Victoria Palace Theatre LONDON

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Victoria Palace Theatre LONDON
Victoria Street,
SW1E 5EA LONDON
GB

Venue information

There has been a theatre on this site since 1832, originally known as Moy’s Music Hall, well before the coming of the railways. This was then renamed in 1863 and became The Royal Standard Music Hall. In 1886, when Victoria Street and Victoria Station were built, the theatre was demolished and the rebuilt Royal Standard Music Hall became "the most comfortable Hall of entertainment in London... no expense has been spared."

The arrival of electricity and other early 20th century theatrical technology meant that drastic changes were needed. The oldest licensed music hall in London was demolished. Again in 1910, no expense was spared and Frank Matcham's Victoria Palace cost the huge sum of £12,000 to build.

Photo of Victoria Palace Exterior The theatre retains much of its original character, even more so since the auditorium, front of house and dressing rooms have recently been refurbished.

The grey marble foyer with its gold mosaic and white Sicilian marble pillars is much as it was in 1911. Outside, the facade, canopy and cupola have recently been restored to their former glory.

The auditorium holds 1550 seats and is fully air-conditioned. It features a magnificent sliding roof, a simple precursor of air-conditioning. Originally the Stalls, Dress Circle and Grand Circle each had their own entrance and their own box office selling pre-printed tickets from a paper plan.

From 1911, the year after its rebuilding to its present design by Frank Matcham, the Victoria Palace had a gilded statue of prima ballerina Anna Pavlova poised above it. This was owner Alfred Butt's homage to the dancer he had spectacularly introduced to London.

The tribute was not appreciated by the superstitious ballerina, who would never look at her image as she passed the theatre, drawing the blinds in her car. The original statue was taken down for safety reasons in 1939 before the blitz and has completely disappeared. It is not known whether it is in someone's garden or was turned to wartime military use, such as bullets.

The Victoria Palace moved into the new millennium with an adventurous building programme; enlarging the Foyer, WC facilities and increasing the dressing room space, whilst maintaining all the feel and character of a historic building.

In 2006, a replica of the original statue of Pavlova was reinstated to its original place above the cupola of the Victoria Palace and her gold-leafed figure once again gleams above us.

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Victoria Palace Theatre LONDON
5 (2 Reviews)
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On-site service

Selected reviews for this venue:

Sarah, 07/08/12
Billy Elliot - Victoria Palace Theatre (07/08/12) - Fab show!!:)
Had a great time at this show, was very funny and emotional. Take some tissues! The cast in the show especially the children were brilliant, so talented!
Thom Clerk, 07/08/12
STOMP - The Ambassadors Theatre (07/08/12) - Great show
Really enjoyed Stomp, favourite part was the sketch where they made a whole song out of newspapers. Seen the show twice and both times they did different sketches which kept it interesting. Really fun show!
Address: Victoria Palace Theatre
Victoria Street, SW1E 5EA LONDON
Public transport
Trains

Victoria Train Station, just 100m from the theatre, serves most of the southern region rail network between London and the South coast and is a central interchange for other transport links. London Underground Victoria Underground Station is just 100m.

Tubes

fFrom Victoria tubes run on the District and Circle Line and the Victoria Line.

On Foot

The theatre is also easily accessible on foot from stations including St James’s Park, Pimlico, Sloane Square and Westminster, audience members may find it easier to walk from these areas. Tourist attractions including Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Cathedral are within easy walking distance of the theatre.

Cycle

Cycling is another popular option, with docking stations for Barclays Cycle Hire located within a short distance of the Victoria Palace.

River

Alternatively, if you would like to take in a view of the world-famous South Bank on your way to the theatre, there are river piers with regular ferries within a half hour walk of Victoria; these are situated at Westminster and Millbank.

To plan your journey at any time, why not check out the Transport for London website or, to get more specific details about travel during London 2012.

Parking

Parking
There are single yellow lines and meter parking within the vicinity. The Q-Park car park in Cumberland Street offers a 50% discount to theatregoers, on production of a properly validated parking ticket and theatre ticket. Tickets may be validated in the cloakroom in the foyer of the Victoria Palace. The theatre's main entrance is on a red route.

Accessibility

Patrons with specific access or seating requirements, should book with the box office direct on 020 7834 1170. Bookings for specific seats should be made early to avoid disappointment. Bookings and enquiries can also be taken by email at access@victoriapalace.co.uk.

Patrons with Disabilities
We have prepared a Visual Story for children and young adults with sensory sensitivities. It is intended to help them prepare for a new experience and to become familiar with the new surroundings. We also have a Sensory Synopsis which some patrons may find useful to familiarise themselves with loud and unexpected noises during the performance. We would also recommend our 360 Virtual Tour as another way of preparing for your visit.

Stairs
The Victoria Palace Theatre is situated on the north side of Victoria Street opposite Victoria Station. There is a 3cm step up through swing doors from the street to the main foyer, where you will find the box office is on the left. Staircases have handrails on both sides and steps are highlighted. There are 4 steps down from the foyer to the stalls auditorium, and 28 steps up from the foyer to the dress circle where there are two steps between rows. Access to the Grand Circle is not suitable for patrons with walking difficulties.

Hearing-impaired patrons
There is an infrared system working throughout the auditorium with both loop and conventional type headsets. Headsets must be booked in advance and a deposit is required. Upon arrival, please speak to a member of staff to receive your headset. Occasionally performances are Captioned & Sign Interpreted.

Guide Dogs
Guide dogs and hearing dogs are permitted in the auditorium, and staff can dog sit by prior arrangement. Dogs will be looked after in the manager's office. Some performances are Audio Described.

Wheelchair Access
Wheelchair access is via the second exit in Allington Street, which is to the west or left of the theatre; please ask a member of staff to open the door. There are no steps from Allington Street to the back of the stalls. There are two spaces for wheelchairs within the stalls, P36 and M36 with seating for companions in the same row. It is possible to transfer from a wheelchair to any aisle seat and up to four wheelchairs may be stored per performance.

Drinks
There are 15 steps up from the foyer to the dress circle bar, and 15 steps down to the rear stalls bar. Both have moveable seats. Drinks in plastic cups may be taken into the auditorium. There is a 3cm step through swing doors from Victoria Street to the foyer bar, from where there is access to unadapted toilet facilities, a merchandise kiosk and the cloakroom.

Adapted Toilets
There is an adapted toilet just inside the Allington Street side entrance. Please ask a member of staff to unlock it if you do not carry a RADAR key.

Toilets
There are Ladies and Gents toilets on every level of the theatre. ~

Underground Access
Victoria Underground Station is 100m away. For detailed travel planning information, please visit the Transport for London Journey Planner.

Rail Access
Victoria Station is 100m away. For detailed travel planning information, please visit the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner.

Bus Access
8, 11, 211, 36, 24, 38, 73 and 511 all stop at Victoria bus station which is 100m away. For detailed travel planning information, please visit the Transport for London Journey Planner.

Parking
There are single yellow lines and meter parking within the vicinity. The Q-Park car park in Cumberland Street offers a 50% discount to theatregoers, on production of a properly validated parking ticket and theatre ticket. Tickets may be validated in the cloakroom in the foyer of the Victoria Palace. The theatre's main entrance is on a red route.

Taxis
There is a taxi rank in front of Victoria Station.