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Wolverhampton Grand Theatre announces 125th anniversary project

The Grand Theatre was built in 1894. Credit: Archive footage

Wolverhampton Grand Theatre has announced a new year-long project and is calling on the support of the public, staff past and present and from many of the performers who have performed on the stage.

The 125th Anniversary will be in December next year. Credit: Google Street view

The project, called 125 Memories begins today, on the Grand Theatre’s 124th anniversary and aims to share 125 memories of the theatre in time for its 125th anniversary on 10 December 2019.

Winston Churchill address the Budget League from the theatre's stage. Credit: PA

The theatre has a history of memorable moments; in 1909 Winston Churchill addressed the Budget League from the theatre's stage and 100 years ago Prime Minister David Lloyd George delivered a speech to declare an election at the Grand Theatre on November 24, 1918.

In 1981, the Grand Theatre closed its doors but was saved and reopened in 1982 by a group of supporters who are now known as Friends Of The Grand.

The theatre has a history of significant moments in the last century. Credit: Archive footage

There was a time during the 1980s that the pantomime starred real lions to make the jungle scene in Robinson Crusoe as ‘realistic as possible.’

More recently, the theatre returned to producing its own shows in-house, involving the local community in professional shows.

The Grand Theatre is encouraging people to get in touch with their memories, by emailing stories and photographs to or sending them in via post to 125 Memories Campaign, Wolverhampton Grand Theatre, Lichfield Street, Wolverhampton, West Midlands WV1 1DE, giving their consent for the content to be used as part of the campaign.

The memories will be shared throughout the anniversary year across the Grand Theatre’s online platforms and some may also be exhibited at the theatre.

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