Alexandra Palace’s hidden theatre will be brought back to life after it was awarded £18.8 million of funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).
The 1,300-capacity theatre, which dates back to 1875, could host acoustic music performances and other entertainment as part of plans to restore the north London venue’s most significant historic spaces to their former glory.
The scheme will also see the eastern end of the Palace, comprising the BBC Studios and the Victorian Theatre, repaired and refurbished, together with the glazed East Court in which a new and more welcoming public entrance hall will be created.
“There are further challenges ahead, including the launch of a new fundraising programme and preparing the Palace for the start of the construction programme later this year, but this announcement represents a huge achievement for the Trust and its supporters,” said Duncan Wilson OBE, chief executive of the Alexandra Park and Palace Charitable Trust.
The award of £18.8m HLF funding contributes towards the total project cost of £26.7m, with the London Borough of Haringey having pledged £6.8m and the Trust committing to a fundraising target of £1m before the start of the project in 2016.
Upcoming shows at Alexandra Palace’s 10,400-capacity main auditorium include The Prodigy, Ben Howard and Axwell & Ingrosso.