walden’s £10m music venue described as “marvellous” on its official opening by The Good Life star Penelope Keith

Penelope Keith (fourth from right) unveiled a plaque at the official opening of Saffron Hall.

Penelope Keith (fourth from right) unveiled a plaque at the official opening of Saffron Hall. - Credit: Archant

Saffron Walden’s £10million world-class performance venue was unveiled today (Saturday, November 30).

Penelope Keith unveils the new plaque at the official opening cermony of Saffron Hall today (Saturda

Penelope Keith unveils the new plaque at the official opening cermony of Saffron Hall today (Saturday, November 30). - Credit: Archant

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.

The stage and seating at Saffron Hall.

The stage and seating at Saffron Hall. - Credit: Archant

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.


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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

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