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The Palace Theatre, Manchester, is one of the main and most popular theatres in Manchester. It is situated on Oxford Street, on the north-east corner of the intersection with Whitworth Street in the city centre. The Palace and its sister theatre the Manchester Opera House on Quay Street are operated by the same parent company, Ambassador Theatre Group. The original capacity of 3675 has been reduced to its current 1955.
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 opening presentation, to a capacity audience, was the ballet Cleopatra; however its initial presentations failed to gain popular support and for several years it struggled to make a profit. Only when it broadened its scope to include more popular performers was it a resounding success. During the early part of the 20th century it came into its own, with artists such as Danny Kaye, Gracie Fields, Charles Laughton, Judy Garland, Noël Coward and Laurel and Hardy making appearances.
In September 1940 the theatre took a direct hit from a German bomb during the Manchester Blitz of World War 2, it recovered and re built after this incident but it was not until the 1980s that the theatre underwent its next internal refurbishment. During this time it also received an enlarged stage facility and was taken over by a charitable trust, Norwest Holdings.
The Palace Theatre is now one of the best equipped and popular theatres outside London. In its repertoire it hosts major touring musicals often with major celebrities and performances of opera and ballet along with various other comedy acts and one night concerts.
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