London Palladium

London Palladium

Argyll Street, London, W1F 7TF

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What’s On

  • The Wind in the Willows

    (25 Jun 2017 to 9 Sep 2017)

    Following a hugely popular UK tour, this exciting new version of Kenneth Grahame’s classic tale The...

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  • Dick Whittington

    (9 Dec 2017 to 14 Jan 2018)

    Pantomime returns to the London Palladium, with a glittering new production of Dick Whittington!...

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Location

Unlike many other theatres in the city, the London Palladium is not located along the spine of Theatreland around Shaftesbury Avenue but instead is situated just behind Oxford Street in the centre of the city. This part of the capital is best known for its shopping streets such as Oxford Street and Regent Street, with a huge variety of high street shops, department stores and designer boutiques to satisfy the most ardent shopper. There is also a variety of bars and restaurants, particularly in the back streets of Soho where the London Palladium can be found.
Getting there
By Tube: The nearest Tube station for the theatre is Oxford Circus, which can be reached on the Central, Bakerloo or Victoria lines. It is a very busy station with multiple exits, so you should make sure to use Exit 6, marked Argyll Street.By bus: Numbers 1, 3, 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 15, 16A, 23, 25, 53, and 73 will all drop you off on Oxford Street within easy walking distance of the theatre.By taxi or car: The nearest car park is Poland Street. Alternatively there are meters on many of the roads surrounding the theatre which have a tariff of £4.40 per hour and are free after 6.30pm. To travel by taxi you should  hail a cab from the busy stretches of either Oxford Street or Regent Street.

Seating

The London Palladium is one of the largest theatres in the West End, with 2286 seats split over three levels in total. This means that there is a great variety of seats for prospective theatregoers to choose from. As can be viewed in more detail in the seating plan to the right, the section closest to the stage on the ground floor of the Palladium is called the Stalls. The Stalls arguably offer the best views of the stage and as such the prices rise according to how close you are to the stage. It is worth noting that the stage in the theatre is quite high and therefore in the front two rows your view can be somewhat restricted, meaning that they are not recommended for young children and smaller adults. The Stalls are divided into three sections by aisles running length-ways from the stage. The auditorium fans out, getting wide towards the rear of the section following the curve of the stage. Seats towards the end of rows in the rear section are outside of the proscenium and sometimes offer a 'side on' view of the action. The best views are in the middle of the central block, around rows M-P, as they provide intimate yet panoramic views of the action.

The second tier of the theatre is known as the Royal Circle. Although it is higher than the stage there are some great views to be had in this section, particularly in the rows at the front and centre of the Circle, and whilst some Dress Circle ticket prices can match those in the Stalls there are some bargain seats to be found towards the back of the tier. The section is divided into three in a similar way to the stalls, with better views in the central block. The rows curve around the balcony, so seats towards the ends of each row are sometimes restricted. Aim to sit a couple of rows back from the front to avoid this.

The uppermost level of the Palladium is called the Upper Circle, and is furthest away from the stage. Compared to some of the upper levels in London theatres it does not feel miles away from the stage and is not so steep as to pose a problem for sufferers of vertigo, and the tickets are markedly cheaper in this section making it the best place to bag a bargain. London Palladium
London Palladium

Accessibility

The London Palladium is a large theatre split across 3 levels: the Stalls, Royal Circle and Upper Circle. From the street there are 4 steps up to the main entrance followed by a further 8 steps to the foyer and Royal Circle. From the main entrance there are 12 steps down to the Stalls and 50 steps up to the Upper Circle. There is a ramped entrance by the Box Office in Argyll Street as well as an alternative level entrance on Ramillies Place at the back of the theatre. Discounted tickets are available for all disabled guests and their carers.

Wheelchair users can enter the theatre using the ramped entrance on Argyll Street, followed by a platform lift down to the Stalls bar. There are 4 spaces for wheelchair users in L46, O48, Q48 and S49, with space for companions to sit on the same row. Transfer seating is available to any aisle seat, all of which have spacious leg room. There is an adapted toilet next to the entrance on Ramillies Place, which can also be accessed from the Stalls bar. There are no steps to the Stalls bar, which has movable chairs and tables; alternatively, drinks can be brought to patrons in their seats.

The auditorium is fitted with an infra-red system and there is an induction loop at the Box Office, with headsets available in the foyer. Access dogs are welcome inside the auditorium, or alternatively up to 4 dogs can be looked after in the Manager’s Office during each performance.Access bookings telephone line 020 7492 9930 or access booking form

History

Built in 1910 by Frank Matcham, the London Palladium is arguably the most famous of all London’s theatres and is certainly the most well-known for variety shows, having hosted more Royal Variety Performances than any other theatre in the city.

The Grade II-listed building has seen some of the biggest stars of stage and screen cross the boards at some point in its history, with names including Judy Garland, Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Bob Hope, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Elaine Page, Elvis Presley and Cliff Richard all performing at the theatre. In the period between 1955 and 1967 the London Palladium was the venue for the ITV show Sunday Night at the London Palladium, hosted by Bruce Forsyth, and in the 80s became the site for the show Live from the Palladium.

In the 21st century the London Palladium has put on a series of successful musicals, mainly under the guidance of Andrew Lloyd Webber and the Really Useful Theatre Group. The King and I, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Sound of Music and Sister Act – The Musical all took place under its roof. The theatre was also the venue for singer Rufus Wainwright’s Judy Garland tribute nights and has twice hosted the BAFTA Awards. Following notable revivals of The Wizard of Oz and A Chorus Line the theatre became the home of Harry Hill's X-Factor musical I Can't Sing which closed after a disappointing four months. After hosting Michael Flatley's Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games a revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber's iconic musical Cats opened in time for Christmas 2014.

Past shows