Victoria Palace Theatre was designed by Frank Matcham and opened in 1911 on the site of two music hall buildings that were previously demolished. Ideally situated directly opposite Victoria rail and tube station, it quickly gained a reputation for hosting variety shows and musical revues from its opening through the 1950’s and 60’s, including The Black and White Minstrel Show, which ran for over a decade in the 1960’s. It’s hosted a number of important productions over the years, including Me and My Girl in 1937, Elizabeth Taylor’s London stage debut in The Little Foxes in 1982, the UK premiere of Annie in 1978, and more recently Fame, from 2000-2001.
Currently showing at Victoria Palace is Billy Elliot, winner of 10 Tony Awards including Best Musical, and a huge hit both internationally and nationally since it opened in 2005. Billy Elliot is currently taking bookings through 2013.
Victoria Palace Theatre is located on Victoria Street, just moments away from Victoria tube and railway station. If you exit outside the main entrance to the station, you will see the theatre directly opposite you. Victoria tube station is on the District, Circle and Victoria lines.
Victoria is a busy area with many shops, restaurants and hotels, and is near to London’s main attractions including the majestic Buckingham Palace and the vast Hyde Park. There are plenty of hotels near Victoria Palace Theatre such as the modern 4-star Thistle Westminster within walking distance. Features include a bar and restaurant serving Mediterranean food and light snacks.
The seating capacity for Victoria Palace is 1,550 on three different levels which are the Stalls, Dress Circle and Grand Circle. Stalls are located on the ground floor, with the Dress Circle on level 1 and the Grand Circle at the top of the auditorium on level 2. For guidance on which seats to buy, have a look at the seating plan on the right.
Top Tips for Visiting the Victoria Palace Theatre
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- The Grand Circle is really steep, so definitely not for someone with a fear of heights! – Kate, Richmond