Log-in menu

For latest news...

News 2017-11-17

Christmas Event 2017 Thursday 7th December

Enjoy mulled wine, Christmas shopping and support the Friends of the Alexandra Palace Theatre at North London's friendliest garden centre.

**And get a festive discount on all you buy.**

 FAPT Christmas Event poster

On THURSDAY DECEMBER 7th, from 6pm to 8pm, the Alexandra Palace Garden Centre is holding a special Christmas shopping event. You can pick up your Christmas tree and everything you need to decorate it. And there will be complimentary mulled wine, hot chocolate and tasty nibbles.

There will be a 15% discount on everything you buy for loyalty card holders (you can join on the night) - or 10% for non-card holders.

The Garden Centre is giving a generous donation of a percentage of the takings on the night to the Friends that will go towards the promotion and renovation of the Theatre.

Friends of the Theatre committee members will be there, and you can find out how the renovation is going, renew your membership, or just drop by for a chat.

If you haven't visited the Garden Centre before, it is on Alexandra Palace Way, London N22 7BB, just down the hill from the Palace Palm Court. It has its own car park and is conveniently on the W3 bus route - though you might not get your Christmas tree on the bus.

We look forward to seeing you on December 7th for a drink, a chat and some early Christmas shopping.

News 2017-05-09

AGM 2017 Wednesday 31st May

The 2017 AGM of the Friends will once again take place in the splendid Londesborough Room (entrance from the Palm Court at the west end of AP).

Come along for registration and light refreshments at 7pm. The AGM will start at 7.30pm.

Our guest speaker will be Louise Stewart, Chief Executive of AP, who will tell us about her plans for the opening season in 2018.

Agenda and more details here soon.


News 2017-05-08

Thoughts on the Future of the Friends

The FAPT Committee has been considering how the Friends' role might change after the Theatre opens next year. Do take a look at our initial thoughts and let us know what you think on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

View or download at: Future_of_FAPT_2017-05.pdf


News 2017-04-29

Newsletter Spring 2017

Including major progress on the Theatre floor, the fascinating find of historic decorated plaster, our latest videos, and AGM details.

The newsletter is free to download at: fapt_news_2017-04.pdf


News 2017-03-09

Talk on AP Theatre in Enfield

For members within range of Enfield, our Chair and Secretary, Nigel Willmott and Pat Brearey, will be giving a talk: Drama at the Palace – Victorian Heyday: The Alexandra Palace Theatre 1873-1901 to the Edmonton Hundred Historical Society. The talk will follow the EHHS's AGM (short promised!). Wednesday 15th March, 8pm, at the Jubilee Hall, Parsonage Lane, Enfield.


News 2016-12-16

New short videos from the Friends

The first two of the Friends' short videos about the history of the theatre are now online.  See the recent refurbishment work from inside the theatre and hear about what makes the auditorium special. You'll find them on the Friends YouTube channel.


And if you enjoy them, please share and forward them to your friends so the story of the theatre gets better known. (And maybe they'll become Friends of the Theatre or donate to help with the restoration work!)

Further videos are in production and we'll send members of the Friends update emails early next year as they become available - or just check in to the channel.

News 2016-12-15

The perfect Christmas present...

... 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.


News 2016-12-09

Thank You...

...to the Bowes Park Community Choir who donated the proceeds of their Christmas Concert towards the restoration of the Theatre. Here's more about the concert and choir.



News 2016-11-12

Latest newsletter

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



News 2016-10-30

Visit the Official Support Site

... 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.

Click below...

AP Theatre support site



News 2016-10-09

Appeal video

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.