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London Palladium Facelift for Wizard of Oz Musical

The historic London Palladium will receive a facelift and some interior remodelling prior to the March 2011 opening of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Wizard of Oz. At a party to celebrate the venue’s 100th birthday, the theatre’s owner, that man Lloyd Webber again, announced that renovation work would commence as soon as the Sister Act musical finishes its run at the end of October.

Added Comfort for Wizard of Oz Audiences!

Lloyd Webber described the work as “the biggest programme of refurbishment and change in the London Palladium’s history.” Plans for the theatre include converting the box office into three new function spaces, the grandest of which will have the historic roof light reinstated; repairing and refurbishing the entrance facade, installing a lift to improve accessibility and, in an added bonus for any women buying Wizard of Oz tickets, doubling the number of ladies toilets! 

A Special Venue Celebrates 100 Years

The Frank Matcham-designed London Palladium opened in 1910, boasting the largest seating capacity of any London theatre. The venue played host to the great variety acts of the day and has continued to thrive in the modern era of big-budget musicals, being home to Oliver!, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and The Sound of Music in recent years. 

Speaking at the birthday celebrations, former compere Bruce Forsyth said: "You only have to stand on the stage, even when it's empty, just to feel the atmosphere. Of course lots of theatres have atmosphere and some have a bad atmosphere, but when you stand on that stage and just feel it, it has got something you just cannot create."

The Wizard of Oz begins previews at the London Palladium on 07 February 2011, opening on 01 March 2011. The musical stars Over the Rainbow winner Danielle Hope as ‘Dorothy’ and West End veteran Michael Crawford as ‘The Wizard’.

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Published: 02/11/2010 12:39:06

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