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  • 5.0 star rating
    21/2/2014

    Im a huge fan of Musicals, and thank you for the Palace Theatre for bringing so many good shows to Manchester.

    Manchester Theatres seem to do really well in getting the great shows what they have in the West End and sometimes gets shows prior to them going to the West End.

    Ive seen numerous shows at this wonderful theatre including Joseph and his amazing dreamcoat,Mamma Mia,Les Miserables,Wicked,Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and loads more.

    The Theatre itself is very grand and is set on 3 levels, the stalls, circle and upper tier, we always go for the stalls tickets, but the prices range from low to high depending where you want to sit, the best thing to do if you can is to visit the box office which is open from 12pm-6pm monday to friday and they will tell you what is available at what cost and make sure to book early to get a great view!

    The whole of the theatre is very well run from the ushers to the box office staff, The seating in the theatre isn't that bad compared to some theatres I've been in and seem to be quite comfy.

    I will continue to visit this wonderful theatre to see more of the wonderful they bring for years and years to come.

  • 4.0 star rating
    10/5/2014
    1 check-in

    I absolutely love a musical and have visited the Palace Theatre numerous times over the years. Lucky for us they seem to get the best shows around and my favourites include Wicked, Lion King and Rock of Ages. All on tour and all have included cast members from the West End.

    The theatre itself is incredibly special with 2 tiers of seating as well as the main stalls. There is a good view from most of the seats which really helps the cheaper areas be a bargain price. One thing I would say is the tiered seating can be quite cramped in the leg department so, if you are taller than normal, I'd go for the stalls. Being a really old building the toilets are a bit rubbish but I make sure I have visited my own before going to see a show.

    The drink selection is a bit poor but, for the theatre, I don't think they are too badly priced. They aren't cheap obviously but they could be a lot worse! The seating and ornate decoration inside it what makes this place and I can't wait to go back.

  • 4.0 star rating
    27/1/2014

    Well considering there are really only 2 places for theatre and operas (the Palace theatre and the Opera house), it's kind of hard to say anything really bad about it. Everything is at it should be like a London theatre house.

    I do like the bar inside, I must say. But it does have a plush feel to it that makes me imagine how it would have been in the past when people actually dressed up to go to the theatre. Now you can even see people in jeans and a t-shirt (sometimes), which seems slightly out of place in something that used to be so grand.

  • 4.0 star rating
    25/11/2013
    1 check-in

    Ahhh, the theatre - a lot more expensive than the cinema but a hundred times longer lasting in the good vibes stakes. Memories of a great day out come flooding back of childhood concerts,live plays and the excitement and anticipation building up before and after a great performance.

    The Palace is probably in the top few playhouses in Manchester, along with the Opera house  and Royal exchange and a ticket to a show equates into a really great day/night out.

    Like all theatres, it's safe to say that they were built in a bygone age when toilet space was limited, fire regulations were non existent (each route to your seat is like a labyrinth) and everyone was some sort of dwarf creature - judging by the leg room. The design of the the theatre is also that with fairly decent seats (at a fairly hefty price), you're still missing a small part of the stage.

    Saying that, all these points are what makes it so quaint and enjoyable. You just wouldn't get the same atmosphere if you were at a multiplex on a retail park.

    Tickets are best bought online for the Palace and a lot of the big shows tour each year - recently in town there's been Lion King, Green Days American Idiot, Wicked (which was what I went to see), Joseph... etc etc - so everything pretty much from the West End and Broadway.

    There's a bar on site selling crappy beers and mini bottles of crappy wine. You should get enough time before and during the break to use the Cornerhouse across the road which is much more chilled out and has great food and drinks.

    If you're after food beforehand then check out Mr Coopers, Gorilla or Zouk.

  • 5.0 star rating
    11/12/2012
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    I went to see Lion King so it has to be five stars!!! Such an amazing show.

    This theatre is a lovely setting for such a magnificent show, very elegant carving on the walls, enough leg room even in teh restricted seats and a good amount of bars, toilets and staff.

    thumbs up all round

  • 4.0 star rating
    8/2/2010

    Last year for my Mum's birthday I surprised her with tickets to see 'We Will Rock You' at the Palace. Until then I'd walked past the Palace so many times, I'd been frustrated with the slow-moving children with their pompoms coming out of High School Musical and clogging up Oxford Road and I'd bought gig tickets from the theatre box office, but there had never really been anything I'd wanted to see there. I was intrigued.

    On buying the tickets I asked about the 'limited leg room' warning on them (they were the cheapest seats at around £25 a ticket). I was assured that they would be fine for 'normal-sized' people, but remained a bit worried that we'd be stuck with people's knees in our backs with a view of the corner of the stage where no action was taking place. How wrong I was. Although we were towards the back and towards the edge we all still had a full view of the stage and could hear every word of every song.

    The Palace is exactly how a theatre should be - complete with gold and red décor, long toilet queues, little binoculars, even littler tubs of ice cream on sale at the interval and the high probability that when you partake in the standing ovation, your overpriced programme will plummet to its death below. The Show Must Go On.

  • 4.0 star rating
    15/4/2010

    I have such a love for the Palace Theatre. It is, by far, my favourite receiving theatre in Manchester, most probably because it has absolutely no shame in being big, brash and old fashioned in its presentation of high quality (well, mostly) theatre. As a drama student, I am almost entirely sure that I am meant to frown upon such commercial theatre, although I feel that it still has a definite place within society, and the Palace Theatre is championing it every step of the way.

    Receiving high-end, large-scale productions such as 'Mary Poppins', 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang' and the recent 25th anniversary tour of 'Les Miserables', the Palace has pride of place at the top of the list of UK touring theatres. Sadly, the building is currently being considered for an extensive refurbishment, which will put it out of use for the best part of a year, which, although it will undoubtedly improve the somewhat aged facilities of the venue, will deprive Manchester of its greatest mainstream theatrical venue.  

    Designed in the traditional style, despite an unattractive façade, the building is a pleasure to visit and sit in before a performance. The auditorium is large, and split over three levels, as you would find in nearly all West End Theatres. The seating is fairly comfortable, and for an average sized person, the legroom should be adequate. The size of the stage is the venue's real boon, as it allows the venue to accommodate the most technically complex of productions, and fit them well, without a squeeze.

    The venue offers several kinds of discount on tickets, which are detailed both on its website, and in the season brochure. Although these ticket prices vary according to production. You are more likely to get a decent discount for a smaller, low-profile production, than a big, behemoth touring show. The venue has several nice bars and seating areas, where you can relax with a drink before the show (and believe me, I do), or just to sit and chat, or leaf through a programme. This venue is a jewel, and is often underappreciated, so please, go and take a look and catch a show - it is well worth the trip!

  • 4.0 star rating
    23/4/2010

    The Palace is a really grand old theatre, the type of place you expect a theatre to be like and you wont be disappointed in the architecture once you're inside. I had a friend who worked here once who used to get us free tickets so I've been lucky enough to have seen allsorts on here, from ballets, to the Christmas panto.

    I've only ever sat up in the Gods, which isn't for the faint hearted as you're squashed in like sardines and it's so steep it's like sitting on a rock face. I'm sure it's much steeper than other theatres and when it's ice cream time, clambering out is always a bit daunting so I wouldn't recommend going up there if you suffer from vertigo! I love it though as you get a view of everything, from the elaborate ceiling to the elegant boxes, so you have a real feel for the whole experience.

    The Palace is of course very popular and even though shows seem to run forever the best seats sell out quickly, so look in advance at what's touring for the year ahead and then you can not only bag a cheaper seat, but one with the best view.

  • 4.0 star rating
    11/9/2009

    Now this is a proper theatre!
    Feels haunted? Check!
    Gives you vertigo? Check!
    Red velvet and gold EVERYWHERE? Check
    There's something about going to an old theatre that the new young pretenders could never hope to replicate. The drama, the romance, the scary toilets, it just can't be beaten.
    I've only been the once but I did it right and went to see Bill Bailey ("Halal, is it meat you're looking for?"!!! Genius).
    I enjoyed the whole experience, the seats where a little small and if you end up high in the cheap seats as I did, it takes a little time to relax and convince yourself that you aren't going to fall to your death, but as long as the act is engaging enough such small problems will quickly dissipate.

  • 5.0 star rating
    23/9/2009

    In our modern world, everything is changing. Most things are going digital, technology is expanding and buildings are built more modernly and I love it!

    So when I went here I was a bit like "O boring! It's a old building full of old people and smells old too." But to my amazement and everyone else around me, I have never had so much fun in my life!

    We went to watch a show, got a limo, arrived in style, jumped the line and watched a fantastic performance. Yes it's old looking and old fashioned but I felt like I had jumped to the Victorian era. Ice cream was being served on the sides and I felt really tall for once!

    Anyone who is thinking of going here, should. FACT. Now I am finished. I am still a modern girl though. SHHHHH

  • 5.0 star rating
    22/2/2010

    As part of the 2009 Manchester International Festival here I saw Lou Reed with Laurie Anderson, and it was one of the most moving experiences of my life.

    But don't let's review the performance - we're here for the venue!

    The Palace Theatre - anybody who complains of vertigo or discomfort here clearly hasn't witnessed the horrors of the upper-tiers at the Opera House. Here, even the less-expensive seats are comparatively comfortable and afford you with such a view of the stage that doesn't leave you feeling excluded from affairs. For this, they are to be lauded. Bringing theatre to the masses!

    Such a shame, then, that it's rare for me to find something of interest. It's usually those West-End musicals - Les Mis is enjoying a run at the moment, for instance. Be that as it may, the scarcity of wonder only serves to make instances when one is obliged to enter all the more special, doesn't it?

  • 5.0 star rating
    25/3/2010

    Unlike in my home country, I'm not a regular theatre-goer in Britain, for one reason or another. The productions I saw at the Palace Theatre were Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker (by the Chisinau Ballet) and Rufus Wainwright's opera flick, Prima Donna. The audience's acoustic is generally good, and the seats are rather comfortable. What is memorable, of course, is the interior building design and decor. It is a what can be called traditional Victorian theatre, so feel free to imagine ladies and gentlemen in elegant frocks enjoying the latest in entertainment.

    To this day Palace Theatre attracts the same kind of ladies and gentlemen, although the frocks have changed dramatically since the 19th c. So did the entertainment. The theatre is a regular venue for West End shows, ballets, and rock operas.

    • Qype User Franci…
    • Manchester
    • 33 friends
    • 187 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    25/4/2010

    These days, the Palace Theatre usually stages the sort of overblown, overpriced shows that I can't afford or really be bothered to go and see. However, I still love an excuse to visit the place, mainly because it's a beautiful old building with such a wonderful history; the stage has hosted everyone from Noel Coward, Laurel and Hardy and Frank Sinatra to Connie Fisher!

    There's three (I think) tiers of seating under the ornate red and gold ceiling. And you get quite a good view from all of them - unless you're unlucky enough to get stuck behind a pillar, although they usually warn you about that! However, the higher you go, the steepier things get. So if you're nervous about heights, I'd try and stick to the stalls!

    There are a few bars and stalls selling merchandise and sweets. But as you'd probably expect from a theatre of this size and scale, you'll have to pay a pretty penny if you want to buy something! Still, the staff are lovely - I love the way they still wear traditional waistcoats and bow ties!

    Even though it doesn't really stage the shows I love (with the exception of Rocky Horror!), what I like most about the Palace is that it continues to draw in the crowds and entertain them, just as it did when it was first built in 1891.

    • Qype User LCRW19…
    • Dublin, Republic of Ireland
    • 4 friends
    • 101 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    16/11/2008

    I love this theatre and the great atmosphere here.

    Ive been to see lots of different types of productions here including ones with my little girl.

    Theres parking just round the corner on Portland Street and its just over the road from Oxford Road train station. The tram stop at St Peters Square is only a few minutes up the road too so its very accessible.

    The theatre, bar and toilets are always clean and tidy and my daughter loves the staff with the ice cream that appear in the interval at family shows.

    The staff are always polite, friendly and helpful and its a great venue.

    • Qype User jonk…
    • Manchester
    • 3 friends
    • 40 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    19/11/2008

    Another traditional theatre - rumoured to be closing for a massive refurbishment plan (led by the city council) - though I don't see why the City should put funds into the commercially run theatre (though these are only rumours so I could be completely wrong).

    That apart, it's what you expect from a theatre that shows mainly west end touring shows. Nothing much of interest to me but if you like mainstream / West End shows and you like them big - then this place is for you.
    LAst time I went was to see Jesus Christ Super Star - the musical in the 80s - it was a magical night.

    • Qype User alton…
    • Dublin, Republic of Ireland
    • 6 friends
    • 148 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    2/6/2009

    This is a very old traditional theatre and is one of my favourite in the UK. It plays host to many of the main west end productions that tour the country every month. Most shows usually play here for about a week but the more popular shows and the annual pantomime can play for up to about three months at a time.
    The seats are quite comfortable in all areas of the theatre (and i have sat in each of the different levels of the theatre).

  • 4.0 star rating
    17/2/2013

    i recently went to see lion king with my family at palace theatre. What an amazing production. The staff were friendly and the place is so big on the inside which didn't expect from looking at it on outside. If you have chance to go to the production i would go. The prices for drinks and food was expensive but you expect that when you go to theatre i guess

    • Qype User vicky…
    • Manchester
    • 5 friends
    • 39 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    9/12/2007

    I went to watch Scrooge here which was brilliant with Shane Richie. The building is really nice, amazing architecture throughout and looks like a proper old school theatre. You can imagine the plays they used to put on in here and how glamourous it was.

    We got upgrades as soon as we got in which was brilliant. There was plenty of leg room and we had an excellent view. There wasn't a massive queue at the toilets at the break which made a change for most theatres as there was plenty of cubicles. We parked round the corner on the street as there is no specific car park.

    They came round with ice creams and sweets at half time. All the staff were really nice and enjoyed a bit of friendly banter!

    • Qype User davesm…
    • Manchester
    • 2 friends
    • 3 reviews
    2.0 star rating
    27/2/2013

    Regret top say I am not a fan, having paid top prices for seats with so little leg room, my knees are in the back of the row in front  the circle is the worst, and back of the circle is very restricted views. It is a beautiful old theatre of course, but thats no excuse for not ripping out the old seats and either re spacing them, or getting in new ones. I now avoid it when I can, or only sit in the stalls on an end seat.

    • Qype User jowadd…
    • Manchester
    • 14 friends
    • 156 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    19/11/2008

    Convieniently located in the heart of the city centre, close to train, tram and bus stops. Theres no excuse to not see a performance at the Palace. With shows such as Flashdance, Beauty & The Beast, Mary Poppins - its a sure fire delight for everyone!

    • Qype User stretc…
    • Manchester
    • 4 friends
    • 54 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    16/11/2008

    The Palace is probably Manchester prime venue when it comes to theatre productions. Located on Oxford Road the venue is easily accessible by car, train, bus and also on foot. It is eas to find due to the red neon Palace Theatre sign which stretches high above the theatre itself into the sky. For those who wish to make an evening/night of it there are plenty of bars and restaurants also located nearby.
    The theatre itself is beautiful inside and the atmosphere is great, with three tiers and also side balconies to sit in with varying ticket prices for each area. There is also a bar inside for use before and during breaks in the productions. The only problem really is the lack of legroom some of the seats provide, but all in all a great venue.

    • Qype User lisago…
    • Manchester
    • 14 friends
    • 149 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    7/11/2007

    A great place to see musicals or pantomimes. The interior is small but has retained the 'old world' feel of a classic theatre with red velvet drapes and gold balconies. The atmosphere is electric and the ticket prices are cheap. Highly recommended.

    • Qype User nomis…
    • Birmingham, West Midlands
    • 2 friends
    • 108 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    15/1/2008

    Located in the city center, this theatre always puts on a number of quality plays and concerts especially stand up comedians. Normally, you'll get artists or plays touring the country. Compared to the majority of theatres, this one is relatively cheap. On other hand, tickets tend to get sold out easily, so the best way to get hold of tickets is by buying them from usual ticket agents. You can also pick up some tickets from the door if you want to take a chance. It's located right in the middle of city centre near two train stations and next to the major oxford road. Highly recommended for anyone who is in manchester to visit.

    • Qype User Paulo_…
    • Manchester
    • 36 friends
    • 231 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    15/6/2008

    Fantastic old time theatre but a hop and a skip from Oxford Road Station and directly opposite the cornerhouse. I've seen a number of shows here ranging from Miss Saigon (wish I'd 'Miss'ed itI just couldn't stomach it) to Monkey: Journey to the West ('sick' as my daughter would call it).
    It's no place for those who like leg room combined with a 'gnats bladder' and the same would apply to those with a touch of Vertigo. It's practically built on a ski slope, designed I guess to pack as many Victorians into the theatre as was legally possible at the time. This may cause one or two problems and indeed for the Monkey show half the audience couldn't read the subtitles (subtitles you say?...in a staged show??) but for me it's adds to the charm. No Bridgewater hall or Lowry ergonomics here. With a couple of bars to whet your appetite and a perfect spot on Oxford road everyone should try and see at least one show here (though I'll easily admit musicals are not to everybody's taste).

  • 3.0 star rating
    24/9/2009

    When I went to the Palace Theatre for the first time it had been a while since I had been to the theatre. But as I walked into the entrance I could feel a sense of grandeur that you should feel in every good, traditional theatre. The bar upstairs was quite pokey and felt a little dark with no natural light but as it backs onto the main theatre I could forgive and forget when you kind lady behind the bar offered us the chance to reserve our drink to avoid the queues during the intervals. Walking into the main theatre is quite scary as the angle of the theatre is steep with each seat virtually on top of the one below it. When you're seated and you have a pair of binoculars provided this place really shows its true colours. Gold, red and spectacularly ornate the interior makes an occasion of any outing. You almost forget how scary it's going to be to have to make your way to the toilet past everyone. The plus side to the sheer drop is the fact that none of the seats have a poor view of the stage.

  • 5.0 star rating
    22/1/2009
    First to Review

    I have visited the Palace Theatre many times since my childhood and I have always enjoyed a variety of shows that have made me laugh and cry, depending on the production. Even as an adult I still love going to see the Pantomimes, a true British tradition that should be experienced by all. Parking is close by and theatre goers can receive a discount on their car park ticket, which is a bonus. The atmosphere for me has always been good, if not great and the productions are enjoyable and you always come out thinking why you hadn't visited sooner!

    • Qype User Beckst…
    • Huddersfield, West Yorkshire
    • 4 friends
    • 76 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    2/6/2009

    Has quite a few decent things on, & is a nice old theatre, though if you sit in some of the higher seats & are prone to vertigo you may not like it!!

    • Qype User kirsty…
    • London
    • 0 friends
    • 20 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    20/11/2008

    The place to go if you want to see latest big production on tour: eg Buddy, Chicago etc - these will usually stay in the theatre for a week before moving on. The Xmas show (something like Beauty and the Beast) will be in for longer - 3 months perhaps. The style of the theatre is quite traditional - a proscenium arch with three levels of seating. It's a big old barn of a place and expect to pay quite a lot for good seats. Cheaper seats can really put you quite far away from the action.

    • Qype User Marcus…
    • London
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    • 10 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    26/6/2012

    The palace theatre is special to me because it is the place my and the girlfriend went on our first date. was around 3 years ago now and we saw we will rock you. I had a lot of fun but my date thought I was strange with how in to it I was getting but it cant be help when you're listening to Queen. The shows always seem to be top notch i've seen a few over the years one of which was footloose although being a very camp musical (suppose they all are really lol) everybody in the whole theatre seemed to love it because and the very end the cast bowwed several times and then told everyone to get up and dance and there was no one left sitting after a second of them saying this. Ive not seen a bad production yet and ive seen about ten there.

    • Qype User sarah_…
    • Manchester
    • 2 friends
    • 29 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    8/8/2007

    the palace theatre was opened on 18th may 1891. it is now one of the best equipped & popular theatres outside london & the major venue for touring west end musicals. its a great theatre which i have been to many times over the years, most recently to see mama mia. it also hosts the annual pantomime which is a must if you have children.

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