The Palace Theatre in Manchester is a location that regularly welcomes an array of well known West End musicals when they are on tour. This has been the case since the 1980s when it was supported by the Arts Council following the threat of demolition. But its full history goes back to the 1890s when it first emerged as large theatre in the northern city. At first times were tough but it soon managed to attract some big names to allow it to flourish
So whilst it today boasts big names from the musical theatre world like “Les Misérables”, during much of the 20th century it welcomed some of the best known names of the era, including Laurel & Hardy, among others. So it has always had a claim to fame, meaning that audiences nearly lost a cultural icon when it took damage from a German bomb during the Second World War.
Luckily the Palace theatre in Manchester remains to this day and it is likely to continue to attract theatregoers of all ages and tastes at its location on Oxford Street for many years to come.
As mentioned the Palace Theatre is regularly used to house numerous touring musicals. These are the touring versions of some of the West End’s best known shows, so those that cannot make it down to London can instead pick up theatre tickets in Manchester and witness a wide range of shows.
One of the West End’s longest running shows is “Les Misérables”, which takes pride of place at the Queen’s Theatre and has had a home in the West End for more than quarter of a century. So audiences flock to see the touring version at the Palace Theatre and the same goes or other shows that have appeared here over the years such as “Mamma Mia!”, “Miss Saigon” and “The Producers”, among others.
In the past some well known names have also appeared at the venue, with the mentioned Laurel & Hardy among those early in the last century and other names like Peter Kay more recently. It shows that not only does the location attract some well known and acts, these also appear from a wide range of different disciplines. So it is likely that audiences will continue to come back for more.