Wednesday, 4 December 2013

London Palladium

Theatre Address & Map

8 Argyll Street, London, W1F 7TF
Nearest tube station: Oxford Circus


  • Air conditioned
  • Bar
  • Disabled toilets
  • Infrared hearing loop
  • Toilets
  • Wheelchair accessible

Seating Description

The massive London Palladium seats 2286, and seating is split into stalls, royal circle and upper circle. The stage is high and therefore from the front rows of the stalls the back is outside the view of children and short adults. Further back in the stalls, the rake is steep, which compensates the far distance from the stage.

In general, due to the size of the theatre, the back of any tier will feel far way, but particularly the upper circle. A bar runs along the front of the upper circle, and rows A and B are designated restricted viewing because of it.

Theatre History

The site of the London Palladium was once home to Hengler’s Grand Cirque and the National Ice Skating Palace. The London Palladium, as it today stands, was designed by Frank Matcham, and it opened in 1910. It is best known for its variety performances, which were a regular feature since its opening. The Boxing Day opening night hosted the first ‘grand variety bill’, and The Royal Variety Performance and Sunday Night at the London Palladium, continued the variety tradition. Sunday Night at the London Palladium was hosted in the 1950s by a young Bruce Forsyth, who still presents into the 21st century.

Annual pantomimes attracted the biggest stars of the day, including Cliff Richard and the Shadows in 1966 and 1968. From this year, The London Palladium began to host a string of musicals, including The King and I (1979), Singing in the Rain (1989), and Jason Donovan and Philip Schofield run of Joseph and his Technicolour Dreamcoat (1991).

The London Palladium became a part of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group in 2000. In 2002, the famous revolving stage was removed to make way for a massive flying car, to form the centrepiece of the set for the world premiere of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, reviving the 1968 film.

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