By Connie Osborne Friday 06 September 2013 Updated: 06/09 08:49
A BOOK chronicling the history of the Palace Theatre has been created to mark its centenary year.
As part of celebrations to mark the milestone, 200 copies of the 44 page colour book, which delves into the past of the town’s grade II listed theatre, are on offer.
Archives, newspaper reports, photographs and old adverts have all been used to create ‘Entertaining Redditch’, which covers the theatre’s fortunes up to the modern era and its role in the community since its £4million restoration was completed in 2006.
The book has forewords by Derek Coombes of Redditch Local History Society, which compiled the book, and Redditch Borough Council’s theatre manager Tim Mackrill, as well as being packed with stories, memories and anecdotes of residents and theatregoers.
The limited edition first run of the book will be on sale from the theatre box office from tomorrow (Saturday) and will be available to download on the website soon after.
Coun Phil Mould, responsible for leisure and tourism on Redditch Borough Council, 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.”
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