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Palace TheatreLondon
109-113 Shaftesbury Avenue
London W1D 5AY
TfL Fare Zone 1



The Palace Theatre at Cambridge Circus is one of six London Theatres located on Shaftesbury Avenue.

The theatre started life as The Royal English Opera House commissioned by the Savoy impresario, Richard D’Oyly Carte. The foundation stone laid in 1888 can be seen near ground level to the right of the entrance.

Despite opening with Sir Arthur Sullivan's grand opera Ivanhoe, D'Oyly Carte's enterprise soon failed and in 1892 he sold the theatre. It was then that the name changed to ‘The Palace Theatre of Varieties’.

From 1893 the Palace was home to all the great music hall stars. It sometimes doubled as a cinema. The theatre experienced some severe bomb damage during World War II but, despite extended closure, managed to continue staging musicals and pantomime.

Throughout the 20th century the theatre became a popular venue for musicals and revues. All the great musicals (including Monty Python’s Spamalot) have been staged at The Palace. It was home to The Sound of Music and Jesus Christ Superstar for eight years.

In 1983 Andrew Lloyd Webber bought the freehold of the historic old theatre and carried out extensive refurbishment. In the process he revealed the interior marble and onyx panels. Webber sold the Palace Theatre to Nimax Theatres in 2012.

The Palace is a large theatre seating 531 in the Stalls, 275 in the Dress Circle, 228 in the Grand Circle, 372 in the Balcony and 16 in the Boxes. There are 4 bars and a Royal VIP Room on the Dress Circle level.

Box Office

Patrons should either Book Online using the theatre’s own link or Tel: 08444 829 676

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Getting There
To find the best way for getting to the Palace Theatre, visit TfL Journey Planner, link above.
- By Underground
Leicester Square Station   Northern & Piccadilly & Lines
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