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London Palladium

A guide to the London Palladium in London's West End

Since opening in 1901 with a variety show and one-act play, the London Palladium is arguably the British capital's best-known West End theatre venue. especially when it comes to musical shows. Located in Argyll Street and built to compete with the London Hippodrome and London Coliseum, the theatre is within easy access of many popular restaurants and pubs. Its perfectly placed either pre- or post-theatre drinks, or a great lastminute.com theatre meal deal. Or, if you're arriving in the day, head to the shops in Oxford Street first. The London Palladium, which is just two minutes walk from Oxford Circus tube station and eight minutes from both Bond Street and Tottenham Court Road, has a 2,286 seats spread across three levels: stalls, royal circle and upper circle. The theatre retains many of its original features and despite its size is surprisingly intimate. Loved by actors and audiences alike, it's a great venue for your visit, whether you're planning a family day out with lastminute.com or a special outing just for two.

The history

The London Palladium is perhaps best-known for the Royal Variety Performances which have been staged at the venue more times than any other theatre. It was also the setting for the hugely popular Sunday Night from the London Palladium, which ran on ITV from 1965 until 1966. With a broad range of musicals, pantomime, music, and dance performances, the Palladium is a versatile show venue that perfectly reflects its heritage. It has seen appearances by some of Broadway's greatest stars, including Danny Kaye, Bing Crosby, Carmen Miranda and Judie Garland, as well as Frank Sinatra, Sammie Davis Jr, Ella Fitzgerald, The Andrew Sisters, Johnnie Ray, Frankie Laine and Bob Hope.
Other home-grown stars to have appeared include Gracie Fields, Max Miller and Vera Lynn, as well as Harry Houdini, and jazz greats Duke Ellington, Fats Waller, Cab Calloway and Louis Armstrong. During the 1930s the theatre became known as the home of The Crazy Gang; Johnny Cash recorded an album here in 1968 though it was never released and, in 1970, the venue tried to get Elvis Presley to perform 14 shows. Had they gone ahead, they would have been his only shows outside North America. Other notable performances include concerts by performers including Sir Elton John, Marvin Gaye, Robbie Williams and Slade. It also hosted a stack of smash-hit musicals including The Sound of Music, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Scrooge The Musical, The Wizard of Oz, Saturday Night Fever, Sister Act the Musical, Oliver! and Cats. Conveniently located just off busy Oxford Street and in close proximity to both Carnaby Street and Kingly Street, the venue is a popular meeting point. The closest tube station is Oxford Circus on the Central, Victoria, and Bakerloo lines. You can choose to purchase tickets from the box office before heading off for some pre-show drinks or book online where you can choose your seat on the London Palladium seating plan. Wheelchair users can access the stalls section via the level access ramp located next to the theatre's main entrance on Argyll Street. Door attendants will gladly provide assistance wherever needed.

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