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The London Palladium in 2004

The London Palladium is a 2,286 seat West End theatre located off Oxford Street in the City of Westminster. Download high resolution version (500x717, 57 KB)Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at the London Palladium. ... Download high resolution version (500x717, 57 KB)Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at the London Palladium. ... West End theatre is a popular term for mainstream professional theatre in London, or sometimes more specifically for shows staged in the large theatres of Londons Theatreland. Along with New Yorks Broadway theatre, West End theatre is usually considered to represent the highest level of commercial theatre in... Oxford Street, with Centre Point in the background Oxford Street in 1875, looking west from the junction with Duke Street. ... The City of Westminster is a London borough with city status, situated to the west of the City of London and north of the River Thames. ...

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Building

The grade II listed building dates from 1910, although the facade (originally that of Argyll House which is why the pub opposite is called The Argyll Arms) dates back to the 19th century. It was originally a temporary wooden building called Corinthian Bazaar, which feeatured an aviary and aimed to attract customers from the recently closed Pantheon Bazaar (now Marks and Spencers) on Oxford Street. The theatre was rebuilt a year later by Fredrick Hengler, the son of a tightrope walker, as a circus venue that included an aquatic display in a flooded ring. Next it became the National Skating Palace - a skating rink with real ice. However the rink failed and the Palladium was redesigned by Frank Matcham, a famous theatrical architect who also designed the London Coliseum, for a site that previously housed Hengler’s Circus. The building now carries Heritage Foundation commemorative plaques honouring Lew Grade and Frankie Vaughan. Marks and Spencer plc (known also as M&S and sometimes colloquially as Marks and Sparks) is the largest retailer in the United Kingdom by sales. ... Oxford Street, with Centre Point in the background Oxford Street in 1875, looking west from the junction with Duke Street. ... Frank Matcham (born 22 November 1854, Newton Abbot, Devon - died 17 May 1920, Southend-on-Sea, Essex) was a famous English theatrical architect // Matcham and two architects he helped to train, Bertie Crewe and W.G.R. Sprague, were together responsible for the majority - certainly more than 200 - of the... An architect at his drawing board, 1893 An architect is a person who is involved in the planning, designing and oversight of a buildings construction. ... The London Coliseum The Coliseum Theatre is one of Londons largest and best equipped theatres, opening in 1904. ... Lew Grade, Baron Grade (birth name Louis Winogradsky) (December 25, 1906 - December 13, 1998) was an influential showbusiness impresario and television company executive in the United Kingdom. ... Frankie Vaughan, CBE (3 February 1928-17 May 1999) was a singer of traditional pop music in the United Kingdom. ...


The theatre retains many of its original features and was Grade II* listed by English Heritage in September 1960[1]. Buckingham Palace, a Grade I listed building. ... English Heritage is a United Kingdom government body with a broad remit of managing the historic environment of England. ...


History

Pre-war

The theatre started out as The Palladium, a premier venue for variety performances. From 1928 it was managed by George Black and was even a cinema for three months. During the 1930s became the regular home for The Crazy Gang. The ‘London’ part of the name was added in 1934. Black controlled the large Moss Empires group of theatres. Responsible for bookings at the London Palladium was Val Parnell. Year 1928 (MCMXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Face The 1930s (years from 1930–1939) were described as an abrupt shift to more radical and conservative lifestyles, as countries were struggling to find a solution to the Great Depression, also known in Europe as the World Depression. ... The Crazy Gang were a group of British entertainers who got together in the early 1930s, they achieved great national popularity and were a favourite of the royal family, especially King George VI. // The members were: Bud Flanagan, Chesney Allen, Jimmy Nervo, Teddy Knox, Charlie Naughton and Jimmy Gold and... Moss Empires was a British company formed from the merger of the theatre empires owned by Sir Edward Moss and Sir Oswald Stoll in 1898. ... Valentine Charles Val Parnell was a British television producer and theatrical impresario. ...


The Val Parnell era

Val Parnell took over as Managing Director in 1945. He adopted a controversial, but very successful, policy of presenting high-priced big-name acts, including Petula Clark, Judy Garland, Sophie Tucker, Bing Crosby, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr., Frankie Laine, Johnnie Ray, and Norman Vaughan. Year 1945 (MCMXLV) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar). ... Petula Clark, CBE (born November 15, 1932), is an English singer, actress and composer best known for her upbeat popular international hits of the 1960s. ... Superscript text Judy Garland (born Frances Ethel Gumm; June 10, 1922 – June 22, 1969) was an Oscar-nominated American film actress, considered by many to be one of the greatest singing stars of Hollywoods Golden Era of musical film, best known for her role as Dorothy Gale from The... Sophie Tucker, 1917 Sophie Tucker (January 13, 1884 - February 9, 1966) was a singer and comedian, one of the most popular United States entertainers of the first third of the 20th century. ... Harry Lillis Bing Crosby (May 3, 1903 – October 14, 1977) was an American singer and actor whose career lasted from 1926 until his death in 1977. ... Ella Fitzgerald (April 25, 1917 – June 15, 1996), also known as Lady Ella and the First Lady of Song, is considered one of the most influential jazz vocalists of the 20th Century. ... Francis Albert Sinatra (December 12, 1915 – May 14, 1998) was an American jazz oriented popular singer and Academy Award-winning actor. ... This article is about the entertainer. ... Frankie Laine, born Francesco Paolo LoVecchio (March 30, 1913 – February 6, 2007), was one of the most successful American singers of the twentieth century. ... Johnnie Ray from the trailer for one of his few films, Theres No Business Like Show Business (1954) John Alvin Ray (January 10, 1927–February 24, 1990) was an American singer, songwriter and pianist. ... Norman D. Vaughan is a dogsled driver and explorer. ...


From 1955-1967 the theatre was the setting for the top-rated ITV variety show Sunday Night at the London Palladium hosted first by Tommy Trinder, then by Bruce Forsyth. The programme was broadcast live every week by ATV, which was owned by the famous theatrical impresario Lew Grade. Production was by Val Parnell. Independent Television (generally known as ITV but also as ITV Network or Channel 3) is a public service network of British commercial television broadcasters, set up under the Independent Television Authority (ITA) to provide competition to the BBC. ITV is the oldest commercial television network in the UK. Since 1990... Sunday Night at the London Palladium was a television variety show made by ATV for the ITV network in the United Kingdom. ... Cover of Tommy Trinders publicity pamphlet for his 1952 Australian tour Tommy Trinder (24 March 1909 - 10 July 1989) was an English stage, screen and radio comedian. ... Bruce Forsyth, CBE (born Bruce Joseph Forsyth-Johnson on 22 February 1928) is an English showman, entertainer and devoted homosexaul who achieved celebrity on the show Sunday Night at the London Palladium, and has since presented the television shows The Generation Game, Play Your Cards Right and Strictly Come Dancing. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Lew Grade, Baron Grade (birth name Louis Winogradsky) (December 25, 1906 - December 13, 1998) was an influential showbusiness impresario and television company executive in the United Kingdom. ...


Val Parnell became associated with a property development company and began to sell Moss Empires' theatres for redevelopment. When it became known in 1966 that this fate awaited the London Palladium, The Victoria Palace and even the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, Prince Littler organised a take-over to save the theatres and Val Parnell retired to live in France. The Victoria Palace Theatre during the 2002 season, showing Cole Porters 1948 musical comedy Kiss Me, Kate Victoria Palace Theatre in 2005, showing Billy Elliott The Victoria Palace Theatre is a West End theatre in Victoria Street, in the City of Westminster. ... The interior of the third and largest theatre to stand at Drury Lane, c. ... Prince Frank Littler CBE (1901-1973) was an influential British theatre impresario. ...


In 1968, Sammy Davis, Jr. starred in Golden Boy, the first book musical to be produced in the venue [1]. This article is about the entertainer. ... Original Broadway poster Golden Boy is a musical with a book by Clifford Odets and William Gibson, lyrics by Lee Adams, and music by Charles Strouse. ... The book musical is a form of musical theater that became the dominant production form during the mid-20th century period that is now considered the golden age of the Broadway musical. ...


Post-Parnell

In January 1973, glam rock band Slade played a gig in the theatre which resulted in the venue's balcony nearly collapsing. In 1976, and released in 1977 Marvin Gaye recorded his live concert on a Double LP Entitled Live at the London Palladium in which is considered Gaye at his finest while recording a live album, it also included his number one hit "Got to Give It Up". Year 1973 (MCMLXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar) of the 1973 Gregorian calendar. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Marvin Gaye (born Marvin Pentz Gay, Jr. ... Live at the London Palladium was a successful live album released by soul music legend Marvin Gaye. ... Got to Give It Up-Part 1 is the name of the 1977 blockbuster smash recorded by American soul music legend Marvin Gaye. ...


In the late 1980s the venue was once again the setting for the popular ITV1 variety show, Live From the Palladium, compered by Jimmy Tarbuck. ITV1 is the name, in England, Wales and the Scottish borders, for a terrestrial, free-to-air television channel, broadcast in the United Kingdom by the ITV network. ... Live From Her Majestys was a Sunday night variety show which ran on ITV1 for three seasons from 1982 - 85. ... Jimmy Tarbuck OBE (born 6 February 1940, Liverpool, Lancashire, England) is an English comedian, emcee and the father of actress and television presenter Liza Tarbuck, he attended the same school as Beatle John Lennon and newscaster Peter Sissons. ...


During this time, the theatre was under the ownership of the Stoll Moss Theatres Group.


Really Useful era

In 2000, ownership of the theatre changed once again when it was acquired by Andrew Lloyd Webber's Really Useful Group, and in 2002, the famous (but outdated) revolving stage was removed to make way for more modern technology. Andrew Lloyd Webber, Baron Lloyd-Webber (born 22 March 1948) is a highly successful English composer of musical theatre, and also the elder brother of Julian Lloyd Webber. ... The Really Useful Group (RUG) is a international company set up in 1977 by Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber. ...


From April 2002 to 4 September 2005, the Palladium played host to a theatrical version of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang with songscore by the Sherman Brothers. Throughout its three and a half year run at the venue, the production starred many celebrities (see below). This show proved to be the most successful show to date, in the theatre's long history and reunited, 50 years later, the show's choreographer Gillian Lynne with the theatre in which she appeared as the Palladium's Star Dancer during the early 50's. Chitty the Musical is a stage musical based on the story Chitty Chitty Bang Bang by Ian Fleming and the 1968 film produced by Cubby Broccoli. ... Robert B. Sherman & Richard M. Sherman at the London Palladium in 2002 during the premiere of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang: The Stage Musical. ... Gillian Lynne as Claudine in the 1954 production of Can Can at the Coliseum Theatre, London. ...


For Christmas 2005-6, the venue staged Bill Kenwright's production of Scrooge - The Musical which closed on 14 January 2006. The show starred Tommy Steele, making a return to the Palladium. Since February 2006, the theatre has played host to a new musical production entitled Sinatra At The London Palladium, which features a live band, large screen projections and dancers performing Frank Sinatra's greatest hits. Bill Kenwright CBE (born 4 September 1945, in Liverpool, Merseyside, England) is an actor and producer. ... Young Love by Tommy Steele Tommy Steele OBE (born December 17, 1936 in London, England) is a English entertainer. ... Francis Albert Sinatra (December 12, 1915 – May 14, 1998) was an American jazz oriented popular singer and Academy Award-winning actor. ...


Andrew Lloyd Webber and David Ian's new production of The Sound of Music opened at the Palladium in November 2006.Rufus Wainwright held two sold out Judy Garland tribute concerts at the theatre on the 18th and 25th of Febuaray 2007. Andrew Lloyd Webber, Baron Lloyd-Webber (born 22 March 1948) is a highly successful English composer of musical theatre, and also the elder brother of Julian Lloyd Webber. ... The Sound of Music is a musical with music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, and a book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, based on the book The Story of the Trapp Family Singers by Maria von Trapp. ...


On 20 May 2007, the London Palladium was also the setting for the 2007 BAFTA awards, which were broadcast on BBC television. May 20 is the 140th day of the year (141st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... The British Broadcasting Corporation, which is usually known as the BBC, is the largest broadcasting corporation in the world in terms of audience numbers, employing 26,000 staff in the United Kingdom alone and with a budget of more than GB£4 billion. ...


Recent and present productions

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Trivia

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References

  1. ^ English Heritage listing details accessed 28 Apr 2007

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