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Image of the playhouse on fire. Firefighters are spraying water into the top floor window. The upper floor is charred and smoke is in the air.

2021 Chester Playhouse Fire

We remain tremendously grateful to our Chester Volunteer Fire Department as well as all other fire departments that were called to scene: Chester Basin, Blandford, Hubbards, HRM Fire Station 56 (Black Point), Western Shore, Martins River, Mahone Bay, Blockhouse, Oakhill, Lunenburg, Bridgewater, Cornwall, New Ross, Windsor, Hantsport, Brooklyn and Southwest Hants (Upper Vaughan). Everyone worked so hard and so bravely to contain the fire. It was extinguished on Friday night, with no injuries reported, but significant damage to our beloved Playhouse..

There are many questions about what happened, and what happens next, and we will provide answers when we have them. Investigators and assessors will be examining the site over the coming days and weeks, and it will be some time before we know much. For now, the site is closed off for safety purposes so that investigations can proceed. We thank you for your patience.

Many have asked if they can donate to help out, and we remain truly humbled by our community’s generosity. We will be determining the building needs in time, but in the short term, if you are moved to donate, you can do so to our General Operating Fund here.

While we look for alternate locations for some of our planned indoor events, we also have planned several outdoor events that we are optimistic can proceed. Your support now will allow us to present these events in our community, support the artists involved, and help us bring live performances back to Chester.

We will provide further updates, as we have them. Thank you to everyone who has reached out, and offered their kind words and support. We are, like you, terribly disappointed by this dark day. But we are undaunted, and we look forward to a brighter future tomorrow.

With love,

The team at the Chester Playhouse

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