Ally Pally theatre set for a 2018 curtain raising after £26m refurb

 
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A General View of Alexandra Palace
The refurbishment will try to keep as much of the original decor as possible (Source: Getty)

Plans to refurbish the Alexandra Palace theatre 80 years after it closed have been unveiled.

The multi-million-pound project is aiming to reopen the 1875 theatre for modern audiences in 2018.

The Heritage Lottery Fund has pledged £18.8m to the project with £6.8m coming from Haringey council.

The Alexandra Park and Palace Charitable Trust, which runs the site, is now hoping to raise the final £1m required through public donations.

The theatre is expected to hold 1,300 people and put on theatre shows, cinema screenings, and gigs.

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