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Steel Magnolias - Westcliff-on-Sea Tickets

Palace Theatre, Westcliff-on-Sea
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Witness the epic story of six steel magnolias in this heartfelt and hilarious musical!

Steel Magnolias is the hilarious and heart-warming true story that inspired the hit film starring Dolly Parton and Julia Roberts. The beloved film is now beautifully brought to life on stage and will feature an all-star cast including Laura Main (Call the Midwife) and Lucy Speed (The Archers, The Bill) and Diana Vickers (Dial M For Murder, The Rise and Fall of Little Voice).

Six women come together in a small town beauty salon in the American South and prove that female friendship conquers all. Faced with the highs and lows of love and life, and amongst the chaos of work, marriage and children, they unite to gossip, unwind and set the world to rights.

This iconic comedy is the perfect ticket for every generation and proves that one hair appointment might just change your life.

PLEASE BE AWARE: This production takes place in Westcliff-on-Sea at the Palace Theatre. This is not a London production of Steel Magnolias. Please be certain you wish to attend the show in Westcliff-on-Sea before purchase, as no refunds or exchanges will be permitted due to venue confusion.

Venue information

Palace Theatre
Palace Theatre
Palace Theatre, 430 London Road, Westcliff-on-Sea
Westcliff-on-Sea
SS0 9LA

Located in the English county of Essex, the Palace Theatre sits in Westcliff-on-Sea town. It is the stage for many popular shows, offering a wide range of performances like music and drama and welcoming both regional and national touring companies.

Welcome to the Palace Theatre

The theatre provides two main performance spaces – the Main Auditorium, which has 603 seats, and the Dixon Studio with 100 seats. It also features a spacious, purpose-built bar within the main entrance area.

First opened in 1912, it is an excellent example of Edwardian Theatre, which adheres to its original music hall style. Several of the original features including the intricately decorated billboard frames, the Regency-style domes and the extensive, spectacular staircase that ascends to the Circle remain. The venue looks grand and is a significant landmark in Westcliff-on-Sea.

An Eventful Journey

Ward & Ward of London built the theatre and opened it in October 1912. In November of the same year, they named it the Palace of Varieties. Just a month later, it was renamed again, and this time called The New Palace. Along with its new name, the venue built a small annexe behind the stage to allow cinema projection. Between the First and the Second World War, the theatre hosted repertory and ballet companies regularly. Although it continued to function through WWII, financial problems hit hard, and there was a period of closure. Many companies acquired the theatre’s lease afterwards.

The Palace Theatre Club was set up in 1957 to protect the venue’s interest and raise funds. In 1969, the Palace Theatre, Westcliff-on-Sea had to close after suffering financial issues. But the Palace Theatre Club filed a petition which helped the theatre reopen as well as the creation of the Palace Theatre Trust. The Club lives still today and focusses on raising funds to keep the venue thriving.

The building underwent extensive redecoration in 1973 and ’86, as well as the addition of the Dixton Studio in 1980. The theatre closed again in March 1999 and reopened under new management in 2001. Just a year later, the management suddenly quit, and the theatre closed. However, in 2003, it reopened under Southend Theatres.

Southend Theatres

The final performance before the Palace Theatre in Westcliff-on-Sea closed on 29th June 2002 was a contemporary and modern production of Henry V. Nine months later, the building was given life again. A major refurbishment project improved many elements in the theatre, along with the building’s fabric and lighting and sound equipment. On 1st April 2003, the newly formed Southend Theatres reopened the Palace Theatre. The building’s fresh new layout makes it perfect for receiving major popular productions and smaller national tours, as well as one-night programmes with well-known performers. Currently, HQ Theatres manages the Palace.

Some of the most popular shows to have played here include The Woman In Black, The Play That Goes Wrong, Art and Black Coffee.

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