Tottenham Palace Theatre

Now the only complete example in London of a theatre by the architects Wylson and Long and one of the few surviving big suburban variety palaces.

Extrior of Tottenham Palace Theatre taken from across the road.
421-27 Tottenham High Road North, London, Haringey, N17 6QN, England
Risk Rating
7 (Community Value: 2 Star Rating: 2, Risk Factor: 3)
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Wylson & Long
Date of Construction
Grade II
c. 1,500


Built as a large variety theatre, the building had a relatively short life as a live theatre. It was one of about 20 built complete with kinematograph equipment and became a full-time cinema by 1926. The building converted to bingo in 1969, which had helped preserve it and, with the exception of the introduction of a stepped level floor in the stalls, was achieved with no significant architectural loss. The building was converted to a church in 1997.

It is now the only complete example in London, and one of only a few in the country, of a theatre by Wylson & Long who reconstructed the Blackpool Winter Gardens Pavilion (also on the Theatres at Risk Register). The architects were particularly known for their entertainment buildings with their theatres and music halls in a manner close to Frank Matcham.

Why is this theatre at risk?

Tottenham Palace Theatre has been on the Theatres at Risk Register since 2019. 

The theatre is currently in use for worship but it is suffering from water ingress that is causing significant water damage to both the structure and the interior plasterwork. The building appeared on the register in 2006 but was removed in 2010 after the owners began the process of refurbishment and repairs. Repair to the roof and internal drains, which had contributed towards water damage to the interior plasterwork, has started to be addressed with ongoing repairs carried out between 2015-2019. The current owner continues to conduct repair work, however, there is still a considerable amount to be done.

Theatre potential

While currently in church use, the building could be easily returned to a theatre. In the meantime, there is the potential for some performance / community facility to sit alongside the current usage.

Current situation

Theatres Trust has met with the church group, the conservation officer, and Historic England to discuss the upkeep of the building and to try and secure the necessary repair works. Discussions are ongoing with potential parties that will see the restoration of the theatre in order to preserve its future.

As part of the Tottenham High Streets Heritage Action Zone programme, a condition survey was commissioned by Haringey Council with a draft report produced in June 2021. A number of urgent repair works were identified, and the report also recommended clearing the high levels of pigeon guano and commissioning an asbestos management survey as a matter of urgency.

Until the fabric is deemed secure Theatres Trust considers it prudent for the theatre to remain on the Theatres at Risk Register. 

Main photo by Ian Grundy