Alexandra Park and Palace Charitable Trust (APPCT) has announced the opening programme for its Theatre following an extensive, multimillion pound restoration. It will host a special performance from the BBC Concert Orchestra for the Proms on 1 September before closing to complete the project and will officially re-open on 1 December 2018.
The ambitious project is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to bring this historically significant theatre back to life. The project would not have been possible without funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and Haringey Council. The £18.8 million National Lottery grant is one of the biggest ever for a heritage project.
Opened in 1875 with a string of spectacular productions, the Theatre went on to be used as a chapel, cinema and later a BBC prop store and workshop. It has not been used for regular performances for over 80 years.
Members of the public have been invited to support the restoration of the Theatre through a public fundraising campaign, enabling them to name a seat in the Theatre. Supporters who have named a seat include Sandi Toksvig, Neil Morrissey and Hugo Speer. All donations of £25 or over will be commemorated on a Donor Board to be installed in the East Court, celebrating the public’s role in this restoration of the People’s Palace. Visit theatre.alexandrapalace.com for more information on how to donate.
Hussey Seatway are providing the seating for this incredible project, we will update you further, closer to the installation date.
Images courtesy of Lloyd Winters.