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Enter a world of wonder at the home of pantomime, as the magical Goldilocks and the Three Bears come to the West End for Christmas! Following last year’s sold-out production of Snow White, for five weeks only the iconic London Palladium will be transformed into a sensational circus, where everything is possible and anything could (and will) happen.
This festive extravaganza is packed with riotous comedy routines, extraordinary special effects, hair-raising stunts, international circus acts and an all-star cast including Paul O’Grady who rejoins Palladium favourites Julian Clary, Paul Zerdin, Nigel Havers and Gary Wilmot alongside Matt Baker (The One Show).
Joining the cast will also be a series of speciality acts including internationally renowned illusionist Phil Hitchcock, The Skating Medini (Asia and Dylan Medini) – a dynamic high-speed roller-skating act from one of Italy’s oldest circus families, Sascha Williams – ‘Rola Bola’, from the Belli Family Circus in Germany and Europe’s youngest stunt rider Peter Pavlov and the ‘Globe of Speed’.
Dame Betty Barnum and her daughter Goldilocks’ circus is under threat from an evil rival circus owner and, with the help of their madcap circus friends, they’re battling to rescue their Big Top from ruin. Will they succeed? All seems lost, until three brilliant bears join the gang…
Roll up, roll up to see panto join the circus, and be swept away by a London Palladium spectacular that’s just right at the home of pantomime!
- Booking from: Saturday, 7 December 2019
Booking until: Sunday, 12 January 2020
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- Booking from: Thursday, 2 July 2020
Booking until: Sunday, 6 September 2020
London Palladium Facilities
- Air conditioned
- Disabled toilets
- Infrared hearing loop
- Member of Q-Park scheme
- Wheelchair/scooter access
London Palladium Location
Nearest Tube station
- Oxford Circus
- Piccadilly Circus
- (Regent Street) 3, 6, 12, 13, 23, 88, 94, 139, 453, C2; (Oxford Street) 7, 8, 10, 25, 55, 73, 98, 390
- (Regent Street) 6, 12, 23, 88, 94, 139, 159, 453, C2, N3, N13, N15, N18, N109, N136; (Oxford Street) 7, 10, 25, 390, N7, N8, N55, N73, N98, N207
London Palladium history
From the outside
The London Palladium’s classical 1910 façade, with its Grecian-style decorated pillars and grand entrance, leads to an interior that’s just as exquisite as the outside, a visual feast for architecture lovers and theatre goers alike.
London Palladium Theatre architecture and history
Frank Matcham designed this wonderful building, which occupies a site previously home to a handful of historic buildings: a Corinthian Bazaar, an aviary, Henglers Grand Cirque and the National Ice Skating Palace. But the London Palladium is the site’s biggest success.
The Palladium started life in 1910 as a receiving house for various kinds of entertainment and ended up a specialist Variety venue. The escapologist Houdini played there, as did the famously scandalous samba singer Carmen Miranda and the well-loved comedians Laurel and Hardy, Judy Garland of Wizard of Oz movie fame, the Marx brothers and the wonderful Frank Sinatra.
During the ‘50s the London Palladium was called the Ace Variety Theatre of the World’, host to ATV’s Sunday Night at the London Palladium television programme, and for years it hosted the yearly spectacular Royal Variety Performance.
Sunday Night at the London Palladium became a British fixture between the ‘50s and ‘70s in a stage show that made Bruce Forsyth, the host, into a household name. But in the late 1960s it transformed itself into a top venue for large-scale musicals. There followed a run of hits including two stints for The King and I, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Oliver and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Sound of Music and Sister Act.
The venue is also famous for pantomime, with lavish performances starring Cliff Richard and the Shadows in 1964 and 1966, and a variety of household name starts in subsequent years. In ‘68 Sammy Davis Junior starred in Golden Boy, the theatre’s first musical.
The London Palladium was bought by Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber and another investor in 2000 and took its place in his stable of top theatres. The old revolving stage was taken out in 2002 to make room for the special effects in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, the Palladium’s longest running show with an impressive 1,414 performances.
From 2005 the London Palladium has been wholly owned by The Really Useful Group Ltd and offers an impressive 2298 seats, making it the West End’s largest musical venue.
Past shows at the London Palladium Theatre
Apparently the London Palladium almost hosted Elvis Presley, but his manager turned down the theatre because they weren’t offering enough money. The King and I has been staged there twice, the first time starring Yul Brynner. It has hosted the BAFTAs twice and continues to wow audiences from all over the world with top shows.
London Palladium Theatre access
The London Palladium offers wheelchair and scooter access.
London Palladium Theatre tickets
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