Is the premier best known Space and Platform at The Kenya Cultural Centre. Built in late 1940s and opened in March 1951, KNT aka “The Shrine” as it is fondly known, is the largest proscenium theatre space in Kenya.
KNT boasts multiple spaces for diverse creative processes and performance presentations covering Drama, Live Musical Concerts, Physical Theatre, Images Projection, Dance and Movement.
“The Shrine” has just benefited from a Ksh. 140 million (US$ 14million) refurbishment through joint collaborative public and private partnership between Kenya Breweries Limited and the Ministry of Sports, Culture and the Arts (MoSCA).
In-built excellent facilities comprise a 345-seater modern auditorium (Stalls 278; Balcony 67 seats), a 9 by 10 meters proscenium performance Stage, 4 fully equipped performers’ backstage Changing Rooms with a Wardrobe Room, a Modern Kitted Dance Studio, 3 Rehearsal Spaces, 2 Seminar/Discussion Rooms, Double Freshen-Up Shower Rooms and 2 Kitchenettes.
A redesigned Bar and Restaurant facilities inclusive of 2 Extended Side Balconies covers the first floor landing next to the upstairs VIP auditorium sitting enclave.
“The Shrine” is further fitted with modern Lighting and Sound equipment capable of meeting creative expectations of diverse technical design imperatives for various genres of live Stage presentations.
A direct main supply line grid Electric Power Transformer; a 400KVA Automatic Standby Power Generator; a 49, 000 litres Water Tank and a detached Public Washroom Block have all been fitted to provide the theatre with reliable support amenities.
Formerly known as “Concert Hall”, this space functions as the Centre’s Laboratory site for performative creations. Experimental works in Drama, Dance Choreography, Stylized Movement, Music and Puppetry are often tried and concretized here. Workshops on Creative Skills Enhancement as well Discourses on the Arts, Culture and Society are also held in this space.
Due to its flexibility, Ukumbi Mdogo is also often transformed into a miniature auditorium with sitting capacity of 150 patrons spread both on its ground floor area and cosy upstairs balcony.
It is fitted with a raised stage, open wooden floor parkee, 2 backstage performers’ Dressing Rooms fitted with supportive washrooms. Moveable lighting and sound fixtures are rigged into the space for ease of adaptation to creative processes.