Commenting on the news that the Hazlitt Theatre will remain open, Helen Grant MP said:
‘I am so pleased that the doors of the Hazlitt Theatre will once again be open for performances and community groups as soon as Covid restrictions allow. The Hazlitt is at the beating cultural heart of our County Town and its continued presence will perhaps be more important than ever as we rebuild our local economy and community from the Coronavirus crisis in the months ahead.
I would like to thank Maidstone Borough Council, Parkwood Leisure and Councillors on the ERL Committee, especially Jonathan Purle who has been an extremely determined and effective campaigner on this issue, for their diligence and hard work in coming to this very welcome conclusion. I also want to pay tribute to the thousands of people from across our community who joined with me to oppose the theatre’s closure. You have proven what is possible when people come together and campaign for a common cause.’