Location: 8 Argyll Street
Currently Showing: The Wind in the Willows
Access: Oxford Circus station (Exit 8 marked Argyll Street)
Stage Door: Ramilies Street – two lefts out of the main entrance
Ownership: Really Useful Theatre Group
This theatre is the joint largest theatre in London (with the Apollo Victoria Theatre) holding 2,300 people. The London Palladium opened on 26th December 1910. It was originally called simply ‘The Palladium’ and was a premier venue for variety performances. It was also a cinema for three months. When George Black took over the theatre and made it part of the General Theatre Corporation, it was near bankruptcy. He restored the theatre’s fortune by hosting variety shows with many famous British and American acts.
After Black’s death, Val Parnell took over bringing many more stars to the theatre including Judy Garland, Liza Minnelli and Frank Sinatra. In 1955, the theatre was host to ITV’s hit programme, Sunday at the Palladium, which was hosted by Bruce Forsyth.
Parnell retired and Prince Littler took over. Under his management, the first musical was performed at the theatre – Golden Boy, which starred Samuel Davis Jr – and glam rock band Slade performed a concert there.
In 2000, the theatre’s ownership changed hands again to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Theatre Group. Since then, numerous musicals and concerts have taken place.
Nearest tube station is Oxford Circus. Take exit 8, marked Argyll Street, turn left out of this exit and it’s a short distance down the street.
The London Palladium is only a minute from Oxford Street and Regent Street, two streets with many department stores and shops. It is also ten minutes’ walk from Piccadilly Circus.
Our favourite restaurants nearby are:
- The Argyll Arms – Argyll Street, Nicholson’s pub
- Spaghetti House – Argyll Street, chain, vouchers available
- Silk Restaurant – Courthouse Hotel, Great Marlborough Street, Asian cuisine
- Soho Sky Terrace – Courthouse Hotel, Great Marlborough Street, rooftop bar, cocktails and snacking
The top price tickets obviously provide the best view and give the best perspective. The front row at most productions at this venue is cheaper because the stage is high and therefore you don’t see absolutely everything but it gives a very personal touch to the experience which is difficult in such a large theatre.
The ends of rows from J backwards have a slightly restricted view. Also, with these seats, you lose out on the subtle details.
Reviews from the Palladium
Cats – ★★★★★ “…mesmerising dancing, wonderful music and builds a fantastic atmosphere.” Read more >>>
Honeymoon In Vegas: The Musical In Concert – ★★★★ “…a fabulous, special production with an incredibly talented cast and musicians.” Read more >>>
The Wind in the Willows – ★★★★★ “…a heart-warming, enchanting, uplifting, timeless masterpiece” Read more >>>