By Harriet Ernstsons Tuesday 27 August 2013 Updated: 28/08 11:58
PERFORMING groups in Redditch are set to join forces to tell the history of the Palace Theatre.
As part of the venue's 100th year, television star Don Maclean will host the Centenary Celebration Show spanning the ten decades since it opened.
Redditch, Astwood Bank and Alcester Operatic Societies, Alcester Musical Theatre Company and The Harlequins will each cover 20 years, with youth drama group The Harlequins also representing the future of performing arts in the town.
The Crackerjack star, who has previously performed at the Palace as Mother Goose in the 2010 pantomime, told the Standard: "It's always lovely being back here, it's such a beautiful theatre. It's just the right size. A lot of theatres are too big or small but I think this holds the perfect crowd to perform before.
"I was very honoured to be asked to come here for the 100th celebrations. I think of all the people that could have been asked or were asked, I don't know if I was the number one choice of the 14th option, but either way I'm very pleased to be here again.
"Redditch is fortunate that it has this wonderful theatre. Many are transformed or go, and once they are gone, they are gone. There's nothing better than watching a live show and the Redditch people get to experience that often and in such a fantastic place."
Coun Phil Mould, responsible for leisure and tourism at Redditch Borough Council, added: "Imagine all the performances that this stage has seen over a hundred years and all the people that have taken part. These days about 10,000 people a year are involved in putting on shows at the Palace, whether they’re set building, making costumes, playing instruments or acting, and at least five times that many people come here to see the shows.
"The Palace Theatre continues to span the generations and this centenary celebration show will highlight its history and shine a light on its future."
For tickets costing £12 to the 7.30pm show on Saturday, September 7, visit www.redditchpalacetheatre.co.uk or call the box office on 01527 65203.
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