Judi Dench

Dame Judi Dench to formally reopen Croydon theatre

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Fairfield Halls
Local Democracy Reporting Service

People from Croydon will have the chance to be immortalised in a mosaic at the revamped Fairfield Halls.

Dame Judi Dench will formally reopen the Ashcroft Playhouse, previously known as the Ashcroft Theatre, on 16 September.

She will unveil a commemorative mosaic of Dame Peggy Ashcroft - who originally opened the theatre on 5 November 1962 - which will be made up of photos of hundreds of Croydon residents.

Dame Judi said she was "delighted to be returning to Croydon’s Fairfield Halls to celebrate the life and career of my dear friend Peggy Ashcroft, and I’m thrilled to reopen the Ashcroft Playhouse in her honour".

She will take part in a question and answer session which will kick off a week-long series of events celebrating the reopening of Fairfield Halls after a revamp costing more than £40m.