The London Palladium
Join Friends for our special behind-the-scenes tour of the London Palladium, covering the social, architectural and performance history of this iconic building.
The London Palladium first opened its doors on Boxing Day 1910, having been designed and built by the renowned theatrical architect, Frank Matcham as the “grandest, most luxurious music hall possible”. The Palladium is best known for hosting the Royal Variety Performances of the 1930s and became famous through the televising of Sunday Night at the London Palladium which began in 1955 hosted by stars such as Bruce Forsyth, Norman Vaughan and Jimmy Tarbuck. The history of performers and productions at The Palladium includes household names like Bob Hope, Judy Garland, Tommy Steele and Liza Minnelli and shows such as The King and I, Fiddler on the Roof and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat.
On our tour we will get a glimpse of backstage areas, as we learn about the history of the theatre and its foyers, bars, working spaces and auditorium. Since 2005, the theatre has been owned by The Really Useful Theatre Group. At the time of our tour the production showing at the Palladium will be the multi-award-winning The King and I, directed by Bartlett Cher and starring Kelli O’Hara and Ken Watanabe.
Please note that there are lots of stairs on this tour and no lift.
This event will also be held on 24 July
● Fully booked
Monday 13 August 2018
11.30am — 1.30pm
The London Palladium, 8 Argyll Street, London W1F