History of Palace Theatre:
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).
Palace Theatre Seating Plan:
Palace Theatre News:
- Harry Potter and the Cursed Child West End extends to Feb 2023
- Harry Potter and the Cursed Child London announces re-opening cast
- FIRST LOOK: WONDERVILLE the West End magic show
- Wonderville delays tonight’s West End opening following COVID guidelines
- REVIEW: Sasha Regan’s All Male Pirates Of Penzance, Streamed Online ✭✭✭✭
- The Show Must Go On Concerts extra shows announced for Palace Theatre
- Sasha Regan’s All Male Pirates of Penzance hits the West End for one night lonly
- West End Musical Christmas at Palace Theatre now on sale
- New Cast And More Tickets Released for Harry Potter And The Cursed Child
- FIRST LOOK: New Harry Potter And The Cursed Child Cast – May 2017