The Victoria Palace Theatre opened on 6 Nov. 1911. In 1934, a production of Rev. Walter Reynolds’ Young England played here and was so badly reviewed that it enjoyed a cult success, playing 278 performances to full houses.
Lupino Lane starred in a production of Me and My Girl in 1937 which enjoyed success and led to Lane managing the theatre through the end of World War II, starting in early 1945 with a series of variety acts.
In the 1980s, the theatre began its association with musical theatre. Proving to be a long-runner for the venue, Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story opened in 1989 and later transferred to the Novello Theatre in 1995.
Successful productions of Jolson, starring Brian Conley, Annie and Kiss Me, Kate have resided in the theatre since, but it was the 2005 arrival of a very British musical that saw the theatre packed for 11 years – Billy Elliot The Musical. The show opened to rave reviews in May 2005, winning four Olivier Awards, and went on to win 10 Tony Awards in its Broadway transfer in 2009.
It was announced in May 2014 that Sir Cameron Mackintosh would buy the theatre through his company Delfont Mackintosh Theatres. Mackintosh closed the theatre in 2016 for an extensive renovation, and the theatre re-opened a year later with Hamilton.
Hamilton is at the Victoria Palace Theatre in London. The Victoria Palace Theatre is located in Victoria. It's close to the Apollo Victoria Theatre and The Other Palace.
Location: West End
Railway station: Victoria
Bus numbers: (Victoria Street) 11, 24, 44, 52, 148, 211, 436, 507, C1; (Victoria Station) 2, 16, 36, 38, 73, 82, 170, 185, C2, C10
Night bus numbers: (Victoria Street) 24, 148, N2, N11, N16, N44, N52, N136; (Victoria Station) 36, N38, N73, C2
Car park: Semley Place (12mins)
Directions from tube: (2mins) The theatre is on the Wilton Road bend and can be seen from the station.