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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

21st July 2005 Minor explosions across london in second bomb plot.

21st July 1964 Tottenham Hotspur's Scottish striker John White is killed by lightning playing golf in North London.go to related location

21st July 1938 Paul Hindemith and Leonide Massines ballet premieres in London

21st July 1884 The First Test was held at Lord's Cricket Ground.go to related location

21st July 1866 Cholera-epidemic kills hundreds in London

21st July 1863 Born today: C[harles] Aubrey Smith, London England, actor (Prisoner of Zenda)

The Palace Theatre



The Palace Theatre

The place where Andrew Lloyd Webber wrote Phantom of the Opera.

Location: Cambridge Circus, Shaftesbury Avenue

Description: Andrew Lloyd Webber sold the theatre in 2012 to the Nimax theatre group to fund his restoration of other theatres, after owning it for 30 years. It was in the offices art the rear and top of the building where he wrote his award-winning blockbuster musical the Phantom of the Opera. His seventies musical Jesus Christ Superstar had a record-breaking run here too, as did Les Misrables which played at the theatre for nineteen years.

Richard D'Oyly Carte, producer of the Gilbert and Sullivan operas, commissioned the theatre in the late 1880s. It was designed by Thomas Edward Collcutt and intended it to be a home of English grand opera - it opened as the Royal English Opera House in January 1891 with a lavish production of Arthur Sullivan's opera Ivanhoe.

The theatre was Grade II* listed by English Heritage in June 1960. It's frontage has often been claimed to be the best advertising spot in London.

The Marx Brothers appeared at the theatre in 1922, performing selections from their Broadway shows.

In the 1977 Doctor Who serial, The Talons of Weng-Chiang, the Palace Theatre is one of the prominent settings of the story. The villain, Li H'sen Chang, masquerades as magician and ventriloquist performing at the theatre when the Doctor brings Leela there to discover the customs of her Victorian ancestors.

It's also where Prince Edward worked when he looked for a proper job in the early 1990's.

Tagged in this Tour: The Doctor Whoish tour of London

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The Palace Theatre

The place where Andrew Lloyd Webber wrote Phantom of the Opera.


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The Doctor Who story The Talons of Weng Chiang does feature a music hall called The Palace Theatre, but the theatre scenes were filmed in Northampton. I believe the name is a coincidence. The theatre in the story is meant to be located near the river, on the course of the River Fleet and is described as old in the 1890s. (Anthony Forth)
Posted by Anthony Forth on 2012-12-04
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