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News 2013-05-31

News update 31 May 2013

Our Annual General Meeting

The AGM held on 29 May in the Transmitter Hall at AP was a good meeting, well-attended, and informative.

Duncan Wilson, Chief Executive of AP, spoke, describing the remarkable success achieved with Stage 1 of the Heritage Lottery bid, and the huge amount of work now needed for the Stage 2 bid.

Committee

In the formal part of the AGM, we were very pleased that two new members were elected to our committee: Louise Blair and Graham Bennett.  Here are details of the Committee for this year (opens in new window, close to return here).

 

 


 

News 2013-05-25

News update 26 May 2013

AGM is on Weds 29 May; Agenda is here: AGM May 2013.

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Newsletter - May 2013 is here: Newsletter May 2013.

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News 2013-05-12

News update 12 May 2013

Friends of the Theatre delighted at Lottery success - press release

The Friends of the Alexandra Palace Theatre are delighted at the news that the Alexandra Palace Trust has won the backing of the Heritage Lottery Fund for its £23.9m regeneration programme for the Theatre, former BBC television studios and East Court. The HLF has granted the Trust £844,800 in Round 1 funding to further develop plans for its £16.8m lottery funding application.

Nigel Willmott, the chair of the Friends of the Theatre, said: "The Friends have been working and campaigning for the refurbishment and reuse of the Victorian Theatre for the past 11 years, since the formation of the group. For most of that time it seemed an impossible dream. Suddenly it is on the way to becoming a reality.

"It is a stunning result for chief executive Duncan Wilson and his team at the Palace, the board of trustees, and for Haringey council, which has fully supported a new strategy of redevelopment of the Palace led by the Trust, rather than a developer.

"We have been one of the many groups whose input has gone into the creation of the regeneration programme and we look forward to continuing to support the next phase of the work, to further develop the design of the project and produce a detailed business plan.

"The refurbishment of the Theatre, keeping its historic look and feel, but creating a multi-use space for music, drama, conference and community use has the potential to make it one of the most exciting and inspiring venues in London."

The Friends group has been building membership over the past year in anticipation of a positive outcome to the Lottery bid and we aim to continue to sign up new members and increase activities in support of the regeneration project.

Duncan Wilson will attend the group's AGM at Alexandra Palace on May 29, and report on the next phase of the project and how the Friends can help.

Over the past decade the Friends group has held a number of events to showcase the Theatre, including a silent film show, concerts in the auditorium and foyer, a short opera season by Tete a Tete, a reading of the Victorian melodrama Lady Audley's Secret and several Open House days. The Theatre has also been used for location shoots, including a large Sony Music ad campaign and the BBC drama Margot Fonteyn.

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News 2013-05-09

News update 9 May 2013

Press release

Friends of the Theatre delighted at Lottery success

The Friends of the Alexandra Palace Theatre are delighted at the news that the Alexandra Palace Trust has won the backing of the Heritage Lottery Fund for its £23.9m regeneration programme for the Theatre, former BBC television studios and East Court. The HLF has granted the Trust £844,800 in Round 1 funding to further develop plans for its £16.8m lottery funding application.

Nigel Willmott, the chair of the Friends of the Theatre, said: "The Friends have been working and campaigning for the refurbishment and reuse of the Victorian Theatre for the past 11 years, since the formation of the group. For most of that time it seemed an impossible dream. Suddenly it is on the way to becoming a reality.

"It is a stunning result for chief executive Duncan Wilson and his team at the Palace, the board of trustees, and for Haringey council, which has fully supported a new strategy of redevelopment of the Palace led by the Trust, rather than a developer.

"We have been one of the many groups whose input has gone into the creation of the regeneration programme and we look forward to continuing to support the next phase of the work, to further develop the design of the project and produce a detailed business plan.

"The refurbishment of the Theatre, keeping its historic look and feel, but creating a multi-use space for music, drama, conference and community use has the potential to make it one of the most exciting and inspiring venues in London."

The Friends group has been building membership over the past year in anticipation of a positive outcome to the Lottery bid and we aim to continue to sign up new members and increase activities in support of the regeneration project.

Duncan Wilson will attend the group's AGM at Alexandra Palace on May 29, and report on the next phase of the project and how the Friends can help.

Over the past decade the Friends group has held a number of events to showcase the Theatre, including a silent film show, concerts in the auditorium and foyer, a short opera season by Tete a Tete, a reading of the Victorian melodrama Lady Audley's Secret and several Open House days. The Theatre has also been used for location shoots, including a large Sony Music ad campaign and the BBC drama Margot Fonteyn.

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News 2013-05-06

News update 5 May 2013

 Newsletter - May 2013 is here: Newsletter May 2013.

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News 2013-05-05

New update 5 May 2013

Friends of the Alexandra Palace Theatre

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

WEDNESDAY 29 MAY 2013 at 7.30pm

 

Dear Friend of the Theatre

Please make a note in your diary of the AGM of the Friends.

This will be an important meeting on the future of the theatre in the light of the success or failure of the Heritage Lottery bid, which we will know about within the next couple of weeks.

Duncan Wilson, the chief executive of Alexandra Palace, will be at the meeting to outline future plans in light of the lottery decision.

We will also be electing a new committee for this next phase, and are keen to involve new committee members in the tasks that lie ahead. Please do consider becoming more active in the organisation. Feel free to email me at chair [at] fapt.org.uk if you would like to have a chat about what this might entail.

The full agenda and papers will be sent out nearer the meeting date.

Nigel Willmott

Chair, FAPT

 


 

News 2013-02-15

News update 15 February 2013

Our current newsletter is here: Newsletter February 2013.

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News 2013-02-09

News update 9 February 2013

Come to a talk about the theatre...

Alexandra Palace Theatre - a History

by Marlene McAndrew

at the Haringey Local History Fair at Bruce Castle Museum.

The Local History Fair is an annual event, and is being held on Saturday 23 February, 11 am to 5 pm.

There's a full day of history talks, displays and local group's stalls. Marlene's talk is at 2 pm, just after the lunch break.

Friends of AP Theatre hope to have a stall.

Do come to hear Marlene, and do visit us at our stall. Entry is free. The museum cafe will be open all day.

The Bruce Castle Museum website is at: http://www.haringey.gov.uk/brucecastlemuseum

 


 

News 2012-11-15

News update 15 November 2012

Supporting the Bid

At the end of November, the Alexandra Palace Charitable Trust will be submitting a bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund for a total of £18 million to fund the complex repairs, refurbishment, and fitting out of the Theatre and the historic TV Studios (world's first regular broadcasts) and their opening to the public for multiple uses. Together, the recovery of these lost facilities will help catalyse the transformation of the whole of Alexandra Palace. The letter supporting the bid from the Chair on behalf of the Friends of the Alexandra Palace Theatre is below.

 
 

Friends of the Alexandra Palace Theatre

 
15 November 2012

 

Duncan Wilson
CEO, Alexandra Palace
 
Dear Duncan
 
I am writing on behalf the Friends of the Alexandra Palace Theatre to offer our endorsement and enthusiastic support for the AP Trust's regeneration plans for the Theatre and eastern end of the building. We have been working with the Trust for the 10 years of our existence to make it possible to bring forward a plan which would bring derelict and inaccessible areas back into use, revitalising that part of the Palace and transforming the whole building.
 
Our activities over the past 10 years have demonstrated both the potential of the Theatre as a multi-use space and the enthusiastic support of the community for restoring public access and use. Between 2002, when limited access was restored to the Theatre, and 2009, when the auditorium was closed for safety reasons, we were able to show the possibilities of, and interest in, a wide range of uses.
 
These include music recitals and concerts, an opera, silent movie shows and art installations, to commercial hires for product launches, weddings, and film, commercial and television location shoots. Tours, both for theatre professionals and the public, plus our participation in Open House Days over a number of years, have shown the widespread interest in the heritage of the theatre, particularly the Victorian stage and machinery, and its history of popular entertainment.
 
It makes complete sense to link the Theatre's heritage of popular live performance to that of broadcast entertainment as developed in the BBC studios, and to reunite the eastern part of the building into one coherent whole around that theme.
 
We know that much detailed work still has to be done and core activities for the Theatre decided upon to draw up the final design.

 

We look forward to taking part in those discussions, and to involving our growing membership and the wider public in the process. In particular, we hope to help shape how community and educational uses of the historic areas of the Palace are made into an integral part of the regeneration project.
 
Our thanks to to you and your team, and to Haringey Council officers, who have driven the regeneration process, and we wish you the best in the Heritage Lottery Bid.
 
Yours sincerely

Nigel Willmott
Chair

 

 


 

News 2012-06-29

News update 29 June 2012

 

Alexandra Palace redevelopment consultation


Dear Member

These are exciting times for Alexandra Palace and its Victorian theatre. For the first time in the 10 years since Friends of the Alexandra Palace Theatre was set up, there is a real chance of sympathetic development of the Palace and Park. A regeneration project to revive the fortunes of Alexandra Palace is now well under way, led by the Alexandra Palace Charitable Trust and fully backed by Haringey Council, the trustee of the charity. 

Considerable work has been already done to set out the framework for regeneration. There will be three main areas for development. First, to shore up and expand the commercial activity of the Palace, based on the western end and the Great and West halls, improving the facilities for concerts and music, which is becoming the anchor activity.

Second, to develop a hotel and restaurant complex on the site now occupied by the temporary Panorama Room - as was originally envisaged when the Palace was rebuilt after the 1980 fire.

And third, to bring back in use the derelict areas at the east of the building, the Theatre and former BBC studios block and the basements. This will be both for commercial uses, but also they will be the main focus for community and educational uses of the Palace. These will be very important in accessing grants and lottery funds for part of the necessary investment.

Here is where you as a supporter of Friends of the Theatre come in. Alexandra Palace is currently conducting an extensive consultation of its outline plans, to gauge people's support and invite their comments. The size of the response and level of support will greatly strengthen their ability to advance the case for regeneration.

And more particularly, a show of enthusiastic support for refurbishing and bringing back into use the theatre will immeasurably improve prospects for an outline bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund for the theatre in November. Ideas and comments will be gratefully received.

So PLEASE FILL IN THE CONSULTATION FORM and and encourage others to do so if you can. The forms are available online here (or link in full: http://www.alexandrapalace.com/about-us/regeneration/). Paper forms are also available at the Palace, along with displays and further information on the regeneration project, and forms at local libraries and community spaces.

This is a once in a generation chance. Help make sure it is not missed.

Nigel Willmott
Chair, on behalf of the Friends of the Alexandra Palace Theatre committee

 


 

News 2011-06-26

News update June 2011

Our thanks to All Tomorrow's Parties

All Tomorrow's Parties is a concert promoter that ran an unusual as well as large event over the weekend of Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th June 2011. Taking over numerous spaces in Alexandra Palace, the event included films about London and Alexandra Palace along with performances by multiple bands in areas small and large including the West and Great Halls.

In the lead-up to the two events, on Thursday 23rd June 2011 ATP held a special fundraiser event at the Music Palace, Crouch End (N8 9BT) http://www.musicpalacecrouchend.co.uk/. All profits were given to the Friends Of Alexandra Palace Theatre. Info here: http://www.atpfestival.com/events/crouchbenefit.php

We were and remain very grateful for this generosity.