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Friends of Alexandra Palace Theatre
Newsletter September 2012
  • 'Open House' at the AP Theatre
  • Bringing the Theatre back into use
  • A good time to get involved!
  • Membership
'Open House' at the AP Theatre

The Alexandra Palace Theatre (and the BBC TV Studios) will be open this Saturday for the annual Open House event. The event is free, and no booking is required.

Saturday 22 September 2012 from 10 am to 5 pm.
Entrance: Via the main East (Ice Rink) doors.

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Bringing the Theatre back into use

At Open House, you'll be able to hear the latest news on the AP regeneration project. The Theatre is a core part of what will be a multi-million pound bid for funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). The proposals are being carefully developed with expert advisors including Terry Farrell (architects and planners), and Bonnar Keenlyside (arts, heritage and theatre experts).

Terry Farrell or
Bonnar Keenlyside or

A good time to get involved!

It's always enjoyable to talking to visitors and Friends at Open House, and wonderful to hear everyone's ideas and enthusiasm! We now need to use these! As you read this, Alexandra Palace (and the Friends) are moving to a period of great activity and progress, with more recognition and professional expertise being applied to the Theatre than ever before. If the HLF bid is successful, the Theatre will be transformed into a multi-functional and usable space, yet one that retains its historic character. The Friends themselves need to be transformed too! We are working on archives (something the HLF want to see), but we want to do much more. There are many models for Friends organisations elsewhere, and a lot of flexibility in how people may contribute - from helping with an event to taking on a particular project or role. If you would like to find out more, we would be very pleased to meet you at Open House, or to hear from you.


If you are one of our approaching 200 paid-up members, Open House will be a good time to catch up with what's been happening, and to renew your membership.

If you are not yet a member, we'd love you to join us! Membership of the Friends is currently a nominal 2, and will mean you're kept more closely 'in the loop' than the general public.

You can renew or join on the day, or online here or use link

Friends of Alexandra Palace Theatre
* Email: mail [at]
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* Postal address: Friends of Alexandra Palace Theatre,
    Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace Way, Wood Green, London, N22 7AY.

Please send on this newsletter to anyone you think would be interested in seeing the Theatre (and TV Studios) on Open House day.