The Palace Theatre opened in January 1891 with the intention of being a home for English Grand Opera. Originally titled The Royal English Opera house, its first two productions (Ivanhoe and La Basoche) were successes, but there were no other works ready to fill the theatre. It was sold a year later, converted into a grand musical hall and renamed the Palace Theatre of Varieties. The theatre changed hands again in 1904 and new manager Alfred Butt emphasized a variety line-up, including dancing girls and film screenings (which began in 1897).
In 1911, the theatres title was altered to The Palace Theatre, and saw memorable performance throughout the rest of the 20th Century. In 1922, the theatre played host to the famous comedy group The Marx Brothers, who performed selections from their shows on Broadway. The musical comedy No, No, Nanette opened in 1925 and ran for 665 performances. Other shows of this era include Princess Charming (1926), The Girl Friend (1927) and Gay Divorce (1933); Fred Astaire’s final stage musical.
These musical successes would continue with The Sound of Music (opening in 1961 and running for 2,385 performances), Jesus Christ Superstar (1972-80), and Les Miserables (1985), which ran for 19 years before transferring to the Queens Theatre. Recent and popular productions include The Woman in White (2004-06), Spamalot (2006-09), and Priscilla Queen of the Desert (2009-11).
Wheelchair spaces and transfer seats available.
Are there adapted toilets?
An adapted toilet is available by the entrance to the theatre.
Are there facilities for the hard-of-hearing?
There is an infrared system working throughout the auditorium.
Are guide dogs and/or hearing dogs permitted?
Access dogs are allowed inside the auditorium. Staff dog-sitting available.
Please contact the theatre directly for further information.
The Commitments (27 September 2013 – )
Derren Brown’s Infamous (24 June 2013 – 17 August 2013)
Singin’ in the Rain (4 February 2012 – 8 June 2013)
Priscilla Queen of the Desert (14 March 2009 – 31 December 2011)
Monty Python’s Spamalot (30 September 2006 – 3 January 2009)
The Woman in White (15 September 2004 – 25 February 2006)