LocationUnlike 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 thereBy 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.
SeatingThe 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.
AccessibilityThe 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 +44 (0) 20 7087 7966 or access booking form
HistoryBuilt 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 LW Theatres. 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.
In 2018, Bartlett Sher’s sumptuous revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein musical The King and I ran at the Palladium. This was followed by a star-studded pantomime, Snow White, with a cast led by Julian Clary, Nigel Havers and Dawn French.
The summer of 2019 saw a highly-successful revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat play at the Palladium, starring Jac Yarrow, Jason Donovan and Sheridan Smith. For Christmas that year another star-studded panto moved in; Goldilocks and the Three Bears with Julian Clary, Paul O'Grady and Nigel Havers.
- Goldilocks and the Three Bears, opened 07 Dec 2019, closed 12 Jan 2020
- Mythos A Trilogy: Heroes, opened 14 Sep 2019, closed 17 Sep 2019
- Mythos A Trilogy: Gods, opened 13 Sep 2019, closed 17 Sep 2019
- Mythos A Trilogy: Men, opened 14 Sep 2019, closed 14 Sep 2019
- Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, opened 27 Jun 2019, closed 08 Sep 2019
- Sergei Polunin, opened 28 May 2019, closed 01 Jun 2019
- Snow White, opened 08 Dec 2018, closed 13 Jan 2019
- The King and I, opened 21 Jun 2018, closed 29 Sep 2018
- Dick Whittington, opened 09 Dec 2017, closed 14 Jan 2018
- The Wind in the Willows, opened 17 Jun 2017, closed 02 Sep 2017
- Cinderella, opened 09 Dec 2016, closed 15 Jan 2017
- Whose Line is it Anyway? Live, opened 09 Jun 2016, closed 19 Jun 2016
- Cats, opened 23 Oct 2015, closed 02 Jan 2016
- Sinatra, opened 10 Jul 2015, closed 10 Oct 2015
- Beyond Bollywood, opened 08 May 2015, closed 27 Jun 2015
- Cats, opened 06 Dec 2014, closed 25 Apr 2015
- Christmas with the Rat Pack, opened 28 Dec 2014, closed 28 Dec 2014
- Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games, opened 01 Sep 2014, closed 25 Oct 2014
- I Can't Sing the X Factor Musical, opened 27 Feb 2014, closed 10 May 2014
- Barry Humphries' Farewell Tour - Eat, Pray, Laugh!, opened 13 Nov 2013, closed 05 Jan 2014
- A Chorus Line, opened 05 Feb 2013, closed 31 Aug 2013
- Scrooge, opened 24 Oct 2012, closed 12 Jan 2013
- The Wizard Of Oz, opened 07 Feb 2011, closed 02 Sep 2012