Palace Theatre London

Palace Theatre London

Venue Information

Palace Theatre
Address: 109-113 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1V 8AY, United Kingdom
Nearest underground or train station: Leicester Square (Northern line, Piccadilly line)
Nearest buses: 14, 19, 24, 29, 38, 40, 176

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What's on at the Palace Theatre?

Frequently Asked Questions

What's on at the Palace Theatre?
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a current production at the Palace Theatre. The latest booking period for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at the Palace Theatre started 14 October 2021 and runs until 2 March 2025. Tickets for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child start at £15 and are available to book now
How do I get to the Palace Theatre?
Public transport is recommended to travel to the Palace Theatre.  The nearest underground or train stations are Leicester Square (Northern line, Piccadilly line). If arriving by bus, then the nearest bus lines are 14, 19, 24, 29, 38, 40, 176.  If driving to the theatre, the nearest car parks are Q-ParkChinatown and Q-Park Soho (more parking information).  For directions to the Palace Theatre see our Google Maps directions or Apple Maps directions
Is there a dress code at the Palace Theatre?
There is no specific dress code at the Palace Theatre, with most people just wearing their everyday clothes.
Does the Palace Theatre have air conditioning or air cooling?
Yes, the Palace Theatre has an Air Cooling system.
What is the Accessibility at the Palace Theatre?
Palace Theatre accessibility information
Access phone number: 0330 333 4815
Access email address:
Accessible toilets situated: Stalls
Number of Wheelchair spaces: Stalls x3
Sound amplification: Induction Loop & Williams Sound Infrared
Access from street to foyer: Stairs
Access from theatre foyer to seats (number = stairs): 23 to Stalls from Foyer, 30 to Dress Circle, 49 to Grand Circle, 70 to Balcony
Level access: Stalls
Stair lift, lift or ramp available: N/A
How many seats are in the Palace Theatre?
The Palace Theatre has 1404 seats.
Who owns the Palace Theatre?

The Palace Theatre is owned or operated by Nimax Theatres

Is the Palace Theatre a member of the Society of London Theatre?
Yes, the Palace Theatre is a full member of SOLT, and productions at the venue are eligible for the main categories of the Olivier Awards.

Palace Theatre Facts

What date did the Palace Theatre open?

31 January 1891

Who designed the Palace Theatre?

Richard D’Oyly Carte

What was the first production at the Palace Theatre?

Arthur Sullivan's Opera Ivanhoe

Other Palace Theatre facts

Originally named the The Royal English Opera House; converted in 1892 into a variety Theatre and renamed the Palace Theatre of Varieties

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Theatre History

The Palace Theatre is an outstandingly late Victorian theatre, which was built for Richard D’Oyly Carte,producer of the Gilbert and Sullivan operas, as a home for his English grand opera.

It was designed by Thomas Edward Collcutt and opened as the Royal English Opera House in January 1891 with a huge production of Arthur Sullivan’s opera Ivanhoe. D’Oyly Carte then leased the theatre to Sarah Bernhardt for a season, and then sold the opera house within a year at a loss.

Following this, the theatre was then converted into a grand music hall and renamed the Palace Theatre of Varieties, first managed by Sir Augustus Harris and then Charles Morton.

In 1897, the theatre began to screen movies, and then in 1904 Alfred Butt became manager and continued to combine variety entertainment, including dancing girls, with films.

Notable productions include musical comedy No, No, Nanette (1925), The Marx Brothers in 1931, performing selections from their Broadway shows; The Sound of Music (1961) running for 2,385 performances; Jesus Christ Superstar (1972 – 1980); Les Misérables (1985) ran for 19 years at the venue; Monty Python’s Spamalot (2006); Priscilla Queen of the Desert (2009); and Singin’ in the Rain (2012).

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child opened in 2016.

Previous Shows

Past shows that have played at the Palace Theatre include:

Wonderment Magic & Illusion
West End Musical Celebration - Live at the Palace Theatre
Adam Kay: Twas The Night Before Christmas
Jimmy Carr: Terribly Funny
Eddie Izzard: Force Majeure Reloaded
Derren Brown: Miracle
The Commitments
Brainiac Live!
Derren Brown: Infamous
Singin' in the Rain

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