Town centre church to become 700-seat theatre

A church in the town centre will get a new lease of life when it is transformed into a 700-seat venue.

Sunday, 30th April 2017, 3:46 pm
Updated Thursday, 7th June 2018, 9:31 pm
His Place Community Church in Hastings will be transformed into a 700-seat venue. Picture credit: hisplacehastings.co.uk

His Place Community Church in Robertson Street, Hastings, will be the new home of Opus Theatre, which launches in July.

The first floor of the Grade II-listed building will be used as a theatre venue.

Director Polo Piatti said it gave him ‘great pleasure’ to announce the opening. He said: “A very special new theatre with extraordinary acoustics, this venue will focus on hosting concerts, opera, theatre, dance, acoustic acts, literary and poetry events, lectures, art films and exhibitions, as well as offering an ideal space for workshops and rehearsals”.

His Place Community Church in Hastings will be transformed into a 700-seat venue. Picture credit: hisplacehastings.co.uk

The upstairs space is currently only used on Sundays for church services, and this will continue after the launch.

Reverend Chris Sears said the church would carry on ‘as usual’ and the downstairs space, a café and community area, would remain the same.

He said: “We are looking forward to working with them. They will bring more footfall into the building and more use for the space that is currently only used on a Sunday.”

For more information about Opus Theatre, go to opustheatre.co.uk.