Alexandra Palace launches fundraising campaign to restore ‘hidden’ Victorian theatre

The venue's little-known Victorian Theatre has been 'hidden away' since the 1930s

The trust that runs Alexandra Palace has launched a public fundraising campaign to help restore the venue’s dormant Victorian theatre.

The Victorian Theatre was built at the entertainment space in north London in 1875, but has been disused since the 1930s. Beginning in 2018, the Alexandra Park and Palace Charitable Trust hopes the restored theatre will be able to host “a wide range of performances, from plays to musicals, concerts and special events”.

The restoration of The Victorian Theatre forms part of a wider plan to bring Alexander Palace’s east wing up to date. The Guardian reports that the wider restoration project has already received support from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Haringey Council, but is now seeking an additional £1m in public donations to guarantee it is carried out in full.

“The theatre has been hidden away for over 80 years, which has created a unique and atmospheric space which you can’t fail to be moved by,” said Louise Stewart, Chief Executive of Alexandra Park and Palace Charitable Trust.

“Alexandra Palace is the original ‘People’s Palace’, held in trust for the public to enjoy forever, so we are appealing to the public to help us to make sure that this truly wonderful space can once again delight and entertain them, the audience it was intended for.”

Further information about the fundraising campaign is available on the Alexandra Palace website.