The Palace Theatre was built in 1890, originally as an opera house. It failed in this high ambition and instead became a successful music hall, at the lower end of the entertainment market. It went on to specialise in musical theatre, including No, No Nanette from 1925, The Sound of Music from 1961 and Jesus Christ Superstar from 1972-1980.
The theatre has a capacity of 1,394 over 4 levels. The Stalls offer clear views up to row R, after which the seats are affected by the overhang from the tier above. The Dress Circle offers clear views throughout. The front row of the Grand Circle is restricted by a handrail and the end seats of the rows have a sidelined view. The Balcony is very high and steep. The theatre has a cool air system and 4 licensed bars.
Disabled access to the building is through the EXIT door on Shaftesbury Avenue. There is a 3cm step into the Stalls, where there is one space for a wheelchair user. An adapted toilet can be found near this entrance. The auditorium has an Andrews sound amplification system with 20 headsets for the hard of hearing.
The nearest tube station is Leicester Square (150m). Parking can be found at the Westminster City Council car park at China Town or the NCP at Upper St Martin’s Lane.
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