Sweet sixteenth birthday for Upstairs At The Gatehouse theatre in Highgate
Thursday, 16th January 2014
Published: 16 January, 2014
By RICHARD OSLEY
MONTY Python star Terry Jones and Brittas Empire actress Harriet Thorpe were among the well-wishers singing Happy Birthday to one of London’s best-loved fringe theatres on Sunday.
Ms Thorpe, who was part of the cast of hit West End show Wicked, cut the cake on the stage at Upstairs At The Gatehouse in Highgate Village.
It marked 16 years since the disused storeroom was transformed by John and Katie Plews into the popular playhouse.
The party began after a packed audience watched the Sunday matinee of the five-star musical Kiss Me Kate.
Mr Jones, recently reunited with his fellow Pythons for sell-out live performances, said the theatre was well known for its “stunning” shows.
The theatre hands awards to those who have helped it stay at the top for so long, and on Sunday there were gongs – known as the HUGOs (Highgate Upstairs at the Gatehouse Oscars) – for leading puppet-makers Paul Jomain and Nigel Plaskitt. They provided the furry friends for the theatre’s production of Avenue Q last year. There was an award too for the stage manager Charlotte Lane.
An extra matinee for Kiss Me Kate has been added to the schedule, due to high ticket sales, on Saturday, January 25.