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Greater London Authority
City of Westminster (London Borough)
National Grid Reference:
TQ 29873 81012


TQ 2980 NE and 2981 SE CITY OF WESTMINSTER CAMBRIDGE CIRCUS, W1 58/81; 71/12 Palace Theatre


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Theatre. 1888-1891 built as the Royal English Opera House by T E Collcutt and G H Holloway for Richard D'Oyly Carte. Island site. Banded Ellistown red brick and Doulton's buff terracotta, slate and lead roofs, in Collcutt's Norther Renaissance manner. 4 main storeys. The slight concave front to the Circus divided into 3 main bays articulated by octagonal corbelled corner towers and similar inner turrets crowned by domes and with a broad banded gable over all. Central tripartite groups of arcaded doors under glazed cantilevered canopy returned to sides. Mullioned transomed arcaded-light windows cum loggias designed to be opened in summer, moulded terracotta aprons, friezes and cornices. Similar details to side elevations. Much of the rich terracotta ornament has however been removed. Fine 3 tier balcony auditorium, its amphitheatre remodelled by F Emblin-Walker in 1908 and with the original stage boxes removed; marble and onyx wall claddings now painted; grand marble staircase with alabaster balusters etc. Substantial relics of the machinery above and below stage of unique interest in London being a mixed wood and iron system designed by Dando for the D'Oyly Carte's elaborate opera productions. Opera having failed, it became the Palace Theatre of Varieties in 1892; on April 10th 1910 Pavlove made her first London appearance here; the Palace Theatre from 1911.

The Theatres of London; Mander and Mitchenson. Survey of London; Vol. XXXIII

Listing NGR: TQ2987381012


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Books and journals
Mander, , Mitchenson, , The Theatres of London, (1975)
'Survey of London' in The Parish of St Anne Soho: Volumes 33 and 34 , , Vol. 33, (1966)


This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

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Date: 09 Jul 2001
Reference: IOE01/04864/29
Rights: Copyright IoE Mr Christopher Strevens. Source Historic England Archive
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