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Wed Jun 20 2012
This 1400-seater red-brick building is a London landmark, looming over the busy intersection of Cambridge Circus at the head of Shaftesbury Avenue. Designed by Thomas Collcuttt, it was commissioned by Richard D’Oyly Carte, who hoped it would become the home of English opera, and opened in 1891. But D’Oyly Carte lacked the managerial nous or artistic leadership to make the project successful and he was forced to sell the same year. The theatre reopened as the Palace of Varieties, finally becoming known as the Palace in 1911.
Musical theatre has traditionally been the venue’s stock in trade. Fred Astaire’s last stage show, ‘The Gay Divorce’, played here in the 1930s and, more recently, the theatre has hosted blockbuster productions of ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ and, most significantly, the West End transfer of the RSC’s moneyspinner ‘Les Miserables’, which ran at the Palace for 18 years before decamping to the Queen’s up the road. Following its departure, the theatre underwent some interior refurbishment; Derren Brown played a season, before Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Wilkie Collins-inspired show ‘The Woman in White’ moved in and promptly flopped. Comedy was back on the menu thereafter, with a run for the Monty Python musical ‘Spamalot’ followed by the Palace’s current inhabitants, the fabulous drag queens of ‘Priscilla, Queen of the Desert’.
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Palace Theatre Shaftesbury Avenue
0844 412 4656
Leicester Square or Tottenham Court Road tube
- Shaftesbury Avenue
- 0844 412 4656
- Shaftesbury Avenue
- Palace Theatre
Theatre. West End. Musical comedy. Musicals
Eating and drinking facilities. Bar. Accessible facilities. Devices for the hearing-impaired
Dinner and a show
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West End, Musicals
- Rating: 4/5
- Critics' choice
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West End, Things to do, Drama, theatre & performing arts (kids)
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