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Palace Theatre London

Palace Theatre, London - The Home of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

About the Palace Theatre

The Palace Theatre is located in the middle of Cambridge Circus and is one of the West End's most prolific buildings. Originally built as a Grand Opera House, the auditorium features beautiful Victorian architecture, including a majestic ceiling and proscenium arch which frames the stage. It was designed by Thomas Edward Collcutt and was Grade II listed by English Heritage in 1960.

The theatre is perhaps best-known for housing Les Misérables before it transferred to the Queen's Theatre (now the Sondheim Theatre) after 7,602 performances. Other notable productions include Jesus Christ Superstar, which ran for 8 years from 1971, Singin' in the Rain, Priscilla Queen of the Desert and Monty Python's Spamalot! musical.

Today the Palace Theatre is the home of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which is a sequel to the beloved books and films. The elaborate signage and decoration for the show has become an iconic sight in London since the show opened in 2016. The Palace Theatre also hosts The Show Must Go On!, a series of concerts held in aid of the UK theatre industry, which was hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic.

Plan Your Visit

The theatre opens around one hour before the show starts. It is worth getting there as early as possible to comfortably get through security checks, purchase any Harry Potter and the Cursed Child merchandise you would like and enjoy the attractive interior before taking your seat in the auditorium.
There are two cloakrooms at the theatre for ticket holders to store items during the show, one in the Stalls foyer and one in the Dress Circle. There is a £1 charge per item stored and access is on a first-come, first-served basis. Patrons should note that no suitcases or large bags (above 41 x 31 x 16cm) will be allowed and alternative storage arrangements should be made before travelling to the theatre.
The venue has four bars, one on each level of the auditorium. You can purchase wines, spirits, beers, soft-drinks and snacks. It is recommended that you pre-order interval drinks upon arrival to avoid queues between acts.
If you're coming to see Harry Potter & the Cursed Child, there is an extensive shop in the main entrance foyer to pick up themed merchandise from the franchise, ranging from house scarves to characters' wands. Programmes are available from the shop, bars and from ushers throughout the auditorium.
Head across the road from the theatre for a bite to eat at The Spice of Life pub, which serves a wide range of meals. If you're in a hurry, Slim Chickens, which is just a few minutes walk away, serves tasty fried chicken tenders, wings and more. Bear in mind if you're seeing both parts of Harry Potter & the Cursed Child you will have around two hours to eat between the shows.
The five-star Covent Garden Hotel, a 10-minute walk, is the perfect spot if you're looking to make your trip to the Palace Theatre unforgettable. The hotel is perfectly located to explore London's West End and beyond and has world-class amenities. For a cheaper stay in central London, try the St Giles Hotel, which is a 10-minute walk from the theatre, and has a range of affordable rooms.

Help Booking Tickets

The box office is open from 12pm until 8pm on performance days for in-person ticket collection.
The box office can be contacted on 0330 333 4813. For further contact details and venue information, visit nimaxtheatres.com/theatres/palace-theatre/.
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