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FOOTLIGHT NOTES
no. 424

updated
Saturday, 29 October 2005

The Alexandra Theatre,
65 & 67 Stoke Newington Road, North London

Alexandra Theatre, Stoke Newington

The Alexandra Theatre shortly after opening in 1897

The Alexandra Theatre, Stoke Newington, a Frank Matcham theatre, opened in 1897. With a seating capacity of 1,710, it attracted many touring companies presenting a wide range of plays, melodramas and musical comedies, and with an annual pantomime featuring such luminaries as Billie Barlow, Maud Boyd, E.J. Lonnen and Hal Forde. The theatre was run as a music hall from 1906, with a mixture of live variety performances and films. Between 1917 and 1920 The Alexandra was a cinema before reverting to a variety house. After remaining dark for about four years in the late 1930s it reopened in 1939 and between 1947 and 1949 the New Yiddish Theatre Co took up residence. The Alexandra finally closed in 1950 when it was demolished to make way for a block of offices and flats.

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