First images of the newly restored Victorian theatre at Alexandra Palace have been released ahead of its reopening.
The £18.8 million theatre renovation is part of wider development scheme restoring the East Court of London’s Alexandra Palace, which has been closed to the public for 80 years.
The three-year project culminates this weekend when the theatre and East Court are reopened for a Christmas carnival and the first performances in the theatre.
On December 1, the BBC Concert Orchestra and BBC Singers will perform a new piece of music, which will be created throughout the day with families and audiences at Alexandra Palace and will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 over Christmas.
The first month’s programming also includes a run of children’s show Horrible Histories – Horrible Christmas, and a special edition of the BBC’s Friday Night is Music Night hosted by Alfie Boe.
The Alexandra Palace Theatre originally opened in 1875 and has hosted theatre, pantomime, opera, dance and variety shows. Plans for the 1,300-seat theatre also include hosting immersive productions in future.
A creative learning zone and a new cafe will open in the spring.