Victoria Palace Theatre
Victoria Street, London, SW1E 5EA
(20 Jan 2020 to 31 Dec 2020)
LocationThe Victoria Palace is directly outside Victoria tube and railway station, and the bright lights of the theatre can easily been seen upon exiting the station. Victoria is some distance from Theatreland and the majority of other London theatres, aside from the Apollo Victoria, but it is close to lots of London attractions including Westminster Abbey and the local tube and bus links easily connect with the rest of the city.
Getting thereBy Tube: The nearest station is Victoria on the District, Circle and Victoria lines.By bus: The Victoria bus station is a five minute walk away and is the main port of arrival for most coaches into the capital including Megabus and National Express. Numbers 2, 8, 11, 16, 24, 36, 38, 52, 73, 82, 148, 185, 211, 239, 436, 507, 705, C1, C10, 73 and 511 also stop near the theatre.By taxi or car: There are various meters on the roads nearby including Bressenden Place, Allington Street and Carlisle Place. This costs £2.00 per hour but can get very busy. There is the London Victoria Car Park, a six minute walk away and costs £22.00 to park in for the day. It is very easy to hail a taxi from outside the theatre if you are planning to do so on the way home, as Victoria is a busy place with taxi ranks near the station.
SeatingThe Victoria Palace Theatre has a fairly large seating capacity of 1,550 seats on three levels – Stalls, Dress Circle and Grand Circle. As you can see from the seating plan on the right, the Stalls is the largest section and is also the closest to the stage, making it popular with theatregoers keen to see the facial expressions on the actor’s faces. As they are the most popular, seats in the Stalls are generally also the most expensive, with central seats towards the front some of the best in the house. The price does decrease however, the further back you go in this section, so you may find yourself a bargain! The Stalls are divided into two equal sections and are deep and wide. Although rows appear to be shorter nearer the stage, they extend to 37 seats in the middle of the section. Seats closer to the middle remain within the proscenium and offer a better experience than those at the end of each row, which can be restricted.
Above the Stalls is the Dress Circle, located on level 1. Prices here are similar to those of the Stalls as although this area is further from the stage, it presents good, panoramic views of the entire stage from higher up, and seats towards the front of this section are some of the most expensive. As with the Stalls, the price decreases as you go further back. The seats are relatively straight from the stage and do not curve around the balcony. The section is divided into two by a wide central aisle.
The final seating area in the Victoria Palace Theatre is the Grand Circle, located on level 2 of the auditorium. The Grand Circle is the highest and further section away from the stage, and seats towards the back are the cheapest in the auditorium. Seats at the front can present good views, but you still might feel quite away from the stage, and the price reflects this.
AccessibilityThe Victoria Palace Theatre has 3 levels to its auditorium: the Stalls, Dress Circle and Grand Circle. There is a 3cm step up from the street level to the main foyer, with an alternative step-free entrance on Allington Street to the back of the Stalls level. From the foyer there are 4 steps down to the Stalls and 28 steps up to the Dress Circle, where there are 2 steps between each row. The Grand Circle is a great many steps up and is not suitable for those who have difficulty walking. Concessionary rates are available to all disabled patrons and their carers.
Wheelchair access is via the Allington Street entrance to the back of the Stalls, where there are two spaces for wheelchair users at P36 and M36. Transfer seating is available to any aisle seat in the Stalls, and there is storage space for up to 4 wheelchairs per performance. There is an adapted toilet just inside the Allington Street entrance. The bars are only accessible via stairs, but drinks can be taken to disabled patrons inside the auditorium.
Infra-red and loop type systems are installed within the auditorium. Headsets can be collected from the foyer prior to the performance for a refundable deposit. Guide dogs are allowed within the auditorium, or can be dog-sat by the management until the end of the performance if required.Access bookings telephone line 0800 988 4440 or access booking form
HistoryThe Victoria Palace Theatre has existed on the site since 1832 when it was known as Moy’s Music Hall, and then later the Royal Standard Music Hall in 1863. In 1886 the building was demolished and rebuilt, retaining its Royal Standard name until 1910 when it was rebuilt again to incorporate electricity and other innovations of the time. It opened in 1911 as the Victoria Palace Theatre, the same Grade II-listed building that is there today, seating 1550 patrons across 3 levels.
Over the decades, the Victoria Palace Theatre has been home to a host of productions, with variety acts and revues in its early years and successful shows such as the original production of Me and My Girl in 1937 and The Black and White Minstrel Show from 1960 until 1972. Other notable productions include Annie, Windy City, The Little Foxes and High Society, as well as the Buddy Holly musical.
In recent years, the venue has been home to many popular musicals such as Fame, Kiss Me Kate and The Rocky Horror Show. Since 2005, Billy Elliot, based on the year 2000 film of the same name, closed in January 2017 to allow the theatre to be refurbished.
- Billy Elliot, opened 31 Mar 2005, closed 07 Apr 2016