Opening gala and show line-up announced for Granville Theatre in Ramsgate

Zahra, Matt and Parisa get set to open the doors of the Granville Theatre Photo James Pearce

The Granville Theatre in Ramsgate will have a grand opening gala on May 13 followed by a packed programme of shows to put Thanet ‘back on the entertainment map.’

Theatre bosses have announced a line-up including The Addams family, Michael Jackson tribute, Magic of Motown, The Makings of a Murderer and more heading to the venue in the coming months.

First shows announced

Westwood One Ltd, which also operates Under 1 Roof Thanet in Pysons Road and Under 1 Roof Canterbury, completed the purchase of the site from Thanet council last October.

The company, run by Ramsgate sisters Zahra and Parisa Tarjomani and Pyramid Martial Arts & Just Kids Parties owner Matt Milchard, has since been working on renovations to bring the site back into use as a theatre and cinema with sea view and cocktail bars, restaurant and community arts space.

Auditorium concept design @unltd_xyz

Announcing the first crop of shows, they said: “We are so proud, excited, nervous, giddy and everything in between to be able to bring such an array of fantastic productions with so many more being confirmed as we speak, Thanet is going to be back on the entertainment map.

“Thank you to everybody who has come on board and supported us by booking this wonderful theatre and having faith in us as a venue for your productions… we are thrilled to be having you!

“Following on from our Gala Evening we are delighted to be opening our programming with renowned local company Margate Operatic Society with the fantastic The Addams Family the Musical, an amazing array of professional touring shows from Entertainers UK and Michael Starring Ben direct from the London Palladium!

Entrance and foyer design

“We have so much more to come, so much more to announce and lots to add in terms of live music, comedy, plays and cinema so watch this space.”

There will be one auditorium with  a 600 seat capacity, full regeneration of the theatre space, a sea view café and bar, exhibition space, co-working space, workshop and education space.

It is estimated around 20 jobs will be created with the reopening.

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Ramsgate’s Granville Theatre on track for May opening – with schedule of shows already lined up