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Palace Theatre

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The Palace Theatre, is a West End theatre in the City of Westminster. It is an imposing red-brick building that dominates the west side of Cambridge Circus, and is located near the intersection of Shaftesbury Avenue and Charing Cross Road, close to Covent Garden. The Palace Theatre's current capacity is 1,400.

The Palace Theatre was originally built by impresario Richard D’Oyly Carte as The Royal English Opera House in 1891, but was soon renamed as The Palace Theatre of Varieties. In 1912 the Palace was the venue for the first Royal (and only true ‘command’) Variety Performance.

Throughout the 20th Century the theatre became a popular venue for musicals and revues including Gay Divorce in which Fred Astaire gave his last stage performance before going to Hollywood. The Palace hosted the original London productions of The Sound of Music and Jesus Christ Superstar which played for eight years.

Due to the nature of the auditorium, some seats are classified as 'restricted view' or 'side view'.

Nearest underground station is Leicester Square (Northern and Piccadilly lines).

 

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Shaftesbury Avenue
St James
London
W1D 7ES
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