A VICTORIAN theatre, brought back to life as part of a £27 million project, is due to open later this year.
Located in the east wing of north London’s Alexandra Palace – which has a Great Hall capacity of 10,000 – the theatre was built in 1875 but had not been used for 80 years.
An opening programme has been announced that will see a performance as part of the BBC Proms on 1 September, before the 1,300-capacity theatre closes to allow the restoration to be completed – reopening on 1 December with a concert yet to be announced.
“The re-opening of the Theatre is a major step forward in our mission to bring areas of the park and palace back to life and strengthen our audiences’ connection to our unrivalled history,” says Louise Stewart, chief executive of Alexandra Park and Palace Charitable Trust (APPCT).
The new venue will be able to support end-stage, traverse and in-the-round productions.
The renovation, made possible through funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Haringey Council, started two years ago (see LIVE UK issue 200).
Acts playing the Great Hall include Haim, Toots and the Maytals and Bloc Party.