The Palace Theater in Manchester has had a long and illustrious history since it opened way back in 1891 at a cost then of forty thousand and five hundred pounds. The seating capacity when the theatre opened was three thousand six hundred and seventy five. Tickets for events cost from only 6d in the cheap seats in the balcony, back in 1891 the theatre was known as the Grand Old Lady of Oxford Street'

The first performance in the old theater was the ballet Cleopatra which was sold out on its opening night. For a number of years the theatre failed to make any profit until is allowed a more varied type of show to perform. 

 

In the early years of the last century performers such as Laurel and Hardy, Noel Coward, Gracie Fields and Danny Kane helped to make the theatre a success.

Further renovations took place in 1913 which, took over six months to complete and the opening attraction was the famous magician Harry Houdini. The capacity of the Theatre was reduced to just over two thousand five hundred.

The theatre saw a decline in numbers in the early 1970’s as variety was no longer what the public wanted and the theatre was run by a charitable trust with support from the Arts Council until the early 1980’s.

The palace theatre today has enjoyed a successful period under its current owners Live Nation. The current capacity of the theatre is 1,998 which is regularly sold out especially when there is a Broadway show touring.

Recent successful shows at the Palace Theatre include Les Miserables which ran for over a year and regional performances of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Mamma Mia as well as Miss Saigon.

There are many new shows due to visit the theatre including Disney’s High School Musical, Mary Poppins, The songs from Sister Act and French and Saunders.