A complete guide to the Palace Theatre in London

By | Posted on 29-Mar-2020

A complete guide to the Palace Theatre in London

It’s said that ghosts roam the corridors at the Palace Theatre, but this spectacular playhouse is a must-see for any London theatregoer. Originally intended to be an opera house, grand musicals and plays are now staged here, currently the West End home of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Read more about the history of the Palace Theatre, check out seating plans and restaurants nearby with our complete guide. Book your Harry Potter and the Cursed Child tickets now.

Guide to the Palace Theatre in the West End

Where is the Palace Theatre?

The Palace Theatre is located at the end of Shaftesbury Avenue (W1D 5AY) in London, close to Covent Garden and Leicester Square. Did you know that it’s on one of Theatreland’s iconic roads, close to the Apollo Theatre, the Gielgud Theatre and the Lyric Theatre.

How do I get to the Palace Theatre?

The Palace Theatre is in central London. The nearest rail station is Charing Cross, which is a ten to fifteen minute walk from the theatre. But, as you approach the theatre, you’ll see the Harry Potter posters adorning the walls, so you won’t miss the playhouse.

Planning to travel to the Palace on the bus? These London bus routes will drop you near the theatre on surrounding roads.

Shaftesbury Avenue: 14, 19, 38
Charing Cross Road: 24, 29, 176

Can I travel to the Palace Theatre by tube?

If you’re visiting the Palace Theatre via London Underground, you can be a travelling wizard just like Harry Potter! The nearest tube station is Leicester Square (Northern and Piccadilly), which is a five-minute walk along Charing Cross Road until you reach Shaftesbury Avenue, where you’ll see the Palace Theatre at the end of the road. Other tube stations nearby include Covent Garden (Piccadilly) and Tottenham Court Road (Central and Northern).

When did the Palace Theatre open?

Built in 1891, the Palace Theatre‘s name was changed to the “Palace Theatre of Varieties” after an early history of staging cabarets, experimental acts and world-class stars, eventually going on to host the first Royal Variety Performance in 1912. During the twentieth century, the Palace gained reputation as a leading musical playhouse, with productions of The Sound of MusicThe Entertainer and the Barbican transfer of Les Miserables.

In recent years, Palace Theatre audiences have been treated to the London premiere of Spamalot as well as Singin’ In The Rain bringing the movies to the stage. This continues to be the case today, as J.K. Rowling’s magical tales enchant theatregoers today.

What show is currently at the Palace Theatre?

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The Palace Theatre is currently home to Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a new play by Jack Thorne. It is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. In order to allow audiences to immerse themselves into the magical adventures at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and beyond, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is one play that is presented in two Parts. Book your Harry Potter and the Cursed Child tickets now.

How many seats are inside the Palace Theatre?

Majestically standing in the West End, it’s no surprise that the Palace Theatre is one of London’s larger auditoriums. There are 1378 seats in the theatre, split over four seating levels. There’s 547 stalls seats, 275 dress circle seats,, 228 grand circle seats and 328 balcony seats.

When booking Harry Potter and the Cursed Child tickets with Encore Tickets, you’ll be able to buy tickets to see both Parts on one day (Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday performances), or across two nights (Part One on Thursday and Part Two on Friday). Our calendar will also show both parts you are booking for at the same time.

Where should I sit at the Palace Theatre?

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We’ve attached a handy seating guide of the Palace Theatre, so you can see all four seating levels easily. But, all seats inside the auditorium will guarantee a marvellous experience at Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, so you can sit back, relax and enjoy the two-part play.

Still struggling to pick the best seats for you inside the Palace Theatre? Read more about all types of theatre seating with our guide on where to sit, as well as what to do in a show’s interval.

What restaurants are near the Palace Theatre?

Choosing to dine close to the Palace Theatre before or after seeing Harry Potter and the Cursed Child? Reserve your table at one of the capital’s best places to eat today, so you won’t have to worry. There’s options for all budgets too, so you can enjoy a wonderful time in the West End.

RestaurantAbout the restaurantReservation Times
Byron Wardour StreetOnce the site of a London pub, Byron serves delicious hamburgers with fries and salad of your choosing.5:30pm
CabanaPreserving urban meals and keeping it traditional, Cabana’s the place for Brazilian cuisine.1:00pm/6:00pm
L’EscargotFamous for its bourgeois French cooking, enjoy continental delicacies loved around the world.1:00pm/5:30pm/6:00pm/10:30pm
Mele E PereA fresh, seasonal and daily-changing menu with pizza, pasta and deserts.1:00pm/6:00pm/10:30pm