GRAND FINAL VENUE
The 2,286 seater London Palladium is possibly the most famous theatre in the World and is a venue to which all performers aspire hosting more annual Royal Variety Performances than any other theatre. Designed by Frank Matcham it opened on Boxing Day 1910 and became famous, partly through television, as the “Ace Variety Theatre of the World”. Among the greats that have played here are Bob Hope, Judy Garland, Bing Crosby, Sophie Tucker, Ethel Merman, Howard Keel, Arthur Askey, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, Tommy Steele, Julie Andrews, Ken Dodd, the Two Ronnies, Bruce Forsyth and Cliff Richard. In 1979 Yul Brynner arrived in a spectacular production of The King and I, which heralded further musicals in recent years including Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Cameron Mackintosh’s Oliver!, Saturday Night Fever, The King and I starring Elaine Paige, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Tommy Steele in Scrooge and Sinatra at the Palladium, the hugely successful revival of the The Sound of Music, Sister Act, The Wizard of Oz, A Chorus Line, Barry Humphries' Farewell Tour and I Can't Sing the musical.
REGIONAL VENUE ONE
Millfield Theatre, Enfield
Millfield Theatre opened on December 15, 1988 in the grounds of Millfield House on Silver Street in Edmonton, North London. It was the first new theatre built in London after the National Theatre in 1963 and seats up to 362 in a variety of stage layouts. The theatre was re-opened on 6 October 2009 following a significant refurbishment. The 2.5 million revamp saw the theatre gain a new bar & kitchen, performance space, toilet block and box office. The main auditorium was renamed the Sir Bruce Forsyth Auditorium.
REGIONAL VENUE TWO
The Broadway in Barking town centre is a performing arts venue and theatre presenting live music, dance, drama, comedy, variety, children's shows and lots more. This light, modern, flexible venue draws audiences locally and from across east London and west Essex. The venue was modernised and redesigned by Tim Foster Architects and reopened in September 2004. The theatre includes a glass façade and foyer space, an auditorium with flexible seating, with a capacity of 341.
REGIONAL VENUE THREE
Orchard Theatre, Dartford
The 956 seat Orchard Theatre attracts the latest and most sought after touring productions in the UK. They offer a range of entertainment from leading West End musicals, top comedians, bands, dramas, dance, classical music and opera. The Orchard Theatre was officially opened on the 14th April 1983 by His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent and quickly gained a reputation as one of the country’s premier venues presenting a remarkable range of entertainment. Since opening, The Orchard Theatre has enjoyed incredible success by opening its doors to some of the biggest and most respected names in the fields of arts and entertainment.
REGIONAL VENUE FOUR
The Civic Theatre seats an audience of 504 over 2 levels – stalls and balcony. The auditorium makes the performance space a very intimate one where you can be close to the stage and immerse yourself in the performance with no restricted views from any seats. The auditorium boasts comfortable seating newly refurbished in 2016, excellent sight lines, air conditioning, and the backstage facilities to make the magic of theatre a reality.
Broadway Theatre, Barking
Riddlesdown Collegiate Performing Arts, Croydon
Husky Studios, Elephant and Castle
Boswells School, Chelmsford