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The Victoria Palace Theatre during the 2002 season, showing Cole Porter's 1948 musical comedy Kiss Me, Kate
The Victoria Palace Theatre during the 2002 season, showing Cole Porter's 1948 musical comedy Kiss Me, Kate
Victoria Palace Theatre in 2005, showing Billy Elliott
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. Situated opposite Victoria Station, it was designed by the prolific theatre architect Frank Matcham and opened in 1911 on the site of two music hall buildings from the second half of the 19th century which had both been demolished. The domed auditorium seats 1,550 people. A sliding roof helps ventilate the auditorium during the intervals, which was a novelty feature in the days of heavy smoking during performances. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1024x1259, 389 KB)Photo by KF, Easter 2002. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1024x1259, 389 KB)Photo by KF, Easter 2002. ... Cole Albert Porter (June 9, 1891 – October 15, 1964) was an American composer and songwriter from Indiana. ... Musical theater (or theatre) is a form of theater combining music, songs, dance, and spoken dialogue. ... Kiss Me, Kate is a stage musical by Samuel and Bella Spewack (book) and Cole Porter (music and lyrics) that ran for 1,077 performances and was first performed in New York on December 30, 1948. ... ImageMetadata File history File links Download high resolution version (1580x2140, 650 KB) Victoria Palace Theatre, London, England. ... ImageMetadata File history File links Download high resolution version (1580x2140, 650 KB) Victoria Palace Theatre, London, England. ... Billy Elliot may refer to: The film Billy Elliot NASCAR driver Bill Elliott This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... // 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 theatre in the... 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. ... Victoria station in London is a London Underground and National Rail station in the City of Westminster. ... 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... Music Hall is a form of British theatrical entertainment which reached its peak of popularity between 1850 and 1960. ... This article includes a list of works cited or a list of external links, but its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations. ... An auditorium is the area within a theatre, concert hall or other performance space where the audience is located in order to hear and watch the performance. ... The cigarette is the most common method of smoking tobacco. ...

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History

Under impresario Alfred Butt, the Victoria Palace Theatre continued the musical theatre tradition of the place by presenting mainly varieties and revues. In 1934, the theatre presented Young England, a patriotic play written by the Rev. Walter Reynolds, then 83. The play received such amusingly bad reviews that it became a cult hit and played to full houses for 278 performances before transferring to two other West End theatres. An impresario is a manager or producer in one of the entertainment industries, usually Music or Theatre. ... The Fantasticks was the longest-running musical in history. ... A variety show is a show with a variety of acts, often including music and comedy skits, especially on television. ... A revue is a type of theatrical entertainment that combines music, dance and sketches that satirize contemporary figures, news, or literature. ... Walter Reynolds (d. ...

Intended by its author as a serious work celebrating the triumph of good over evil and the virtues of the Boy Scout Movement, it was received as an uproarious comedy. Before long, audiences had learned the key lines and were joining in at all the choicest moments. The scoutmistress rarely said the line 'I must go and attend to my girls' water' without at least fifty voices in good-humoured support.[1]

Me and My Girl was a hit in its original production at the theatre, opening in 1937 starring Lupino Lane, and showing that London had not yet ceded clear leadership in musical comedy to Broadway. Some of the notable performers of variety and musical revues at the theatre have included Will Hay, Charles Hawtrey, Stainless Stephen, and Victor Barna (world champion table tennis exhibition). From 1947 through 1962, Jack Hylton produced The Crazy Gang series of variety shows, with performers including Flanagan and Allen, Nervo and Knox, and Naughton and Gold. Polish Boy Scouts fighting in the Warsaw Uprising Boy Scouts originally denoted the organization that developed and rapidly grew up during 1908 in the wake of the publication by Lord Robert Baden-Powell of his book Scouting for Boys. ... Me and My Girl is a popular British stage musical, with book and lyrics by Douglas Furber and L. Arthur Rose and music by Noel Gay. ... British actor (of Italian extraction) who was born Henry George Lupino on June 16, 1892, in London, England, UK. He appeared as an actor between 1915 and 1940. ... The Fantasticks was the longest-running musical in history. ... Broadway theatre[1] is often considered the highest professional form of theatre in the United States. ... Variety (linguistics) is a concept that includes for instance dialects, standard language and jargon. ... A revue is a type of theatrical entertainment that combines music, dance and sketches that satirize contemporary figures, news, or literature. ... William Thompson Hay (December 6, 1888 – April 18, 1949) was a British comedian, actor and amateur astronomer. ... There have been two notable actors named Charles Hawtrey: Sir Charles Hawtrey (1858-1923), stage and silent film actor; Charles Hawtrey (1914-1988), who named himself after the earlier actor, and is best known for the Carry On films. ... Arthur Clifford Baines (November 30, 1892- 1971) was a teacher from the steel making city of Sheffield, [[Yorkshire[[. He performed under the stage name Stainless Stephen. ... Ping Pong redirects here. ... Jack Hylton (July 2, 1892–January 29, 1965) was an English band leader and impresario. ... 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... Flanagan and Allen were a popular Wartime singing and comedy double-act, comprosing Bud Flanagan and Chesney Allen. ... Jimmy Nervo and Teddy Knox were part of the original Crazy Gang. ... Naughton and Gold were a comedy double act, consisting of Charlie Naughton and Jimmy Gold. ...


The long-running Black and White Minstrel Show played throughout the 1960s up to 1972. In 1982, a production of The Little Foxes, saw Elizabeth Taylor making her London stage debut. Another unusually long-running show at the theatre was Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story, that played for 13 years in London, beginning in 1989 (transferring to the Strand Theatre in 1995. The Black and White Minstrel Show was a British television series that ran from 1958 until 1978. ... The Little Foxes is a 1941 film directed by William Wyler and starring Bette Davis & Teresa Wright. ... For other persons named Elizabeth Taylor, see Elizabeth Taylor (disambiguation). ... Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story is the popular long-running musical, which opened in Londons West End (at the Victoria Palace Theatre) in 1989. ... The Novello Theatre is a theatre on Aldwych in the West End of London. ...


Present Day

The theatre is currently hosting the multi-award winning musical Billy Elliot the Musical by Lee Hall, with music by Elton John, which opened in April 2005. Link title Matthew Koon, Billy Elliot, 2006, The Billy Elliot Fansite Billy Elliot the Musical is an award-winning musical based on the 2000 film Billy Elliot. ... Lee Hall (born 1966 Newcastle upon Tyne) is an English playwright and screenplay writer. ... Sir Elton Hercules John, CBE[1][2] (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight on 25 March 1947) is a multiple Grammy- and Academy Award-winning English pop/rock singer, composer and pianist. ...


The theatre has been owned by Sir Stephen Waley-Cohen since 1991. 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Notable productions

Me and My Girl is a popular British stage musical, with book and lyrics by Douglas Furber and L. Arthur Rose and music by Noel Gay. ... The Black and White Minstrel Show was a British television series that ran from 1958 until 1978. ... Carry On London is a new film in the Carry On film series was announced in 2003, but was still in pre-production as of February 2006. ... Annie is a musical based upon the popular Harold Gray comic strip Little Orphan Annie. ... The nickname Windy City has been applied to at least two cities: Chicago, Illinois - the most famous Windy City Wellington, New Zealand This is a disambiguation page — a list of articles associated with the same title. ... The Little Foxes is a 1941 film directed by William Wyler and starring Bette Davis & Teresa Wright. ... Charlie Girl is a musical first produced in the West End in 1965. ... High Society is a 1956 musical film made by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in VistaVision with music and lyrics by Cole Porter. ... Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story is the popular long-running musical, which opened in Londons West End (at the Victoria Palace Theatre) in 1989. ... La Cava is a musical with a book by Dana Broccoli, lyrics by John Claflin and Laurence OKeefe, and music by OKeefe and Stephen Keeling. ... Kiss Me, Kate is a stage musical by Samuel and Bella Spewack (book) and Cole Porter (music and lyrics) that ran for 1,077 performances and was first performed in New York on December 30, 1948. ... The subject of this article seems to fail one of the following consensually-accepted Wikipedia inclusion guidelines: If you are familiar with the subject matter, please expand the article to establish its notability, citing reliable sources, so as to avoid it being considered for deletion. ... Link title Matthew Koon, Billy Elliot, 2006, The Billy Elliot Fansite Billy Elliot the Musical is an award-winning musical based on the 2000 film Billy Elliot. ...

References

  • Ronald Bergan: The Great Theatres of London. An Illustrated Companion (Prion: London, 1990) (ISBN 1-85375-057-3).
  • Patricia Dee Berry: Theatrical London (Britain in Old Photographs series) (Alan Sutton: Stroud, Gloucestershire, 1995) (ISBN 0-7509-0942-0).

Stroud is a town in the county of Gloucestershire, England. ...

See also

This is a partial list of entertainment venues in London. ...

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Victoria Palace Theatre London - information and tickets (642 words)
The current theatre which opened in November 1911 was designed by the architect Frank Matcham, as a music hall, and was called The Victoria Palace.
At the time opening it was said about The Victoria Palace Theatre that, "in the scheme of internal treatment the main object has been to combine a maximum of comfort and convenience with a prevailing note of simplicity.
Although The Victoria Palace scored a huge hit with Me and My Girl, the theatre is probably best known for its association with The Crazy Gang which begun on 17 April 1947.
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