Theatreland Memorabilia

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King George V and Queen Mary attended a charity Matinee at the theatre on 17th March 1914

The London Palladium

Theatre in London. Opened on Saturday 16th September 1871 as the Palais Royal, home of the Henglers Cirque.
Rebuilt in 1910 as a 2,325 seat theatre.

Quite often has one off Sunday shows alongside the Monday-Saturday main show.

DateShowProgramme in our eBay Store?
Saturday 16th September 1871 (first performance) - ? (30 years)Henglers Cirque
1904The Royal Italian Circus
1907Beketows Circus
26th December 1910 (first performance) - ~1920Variety
26th December 1910 - ?Variety
Cast included: Nellie Wallce, Martin Harvey
Sunday 1st January 1911 (first Sunday Concert)Faust
London Symphony Orchestra
17th March 1914Matinee in aid of the Chelsea Womens' Hospital
1920 (two weeks)Harry Houdini
1922 (nearly 500 performances)Rockets
~1922 (627 performances)Whirl of the World
Early 1920s (27 performances)Sky High
Early 1920sThe Folies Bergere
Early 1920sPalladium Pleasures
Early 1920sThe Rainbow Girl
Early 1920sLife
3rd September 1928Grand Re-Opening Variety Programme
Cast included: Dickie Henderson, Gracie Fields, Billy Bennett, Sophie Tucker, Ivor Novello
September 1928 - 1930Variety
Casts included: Sophie Tucker, Burns and Allen, Jackie Coogan
1930First Royal Variety Performance
1931 - 1939 (not continuously)Variety by The Crazy Gang
Casts included: Jack Benny, Vic Oliver
Casts included: Paul Robeson, Louis Armstrong
Casts included: Duke Ellington, Ramon Navarro
Casts included: Cab Calloway, Ethel Barrymore
1935Life Begins At Oxford Circus
Crazy Gang
1935Round About Regent Street
Crazy Gang
1936All Alight At Oxford Circus
Crazy Gang
1937Swing Is In The Air
1937London Rhapsody
~1938These Foolish Things
George Black
Casts included: Josephine Baker, Fats Waller, Tom Mix
1939Black Velvet
Costumes and Sets: Erté
July 1939 - ?Band Wagon
The Crazy Gang
3rd September - 10th October 1939Closed due to start of war
11th October 1939 - ? (461 performances)The Little Dog Laughed
The Crazy Gang
May 1940 - ?Garrison Theatre
Cast included: Jack Warner
1940 (4 performances, closed to due to blitz)Top Of The World
1941 - Six months after TotW (transfer from Holborn Empire, 462 performances)Apple Sauce
Cast included: Max Miller, Vera Lynn
Cast included: Tommy Trinder
Early 1940sBest Bib and Tucker
Cast included: Tommy Trinder
Early 1940sVariety
1943This Is The Army
Irving Berlin
1943Look Who's Here
Cast included: Arthur Lucan (Old Mother Riley), Kitty McShane
Early 1940sVariety
1944 - 1945 (938 performances)Happy And Glorious
Cast included: Tommy Trinder, Elisabeth Welch
1946High Time
Cast included: Jewel and Warriss, Two Ton Tessie O'Shea, Nat Jackley
March 1947 (~3 weeks)Laurel and Hardy
? - May 1947 - ?Here, There And Everywhere
Cast included: Tommy Trinder
Casts included: Gracie Fields, Betty Hutton, Dinah Shore, The Andrews Sisters, Tony Martin, Carmen Miranda, Martha Raye
Monday 30th August 1948 - ?Variety
Cast included: Dinah Shore, Con Colleano
12th September 1948 - ?Variety
Cast included: Betty Hutton
24th December 1948 - 19th March 1949 (145 performances)Cinderella
Cast included: Tommy Trinder, George & Bert Bernard, Roma Beaumont, Zoe Gail, Evelyn Laye
21st March 1949 - ?1949 Variety Season
Cast included (openeing two-weeks): Eleanor Powell, George and Bert Bernard, George Pierce, Josef Locke, Six Ashtons
Casts included: Danny Kaye, Kathryn Grayson, Eleanor Powell, Harpo, Chico Marx, The Five Ink Spots, Benny Goodman
1949Big Show of 1949
Presented by George Black
1949Puss In Boots
Costumes and Sets: Erté
Cast included: Tommy Trinder
Casts included: Danny Thomas, Dorothy Lamour, Frank Sinatra, Abbot and Costello, Nat King Cole
1950Stralight Rendezvous
Tommy Trinder
1950Out Of This World
Frankie Howerd
1950Babes In The Wood
Cast included: Jewel And Warris
Casts included: Donald O;Connor, Hoagy Carmichael, Judy Garland, Danny Kaye, Jack Carson, Gypsy Rose Lee
1951The Peep Show
Cast included: Vera Lynn, Edmundo Ross and his band
1951Humpty Dumpty
Cast included: Norman Evans
Casts included: Max Miller, Anne Shelton, Billy Daniels, Jo Stafford, Jimmy Durante, Guy Mitchell, Dolores Gray, Bob Hope
1952Wonderful Time
Cast included: Billy Cotton And His Band, Max Bygraves
1952Dick Whittington
Cast included: Frankie Howerd, Richard Hearne
1954Mother Goose
Costumes and Sets: Erté
25th September 1955 (1st show)Sunday Night At The London Palladium
Wednesday 20th December 1961 - Tuesday 24th April 1962 - ?Little Old King Cole
Monday 30th April 1962 - ? (2 weeks)All-Star Variety - Shirley Bassey and The Temperance Seven
Monday 14th May 1962 - ? (2 weeks)All-Star Variety - Helen Shapiro plus Matt Monro
? - January 1967 - 1st April 1967 (last performance)Cinderella (Pantomime)
Cast included: Clfif Richard (Buttons), The Shadows, Terry Scott & Hugh Lloyd
3rd April 1967 (first performance, for 2 weeks)Frank Ifield
17th April 1967 (first performance, for 3 weeks)The Seekers
8th May 1967 (first performance, for 3 weeks)Tom Jones
2nd June 1967 - ?Doddy's Here Agin!
Cast included: Ken Doddand the Bluebell Girls
1968Golden Boy
Cast included: Sammy Davis Jr
5th May 1969 - ? (2 weeks)Max Bygraves "and a host of stars"
Thursday 22nd May 1969 - ? (a season)Here And Now
Cast included: Des O'Connor, Luis Alberto Del Parana and Los Paraguayos, The Rockin' Berries
? - November 1969 - ?Dick Whittington
Cast included: Tommy Steele and Mary Hopkin
Monday 5th October 1970 - ?International Variety
Monday 26th October 1970 - ? (3 weeks)Tony Bennett
Monday 16th November 1970 - ? (2 weeks)Engelbert Humperdick
Tuesday 22nd December 1970 - ?Aladdin
Producer: Albert J. Knight. Choreographer: Irving Davies
Cast included: Cilla Black (Aladdin), Leslie Crowther (Wishee Washee), Alfred Marks (Abanazar), Terry Scott (Widow Twankey), Sheila Bernette, Stacey Gregg, Lauri Lupino Lane, Basil Brush
? - March 1974Jack And The Beanstalk
Devised by Albert J. Knight
Cast included: Frankie Howerd, Dora Bryan and Alfie Bass
3rd April 1974 - ?The Cliff Richard Show
Cast included: CLiff Richard
30th July - 17th August 1974The Debbie Reynolds Show
26th August - 7th September 1974Vic Damone, Millican & Nesbitt, Bobby Crush, Roger Kitter, Arthur Askey
9th - 21st September 1974Ethel Merman
23rd September - 12th October 1974The Ken Dodd Show
Cast included: Wilma Reading
15th October 1974 - ? (" a season")Grayson's Scandals
Cast included: Larry Grayson
17th December 1974 - ? (1 year)Hans Andersen
Cast included: Tommy Steele
Monday 17th October 1977 - ? (2 weeks)Freddie Starr
31st October - 5th November 1977Cleo Laine
With John Williams, John Dankworth Orchestra
17th December 1977 - 25th February 1978Hans Andersen
17th April 1978 - ?(for 2 weeks)The Liberace Las Vegas Show
Cast included: lIberace, The Dancing Waters
25th May 1978 - ? (summer seaon)The Two Ronnies
? - Monday 22nd January 1979 - ?Aladdin
Cast included: Danny La Rue
12th June 1979 - ?The King & I
Yul Brynner and Virginia McKenna
1981 - March 1982 - ?Barnum
Cast included: Michael Crawford
1983Singin' In The Rain
Cast included: Tommy Steele, Roy Castle, Sarah Payne, Danielle Carson
1986 (2 weeks)Liza Minelli
1986La Cage Aux Folles
1980sThe Pirates Of Penzance
Paul Nicholas and Bonnie Langford
1980sShow Boat
RSC and Opera North
Cast included: Topol
~1989'Allo 'Allo
Authors: Jeremy Lloyd & David Croft. Director: Peter Farago
Cast included: Gordon Kaye, Carmen Silvera
1989Singin' In The Rain
Cast included: Tommy Steele
Spring 1990 (1 week)The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber
Cast included: Sarah Brightman
26th September 1990 - ? (6 weeks, Press Night 27th)How Tickled I Am!
Cast included: Ken Dodd
12th December 1990 - ? (12 weeks)Russ Abbot's Palladium Mad House!
Devisor & Director: Tudor Davies
Cast included: Bella Emberg, Lisa Maxwell, Gary Lovini, Mark Robertson, The Palladium Dancers
12th June 1991 - Oct 1992 - ?Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Jason Donovan, Philip Schofield, Darren Day
Sunday 4th October 1992Tribute to The Carpenters
Sunday 11th October 1992Roger Whittaker
Sunday 18th October 1992The Magic Of The Musicals
Cast included: Marti Webb, Mark Rattray
Sunday 25th October 1992Gene Pitney in Concert, Special Guest: Ben Murphy
Sunday 8th November 1992Rose Marie
Sunday 15th November 1992Jack Jones
1994Fiddler On The Roof
Topol (Tevye)
December 1994 - 1998 (1356/1385 performances - depending on source)Oliver!
Jonathan Pryce, George Layton, Russ Abbott, Robert Lindsay, Barry Humphries, Jim Dale
Sunday 6th July 1997Black Horse Charity
Sunday 10th August 1997A Tribute to Elvis
Cast included: Brian Lee
Sunday 19th October 1997Don Williams
1998 (1 week)Bruce Forsyth One Man Show
21st April 1998 - December 1999 - ?Saturday Night Fever
Sunday 13th December 1998Magic - A Tribute to Queen
Sunday 20th December 1998An Evening with Spike Milligan
Sunday 17th January 1999The Magic Of Sinatra
Cast included: Andy Prior
Sunday 7th February 1999Tango Pasión
Sunday 14th February 1999Glitz, Blitz & 70s Hitz
Cast included: Suzi Quatro, Alvin Stardust & The Rubettes
Sunday 28th February 1999Tango Pasión
Sunday 14th March 1999Clive Baldwin in 'A Tribute to Al Jolson'
Sunday 18th April 1999The Solid Silver 60s Show
Cast included: Peter Noone, Freddie & The Dreamers, Billy J. Kramer, The Dakotas, Brian Poole
Sunday 25th April 1999The Magic Of The Musicals
Cast included: Marti Webb, Dave Willetts
Sunday 2nd May 1999Sunday Afternoon At The Palladium
N.O.D.A. Youth Showcase
Sunday 9th May 1999Dancepower
Sunday 16th May 1999Errol Brown
Sunday 23rd May 1999Sixties Gold
Cast included: Gerry & The Pacemakers, The Mersey Beats, The Fortunes, Mike Pender's Searchers
Sunday 6th June 1999That'll Be The Day
Sunday 27th June 1999A Tribute To Judy Garland
Cast included: Max Bygraves, Vikki Carr, Jane Horrocks, Mort Lindsay, Lorna Luft, Sally Kellerman
Sunday 21st November 1999The Solid Silver 60s Show
Included: Gerry & The Pacemakers, The Searchers, Swinging Blue Jeans & Peter Sarsted
Sunday 28th November 1999Goodness Gracious Me
Sunday 12th December 1999The Solid Gold Rock 'N' Roll Show
Included: Mary Wilde & The Wildcats, Joe Brown & his Bruwers, John Leyton, Eden Kane & the Vernons Girls
Sunday 23rd January 2000Westminster Millennium Gala Night
Sunday 6th February 2000Ian Dury & The Blackheads
Sunday 20th February 2000Richard Calyderman The Valentine Tour
3rd May 2000 - July 2001 - ?The King And I
Authors: Rodgers and Hammerstein
Cast included: Elaine Paige, Jason Scott Lee
Sunday 28th May 2000Don Williams
Sunday 3rd September 2000Wynonna
Sunday 24th September 2000London Masonic Variety Show
Host: Jim Davidson
Sunday 22nd October 2000The Mike Reid Variety Show
Sunday 29th October 2000The Magic Of The Musicals
Cast included: Marti Webb, Dave Willetts
Sunday 5th November 2000Maximum Rhythm & Blues
Cast included: The Manfreds with Paul Hones & Mike D'Abo, Alan Price, Chris Farlowe and Cliff Bennett
Sunday 26th November 2000Live from the Palladium
Cast included: Brian Conley
Sunday 3rd December 2000All-American Solid Gold Rock 'n' Roll Show
Cast included: Bobby Vee, Johnny Tillotson, Brian Hyland, Little Eva, Freddy Cannon
Sunday 10th December 2000What a Feeling
Cast included: Gwen Dickey, Limahl, 4 The Boyz
Sunday 18th February 2001Fred Astaire - His Daughter's Tribute
Sunday 25th February 2001Fame (An Amateur Production)
Debbie Feast Productions
19th March 2002 (advertising)/16th April 2002 ("world premiere" in programme) - September 2005 - ?Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Author: Ian Fleming
Monday 13th December 2004Steeleye Span
Monday 20th December 2004Aled Jones - Songs Of Christmas
Monday 14th February 2005Jack Jones
Monday 21st February 2005Engelbert Humperdinck
10 preview performances
15th November 2006 - Late 2008 - ?
The Sound Of Music
Cast included: Connie Fisher, Lesley Garrett
? - November 2009 - 2010 - ?Sister Act
Cast included: 2010 - Patina Miller, Sheila Hancock
? - August 2013 - ?A Chorus Line
2014I Can't Sing! The X Factor Musical
? - Saturday 27th September 2014 - ?Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games
By Michael Flatley
6th December 2014 - ?Cats
Cast included: Nicole Scherzinger (Grizabella)
23rd October 2015 - ?Cats
Friday 22nd January 2016Alexander Armstrong - A Year Of Song Live
Tuesday 2nd February 2016Alexandre Astier
Thursday 11th February 2016Symphonic Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here
& Greatest Hits Live
Saturday 13th February 2016Joe Jackson
Thursday 3rd March 2016Paul Carrack
Friday 4th - Saturday 5th March 2016Leona Lewis
2nd May 2016Anastacia
10th - 11th & 13th - 14th May 2016Elvis Costello
25th May 2016Beverley Knight
3rd June 2016Il Volo
30th September 2016Joan Collins
8th October 2016Alan Cumming
15th October 2016Judy Garland In Concert
1st November 2016Rebecca Ferguson
3rd November 2016Grayson Perry
6th November 2016That'll Be The Day
17th November 2016Broadway In Concert
Saturday 10th December 2016 - Sunday 15th January 2017Cinderella
1st February 2017Conor Oberst
11th February 2017Whoophi Goldberg Stand Up Live!
18th February 2017LeAnn Rimes
24th February 2017An Evening with Eric Cantona
25th February 2017Miles Jupp
26th March 2017Marti Pellow - Mysterious Tour
27th March 2017Paul Carrack
14th April 2017Remembering Fred
5th - 6th May 2017Daniel O'Donnell
June 2017 - ?The Wind In The Willows

Early history of the theatre taken from Christopher Woodward's 1998 article in the Saturday Night Fever programme and timeline in 8.2000 King and I programme.