Victoria Theatres

Victoria Theatres London's Victoria station serves over 70 million railway and tube passengers. The busy transportation hub is a gateway for travellers visiting London, including passengers travelling into Central London from Gatwick Airport. The station is linked to the London Underground by the District, Circle and Victoria lines. Nearby, there are several inviting and historic West End theatres that host a range of entertaining productions.

Victoria Palace Theatre

Situated opposite Victoria Station, Victoria Palace Theatre began as a concert room above stables at the Royal Standard Hotel. Originally built in 1832, the hotel's concert room became the Moy's Music Hall after the building was expanded in 1850. In 1863, the venue was again refurbished and renamed as the Royal Standard Music Hall. After Victoria Station and the adjacent Grosvenor Hotel began to transform the area, the hotel was demolished in 1886. In that year, the music hall was rebuilt by its owner Thomas Dickey.

By 1910, the Royal Standard Music Hall was demolished and in 1911 a new theatre opened as the Victoria Palace. Designed by architect Frank Matcham, the theatre features a sliding roof design used to cool the auditorium. A replica of a gilded statue of ballerina Anna Pavlova sits outside the theatre. The original was erected in 1911 but lost after it was removed during the Second World War. The West End theatre is located on Victoria Street in the City of Westminster.

The 1,550-seat Victoria Palace Theatre has seen some of London's most popular musicals and revivals. Productions have included the long-running Black and White Minstrel Show, The Little Foxes, Billy Elliot the Musical, Me and My Girl, Annie, Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story, High Society, and The Crazy Gang. Recent productions have included Fame - The Musical, Kiss Me, Kate, Grease, and Tonight's the Night.

Apollo Victoria

The 2,500-seat Apollo Victoria Theatre opened in 1930 as a cinema and variety theatre. Formerly known as the New Victoria Cinema, the theatre also saw performances by musicians and big bands. The listed building was designed by Ernest Wamsley Lewis and William Edward Trent. It features an Art Deco interior and two identical facades on Wilton Road and Vauxhall Bridge Road. Situated on Wilton Road in Westminster, the theatre is located opposite the main entrance of Victoria Station.

The final film to be shown at the New Victoria Cinema was in 1975. The theatre re-opened in 1981 under the Apollo Victoria name with a concert by music legend Shirley Bassey. In the 1980s, the Apollo Victoria Theatre emerged as a West End musical theatre venue with early productions of The Sound of Music, Fiddler on the Roof and Starlight Express, which ran for more than 18 years and over 7,400 performances. The theatre has been more recently associated with the musical Wicked, which premiered at the Apollo Victoria in 2006.

St. James Theatre

Completed in 2012, St. James Theatre is one of the West End's newest venues. It opened with a performance of Sandi Toksvig's Bully Boy. The theatre is located on Palace Street, a five-minute walk north-east of Victoria station. The St. James Theatre sees an eclectic mix of performances on its stages, including theatre, music, jazz, cabaret and comedy.

The St. James Theatre was built on the site of the Westminster Theatre, which was demolished following a fire in 2002. The facility features a sculptured staircase designed by Mark Humphrey and crafted in Italy. Home to a 312-seat theatre and a 100-seat studio theatre, the venue also incorporates a full broadcast television facility that allows performances to be broadcast live on TV or online. The theatre typically sees short productions with runs of two to ten weeks, as well as shorter productions. An on-site brasserie and lobby also provide food, fine wines and cocktails for theatregoers.