NAIROBI: Harry Thuku Road is set to become Nairobi’s Broadway when the newly refurbished modern Kenya National Theatre ( KNT) is opened in March next year. Sports Cabinet Secretary Hassan Wario said the facility will be the microcosm of art in the city, being at the epicentre of many activities.
These include the University of Nairobi, Norfolk Hotel, Kenya Methodist University, Nairobi Museums and the many shopping malls in the adjoining streets like Nakumatt Lifestyle. “We will be happy to have His Excellency the President (Uhuru Kenyatta) come here next March and open the facility that will accommodate over 345 members of the audience,” said Dr Wario when he joined the East Africa Breweries Group Corporate Relations Director Brenda Mbathi on a tour of the over Sh100 million refurbishment work project funded by her firm. Ms Mbathi expressed satisfaction with the pace of the project that will see new sound and light systems with anti-fire roofing and a totally sound proof wall system to allow the audience enjoy productions in serenity and comfort. The new theatre comes with a 72-seater VIP section where the high society can comfortably watch shows at a premium
Speaking during the event, former PS and current Kenya Cultural Centre Governing Council Vice Charperson Dorothy Angote said Kenya is blessed with favourable weather all year round where the theatre can function everyday. “In a place like Vienna they have to wait for winter before orchestras start to ensemble,” she noted.