London Palladium

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The London Palladium is a venue to which all performers aspire and has hosted more annual Royal Variety Performances than any other theatre. Designed by Frank Matcham it opened on Boxing Day 1910 and became famous, partly through television, as the “Ace Variety Theatre of the World”.

Among the greats that have played here are Bob Hope, Judy Garland, Bing Crosby, Sophie Tucker, Ethel Merman, Howard Keel, Arthur Askey, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, Tommy Steele, Julie Andrews, Ken Dodd, the Two Ronnies, Bruce Forsyth and Cliff Richard. In 1979 Yul Brynner arrived in a spectacular production of The King and I, which heralded further musicals in recent years including Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Cameron Mackintosh’s Oliver!, Saturday Night Fever, The King and I starring Elaine Paige, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Tommy Steele in Scrooge and Sinatra at the Palladium, the hugely successful revival of the The Sound of Music, Sister Act, The Wizard of Oz, A Chorus Line, Barry Humphries' Farewell Tour and I Can't Sing the musical.

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Detail from London Palladium's Cinderella Bar

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1910

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The Palladium opened on Boxing Day. Frank Matcham, the architect, was commissioned by Walter Gibbons to build the grandest, most luxurious, yet intimate music hall.

The Palladium opened on Boxing Day.  Frank Matcham, the architect, was commissioned by Walter Gibbons to build the grandest, most luxurious, yet intimate music hall.

1931

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The first Crazy Week was the beginning of the famous Crazy Gang, and the theatre became their home for 9 years until the second world war.

The first Crazy Week was the beginning of the famous Crazy Gang, and the theatre became their home for 9 years until the second world war.

1947

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Danny Kaye became a star overnight with his first Palladium appearance and Laurel and Hardy were the biggest act billed at The Royal Variety Performance.

Danny Kaye became a star overnight with his first Palladium appearance and Laurel and Hardy were the biggest act billed at The Royal Variety Performance.

1951

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Judy Garland played her first Palladium season.

Judy Garland played her first Palladium season.

1955

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Val Parnell’s Sunday Night at The London Palladium was first broadcast on ATV. Hosted by Tommy Trinder the show took live variety into people’s own sitting rooms. Such familiarity brought the Palladium an unrivalled popularity and uniquely made the theatre a destination in itself regardless of who was on the bill.

Val Parnell’s Sunday Night at The London Palladium was first broadcast on ATV. Hosted by Tommy Trinder the show took live variety into people’s own sitting rooms. Such familiarity brought the Palladium an unrivalled popularity and uniquely made the theatre a destination in itself regardless of who was on the bill.

1964

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Cliff Richard headlined the pantomime Aladdin also starring, and with songs by, The Shadows.

Cliff Richard headlined the pantomime Aladdin also starring, and with songs by, The Shadows.

1979

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The King and I was the first open-ended run of a full scale book musical. Yul Brynner came to London to play his signature role in the UK for the first time.

The King and I was the first open-ended run of a full scale book musical. Yul Brynner came to London to play his signature role in the UK for the first time.

1991

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Jason Donovan took the lead role in the Really Useful Theatre Company’s new production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

Jason Donovan took the lead role in the Really Useful Theatre Company’s new production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

2002

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The famous but outdated revolving stage was removed to accommodate the state-of-art technology required to make a car fly in the world premiere of the stage spectacular Chitty Chitty Bang Bang . Chitty still holds the record as the longest-running show ever to play The Palladium with 1,414 performances.

The famous but outdated revolving stage was removed to accommodate the state-of-art technology required to make a car fly in the world premiere of the stage spectacular Chitty Chitty Bang Bang . Chitty still holds the record as the longest-running show ever to play The Palladium with 1,414 performances.

2006

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Andrew Lloyd Webber pioneered television casting with the general public choosing Connie Fisher to play Maria in The Sound of Music.

Andrew Lloyd Webber pioneered television casting with the general public choosing Connie Fisher to play Maria in The Sound of Music.

2014

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I Can’t Sing – The X Factor Musical with Nigel Harman starring as the show’s co-producer Simon Cowell.

I Can’t Sing – The X Factor Musical with Nigel Harman starring as the show’s co-producer Simon Cowell.

2015

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Andrew Lloyd Webber’s record-breaking 2015 Olivier award nominated musical CATS returned to the London Palladium

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s record-breaking 2015 Olivier award nominated musical CATS returned to the London Palladium

2016

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Pantomime returns to the Palladium after nearly thirty years.

Pantomime returns to the Palladium after nearly thirty years.
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