The Independent London Newspaper

Sir Ian McKellen and Rupert Everett visit Park Theatre as it moves closer to opening date

Sir Ian McKellen
Rupert Everett and Sean Mathias at Park Theatre

Published: 03 February 2012
by ANDREW JOHNSON

THE new Park Theatre currently being constructed in Finsbury Park promises to be an interesting venue when it opens.

Husband and wife team Jez and Melanie Bond have not only secured private funding for the venture – the first new theatre in the borough for 30 years – they have some of Britain’s finest acting and production talent onboard.

Actors Sir Ian McKellen and Rupert Everett were given a VIP moonlit tour last Tuesday, along with David Parfitt, the film producer of such hits as Shakespeare in Love, and Arnold Crook, chairman of the Theatre Royal Haymarket.

All guests at the theatre, in Clifton Terrace, had to wear hard hats, which they signed.

These will be auctioned at a later date.

The visit, hosted by director Sean Mathias who is an ambassador for the theatre, was to help raise an extra £400,000 – on top of the £2.5million already secured – to build an education centre in the building.

The theatre is due to open this autumn.

It will have a 200-seat auditorium and a 90-seat studio theatre with café and bar.

Jez Bond, director of the theatre, said: “Rupert, Ian and co enjoyed donning their hard hats and taking the tour.

Sir Ian is in complete support of us and has very kindly donated to the education centre.

He couldn’t speak more highly of our project.”

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