Redbridge Council confirms KMT pantomime will go ahead this winter in Ilford
PUBLISHED: 08:00 06 August 2019 | UPDATED: 16:26 06 August 2019
Keys to the Kenneth More Theatre (KMT) were handed over to Redbridge Council's social arm yesterday (Monday, August 8).
Vision will be managing the venue in Oakfield Road, Ilford, as well as and Redbridge Drama Centre in Churchfields, South Woodford.
A council spokesman confirmed that plans are already underway to roll out an "exciting programme of events" including a traditional pantomime.
The KMT will also "continue to operate as before", putting on new shows, as well as reimagining older ones.
"Local community groups will be given access to the space to create bold new projects, which could include drama lessons for local children." He said.
Redbridge Council leader, Councillor Jas Athwal said the theatre is a hugely important part of Ilford and he is committed to keeping it up and running.
" This new partnership means local people can continue to enjoy seeing West End standard shows right on their doorstep," he said.
"I'm really pleased that Ilford will be a place where people can come to enjoy a night out at the theatre, dinner with friends and experience a buzzing social atmosphere with all the amenities of a modern, vibrant town centre.
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"I've already asked Vision for a ticket to this year's Christmas Pantomime."
Iain Varah, chief executive of Vision added: "Vision is really excited to embark on this new project with Redbridge Council.
"I know the theatre means a lot to local people and we're determined to honour that by putting on the very best shows and events for everyone to enjoy."
The Redbridge Theatre Company (RTC), which currently manages the venue will be moving out this summer.
An RTC spokesman said: "We were pleased to read in the Recorder that the long tradition of pantomime will continue at the KMT.
"We wish the new producing company the greatest of luck.
"The Redbridge Theatre Company have been fortunate enough to create traditional visits for hundreds of families over the last 40 years and we will definitely miss being a part of the festive season with the thousands of people who joined us each year for the fun, laughter and panto mayhem we created!"