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Newark Palace Theatre opens doors to centenary celebrations in hosting Centre Stage: 100 Years of the Palace Theatre




A theatre has opened an exhibition to celebrate its centenary.

The Newark Palace Theatre, on Appletongate, is hosting Centre Stage: 100 Years of the Palace Theatre until Saturday, August 7.

The exhibition includes stories and memories of the landmark, alongside a selection of photographs and exhibits.

Centenary exhibition at the Palace Theatre.
Centenary exhibition at the Palace Theatre.

It is on from Wednesday to Saturday between 10am and 3pm.

Carys Coulton-Jones, theatre manager, said: “We’re so excited to share the palace’s story with the people who’ve been such an important part of it over the years, the local community.

“This exhibition is as much a celebration of this amazing building as it is the people who have supported it through its ten decades and I hope that visitors will be able to look back fondly on their many cherished memories of trips to the theatre as they explore.”

Theatre volunteer Faith Humphries, of Coddington, at the Newark Palace Theatre centenary exhibition.
Theatre volunteer Faith Humphries, of Coddington, at the Newark Palace Theatre centenary exhibition.

The event also saw the unveiling of the Patchwork Palace hangings, a culmination of work throughout lockdown.

In creating the Patchwork Palace hangings, people from the area, and further afield, sent in patches they had stitched, portraying their fond memories of the theatre.

David Lloyd, leader of Newark and Sherwood District Council, said: “The palace holds such a special place within Newark’s past and present.

“It’s unfortunate that its centenary fell in 2020 but I’m delighted that celebrations are continuing with this exciting exhibition.

Patchwork artist Bridget Maxwell at the Newark Palace Theatre centenary exhibition.
Patchwork artist Bridget Maxwell at the Newark Palace Theatre centenary exhibition.

“I know I will be looking back on my own experiences of the fantastic shows and pantomimes I’ve enjoyed there as well as looking ahead to many more still to come.”

The exhibition is supported by a grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Tickets for the exhibition are free. However, donations are gratefully received to the Theatre’s Our Past, Your Future Fund, which supports young people who aspire to careers in the arts.

Sally and Martin Williams. of Newark, at the Newark Palace Theatre centenary exhibition.
Sally and Martin Williams. of Newark, at the Newark Palace Theatre centenary exhibition.

Reserve a place at www.palacenewark.com or go along without booking.

Senior operations manager Rose Maxwell at the Newark Palace Theatre centenary exhibition.
Senior operations manager Rose Maxwell at the Newark Palace Theatre centenary exhibition.


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