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© Mr Christopher Strevens

IoE Number: 208945
Location: PALACE THEATRE OF VARIETIES, CAMBRIDGE CIRCUS W1
  WESTMINSTER, CITY OF WESTMINSTER, GREATER LONDON
Photographer: Mr Christopher Strevens
Date Photographed: 09 July 2001
Date listed: 29 June 1960
Date of last amendment: 29 June 1960
Grade II*

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TQ 2980 NE and 2981 SE CITY OF WESTMINSTERCAMBRIDGE CIRCUS, W158/81; 71/12Palace TheatreII*

TQ 2980 NE and 2981 SE CITY OF WESTMINSTER CAMBRIDGE CIRCUS, W1 58/81; 71/12 Palace Theatre II* 20.9.60 - Theatre. 1888-1891 built as the Royal English Opera House by T E Collcutt and G H Holloway for Richard D'Oyly Carte. Island site. Banded Ellistown red brick and Doulton's buff terracotta, slate and lead roofs, in Collcutt's Norther Renaissance manner. 4 main storeys. The slight concave front to the Circus divided into 3 main bays articulated by octagonal corbelled corner towers and similar inner turrets crowned by domes and with a broad banded gable over all. Central tripartite groups of arcaded doors under glazed cantilevered canopy returned to sides. Mullioned transomed arcaded-light windows cum loggias designed to be opened in summer, moulded terracotta aprons, friezes and cornices. Similar details to side elevations. Much of the rich terracotta ornament has however been removed. Fine 3 tier balcony auditorium, its amphitheatre remodelled by F Emblin-Walker in 1908 and with the original stage boxes removed; marble and onyx wall claddings now painted; grand marble staircase with alabaster balusters etc. Substantial relics of the machinery above and below stage of unique interest in London being a mixed wood and iron system designed by Dando for the D'Oyly Carte's elaborate opera productions. Opera having failed, it became the Palace Theatre of Varieties in 1892; on April 10th 1910 Pavlove made her first London appearance here; the Palace Theatre from 1911. The Theatres of London; Mander and Mitchenson. Survey of London; Vol. XXXIII

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