Before becoming the grand queen of soap opera, June Brown, aka Eastenders’ Dot Cotton, was a regular Pavilion player. The theatre also hosted puppet royalty in the form of children’s favourites, Sooty and Sweep. And long before his audience with the late Queen, Paddington Bear had theatre audiences in the palm of his sticky, marmalade-coated paws during an appearance at the Pavilion prior to its closure in 2007.
With such a rich theatrical history, perhaps it’s no surprise that the Pavilion’s restoration has captured the imagination of current well-known names from the UK entertainment industry. Actor Sir Ian McKellen; TV presenter and author historian Griff Rhys Jones, and comedian Vic Reeves have all voiced their support for the building’s reopening, along with not-for-profit campaign group, Friends of Leas Pavilion.
So, with the Pavilion lounge currently in make-up in preparation for its next role as a regal lounge area – and part-time events venue – for the stunning Leas Pavilion residential complex, find out how you can own a genuine slice of history by making this unique development your home.