On Saturday 1st December the Alexandra Palace Theatre officially reopens after over eighty years of closure.
The varied and interesting history of the theatre is well-documented from its beginnings as a venue for variety and music hall to its run as an early cinema, and its use as a storage space and workshop for the BBC. Now after a multi-million pound renovation, the unveiling promises to be a real treat for locals, historians and theatre lovers alike.
Something for everyone
The opening celebrations this weekend begin at 10am on Saturday with Santa’s Grotto, a Christmas market, funfair including a ferris wheel overlooking all of London, ice skating, live music and free workshops and performances from the BBC Concert Orchestra and Haringey Music Service – there is something for everyone.
The HHS stall will be there so come and say hello – if you can remember the password (Canon Harvey) you’ll get a 20% discount!
In the meantime, have a look at the video with of some of the shots in photographer Keith Armstrong’s forthcoming book. Every month since the theatre restoration began, Keith has been taking pictures of the restoration. The book is published on Monday 3rd December.