Monthly Archives: May 2020

London’s Oldest New Theatre

You’ve heard the expression, “everything old is new again.” That certainly applies to London’s Alexandra Palace, reopened after 80 years. A marvel of Victorian engineering, the theatre at Alexander Palace (affectionately known as Ally Pally) first opened in 1875 to audiences of up to 3,000 people who were entertained by pantomime, opera, drama and ballet. The impressive stage machinery was ahead of its time, designed so that performers could appear, fly into the air and disappear through the stage. Now that it’s been refurbished, Ally Pally is ready to give the West End a run for its money. Wood Green is the nearest underground station on the Piccadilly line.