Alexandra Palace has this week been granted the tidy sum of 18.8 million Heritage Lottery quid to refurbish and restore its dilapidated bits. These include its Victorian theatre, built in 1875, and the old BBC studios in the eastern end of Ally Pally, which have both been derelict for 35 years.
The theatre is beautiful, if a bit crumbly, and the plan is to retain a little of its rough-diamond magic, like that other venerable stage charmer, Wilton’s Music Hall. Once finished, the space will hold audiences of up to 1,300 for cinema and theatre. Since it opened 1873, the ‘People’s Palace’ has hit more than its fair share of hurdles, including a fire in 1875 and an attempt to turn the place into a colossal commercial leisure complex.
The theatre is still looking for public funding too, in case you want to spend some of your hard-earned cash. But in a city full of venue closures, this is some mightily welcome news. Daisy Bowie-Sell
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