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Victoria Palace Theatre


 
 

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Production Highlights


1832 There has been a theatre on this site since 1832, originally known as Moy's Music Hall, well before the coming of the railways.

1863 The theatre was renamed and became The Royal Standard Music Hall.

1886 Victoria Street and Victoria Station were built and the theatre was demolished and the rebuilt Royal Standard Music Hall became "the most comfortable Hall of entertainment in London... no expense has been spared."

1910 The arrival of electricity and other early 20th century theatrical technology meant that drastic changes were needed. The oldest licensed music hall in London was demolished. Again, no expense was spared and Frank Matcham's Victoria Palace cost the huge sum of £12,000 to build. The Victoria Palace opened with a variety bill, and under Alfred Butt, all the famous music-hall names of the period took to the stage.

1934 The Victoria Palace joined the ranks of regular theatres with the production of Young England. This play was written by Walter Reynolds as a full-blooded patriotic melodrama, but was unrestrainedly guyed by audiences and rapidly became a cult. 250,000 people saw the play which transferred to the Kingsway Theatre and then to Daly's, the total run lasting six months.

1938 On 16th December, the Victoria Palace saw the opening night of Me And My Girl. At the outbreak of the Second World War in 1939, the musical had played 1046 performances. It was revived in 1944 and had another long run.

1945 From February, the theatre renewed its connection with variety for a season and on 17th April 1947 The Crazy Gang took to the stage. They played at the Victoria Palace for an incredible 15 years with their final performance taking place on 19th May 1962.

1962 Following The Crazy Gang, the next production was of The Black and White Minstrel Show - their show ran for 4344 performances and they were here for 10 years until November 1972.

1970's During the 70's, productions at the theatre included: SwingalongaMax with Max Bygraves, Basil Brush in his own show, Carry on London with the cast of the popular films and the original London Production of Annie.

1980's The 80's saw various shows come and go, including Elizabeth Taylor in The Little Foxes, and the musicals Call Me Madam, Charlie Girl with Cyd Charisse, Barnum with Michael Crawford, High Society, Winnie with Robert Hardy and Brigadoon.

1989 Buddy began its long run at the Victoria Palace until 1995 when the show transferred to the Strand Theatre. Following Buddy came the hugely popular Jolson starring one of Britain's best loved entertainers, Brian Conley.

1997 Since 1997, the theatre has played host to Always, Fame, the revival of Annie, Girls' Night Out, The Rocky Horror Show, Soul Train and The Pajama Game.

2000 From September the theatre was once again the host for a twelve month run of the highly successful production of Fame.

2001 On 16th October, the history continued with the Broadway smash hit revival of Kiss Me Kate which collected the Laurence Olivier award for Best Musical Revival and ran for a year. Following Kiss Me Kate came the hugely popular musicals Grease and Tonight's The Night – The Rod Stewart Musical with a book by Ben Elton.

2004 The pantomime Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs enjoyed a spirited five weeks over Christmas starring Lily Savage and entertaining audiences of all ages.

2005 – Present The current production of Billy Elliot opened to great acclaim in March and has gone on to collect numerous Best Musical awards.