Alexandra Palace’s newly restored East Court and Theatre
In early December the Alexandra Palace’s East Wing was opened to the public for the first time in 80 years following a £27-million restoration programme.
The reopening follows the completion of a hugely ambitious three-year East Wing Restoration Project, supported by the National Lottery and Haringey Council. A new café and Creative Learning Zone will also open in Spring 2019.
About Alexandra Palace Theatre
Originally opened in 1875, Alexandra Palace Theatre was a home for spectacle and delight, where audiences were entertained by pantomime, opera, drama, ballet and music hall. A marvel of Victorian engineering, it was home to some of the most advanced stage machinery and mechanics of the age, allowing performers to disappear, reappear and fly through the air.
From those grand beginnings, it went on to be used as a chapel during World War One, a cinema and the theatrical testing ground of stage icon Gracie Fields before being closed to the public and used as a BBC prop store and workshop.
About The East Court
The East Wing’s reopening will herald a new chapter for Alexandra Palace, creating new ways for the public to interact with the building and its unique history. The East Court of the Palace, which was originally dubbed the “Cabinet of Curiosity”, will provide a new communal space for the Palace and its community; from the Creative Learning Zone to exhibitions and events, plus space to relax with a coffee and refreshments.
The East Court will also be a home to a new interactive installation that will tell the story of the Palace’s role in development of leisure and entertainment in Britain. From exhibitions, music hall and theatre through to the advent of television and the development of the live music industry – Alexandra Palace has played a pivotal role and continues to be at the forefront of innovation.