The London Palladium is a 2,286 seat theatre located near Oxford Circus. It is owned by LW Theatres and has strong connections to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group. Throughout its history, it has hosted plays including The Sound Of Music and a revival of Cats.
The London Palladium opened on Boxing Day 1910 with the first ‘grand variety bill’ featuring acts as diverse as Nellie Wallace and classical actor Martin Harvey. The Frank Matcham-designed building occupies a site which was previously home to a Corinthian Bazaar, Hengler’s Grand Cirque and the National Ice Skating Palace.
During the Second World War, the theatre was hit by a bomb which, after crashing through the roof and embedding itself in the stage, did not explode. Due to this good fortune, the theatre survives mostly in its original condition, although it has undergone some minor repairs and adjustments.
By the 1950s the theatre was known as the ‘Ace Variety Theatre of the World’, a reputation enhanced by the enormous worldwide popularity of ATV’s Sunday Night at the London Palladium.
One of the reasons for the London Palladium’s fame is that it often hosts the annual Royal Variety Performance. It has hosted this event over 40 times.
3 licensed bars. No steps to Variety Bar (Stalls level) from the entrance off Ramillies Place, down a slope with a handrail to your right. Moveable seats and tables. Dress Circle bar 7 steps up from the Dress Circle, with moveable seats. Narrow bar at Upper Circle level. Drinks in plastic cups may be brought to disabled customers in the auditorium.
Accepts Theatre Tokens:
Induction Loop & Sennheiser Infrared
Mens and Womens throughout. Adapted toilet on the right inside entrance in Ramillies Place. Access also from the stalls bar
Guide Dogs Policy:
Access dogs are allowed inside the auditorium. Staff can also dog-sit for four dogs per performance in the Manager’s office
Please contact the Theatre Manager on arrival. Access is via the Box Office (ramp) at the front of the theatre in Argyll Street and then by wheelchair lift down to the Stalls bar. No steps to back of Stalls, although the auditorium is on a fairly steep rake. Four spaces for wheelchair users at L46, O48, Q48 and S49. Companions can sit in same row. Transfer seating available to aisle seats.
Access from Street to Foyer:
Access From Theatre Foyer To Seat:
Level access to Stalls, 30 steps to Dress Circle, 63 to Upper Circle and 93 to Balcony
Stalls Row 0, Dress Circle Row K, Balcony Row K
Lift to all auditorium levels