The Palace theatre is situated on Oxford Street in the heart of Manchester’s city centre.
The Palace Theatre of Varieties opened on Whit Monday 1891 & had cost its owners the then colossal sum of £40,500. The seating capacity at the time was 3,675 & ticket prices ranged from 6d in the balcony to 4/- in the stalls.
In 1913, the interior of the theatre was renovated & re-opened after seven months with Harry Houdini - & a much reduced seating capacity of 2600! The Palace Theatre, always in tune to the taste of the audience, captured the heady atmosphere of the 1920/30’s with extravagant revues, full-length musicals & pantomimes. The 40’s brought the stars of radio whilst the 50/60’s saw everything from ballet to be-bop, opera to rock ‘n’ roll, & Hamlet to Guys & Dolls.
In the late 1970’s the Palace Theatre underwent a major refurbishment, extending the stage & dressing room facilities to accommodate such high-profile companies as the Covent Garden Opera & the Kirov Ballet & restoring the auditorium & Front of House facilities to their Edwardian splendor.
The Theatre re-opened in 1981 with Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar & has retained its position as the premier touring venue with productions ranging from Nicholas Nickleby to Les Miserables, Luciano Pavarotti to Victoria Wood & Disney’s Beauty & the Beast to King Lear.
Chronicling its great history, the Palace Theatre has an extensive programme archive, a 1,000 Hall of Fame named supplement, detailed prime source material from the 1890’s & a thirty-page history of the theatre.