This gorgeous Georgian variety hall is one of London's most prestigious venues, even if it seems too big for a proper hit these days
Tucked away between Oxford Circus and Great Marlborough Street with a discreetness that belies its enormous size, the London Palladium is one of the city's best-loved and most beautiful theatres. Opening on Boxing Day, 1910, its history is as variety venue and 'The Royal Variety Show', a perennial British favourite, is filmed here, while commercial stage shows from 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang' to 'Scrooge' have benefited from a steady flow of popular TV faces.
Acquired by Andrew Lloyd Webber in 2000, the venue had a blockbuster '00s, the tail end fuelled by its owners hit talent search shows, foremost the production of 'The Sound of Music' spawned by 'How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?'
Of late, though, the 2,286-seat venue appears to simply be too big to host a hit: it's not had a 'proper' hit since 'The Wizard of Oz' in 2011, and following the notorious flop of 'I Can't Sing!' in 2014 it's solely hosted limited run shows and one-off performances from bands and the like.
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