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Chance to grab a Palace Theatre commemorative book
4:00pm Monday 19th August 2013 in Local
VISITORS to Redditch during the Palace Theatre’s centenary celebrations next month will have a unique opportunity to get hold of a special commemorative history book.
200 individually-numbered copies of ‘Entertaining Redditch’, a 44-page full colour book on the town’s grade II listed theatre, have been produced as part of September’s celebrations to mark the birthday milestone.
A century of archives, newspaper reports, photographs and advertising has been thumbed through to create the new historical document covering the theatre’s fortunes right up to the modern era and its vibrant role in the community since its £4m restoration in 2005.
The book has forewords by Derek Coombes of Redditch Local History Society which compiled the book, and Redditch Council’s theatre manager Tim Mackrill. It is packed with the stories, memories and anecdotes of local residents and theatregoers who are the lifeblood of the theatre.
The limited-edition first run of the book will be on sale from the theatre box office from Saturday September 7 and available as a download on the website soon after.
Councillor Phil Mould, who is responsible for leisure and tourism, said: “The Palace Theatre’s centenary is a perfect opportunity to take a look at its history. Not only is the building architecturally significant, it has had a fascinating life of many uses as it has adapted over and over again to reflect changing tastes and fashions.
“This book is a thorough piece of work spanning the full century and will undoubtedly be a useful reference document for local historians.”
The Palace Theatre team would like to thank Dave Wilkins and Pat Bushaway, who are volunteers from the Palace Theatre, for all their support with creating the booklet.
On September 7, Redditch will play host to all-day live music and drama performances, street art and history exhibitions in the town centre and the theatre itself before a one-off Centenary Celebration Show presented by Don Maclean of TV’s ‘Crackerjack’ from 7.30pm.
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