London Palladium

London Palladium, Argyll Street, London, W1F 7TF

London Palladium London Palladium

The London Palladium Theatre was designed by Frank Matcham and opened in 1910 on Boxing Day. It stands on a site that was formerly the home of a Corinthian Bazaar, Henglers Grand Cirque and the National Ice Skating Palace. The theatre was originally known just as The Palladium and was considered a prime venue for variety performances.

It became the London Palladium only in 1934, and by the 1950s this 2,303-seat theatre was called the ‘Ace Variety Theatre of the World’, playing host to the hugely popular ATV’s Sunday Night at the London Palladium. For many years it has hosted the annual Royal Variety Performance. Other significant performances include a number of famous American stars, such as Bing Crosby, Ella Fitzgerald and Nat King Cole, as well as local greats Bruce Forsyth, Cliff Richard and Julie Andrews.

Some other well-known productions the theatre has hosted are The King and I, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Oliver! and The Sound of Music. The London Palladium celebrated its centenary in 2010 with a one-hour television special titled ‘100 Years of the Palladium’. This West End theatre is at Argyll Street, London, W1F 7TF, a short stroll from Oxford Circus tube station.

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