The Palace Theatre opened in 1891. It was first known as the Royal English Opera House, intended to stage operatic productions. After the closure of its first production, the theatre was sold to Sir Augustus Harris, who changed the name to The Palace Theatre of Varieties.
From 1921, Charles B. Cochrane took over the reins and ran the theatre as a cinema. The 1930s saw Fred Astaire grace the London stage for the final time in Cole Porter’s Gay Divorce before making his move to Hollywood.
In 1968, Judi Dench played Sally Bowles in Cabaret. Long-running musicals include Jesus Christ Superstar and 7,602 performances of Les Misérables from 1985 – 2004.
A host of musicals have followed, but the theatre’s latest tenant is the world premiere of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which officially opened in July 2016.
The auditorium has four levels - Stalls, Dress Circle, Grand Circle, Balcony. The seats in the Stalls are lightly raked, and most notably from Row N onwards.
In the Dress Circle, the view is impaired in Row H onwards by the overhang of the Grand Circle.
In the Grand Circle there isn't as much legroom as in the lower levels of the theatre, and this level is considered to be quite high.
The seats in the Balcony are extremely high.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is at the Palace Theatre in London. The Palace Theatre is located on Cambridge Circus. It's close to West End theatres including the Phoenix Theatre and the Prince Edward Theatre.
Location: West End
Railway station: Charing Cross
Bus numbers: (Shaftesbury Avenue) 14, 19, 38; (Charing Cross Road) 24, 29, 176
Night bus numbers: (Shaftesbury Avenue) 14, N5, N19, N20, N38; (Charing Cross Road) 24, 176, N29, N41, N279
Car park: Chinatown (3mins)
Directions from tube: (5mins) Take Charing Cross Road until you reach the crossroads with Shaftesbury Avenue.