Billy Elliot at the Victoria Palace Theatre, London SW1E
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The Victoria Palace theatre sits just steps away from Victoria station; an imposing structure built in music hall style and designed by prolific theatre architect, Frank Matcham in 1911. Much of the theatre's original character remains.
British Listed Buildings assigned a Grade II listing to the Victoria Palace, on the basis that it is “a fine and exceptionally well-preserved theatre designed by Frank Matcham, the master of late Victorian/Edwardian theatre design.” Other grounds for such a listing include the Edwardian Baroque's faience façade, sculpture, and cupola, “lavish array of interiors” with original fittings and craftsmanship plus its “historic interest as one of the capital's most renowned variety theatres, now a major musical venue. . . It continues the tradition of entertainment on this site since the 1830s, possibly the longest such in London.”
Since 2005 the Victoria Palace has been home to the incredibly popular musical, Billy Elliot. The theatre seats 1550 people for every performance, and each show is often sold out.
Billy Elliot is one of London's greatest and most quintessentially British musicals. It tells the story of a young boy from a Northern mining town (set against the backdrop of the 1984/5 miner’s strikes), who dreams of becoming a ballet dancer, but cultural stereotypes and the prejudice of his family and community are against him. The whole performance is a visual treat and a culturally accurate representation of its time. It is also a moving tale, sure to capture the heart of anyone who watches it.
Performances are held every day between Monday and Saturday at 7.30pm. An extra matinee performance is also held at 2.30pm every Thursday and Saturday.
Nearest tube station: Victoria, 1 minute walk.
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