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Palace Theatre

Theatre in London's West End. Opened on 31st January 1891 as The Royal English Opera House before becoming the Palace Theatre of Varieties on 10th December 1892

DateShowProgramme in our eBay Store?
1891 (opening production, 155 perfromances)Ivanhoe
By Arthur Sullivan
1892La Dame aux Camelisa
Cast included: Sarah Bernhardt
Cast included: Sarah Bernheardt (Cleopatra)
1892-1921Variety shows
1912first Royal Command Varity Performance
1922Used as a cinema
1925 (655 performances)No No Nanette
Cast included: Binnie Hale
1927The Girl Friend
By Richard Rogers and Lorenz Hart
? - 5th August 1929 - ?Hold Everything
(transfer from His Majesty's)
Bitter Sweet
Author: Noel Coward
? - April 1932 - ?The Cat And The Fiddle
Music: Jerome Kern. Book: Otto Harbach. Settings: Henry Dreyfuss. Technical Direction: Macklin Megley. Costumes Designer and Supervisor: The Marchioness of Queensberry. Staged by: William Mollison
Cast included: Peggy Wood, Francis Lederer, Alice Delysia
1933Dinner At Eight
1933Gay Divorce
By Cole Porter
Cast included: Fred Astaire
1935Anything Goes
By Cole Porter
1937On Your Toes
By Rodgers and Hart. Choreography: George Balanchine
Cast included: Vera Zorina
1939Closed due to war
1940Chu Chin Chow
By Oscar Ashe
1940-1941Closed due to bomb damager
July 1941 - ?Chu Chin Chow
1941Jack And Jill
Cast included: Arthur Askey
1943Something In The Air
Cast included: Jack Hulbert and Cicely Courtneidge
1943-1944Closed due to war
1944Something In The Air
Cast included: Jack Hulbert, Cicely Courtneidge
1944Alice In Wonderland
Cast included: Sybil Thorndike and Margaret Rutherford (alternating as Queen of Hearts)
1945Gay Rosalinda
1946Song Of Norway
Emile Littler
1st May 1947 - ?The Red Mill
19471066 And All That
By Reginald Arkell and Alfred Reynolds
Cast included: Leslie Henson
~1947 edition
1947 (short run)Finian's Rainbow
1947Charley's Aunt
? - February 1949 - ?Carissma
By Lee Ephraim
Cast included: Robert Shackleton, Shirl Conway, Elizabeth Theilmann, Peter Haddon, Hannah Watt
1949-1951 (839 performances)King's Rhapsody
Cast included: Ivor Novello
1951Season by Victor Borge
1951-1952Zip Goes A Million
Cast included: Reg Dixon, George Formby
1955Maurice Chavalier
1955Plays by the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre
1955Italian Opera
1955Chinese Theatre
? 1955 - Jan 1956 - ?Cinderella
Director: Emilie Littler, Decoratr: Doris Zinkeisen, Dances staged by Michael Charnley
Cast included: David Nixon (buttons), Erica Yorke (Cinderella), Jean Telfer (Prince Charming), Billy Nelson, Chuck O'Neil and Billy Morris (Brokers' Men), Desmond and Marks ("Lizzie and Dizzie" the ugly sisters)
1956Opera season
1956Ballet season
1956Berliner Ensemble
Monday 12th March 1956 (for one week, 7 performances)La Finta Semplice
Composer: Mozart, Director: Bernard Paumgartner
Salzbourg Opera Company
Wednesday 28th March 1956 - ?Les Ballets Africains de Keita Fodeba
16th April 1956 - ? (three weeks)Don Juan (Moliere), Marie Tudor (Victor Hugo) & Le Triomphe de L'Amour (Marivaux)
Theatre National Populaire
8th May 1956 - ? (four weeks)Les Ballets De Paris de Roland Petit
Inc. Carmen with Renee Jeanmarie
4th June 1956 - ? (six weeks)Hungarian State Dance Company
1956Dick Whittington
Cast included: George Formby
Tuesday 10th September 1957 - ?The Entertainer
Author: John Osborne
Cast included: Laurence Olivier, Richard Pasco
1958Where's Charley?
By Frank Loesser
Cast included: Norman Wisdom
1958Billy Bunter;s Mystery Christmas
Gerald Campion
1959Bernard Delfont's Season of Variety
Cast included: Connie Francis, Lonnie Donegan, Johnnie Ray, Max Miller
Thursday 24th March 1960 - 020660 - ?Flower Drum Song
18th May 1961 - 30/3/1966 - ? (2385 performances)The Sound Of Music1965 Souvenir/photo edition,
300366 edition
1967110 In The Shade
1967The Desert Song
Cast included: John Hanson
By John Kander and Fred Ebb
Cast inclued: Judi Dench, Peter Sallis, Lila Kedrova
1969Phil The Fluter
Cast included: Stanley Baxter, Evelyn Laye
Thursday 9th April 1970 - August 1971 - ?Danny La Rue At The Palace
1972 - ? (over 8 years, 3358 performances)Jesus Christ Superstar
By Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice
26th March 1982 - March 1984 (795 performances)Song & Dance: Tell Me On A Sunday & Variations
Cast included: 1982 - Marti Webb & Wayne Sleep, 1983 - Lulu & Graham Fletcher
June 1984 - ?On Your Toes
Co-Author and Director: George Abbot
Cast includd: Natalia Makarova, Tim Flavin, Honor Blackman, John Bennett
4th December 1985 - 2004
(7,602 performances, transferred to Queen's)
Les Miserables
Sundays 17th & 24th September 2000Gay Divorce A Fundraising Event
By Cole Porter & Dwight Taylor
Lost Musicals production. Cast included: Janie Dee, Tim Flavin
Sundays 22nd & 29th October, 5, 12, 19 & 26 November 2000Birdstrike
Cast included: Harry Hill
Sunday 10th December 2000All You Need Is
Sunday 28th October 2001Master Of The Musicals
Cast included: Peter Corry
Saturday 28th August 2004 - ?The Woman In White
Sunday 5th December 2004Stacey Kent
2nd October 2006 - January 2007 - ?Monty Python's Spamalot
Cast included: Hannah Waddingham (The Lady of the Lake)
March 2009 - November 2009 - ?Priscilla Queen Of The Desert
August 2013 (previews) - October 2014 - ?The Commitments
June - July 2016 (previews)
July 2016 - now
Harry Potter And The Cursed Child

History of the theatre and early production details taken from the Mark Fox article in The Woman In Black 9/04 programme and article in Les Miserables Dec 1991 programme.