Spooky Comedy In An Abandoned Theatre - What's Not To Like?

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Spooky Comedy In An Abandoned Theatre - What's Not To Like?

Maxwell's Fullmooners has been running for some time at London's Comedy Store - audiences can expect Irish comedian Andrew Maxwell dressed in a cloak, hip hop dancers, a creepy singer with a ukulele called Lady Carol of the Moon, the 'concierge' Tim Fitzhigham (who we interviewed earlier this year) and a lot of werewolf style howling. The shows start at midnight and have been something of a cult hit.

On November 24th an extra special Fullmooners is taking place. As the full moon rises through the midnight sky, a very special 'Moontacular' will begin in a Victorian theatre within Alexandra Palace - the first time the theatre has been used in over 65 years.

The theatre was opened in 1875 with a capacity of around 2,000 but has been closed since 1936 and has since fallen semi-derelict, having been used to store BBC scenery, props and equipment. However, a campaign has begun to restore the theatre to its former glory. The theatre was known for its grand Victorian pantomimes which used its extraordinary stage machinery to create dramatic visual effects. The survival of this system of trapdoors and flys, operated by wheels and counterweights is now almost certainly unique in a public theatre in Europe. One of the main aims is to restore the stage to working order, for heritage and educational purposes but also as an opportunity to reproduce some spectacular Victorian productions.

Acts already confirmed for the gig include Ed Byrne, We Are Klang, Phil Nichol and Peter Serafinowicz. Tickets can be purchased here.

Here is a promotional video showing you how to get there -

Image courtesy of Jono Kenyon via the Londonist flickr group.

Last Updated 06 November 2007