This site has housed music halls since the 1850's and after London's oldest licensed music hall was demolished on Victoria Street in London's Victoria, Frank Matcham designed a new theatre opening as the Victoria Palace in November 1911.
The architecture of this building is enchanting and over the years the theatre has managed to retain a lot its original character. Having once seated 1,700 it now seats 1,550, the auditorium, front of house and dressing rooms have been beautifully refurbished and the grey marble, gold mosaic and white Sicilian marble pillars look the same as they did when the venue was first erected. The sliding roof is the favoured feature, proving popular in the early days when the theatre was a smoking free-for-all venue.
In the beginning years it was best associated with variety shows and revues, but by the 1930's, variety hit a low and the venue began presenting 'legit' plays, seeing the suffix 'theatre' tagged on to the name in 1934. The first hit, of sorts, from this time was 'Young England' by Walter Reynolds. As a serious, patriotic melodrama, it was ironically so badly mocked by audiences that it became something of a cult following - a play you simply had to see.
In 1937, a revival of 'Me and My Girl' was the next big success, playing here until WWII broke out, closing the theatre down. It was revived for a short time in 1944 making 'The Lambeth Walk' an English iconic song along the way. However it was the British larrikins who formed 'The Crazy Gang' that the theatre is more popularly associated with. After transferring their comical double-acts from the London Palladium in 1947, their almost non-stop run of craziness reigned at the Victoria Palace Theatre until May 1962.
Notable productions in recent years include Elizabeth Taylor's London stage debut in 1982's 'Little Foxes', the record-making musical 'Buddy' began its six year run in 1989 before moving to the Novello Theatre (AKA Strand Theatre), the Olivier Award winning musical 'Jolson' followed in October 1995 with other productions including 'The New Rocky Horror Show', 'Fame', 'Kiss Me, Kate' and 'Grease'. Ben Elton's comedy/musical 'Tonight's the Night' opened in October 2003, telling the story of a quiet, shy guy who longs to be like his idol Rod Stewart, hoping that Rod's soul, passed on to him by the Devil, will provide a little help (or not) with wooing a woman he is secretly in love with.
The current show running at the theatre is the musical adaptation of one of Britain's most successful films 'Billy Elliot'. Put together by the same team behind the film, the production is made even more fabulous with the musical genius Sir Elton John on board.
Victoria rail and underground station is the closest to the Victoria Palace Theatre.
When purchasing tickets for mainstream theatre productions, it is important to keep the following in mind. The cheapest way to buy tickets is to buy directly from the theatres´ box office where the show is playing. Or, purchase your tickets from the ´Half Price Ticket Booth´ (AKA ´tkts´) located in Leicester Square, where they sell ´on the day´ tickets for most of the West End shows at a discount rate. The booth is open Monday to Saturday from 10am - 7pm and Sundays from 12pm - 3.30pm. There is a service fee of £2.50 per ticket and a maximum of 4 tickets per person. Avoid touts hanging about the theatres and any other ticket agencies around the West End that appear a little dodgy as tickets may not be legitimate. Always ask if your seat is in a restricted viewing area. You can also purchase a theatre and hotel package which saves money all round.
However, the best thing to do if you have your heart set on seeing a particular show is to book ahead. You will be guaranteed a good seat, a great view and a fab night out.
|HOTEL / APARTMENT||POSTCODE||MILES||STAR||10 Dec||11 Dec||12 Dec||13 Dec||14 Dec||15 Dec||16 Dec||17 Dec|
|The Grosvenor - A Guoman Hotel||SW1W 0SJ||0.16||4||£252.00||£252.00||£228.00||£168.00||Full||£156.00||£204.00||£178.80|
|Rubens at the Palace - A Red Carnation Hotel||SW1W 0PS||0.22||4||£275.00||£203.00||£215.00||£191.00||£191.00||£191.00||£191.00||£191.00|
|41 Hotel - A Red Carnation Hotel||SW1W 0PS||0.22||5||£755.00||£347.00||£347.00||£791.00||£839.00||£347.00||£347.00||£347.00|
|Chesterfield Mayfair - A Red Carnation Hotel||W1J 5EB||0.26||4||£275.00||£275.00||£275.00||£255.00||£470.00||£180.00||£275.00||£275.00|
|The Goring||SW1W 0JW||0.29||5||£370.00||£370.00||£370.00||£370.00||£420.00||£370.00||£370.00||£370.00|
|Tophams Hotel||SW1W 0LU||0.36||4||£672.00||£163.80||£163.80||£134.40||£163.80||£99.96||£176.40||£176.40|
|Comfort Inn Victoria||SW1V 1QF||0.42||3G||£164.00||£164.00||£129.00||£119.00||£149.00||£64.00||£129.00||£119.00|
|Chester Hotel||SW1V 1JQ||0.45||2||£80.00||£80.00||£80.00||Full||Full||£39.00||£65.00||£65.00|
|Victor Hotel||SW1V 2BB||0.45||3G||£67.50||£80.00||£67.50||£105.00||Full||£42.00||£70.00||£72.00|
|Grange Rochester Hotel||SW1P 2PA||0.48||4||£181.00||£181.00||£157.00||£133.00||Full||£85.00||Full||£203.00|
|Enrico Hotel||SW1V 1QP||0.56||2||£50.00||£50.00||£54.00||Full||Full||£59.00||£44.00||£44.00|
|Lord Milner London||SW1W 9QU||0.57||5G||£125.00||Full||£255.00||£139.50||Full||£105.00||£105.00||£105.00|
|Comfort Inn Buckingham Palace Rd||SW1V 4BJ||0.57||3G||Full||£159.00||£114.00||£99.00||Full||£59.00||£80.00||£110.00|
|Belgravia Rooms||SW1W 9QD||0.60||B||£65.00||£115.00||£79.00||£79.00||£129.00||£45.00||£45.00||£55.00|
|Astors Hotel||SW1W 9QD||0.65||4G||£130.00||£149.00||£149.00||Full||Full||£99.00||£109.00||£99.00|
|LIDOS HOTEL||SWIV 2BB||0.68||2G||£99.00||£79.00||£69.00||£69.00||Full||£45.00||£79.00||Full|
|Central House Hotel||SW1V 2BB||0.68||3G||£114.00||£315.00||£94.00||£84.00||Full||£44.00||£56.00||£74.00|
|Grange Wellington Hotel||SW 1P2 PA||0.69||3||Full||£191.00||£131.00||Full||£143.00||£84.00||£227.00||£131.00|
|Colliers Hotel||SW1V 1QL||0.69||1G||£49.00||£49.00||£49.00||Full||Full||£45.00||£45.00||£45.00|
|Huttons Hotel||SW1 2BB||0.71||3G||£170.00||£67.00||£100.00||£86.00||£143.00||£57.00||£62.00||£62.00|
|Melbourne House Hotel||SW1V 2BG||0.72||3||£115.00||£115.00||£115.00||£165.00||Full||£115.00||£115.00||£115.00|
|Sidney Hotel London Victoria||SW1V 2BP||0.73||2G||£165.00||£125.00||£105.00||£65.00||Full||£65.00||£65.00||£65.00|
|Carlton Hotel||SW1V 2BJ||0.77||2G||£119.00||£84.00||£89.00||£79.00||Full||£39.00||£59.00||£49.00|
|The Sanctuary House Hotel||SW1H 9LA||0.77||3||£175.00||£250.00||£245.00||£135.00||£175.00||£145.00||£160.00||£215.00|
|The Athenaeum||W1J 7BJ||0.95||5||£354.00||£354.00||£354.00||£318.00||£330.00||£251.00||£287.00||£287.00|
|Dolphin House||SW1V 3LX||1.08||4A||Full||Full||£155.00||£115.00||£155.00||£99.00||£175.00||£155.00|
|Park Lane Mews Hotel||W1J 7BS||1.12||4||£225.00||£269.00||Full||£225.00||£274.00||£89.00||£104.00||£325.00|
|3, Ryder Street Chambers - St James's - Piccadilly Serviced Apartments||SW1Y 6PY||1.19||4A||£195.00||£175.00||£195.00||Full||£175.00||£155.00||£175.00||£175.00|
|The Cadogan||SW1X 9SG||1.19||5||£320.00||£320.00||£320.00||£360.00||Full||£270.00||£220.00||£264.00|
|The May Fair||W1J 8LT||1.22||5||£415.00||£415.00||£405.00||£365.00||£405.00||£315.00||£325.00||£325.00|
|Washington Mayfair Hotel||W1J 5HE||1.22||4||£306.00||£306.00||£234.00||£222.00||£222.00||£174.00||£222.00||£222.00|
|The Cavendish London - Piccadilly||SW1Y 6JF||1.30||4||£299.00||£339.00||£249.00||£179.00||Full||£199.00||£189.00||Full|
|Le Meridien Piccadilly||W1J 0BH||1.49||4||£500.00||£500.00||£360.00||£290.00||£340.00||£260.00||£260.00||£260.00|
|Thistle Trafalgar Square, The Royal Trafalgar||WC2H 7HG||1.56||4||£262.80||£262.80||£286.80||£238.80||Full||£154.80||£190.80||£190.80|
|Beaufort House Luxury Apartments||SW3 1PN||1.61||5A||£654.00||Full||£306.00||Full||Full||£306.00||£306.00||£306.00|
|The Royal Horseguards - A Guoman Hotel||SW1A 2EJ||1.65||5||£312.00||£408.00||£252.00||£228.00||£288.00||£228.00||£264.00||£228.00|
|The Westbury Hotel - Bond Street London||W1S 2YF||1.65||5||£322.80||£382.80||£322.80||£274.80||£238.80||£202.80||£202.80||£238.80|
|Novotel London Waterloo||SE1 7LS||1.66||4||£210.00||£210.00||£170.00||£150.00||£170.00||£130.00||£150.00||£150.00|
|Millennium Hotel London Mayfair||W1K 2HP||1.69||4||£348.00||£360.00||£384.00||£228.00||£182.40||£182.40||£192.00||£201.60|
|Egerton Hotel - A Red Carnation Hotel||SW3 2BX||1.76||5||£295.00||Full||£395.00||£335.00||£420.00||£295.00||£295.00||£335.00|
|No5 Maddox Street||W1S 2QD||1.85||5||£295.00||£195.00||£225.00||Full||Full||£200.00||£221.00||£284.00|
|BEST WESTERN PREMIER Shaftesbury Piccadilly Hotel||W1D 6EX||1.88||4||£312.01||£264.01||£264.01||£216.01||£264.01||£168.01||£216.01||£216.01|
|Radisson Blu Edwardian, Hampshire||WC2H 7LH||1.99||5||£344.00||£320.00||£310.00||£310.00||£330.00||£210.00||£220.00||£220.00|
|Radisson Blu Edwardian, Leicester Square||WC2H 7HL||1.99||4||£329.00||£329.00||£299.00||£289.00||£339.00||£235.00||£239.00||£249.00|
|The Rembrandt - A Sarova Hotel||SW7 2RS||2.00||4||£249.00||£249.00||£239.00||Full||Full||£159.20||£159.20||£175.20|
|Radisson Blu Edwardian Berkshire Hotel||W1C 1BY||2.07||4||£265.00||£265.00||£245.00||£179.00||£189.00||£189.00||£209.00||£257.00|
|Days Hotel Waterloo||SE1 7BJ||2.09||NC||£149.00||£149.00||£129.00||£109.00||£129.00||£79.00||£119.00||£119.00|
|SACO Covent Garden - Floral Street||WC2E 9DS||2.11||3||Full||Full||Full||Full||Full||Full||Full||£186.00|
|Strand Palace Hotel||WC2R 0JJ||2.21||3||£152.00||£152.00||£152.00||Full||Full||£92.00||£92.00||Full|
|Victoria Station||1||District - Circle line - Victoria||0.11 miles|
|St. Jamess Park Station||1||District - Circle line||0.59 miles|
|Pimlico Station||1||Victoria||0.99 miles|
|Hyde Park Corner Station||1||Piccadilly||1.00 miles|
|Sloane Square Station||1||District - Circle line||1.09 miles|
|London Victoria Station||0.20 miles|
|Charing Cross London Station||1.76 miles|
|Vauxhall Station||1.79 miles|
|London Waterloo International Station||2.02 miles|
|London Waterloo Station||2.12 miles|