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“As the final curtain falls, one woman will always be the Coronet”
This new play, performed for one night only, focuses on the history of the Coronet theatre and how performance and art has always been at the heart of London’s Elephant and Castle.
Beginning in 1872, The Melodramatic Elephant in the Haunted Castle, transports the audience through the building’s history as a theatre, cinema and contemporary music venue.
Marie Henderson, melodramatic actress and the theatre’s first female manager, guides the narrative. Her acclaimed performances on the Victorian stage, playing to a crowd of thousands every night, made the theatre the home of melodramatic art.
But what tragic fate befell our heroine and the theatre?
Why did her ghostly figure haunt the building during the Blitz and contemporary rave nights?
Will she survive the regeneration of the Elephant and Castle?
The Coronet closes its door for the final time on New Year’s Eve, 2017. As the final play performed in the theatre, this production poignantly dramatises the intertwined fate of actress and theatre.
The Melodramatic Elephant in the Haunted Castle is a unique collaboration between actors, artists and Southwark residents drawing on local archives and community reminiscence.
Theatre director, John Whelan and multi-media artist, Constantine Gras, have written and produced this powerful and haunting play. The show is performed by the People’s Company based at Southwark Playhouse.
This is an Arts Council England funded project supported by Southwark Playhouse and The Coronet.