London: Palace Theatre

Country: England, United Kingdom
City: London W1
Location: Cambridge Circus / Shaftesbury Avenue

Built 1891 as "Royal English Opera House" by T. E. Colcutt, G. H. Holloway, and J. G. Buckle for Richard D'Oyly Carte (who also controlled most of the planning and construction process). Stage machinery by Walter Dando (relics of the original machinery are still to be found in the theatre). Opened 31 Jan 1891 with Arthur Sullivan's opera "Ivanhoe". 1892 converted to a variety theatre by Walter Emden, subsequently renamed "Palace Theatre of Varieties". Subsequently used for variety and ballet performances (including famous dancers, e. g. Pavlova and Nijinsky). 1908 rebuilding of amphitheatre by F. Emblin-Walker. In the 1910s and 1920s, used for revues and musicals, and as a cinema. After World War II, used for muscial performances and as a guest venue for drama and ballet performances. In the 1950s removal of exterior decoration. 1989 fašade restoration by Jaques Muir and Partners. Currently used for major musical productions. 1404 seats.

Notable world premieres:

  • Arthur Sullivan: Ivanhoe (31 Jan 1891)

Link:, Wikipedia, Theatres Trust

[London: Palace Theatre] Front Text: "Palace Theatre"; sign: "Arthur Roberts"
Handwritten Back Text: dated 10 Aug 1913
Type: Divided Back
Size: Classic
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[London: Palace Theatre] Front Text: "London, Palace Theatre"; signs: "A Cameron Mackintosh presentation, adapted & directed by Trevor Nunn & John Caird - Les MisÚrables - Palace"
Reverse Text: "Palace Theatre, London - Originally designed for Richard Doyley Carte [sic!] as an English Opera House, this opulent late Victorian theatre retains much of its original style and has been home to several succesful musicals."
Publisher: Capital Cards; 31-04-044
Size: 12.9 x 19.0 cm
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