June Whitfield Marks Theatre's 100th Birthday

Actress helps New Wimbledon Theatre celebrate centenary on commemorative open day

Actress June Whitfield will be helping the New Wimbledon Theatre mark its centenary when she cuts the ribbon on a commemorative open day.

The Centenary Open Day is just one of a series of events being staged by theatre staff to celebrate 100 years of performances at the landmark building.

Well-known Wimbledon resident June Whitfield, will soon be appearing on the cobbles of Coronation Street, but will be at the theatre at 11am on Wednesday April 14 to mark the start of the Open Day.

The event offers a chance for theatre fans to go backstage to learn the tricks of the trade as well as learning more about its long history with special tours.

There will also be guest appearances by the stars of some of its shows, costume displays, open rehearsals, make-up sessions and sound and lighting exhibitions. One of the highlights will be a special pantomime exhibition, including costume and set designs for the forthcoming panto, Peter Pan.

Youngsters will be able to join a pantomime workshop and a New Wimbledon Theatre treasure hunt. Children will also be given the chance to enter a ballot (subject to age and height restrictions) to be one of five winners who will be able to fly above the theatre’s stage just like Peter Pan.

The event ends on a spooky note with a ghost tour, with participants (who must book in advance) looking out for the ghoulish Grey Lady or the ghost of the theatre’s first manager and owner, J B Mulholland.

April 8, 2010