The BBC’s Question Time will be filming in Kent this week at a historic location best known for helping brew beer rather than debate.

The hour-long political and hard-to-talk show is presented at the newly refurbished Malthouse Theater in Canterbury.

The 334-seat Malthouse Theater in Canterbury is set to host BBC Question Time this Thursday.

Before its dramatic transformation, the 334-seat venue, erected by a Kent brewery in the 1890s, was once riddled with leaks, dead pigeons and rats.

But tomorrow it will host journalists, MPs and even the Archbishop of Canterbury himself.

It will be hosted by Fiona Bruce for whom it will be her first QT event in Kent after taking over the reins from longtime presenter David Dimbleby in 2019.

This week’s panel will feature Greg Hands, Conservative MP and Minister for Business, Energy and Clean Growth, alongside Emily Thornberry, Labor MP and Shadow Attorney General for England and Wales, and the Reverend Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury.

They will also be joined by Zing Tseng, author and editor of Vice UK, and Dan Hodges, journalist and columnist for the Mail on Sunday.

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby is among the panelists.
Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby is among the panelists.

The Victorian Malthouse building houses the King’s School, Canterbury’s theater and dance department during academic periods.

It was officially opened in 2019 by Joanna Lumley but was forced to close soon after in March 2020 due to the pandemic.

The theater reopened in July with a host of touring children’s theater productions, followed by a professional Christmas pantomime.

During school holidays the theater hosts professional touring shows, local community groups and is one of Canterbury’s newest and most unique wedding venues.

It will be the latest in a long list of venues used to host the BBC’s current affairs talk show after recent appearances at the Mick Jagger Center in Dartford, the Western Docks in Dover and the Quarterhouse Theater in Folkestone.

When last filmed in Canterbury, it featured appearances from UKIP MEP Nigel Farage and comedian Russell Brand.

Question Time will air on BBC One tomorrow night at 10.40pm.

Viewers can join the debate on social media using the hashtags #bbcqt and @themalthousetheatre