Palace Theatre

Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 5AY

What's on?

Jimmy Carr: Terribly Funny

Jimmy Carr brings Terribly Funny to London's Palace Theatre

Tickets from £31.50

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The Understudy

A semi-staged rehearsed reading of The Understudy comes to the Palace Theatre this December.

Tickets from £24.00

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West End Musical Christmas - Live At the Palace Theatre

West End Musical Christmas is heading to the Palace Theatre this holiday season!

Tickets from £27.00

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Adam Kay: Twas The Nightshift Before Christmas

Adam Kay plays the Palace this December with new live show Twas The Nightshift Before Christmas!

Tickets from £20.00

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Sasha Regan’s The Pirates of Penzance

Sasha Regan’s all-male company to spread Christmas cheer with The Pirates of Penzance at the Palace for one night only!

Tickets from £30.00

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Kings of Broadway

The music of Jule Styne, Jerry Herman and Stephen Sondheim springs to life in Kings of Broadway at the Palace!

Tickets from £24.00

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The Comedy Store Players

One night only The Comedy Store Players featuring Jason Manford come to the Palace Theatre

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An Evening with Kevin and Joanne Clifton

Kevin and Joanne Clifton, quick-stepping their way to the Palace Theatre this December

Tickets from £33.75

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About the venue

The Palace Theatre, London, is an imposing red-brick building that dominates the west side of Cambridge Circus.

Commissioned by Richard D'Oyly Carte in the late 1880's, it was designed by Thomas Collcutt. D'Oyly Carte intended it to be the home of English grand opera, much as his Savoy Theatre had become the home of light opera with the Gilbert and Sullivan series. The foundation stone, laid by his wife Helen in 1888, can still be seen on the facade of the theatre, almost at ground level to the right of the entrance.

The Royal English Opera opened in January 1891 with Arthur Sullivan's Ivanhoe. No expense was spared to make the production a success, including a double cast and "every imaginable effect of scenic splendour" (Hesketh Pearson, ''Gilbert and Sullivan''). It ran for 160 performances.

However, this was not enough to sustain the venture and D'Oyly Carte sold the theatre within a year, and it was renamed the Palace Theatre of Varieties. The name was changed to The Palace Theatre in 1911.

On March 11, 1925 the musical comedy No, No, Nanette opened at the Palace Theatre starring Binnie Hale. The run of 665 performances made it the third longest running West End musical of the 1920s.

The Palace Theatre was also the venue for Fred Astaire's final stage musical Gay Divorce which opened there on November 2, 1933.

The last years of the twentieth century saw two exceptional runs for The Palace tickets: Jesus Christ Superstar and Les Misérables. The latter ran for eighteen years, having transferred from the Barbican Centre on December 4, 1985. The show is still running at the Queen's Theatre just 100m further up Shaftesbury Avenue, having transferred in April 2004.

Following the transfer of Les Miserables, the theatre was greatly refurbished, marble walls uncovered, restored, repainted, fired with new chandeliers, cleaned etc. This was followed by a short 6-week season of illusionist Derren Brown following his successful UK tour.

Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Woman in White received its world premiere at The Palace Theatre, London, on 15 September 2004 and ran for 19 months to 25 February 2006. The show starred Maria Friedman and Michael Crawford originally with subsequent casts including Ruthie Henshall, Michael Ball, Anthony Andrews, Simon Callow and David Burt.

Also premiered at the theatre were, the London premiere of Monty Python's Spamalot on 2 October 2006 which was followed by Priscilla, Queen of The Desert The Muscial