“UK’s First Vegan Theatre” to Open Near Canterbury, Kent

A cooperative is set to open what is claimed to be the UK’s first vegan theatre on an organic farm near the town of Canterbury, Kent.

Only vegan foods and beverages will be permitted in the Garlinge Theatre, which has a capacity of 300. This rule will also apply to anyone who hires the venue. The first productions will take place in the theatre next month.

“Our ethos here at The Garlinge Theatre is to lead with compassion and kindness”

The building was previously a Steiner school, which closed last year after problems were discovered during an inspection. However, a new Steiner-inspired school will now open on part of the site. The school, Light Root’s Home Education, is part of the cooperative that has taken over the building, alongside actress Alison Harris and Swale councillor Terry Thompson.

A fundraising event will be held at the theatre on March 31, featuring live music from a local big band.

UK's first vegan theatre to open in Canterbury
Image: The Garlinge Theatre on Facebook

Vegan establishments

In recent years, the UK has seen an increase in the number of establishments becoming fully vegan, with Beck Hall in Yorkshire becoming the country’s first vegan hotel in December. Several pubs have also removed animal products from the menu, including The Queen Inn in South Wales, London’s The Railway Tavern, and The Barn in Warwickshire.

“Our ethos here at The Garlinge Theatre is to lead with compassion and kindness to all living beings,” said the theatre on Facebook. “This is reflected in the refreshments we sell and in part in what is put on at the theatre. We are opening this space to acts and events of all kinds, but particularly welcome projects which have messages of animal wellbeing, sustainability, climate or environmental issues.”

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