The London Palladium

DISABLED ACCESS

Tel: 020 7087 7966
Email: access@reallyuseful.co.uk

Access into The London Palladium:
Four steps up to main entrance and a further eight to foyer and Royal Circle (two steps between rows). Box Office through separate entrance, up five steps. Stalls down 12 steps from the main entrance. Upper circle up approx. 50 steps. Handrails on both sides of most staircases, some steps highlighted. Theatre opens 45 minutes before the performance.

Wheelchair access
Please contact the Theatre Manager on arrival. Access is via the Box Office (ramp) at the front of the theatre in Argyll Street and then by wheelchair lift down to the Stalls bar.
No steps to back of Stalls, although the auditorium is on a fairly steep rake. Four spaces for wheelchair users at L46, O48, Q48 and S49. Companions can sit in same row. Transfer seating available to aisle seats.
Disabled toilets
Adapted toilet on the right inside entrance in Ramillies Place. Access also from the stalls bar.
Toilets
15 steps up from the foyer to the women’s and men’s, or 12 steps down from the main entrance to Stall’s toilets.
Leg room
Any aisle seat has good leg room.
Drinks
No steps to Variety Bar (Stalls level) from the entrance off Ramillies Place, down a slope with a handrail to your right. Moveable seats and tables. Dress Circle bar seven steps up from the Dress Circle, with moveable seats. Narrow bar at Upper Circle level. Drinks in plastic cups may be brought to disabled customers in the auditorium.
Induction loop
Infra-red system with headsets. Induction loop at Box Office. Headsets available in foyer.
Parking
Two blue badge parking bays in Ramillies Place and two on Great Marlborough Street (8.30am-6.30pm, four hours maximum). WCC at Poland Street and Oxford Street. NCP at Kingly Street.
Access dogs
Access dogs are allowed inside the auditorium. Staff can also dog-sit for four dogs per performance in the Manager’s office.

Our History

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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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