Victoria Palace Theatre London

HAMILTON, the Broadway musical, which won 11 Tony Awards last night including best musical, had its London premiere in October 2017. The critically acclaimed musical has broken box office records on Broadway and has become a cultural sensation. HAMILTON reopened the Victoria Palace Theatre, which is currently undergoing an extensive multi-million-pound refurbishment.

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“The support HAMILTON has received from our British fans has been incredible – I have been reminded of their love, which is just as our King George would want it to be! I’m thrilled the show will be shared with UK audiences starting in the fall of 2017 at the beautiful Victoria Palace Theatre,” said Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Hamilton

HAMILTON, now on Broadway at the Richard Rodgers Theatre has book, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, is directed by Thomas Kail, with choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler and musical direction and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire, and is based on Ron Chernow’s biography of Alexander Hamilton.

HAMILTON is the story of America’s Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington’s right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation’s first Treasury Secretary. HAMILTON’S score blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B and Broadway – the story of America then, as told by America now.

HAMILTON’S creative team previously collaborated on the 2008 Tony Award-winning Best Musical In the Heights, which is currently enjoying a very successful run at London’s Kings Cross Theatre.
HAMILTON is produced by Jeffrey Seller, Sander Jacobs, Jill Furman, The Public Theater and Cameron Mackintosh.

Tony Awards
Costume Design of a Musical – Paul Tazewell
Lighting Design of a Musical – Howell Binkley
Featured Actress in a Musical – Renée Elise Goldsberry
Featured Actor in a Musical – Daveed Diggs
Original Score – Lin-Manuel Miranda
Direction of a Musical – Thomas Kail
Orchestrations – Alex Lacamoire
Book of a Musical – Lin-Manuel Miranda
Choreography- Andy Blankenbuehler
Leading Actor in a Musical – Leslie Odom, Jr.
Best Musical

Victoria Palace Theatre London
Victoria Street, London, SW1E 5EA
Tube Lines: District, Circle, Victoria
Directions from nearest tube: The theatre is on the Wilton Road bend and can be seen from the station.
Railway Station: Victoria
Bus Numbers: (Victoria Street) 11, 24, 44, 52, 148, 211, 436, 507, C1; (Victoria Station) 2, 16, 36, 38, 73, 82, 170, 185, C2, C10
Night Bus Numbers: (Victoria Street) 24, 148, N2, N11, N16, N44, N52, N136; (Victoria Station) 36, N38, N73, C2
Car Park: Semley Place
Within Congestion Zone: Yes
Venue Facilities: Air conditioned, Bar, Disabled toilets, Infrared hearing loop, Toilets, Wheelchair accessible

The Victoria Palace Theatre London
The Victoria Palace Theatre London in 2010

Victoria Palace Theatre London

There has been a theatre on this site since 1832, well before the coming of the railways. When Victoria Street and Victoria Station were built, the Royal Standard Music Hall became, in 1886, “the most comfortable Hall of entertainment in London – no expense has been spared.”

The arrival of electricity and other theatrical technology in the early 1900s meant that significant changes were needed. London’s oldest licensed music-hall was demolished. In 1910 once more no expense was spared and Frank Matcham’s Victoria Palace cost the large sum of £12000 to construct.

The Victoria Palace Theatre retains much of its original character, in particular in the auditorium, front of house, and the dressing rooms which have been refurbished. The grey marble foyer with its gold mosaic and white Sicilian marble pillars is much the same as it was in 1911. Outside the facade, the canopy and cupola have been restored.

The auditorium holds 1550 seats and is air-conditioned. It features a magnificent sliding roof, a simple and still effective precursor of air-conditioning. Originally the Stalls, Dress Circle and Upper Circle each had their own entrance and their own box office selling pre-printed tickets from a paper plan.

The Victoria Palace moved into the new millennium with a significant building programme including enlarging the Foyer, WC facilities and increasing the dressing room space, whilst maintaining the character of an historic building.

Last performance of Billy Elliot The Musical before Victoria Palace Theatre refurbishment 9th April 2016

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