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Chance to explore one of Newark's favourite landmarks ends tomorrow (Saturday)




A chance to explore the story of one of Newark’s favourite landmarks is open until tomorrow (Saturday).

Centre Stage: 100 Years Of The Palace Theatre celebrates the centenary of the venue, its ground-breaking founder Emily Blagg and the stars who have appeared on its stage.

The exhibition was launched at an evening gala. Invited guests included dignitaries and representatives from local theatre groups, dance schools and the Wolfit Endowment Fund alongside staff and volunteers at the theatre.

Theartre volunteer, Faith Humphries of Coddington, at the Newark Palace Theatre centenary exhibition. (49796573)
Theartre volunteer, Faith Humphries of Coddington, at the Newark Palace Theatre centenary exhibition. (49796573)

Also attending was Emily Blagg’s great-great nephew David Stephens who said: “I am very grateful to the Palace Theatre and everyone involved with this exhibition for keeping Emily’s name alive. She was a woman before her time, an unappreciated fact, unappreciated by my own family, and it’s great to see that while she may be gone she is not forgotten. The key to immortality is to be remembered and Emily is being remembered in a very big way.”

The exhibition was supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and put together by the theatre’s team with help from local historian Vivienne Hall and the research of Palace volunteers.

Rosina Rosemary Gough, one of the volunteers who worked on the project, attended the launch and said: “I think this exhibition is absolutely fabulous.

Centenary exhibition at the Palace Theatre (49796548)
Centenary exhibition at the Palace Theatre (49796548)

“I particularly love the pantomime section because pantomime is what I really enjoy coming to the theatre for at the end of the year.

“The history is fascinating, when you look at the posters and see the people who’ve been here, it’s amazing, like any of the top theatres in the country. The whole thing is a triumph.”

The event also saw the unveiling of the stunning Patchwork Palace centenary quilts.

The culmination of over a year of work, the project was co-ordinated by the learning team of the neighbouring National Civil War Centre and saw over 100 handcrafted patches submitted by members of the public, celebrating their cherished memories of the theatre.

Patchwork artist, Bridget Maxwell at the Newark Palace Theatre centenary exhibition. (49796575)
Patchwork artist, Bridget Maxwell at the Newark Palace Theatre centenary exhibition. (49796575)

Julie Nicholson, another volunteer who helped with research for Centre Stage, said: “The patchworks are fantastic and depict the theatre in so many ways, from the ushers to the audience, to people who’ve been here, it’s so imaginative.”

Theatre manager Carys Coulton-Jones said: “2020 was not the centenary we expected but it was a reminder of the way this theatre has stood at the heart of its community for the last 100 years and continues to entertain and support as we head into the next hundred.”

Entry is free with donations to the Our Past, Your Future Fund, supporting young people who aspire to careers in the arts. Book at www.palacenewark.com/centenary

Sally and Martin Williams of Newark, at the Newark Palace Theatre centenary exhibition. (49796561)
Sally and Martin Williams of Newark, at the Newark Palace Theatre centenary exhibition. (49796561)
Senior operations manager, Rose Maxwell at the Newark Palace Theatre centenary exhibition. (49796577)
Senior operations manager, Rose Maxwell at the Newark Palace Theatre centenary exhibition. (49796577)


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