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8 Argyll Street
Closest tube: Oxford Circus
Parking: NCP Brewer Street
Buses: Oxford Circus
The London Palladium is one of Londons most famous theatres. It has been home to more Royal Variety Performances than any other venue, and was the home of televisions Ace Variety Theatre Of The World. Today, it programmes mainly large, popular musicals, many adapted from films, and maintains its high national profile. It is known for its musical variety shows, and is still one of the capitals most celebrated venues for musical theatre.
Just over 100 years old, The Palladium was built as a variety hall to compete with the likes of The London Hippodrome and The London Coliseum. It was one of the most famous music halls, and in the 1930s became the home of The Crazy Gang (Bud Flanagan, Chesney Allan, Jimmy Nervo, Teddy Knox, Charlie Naughton, and Jimmy Gold), who were a great favourite of the roal family, especially of George VI.
After the war, manager Val Parnell increased the number of high profile American acts who played the venue, acts who had found an audience in Great Britain with the Gis who spent part of the war there. These included: Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Ella Fitzgerald, Danny Kaye, Sammy Davis Jr, and Judy Garland. From 1955 onwards the theatre became the home of televisions Sunday Night At The London Palladium, which was hosted by Bruce Forsyth. In 1968 Sammy Davis Jr starred in Golden Boy, which was the first book musical to be performed at the theatre starting a long tradition.
Although variety and music continued at the Palladium into the 1990s, by this point they were becoming very minor parts of the programme, which was dominated by book musicals like Oliver!and Joseph And His Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. In the year 2000, the theatre was taken over by Andrew Lloyd Webbers Really Useful Group, and has, since then, devoted itself to musicals, especially those adapted from films. The theatre also put on The Sound Of Music, in which the part of Maria was cast through a television voting process. The theatre can accommodate both its big musical and one-off shows by having systems for flying all of the sets for the larger musicals out of the way into the Fly Loft on occasion.
The theatre itself seats 2,200, and is down a side street by the side entrance of Oxford Street tube station. This can get very busy during rush hour, and when the theatre is getting in or out. It is, however, very convenient for the Victoria Line or Central Line, being just next to the Argyll Street exit. It is about a fifteen-minute walk from the mainline rail station at Charing Cross, or a short tube ride from Victoria if you want to take the overground train. Disabled patrons are urged to contact the Theatre Manager on arrival as there are steps up into the theatre, and help can be arranged.
Slick, spectacular, and well worth a visit, the Palladium is hugely convenient for those shopping on Oxford Street, Carnaby Street, or at Libertys. If you want to see the best, freshest, most spectacular musical theatre in town then the London Palladium is a good bet to have what you want
|HOTEL / APARTMENT||POSTCODE||MILES||STAR||12 Dec||13 Dec||14 Dec||15 Dec||16 Dec||17 Dec||18 Dec||19 Dec|
|Oxford Circus Station||1||Central - Bakerloo - Victoria||0.06 miles|
|Bond Street Station||1||Central - Jubilee||0.61 miles|
|Tottenham Court Road Station||1||Central - Northern||0.71 miles|
|Piccadilly Circus Station||1||Bakerloo - Piccadilly||0.71 miles|
|Goodge Street Station||1||Northern||0.75 miles|
|Charing Cross London Station||1.37 miles|
|London Euston Station||1.59 miles|
|London Marylebone Station||1.72 miles|
|London St Pancras Station||2.03 miles|
|London Victoria Station||2.21 miles|