LONDON PALLADIUM
Argyll Street,
London, W1F 7TF

London Palladium

The London Palladium opened on the 26th of December 1910. It was designed by the famous theatre architect Frank Matcham with an auditorium built on three levels, Stalls, Dress Circle and Upper Circle with a seating capacity of 3,435

The London Palladium was a Variety House where all types of shows were presented. Charles Gulliver took over in 1912 and put on twice nightly shows and three matinees a week.

In 1928 The Palladium was bought by The General Theatre Corporation who turned it into a cinema, but this failed and only lasted three months.

George Black took over the running shortly afterwards presenting some spectacular Variety Shows. He started the “Crazy Week” which eventually became the famous “Crazy Gang Shows” which were so successful they were moved into their own venue and ran for years at the Victoria Palace Theatre.

Pantomime was a regular feature at the London Palladium for many years, and the Pan was so popular that it was presented every Christmas from 1930 to 1938.

When George Black died in 1946 Val Parnell took over the running of the Palladium and it was owned by Moss Empires. The George Black style continued under Val Parnell with shows like “Sunday Night at The London Palladium” being presented there from 1955-1967 and again from 1973-1974 with his son Jack Parnell leading the orchestra.

The London Palladium is also famous for hosting the annual Royal Variety Performance.

In the 1980s The Palladium became home to large scale musicals including “The King and I”, “Barnum” and “Singing in the Rain”. “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” was such a large production that the famous split revolve at the Palladium had to be removed.

The London Palladium now seats 2,298 and is owned and run by The Really Useful Theatre Group

WHAT'S ON AT THE LONDON PALLADIUM

I Can't Sing X Factor MusicalI Can't Sing starts previews at the Palladium next February.

It is a new musical written by Comedian Harry Hill which is based on the X Factor which features a singing hunchback and talking dog telling the story of Chenice. She lives in an ITV blackspot because her Grandad's iron lung interferes with the signal in her caravan, and is only girl in the world who has never heard of The X Factor.

HOW TO GET TO THE LONDON PALLADIUM

 

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underground
Tube : Oxford Circus
Train:   Charing Cross
buses to Her Majesty's Theatre
1, 3, 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 15, 16A, 23, 25, 53, 73
nearest car park

This theatre participates in the Theatreland Parking Scheme - find out more about the great discounts offered by clicking on the link.


DISABLED ACCESS TO PALLADIUM

Infra-red system with headsets. Induction loop at Box Office. Headsets available in foyer.
Guide dogs are permitted inside the auditorium
Please contact the Theatre Manager on arrival. Access is via the Box Office (ramp) at the front of the theatre in Argyll Street and then by wheelchair lift down to the Stalls bar. Alternative entrance off Ramillies Place, at the back of the theatre. Four spaces for wheelchair users at L46, O48, Q48 and S49. Companions can sit in same row. Transfer seating available to aisle seats.
Adapted toilet on the right inside entrance in Ramillies Place.  Access also from the stalls bar.