Judith Chalmers and Neil Durden Smith cut cake at Highgate theatre's birthday party

Monday, 19th January 2015


TV presenter Judith Chalmers and her broadcaster husband Neil Durden-Smith cut the cake as a theatre in Highgate village celebrated its birthday.

The celebrity couple were found blowing out the candles as the Upstairs At The Gatehouse playhouse marked 17 years in business. Known as one of London’s top fringe venues, the theatre’s celebrations began after a matinee performance of Singin’ In The Rain, a production of the famous musical which has won five-star reviews since opening just before Christmas. 

Jessica and Racky Plews with Frankie Jenna and Simon Adkins, stars of the theatre's production of Singin' In The Rain

Mr Durden-Smith said venue managers John and Katie Plews, who created the theatre from a disused space above the Gatehouse pub, helped to “make this area special”. 

He added: “They really do a fantastic job and we are lucky to have them.” 

Amy Smith collects her award

Every year on its anniversary, the theatre hand out an award to somebody who has helped it thrive over the years. This year, the glass trophy was handed to Amy Smith, who has run the pub below for three years but is moving to a new job in Hertfordshire. 

“Without the pub, you lot wouldn’t be able to buy a drink or go to the toilets,” Mr Plews told the party guests.


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