... for a good friend or yourself! The early history of the AP Theatre is described in: 'Drama at the Palace - Victorian Heyday'. Based on research and much previously undocumented material, the book is both detailed and a wonderful eye-opener on a period of unlimited ambition. It's also great value at just £8.50 or £7.00 to members. It's available by post from the Friends' Shop.
Including a description and photo of the unique brick arches discovered under the floor of the auditorium, news from the Friends, and about our forthcoming short films, and two articles from new research on the actress and producer Lillie Langtree who appeared at the Theatre in 1885, and the actress Nancy McMillan, who performed at the Theatre between 1923 and 1930.
The newsletter is free to download at: fapt_news_2016-11.pdf
... with much more information about the restoration of the whole of the east end of the Palace - not just the Theatre but also the Television Studios and the East Court.
Your name on a plaque...
The Theatre now needs your support in order to release the last tranche of the HLF grant. Every donation of any size will help, with those of £25 and above being recognised on a plaque in the Theatre Foyer.
For the Friends, we agreed at our October committee meeting that among other ways we would be supporting, we will contribute £900 towards one of the fixed seats in the Theatre.
A lot has been happening since the exhibition below was held!
Work has begun in ernest in the theatre, with the original floorboards in the auditorium carefully numbered, lifted, and stored on the stage. This has exposed the fascinating arched dwarf walls that supported the floor. At the rear of the theatre, panelling that had been used to sub-divide the space under the balcony into small rooms used for storage and a bar has been removed. This opened-out space will become the storage area for the retractable seating that will provide the flexibility of use essential for the planned diversity of future uses of the theatre. As you can see from the photos in the slideshow above, all the walls and pillars of the theatre have now been sheathed in wood boards to protect them from accidental damage during the extensive works.
Meanwhile, James Atkinson, the new head of fund-raising, has energetically set in motion the campaign to raise the final tranche of funding needed to complete the project. In the last few weeks, items have appeared in the national press, the London Evening Standard, and on TV news. Here is the new video: Help us bring the Victorian Theatre back to life.