The Palace Theatre, Manchester, is one of the main theatres in Manchester, England. It is situated on Oxford Street, on the north-east corner of the intersection with Whitworth Street. The Palace and its sister theatre the Opera House on Quay Street are operated by the same parent company, Ambassador Theatre Group. The original capacity of 3,675 has been reduced to its current 1,955.
The theatre, originally known as the Grand Old Lady of Oxford Street, opened on 18 May 1891, having been designed by the architect Alfred Darbyshire at a cost of £40,500. The Palace Theatre was redecorated and altered in 1896 to the designs of the renowned Theatre Architect Frank Matcham, and he again worked on some improvements to the Theatre in 1899 when he was commissioned to put in a pass door so that the Manager did not have to go outside in the rain and snow to reach backstage, and at the same time he also proposed to carry out some minor alterations and to redecorate the Theatre. The interior of the theatre was renovated under by Bertie Crewe in 1913, the renovation took seven months and the theatre reopened with a reduced seating capacity of 2,600. In September 1940, the theatre took a direct hit from a German bomb during the Manchester Blitz.
|Monday||12:00 – 4:00 PM, 5:00 – 10:00 PM|
|Tuesday||12:00 – 4:00 PM, 5:00 – 10:00 PM|
|Wednesday||12:00 – 4:00 PM, 5:00 – 10:00 PM|
|Thursday||12:00 – 4:00 PM, 5:00 – 10:00 PM|
|Friday||12:00 – 4:00 PM, 5:00 – 10:00 PM|
|Saturday||12:00 – 4:00 PM, 5:00 – 10:00 PM|
|Sunday||12:00 – 4:00 PM, 5:00 – 10:00 PM|
Andy Coulton | Feb 28, 2018
Very nice and authentic theatre, all the original features intact. Prices for food and drink are as expected and you can either reserve drinks or have them delivered to your seat (which may annoy your neighbours). Overall a positive experience and plenty of parking available but don’t lose your ticket like I did. £24 hurt!
Simon Powell | Jan 27, 2018
Lovely tradition / glamorous theatre putting on great shows in Manchester city centre. Staff are always friendly and helpful. We've sat in the circle and gallery on several occasions and always been happy with the view and sound. The seats could do with a bit more padding and can get a bit uncomfortable for a long show. Also the gallery is very steep and leg room is a bit more limited. Drinks and snacks are the usual expensive price for this kind of venue and due to its location parking can be expensive too.
Rachel Cottrill | Mar 3, 2018
Saw Swan Lake recently. Lovely show. Building is beautiful inside. Staff moved guests quickly in and out. Bar available and you can order drinks on an app so it's ready at intermission. Lots of restaurant around this area. My only complaint would be parking around here is expensive.
Fran Mollen | Feb 26, 2018
Architecturally and historically - for us this is the most stunning theatre in the North West. Whether you're in the cheap n' cheeful seats up in the Gods, or in the swanky stalls, THIS IS THE PINNACLE of northern beauty and the arts. The Palace offers a ranges of productions - the only onces we tend to avoid are the pantos (never been a fan) but the tickets prices are also hugely competitive in comparison to peer groups in the region. The bar and the customer service is great. Like going back in time - but with shiny gold leaf and nothing other than service par excellence.
Ryan Berrisford | Feb 25, 2018
Lovely theatre with easy access in and out. Seating is a bit small for anyone who is a bit larger in structure. Sat in the stalls area and had a really good view.
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