The Palace Theatre, Manchester, is one of the main theatres in Manchester, England. It is situated on Oxford Street, on the north-east corner of the intersection with Whitworth Street. The Palace and its sister theatre the Opera House on Quay Street are operated by the same parent company, Ambassador Theatre Group.
The Palace Theatre Manchester is one of the most prominent theatres in Manchester, England. Built-in 1891, this theatre has undergone several changes since it opened its doors. Despite this, the theatre continues to attract some of the best in entertainment and music and remains one of the main theatres in Manchester. It is one of the UK’s most prolific music hall venues for theatregoers in the North of England.
Highlights of Palace theatre
- The Palace Theatre Manchester was known as “The Grand Old Lady of Oxford Street” when it opened in May of 1891. The building was designed by the famous architect Alfred Darbyshire.
- The theatre opened to a packed audience with the ballet Cleopatra being the first production to grace the stage.
- When it first opened its doors, the theatre boasted a seating capacity of 3,675.
- The Palace Theatre has established itself as a major receiving house for touring plays, musicals, and entertainment and since 1990, productions such as Les Misérables and The Book of Mormon have had their UK regional premieres at the venue.
- Palace Theatre Manchester hosts major touring performances, opera, ballet, comedy shows, and concerts. Some of the most prominent acts hosted by the theatre include ‘Miss Saigon’, ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’ , ‘Mamma Mia!’ and ‘Mary Poppins’. The theatre also staged the world premiere of ‘Prima Donna’, Rufus Wainwright’s opera.
- In the following two decades, many of the great artists from the Music Hall era graced the stage including Harry Lauder, Marie Lloyd, Little Tich, Lillie Langtry, Charlie Chaplin, and Vesta Tilley.
Facilities and Amenities
The Palace Theatre Manchester offers many facilities and amenities to help you make the most out of your evening. The Ambassador Lounge includes special bespoke packages that help make your evening more memorable.
- An infrared sound enhancement system is installed in the theatre.
- A headset or induction loop necklace can be provided to amplify the volume of the show and the same can be collected from the cloakroom.
The Palace Theatre Manchester is also available for hire. The main auditorium features a magnificent proscenium arch stage and a seating capacity of 1,955. It’s the ideal venue for conferences, one-off hires, and events.
Food And Drink
The Palace Theatre offers hot, cold and drinks and snacks to enjoy the during show and ice cream in the interval. They also have the main bar offering a range of alcoholic drinks.
- The Stage Door Bar is open for pre- and post-show drinks. Patrons can enjoy a chilled glass of wine or choose from one of the many unique cocktails which are exclusive to the bar.
- Red Label: Includes table service in the VIP lounge, access to the Ambassador Lounge, savoury nibbles, a welcome drink, and a complimentary cloakroom.
- Purple Label: Includes access to the Ambassador Lounge, a box of chocolates, half a bottle of chilled champagne, savoury nibbles, and a complimentary cloakroom.
Souvenirs and Gifts:
The Palace Theatre has an excellent collection of Key Rings and one can buy amazing multiple souvenirs for the family such as the Victoria Railway Station key ring, Royale Exchange key ring, and many more. One can also buy a good Palace Theatre Frame Art print, T-shirts, posters, stickers, and Palace theatre posters.
The Palace Theatre is an amazing building, and all the shows are beyond one’s expectations. It is well worth seeing time and time again. The stage shows and orchestra are great with brilliant actors and sound and lighting. One must visit to experience the Palace Theatre.