Earlier Events



A play commemorating the 75thanniversary of the Crystal Palace fire, performed by actors from the South London Theatre

 You can now see a video of the play by going to www.croydontv.co.uk and clicking on 'Drama'



A Play Reading in the Greek Chapel, West Norwood Cemetery

Saturday 26 November 2011 at 6pm

On a brilliant day in 1854 the campaigning journalist Harriet Martineau visits the Crystal Palace with her old friends Erasmus and Charles Darwin. Harriet is passionate about the new museum's potential, but she soon runs into the art critic John Ruskin, who detests both the building and its contents. "You might roof the whole of the county of Surrey with crystal, and still not see any worthwhile art." There on the same day are Jack Jackson, one of the navvies who moved the Palace from Hyde Park, his wife Nancy, and their 10-year-old daughter Lizzie. Rows break out, and down by the dinosaurs Charles has a conversation with Lizzie about extinction and survival. 82 years later she is still alive to witness her fairytale Palace burn to the ground, on November 30, 1936. Running time: 60 minutes

Hosted by the Friends of West Norwood Cemetery and the South London Theatre, with assistance from the Crystal Palace Society, Lambeth Council and The Trustees of the Cathedral of St Sophia.