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London Palladium

Theatre, Musicals Soho
4 out of 5 stars
(7user reviews)
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Time Out says

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 rose and gold interior has welcomed generations of audiences to shows with a populist, variety flavour. '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?'

But with a whopping 2,286 seats, sometimes the Palladium struggles to find a hit big enough to fill it. Although 2011's 'The Wizard of Oz' was a legitimate box office success, the notorious flop of 'I Can't Sing!' in 2014 led to a period in the wilderness, where the theatre focused on limited run shows, comedy gigs, and one-off performances from bands. In 2019, that all changed with the prospect of a revival of Lloyd Webber's 'Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat', in a second coming for a hit of Biblical proportions.

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Address: 8
Argyll Street
London
W1F 7TF
Transport: Tube: Oxford Circus
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  • Comedy Tuesday September 17 2019
  • Pop Tuesday November 5 2019
  • Musical Thursday November 7 2019 - Thursday November 14 2019
  • Panto Saturday December 7 2019 - Saturday January 11 2020
  • Pop Sunday January 26 2020 - Saturday February 15 2020

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4 out of 5 stars

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tastemaker

The Palladium makes a special occasion of your theatre visit. The beautifully decadent original features are immaculately kept and staff are professional and smartly dressed. My only desire is a slightly better interval refreshment experience but space is evidently limited.

tastemaker

It always feels special entering this wonderful theatre.  Impressive foyer.  Comfortable seats in the stalls, well racked, giving excellent views of the stage.  Acoustics are perfect.  Modern loos are cramped and insufficient in number (as with all the older theatres), a fact which bemuses me - why didn't they build sufficient into the original building? Otherwise, deservedly, a well-loved theatre.  So having just watched the King and I from a seat in the Dress Circle, I am really surprised at the difference in standard of seating.  The seats here are very worn, uncomfortable and provide little leg room.  A tall man sitting to the left of me luckily had extra floor space to position his legs at a right angle to his body (the seat next to him being empty).  He certainly didn't look comfortable.  This seating area calls for radical improvement.  Audiences, even in the cheaper seats, deserve to watch a performance in comfort.

Tastemaker

The Palladium is simply one of London's finest theatres and the acoustics are gorgeous. It usually attracts the largescale, fantastical sets due to the size of the stage. It's glamorous and I love how you can see a lot of the audience as well as the stage from the dress circle. Great bar with a sweet little balcony outside - do pop out for the interval. Tip for the loos - wait until the end of the interval and you'll waltz in with no queue every time! 


It's quite far away on the other side of Soho (near Oxford Circus) so if you are expecting a five minute walk from Charing Cross (as I was, I forgot where it was until I checked) then think again and leave plenty of time. 


Small gripe but the seat space could be better (welcome to London theatres, folks, they're all the same with crappy leg space). I have short legs but I still found my knees bashing the chair in front which for a long performance can be a little tiresome. 

Tastemaker

A stunning theatre, which brings the glam and excitement to seeing shows again! A gorgeous atrium, with a beautifully big stage. Sitting in the Royal Circle, there was a great view of the stage, orchestra and easily accessible to all areas. Such a beautiful theatre, which took my breath away.

tastemaker

This is a gorgeous and seriously impressive theatre. Many theatres in London are fairly old and beautiful for all of their old fashion d decor and glitz but the palladium is the largest and worthy of a show visit just for a look. Lovely bar area and a cute little balcony. Really glad I finally got to see a show here.

Tastemaker

I have been to plenty of the theatres that London has to offer up but never this one, until recently. Most of the time the Palladium is a haven for musicals but I happened to be there to see some musicians perform. The venue seemed atypical of most of the theatres of a similar size in the West End. It maintains a slightly old worldy feel but I am sure that is in part to please the tourists and those seeking a true Soho experience. The space seems well laid out and I was very impressed at how close the front row of the circle felt to the front of the stage but this could alter depending on the act. The acoustics were good if a little soft but the charm of the building just about makes it worth it. Exits seemed logically placed and easily accessible so there wasn't the usual 15 minute shuffle to get out. 


Such a lovely theatre!! Amazing friendly staff, and any trip to London, needs a trip to the London Palladium :) love it

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