Palace Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, Soho, London, W1D 5AY
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The Palace Theatre is a huge theatre that dominates Cambridge circus, created in grand, music hall style. The construction of the theatre was commissioned during the 1880s by Richard D’Oyly Carte, an English theatre mogul who produced the famous Gilbert and Sullivan operas. The theatre opened in 1891, before it was sold in 1893 and its name was changed to ‘The Palace Theatre of Varieties’.
The construction of the Palace Theatre was unique, particularly of its time. The many upper levels of the theatre have their weight supported by heavy steel cantilevers which were built into the back walls of the theatre, and, therefore, no need for supporting pillars to be used. These are integral to all other theatre structures of the day but block the view of the stage for many patrons.
The Palace theatre is a beautiful and imposing building, full of charm both inside and out. When it was purchased by Andrew Lloyd Webber in 1983, he immediately set to work, restoring the theatre to its former glory: the wonderful unobstructed terracotta of the façade and the unspoilt Italian marble in the interior that you can see and enjoy today are a result of his vision and hard work.
Nearest Tube: Piccadilly circus – 5 minute walk
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