Complicite to Set Up Shop at London's Alexandra Palace

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Innovative theatre company Complicite is marking its 21st year by taking over one of London’s most imposing landmarks.

Simon McBurney’s troupe will spend the second half of 2004 raising the money to renovate Alexandra Palace to a degree where Complicite can perform there safely, before 2005 sees the company mount a piece about London society. Alexandra Palace was built in 1873 as a pleasure palace, which included a 2,500 seat theatre. After a turbulent history, "Ally Pally" as Londoners affectionately call it, has long been closed as a theatre. The "Pally" may serve as a semi-permanent home for Complicite for years to come.

Other future plans include a return to the Barbican Theatre for The Elephant Vanishes, and two further Japanese-themed pieces to form a trilogy. There will also be a sequel to one of Complicite’s most admired shows,  Mnemonic, The Fabric of Reality.

Perhaps most spectacular of all, Complicite will take over Trafalgar Square to screen Eisenstein’s 1925 movie “Battleship Potemkin.” Pop group the Pet Shop Boys — no strangers to theatre, having written the musical Closer to Heaven in 2001 — have been enlisted to write and perform a new score.

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