UK – London – Palace Theatre

Dates: 31 January 1891 – present

Seating Capacity: 1400 (on 4 levels)
Owner: Nimax Theatres

Until the phenomenal sell-out success of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the theatre had two seats permanently bolted open so the theatre ghosts always had somewhere to sit. These seats were not usuable by the public.
There are two ghosts in residence – an unknown ballerina and the famous actor Ivor Novello, who apparently watches performances from the magnificent Dress Circle.

Harry Potter make-over planning permission (The Stage, 27 May 2016)

Selected Past Productions

  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (30 July 2016 – )
  • The Commitments (August 2013 – November 2015)
  • Singin’ in the Rain (February 2012 – June 2013)
  • Priscilla Queen of the Desert (March 2009 – December 2011)
  • Monty Python’s Spamalot (30 September 2006 – 3 January 2009)
  • Whistle Down The Wind (March 2006 – August 2006)
  • The Woman in White (September 2004 – February 2006)
  • Les Miserables (4 December 1985 – April 2004)
  • On Your Toes (June 1984 – ?November 1985)
  • The Palace Theatre was purchased by Really Useful Theatre Company in 1983.
  • Refurbishment work after Song and Dance closed, under the ownership of Really Useful:
    • Remove old formica-covered box office
    • Install kitchen next to Stalls Bar
    • Remove merchandising counter from foyer
    • Return artwork by Fairfax Murray “The Concert” to it’s original position
    • Reveal marble in the Dress Circle bar & base of marble around the proscenium
  • Song and Dance (March 26th 1982 – March 1984, 795 performances)
  • Jesus Christ Superstar (1972 – 1980 – 3358 performances)
  • Danny at the Palace (1970 – 1972) featuring Danny La Rue
  • Cabaret (1968)
  • The Sound of Music (from 1961: 2385 performances)
  • Flower Drum Song (from March 24, 1960: 464 performances)
  • Where’s Charley (from 20 February 1958: 404 performances)
  • The Entertainer (September 1957)
  • King’s Rhapsody (from 15 September 1949: 841 performances)
  • Song of Norway (1946)
  • Under Your Hat (1939 – 1940)
  • On Your Toes (1937)
  • Anything Goes (1935)
  • Gay Divorce (1933)
  • The Girl Friend (1927)
  • Princess Charming (1926 – 326 performances)
  • No, No Nanette (11 March 1925 – 665 performances)
  • First Royal Command Variety Performance in 1912
  • 1910 – London debut of the ballerina Pavlova
  • The planned operatic programme didn’t succeed as planned, and the building was reopened as the “Palace Theatre of Variety” on December 10th 1892
  • Ivanhoe by Arthur Sullivan was the opening production in Richard D’Oyly Carte’s “Royal English Opera House” (31 January 1891, for 155 performances)

Archive equipment related to Palace Theatre over the years

  • CD / System CD (Strand Lighting)
  • Grand Master Board (Strand Lighting)
  • Documents


    Palace Theatre - Arthur Lloyd 
    [External Website]
    From Arthur Lloyd website

    LSI - Into the Woods (November 1990)
    [763kb PDF]
    From Lighting & Sound International

    The Woman in White (November 2004)
    [2.08Mb PDF]
    From Lighting & Sound International

    LSI - Singin in the Rain (March 2012)
    [467kb PDF]
    From Lighting & Sound International

    Mentions of Palace Theatre in indexed journals

    Location


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