Victoria Palace Theatre

Location: Victoria Street

Currently Showing: Hamilton

Access: Victoria, exit marked Wilton Road

Ownership: Delfont Mackintosh Theatres

Website: www.delfontmackintosh.co.uk/Theatres/victoria_palace_theatre.asp

Social Media: Twitter

 

History

The theatre started out as a concert room above the Royal Standard Hotel.  The hotel was demolished in 1886 and the music hall’s owner, Thomas Dickey, rebuilt it on the same site.  This was demolished in 1910 and the Victoria Palace Theatre was built in its place.

The theatre opened on 6th November 1911 and, under Alfred Butt’s management, it was host to many variety shows, revues and repertory.

In 1934, Young England, a patriotic play by Reverend Walter Reynolds, received poor reviews but ran for 278 sold-out performances before transferring to two other West End theatres.  Three years later, the original production of Me and My Girl opened here starring Lupino Lane.  Lane later managed the presentation of numerous variety shows in 1945.

From 1947 to 1962,  Jack Hylton produced a comedy revue series, The Crazy Gang.  The Black and White Minstrel Show played from 1962 for ten years.  Elizabeth Taylor made her London stage debut in 1982 in The Little Foxes.  Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story opened in 1989 before transferring to the then Strand Theatre and now Novello Theatre.

In 1991, Stephen Waley-Cohen purchased the Victoria Palace Theatre.  In 2000,  Fame ran at this venue for a year.  Five years later the award winning musical, Billy Elliot, opened here, which had its final performance in April 2016.

Delfont Mackintosh took ownership of the theatre in 2014 and, on 9th April 2016, the theatre was closed for refurbishment.  The Victoria Palace reopened with Lin-Manuel Miranda’s critically acclaimed musical, Hamilton, which transferred from Broadway.

 

Visiting Information

The Victoria Palace is located close to Victoria station so it is convenient for transportation.  It is around 10 minutes’ walk away from Westminster Abbey, The Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace and St. James’ Park.  Also nearby is neighbouring theatre, the Apollo Victoria.

Our favourite restaurants nearby are:

  • Il Posto – Vauxhall Bridge Road, Italian
  • Wetherspoons – Wilton Road, pub, wide menu

 

Seating Tips

There is a centre aisle on all three levels of the Victoria Palace Theatre. Seats on this aisle will provide the best possible view.  Seats on the end of rows will be cheaper, and likewise for seats at the rear of all three levels because of obstruction from the above tier or ceiling.  There are no supporting pillars so the view from seats is not obstructed.

 

Where to buy tickets

The Victoria Palace Theatre is owned by Delfont Mackintosh.  Since the official partners of Hamilton are Ticketmaster, the place to buy tickets is on their website where you will be redirected from Delfont’s website.