Sir Kenneth Branagh has expressed his support of Alexandra Palace’s theatre regeneration plans.
The three-time BAFTA award winning and five-time academy award and golden globe nominated actor has met with members of the palace’s regeneration team including Chief Executive Duncan Wilson to discuss the Heritage Lottery Fund supported plans and offer strategic advice.
Branagh was impressed with the beauty of the derelict theatre and voiced his enthusiasm that the regeneration will see it open to the public once again.
He said: “When I first saw the Victorian theatre at Alexandra Palace I was struck by discovering this well-kept secret; something lost that should certainly not be forgotten.
“I look forward to watching the theatre come alive again through the work of the regeneration project.”
The plans, which are currently being developed by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios (FCBS), will see the space reawakened and turned into a flexible working space whilst keeping its ‘as found’ look and feel.
Branagh has been at Alexandra Palace rehearsing the acclaimed production of Macbeth in advance of it opening at the Park Avenue Armory in New York early next month.
The play, which wowed crowds at the Manchester International Festival in 2013, saw Branagh’s return to performing and directing Shakespeare after more than ten years.
Duncan Wilson OBE, Chief Executive for Alexandra Palace said: “It has been a privilege to have Kenneth Branagh and his company rehearsing Macbeth at Alexandra Palace.
“I’m especially appreciative of the keen interest that Kenneth has taken in our restoration of the derelict Victorian theatre. His performance insight and experience has proved invaluable in our current planning of its exciting future.”
Branagh also worked with Alexandra Palace’s learning and community department to arrange a special meeting with a number of local drama students from Heartlands High School.
The students were invited to discuss with Branagh his role in Macbeth, Shakespeare and their career aspirations.
Branagh said: “Alexandra Palace’s learning and community outreach programme was a fun way to discuss Shakespeare with a number of talented local drama students.
“It’s an impressive programme”
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