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Victoria Palace Theatre

Theatre, Musicals Victoria
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Victoria Palace Theatre, 2017
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This storied former music hall is the current home to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s ‘Hamilton’

A gilt statue of the late Russian prima ballerina Anna Pavlova is perched atop the charming Victoria Palace Theatre – a fitting decoration for a venue that hosted the long-running ‘Billy Elliot the Musical’ between 2005 and 2016.

Even prior to hosting pirouetting boys in tights, the theatre had a reputation for solid musical entertainment with shows such as ‘High Society’, ‘Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story’ and a revival of ‘Kiss Me, Kate’ all securing lengthy runs.

In fact, though the Victoria Palace Theatre has been through various incarnations, its history as an arts venue is rooted in music, the first theatre on the site being Moy’s Music Hall in 1832.

Following the closure of ‘Billy Elliot’, proprietor Cameron Mackintosh shut the Palace for a lavish refurbishment, which reportedly cost as much as £60m. However, you’d be hard pressed to argue it wasn’t worth it to get the venerable venue ship shape in time to play host to its current occupant: Lin-Manuel Miranda’s superlative ‘Hamilton’.

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Address: Victoria Street
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SW1E 5EA
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  • Musicals Monday August 26 2019 - Saturday August 31 2019

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After undergoing a refurbishment lasting almost 20 months, the theatre reopened in November 2017. The refurbishment is absolutely stunning, like your rich auntie's living room, think gold and green decor and chandeliers (maybe I'm the only one with an aunty like that)

It's worth remembering that despite the facelift, the theatre is over 100 years old and the seats reflect that; expect to be cramped. The Grand Circle is very high and steep so be warned if you have issues with heights. On the plus side it does mean that the view is still good even right at the back.

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