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“Historical venue with agreat feel and atmos.” 4 of 5 stars
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Palace Theatre
Oxford Street, Manchester M1 6FT , England
08440 871 3019
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Darwen, United Kingdom
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“Historical venue with agreat feel and atmos.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2013

I've been going to gigs here since I was 16 and it's always been a positive experience. Great acoustics and reasonably comfy seating in a nice environment.

Visited December 2012
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Chester, United Kingdom
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“avoid the Grand Tier and enjoy the show!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

The Palace is a Grade II listed building first opened in 1891 with seating on three levels (Stalls, Circle, Grand Tier) and a capacity of circa 2,000. We went to see The Lion King and go to this venue quite regularly, our most recent trip being to see the Phantom of the Opera last year and the next one being Wicked which is booked for the Autumn.

The Palace Theatre is located on Whitworth Street with the Palace NCP car park handily located just a minute away. For visitors not living in Manchester signposting to the theatre is not great. However people arriving from the West along the M56 would find it easiest to continue along Princess Parkway, follow the underpass up to the Mancunian Way roundabout, take the third exit off that roundabout and then first left off the next roundabout onto Cambridge Street. Following Cambridge Street leads directly to a set of traffic lights where you can see the theatre directly ahead and the NCP is just past the theatre on the left with a large neon sign indicating where you should turn.

Parking cost £12 for just over five hours and the machines accept cards as well as cash. Pay on the ground floor as there are no machines on the higher floors.

We like to combine the theatre with lunch and always eat at Don Giovanni’s, a two minute walk from the theatre towards St Peter’s Square. See our separate review of the restaurant.

Within the Palace, refreshments are available as you walk in or there is a Sainsbury’s directly in front of the theatre with a wider selection plus cash point if needed. Signage to the seating areas within the theatre is clear and ice creams are sold on each level during the interval.

Our tickets were for the highest level of the theatre – the Grand Tier – and on row B seats 14-16 so just one row from the front. We sat on row A for Phantom. Getting to the seats from the entrance we used involved climbing down a flight of steep, narrow steps whilst your eyes are drawn to the stage ahead and the very long drop down to it. We don’t suffer from vertigo but many people commented on the steepness of the stairs and clung on tight to the handrail.

Accessing the seats from the side entrance (as we did for Phantom) is even worse since the steps on that side are uneven and you feel even less secure whilst descending them. This is the pathway to/from the Gents toilets as well as to the side entrance so is used by a goodly percentage of people with seats on this tier.

Due to the steepness of the drop, bars have been positioned at the bottom of the staircase as an extra defence against anyone falling over the edge onto the two lower seating areas. Unfortunately, these bars are at eye level for people sitting by the aisle on rows A and B, and so restricted the view of one of our party which spoiled the occasion somewhat. Furthermore the seats appeared very tight and legroom was limited compared to say the top tier of the Empire Theatre in Liverpool which we visited last month.

All in all, the Palace Theatre is a magnificent and atmospheric building with easy access to it and hosts a wonderful range of events. Due to its steepness though, we’d strongly recommend that people avoid the Grand Tier if at all possible, and if you have no option then be certain to avoid seats on rows A or B around either of the central staircases on this level.

Visited March 2013
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“Great show but poor acoustics in the grand tier”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2013 via mobile

Saw lion king which was amazing but we had cheap seats £35 in grand tier. Have been to many theatres in London but the acoustics were awful! And light was left on so could see everyone in the audience. Loved the show but will not be returning to the palace theatre unless pay a stupid amount for better seats

Visited April 2013
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“Lion King was excellent”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013 via mobile

Lion King was fantastic!

We booked cheap seats at £24 per person and were seated in the very back row at the top, the view was good but obviously not as great as the experience in the front seats would be.

The whole show was great and we had smiles on our faces throughout (except for Musafa's death). Costumes/animals were brilliant.

Only grievance was two very large young women who couldn't fit into their cheap seats, they got moved to one of the private boxes. Not really fair on the healthy customers paying the same price.

Visited April 2013
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“Lion king”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013 via mobile

The production was very good. We had the 'cheap seats' in the stalls which meant that we struggled to see things on pride rock. However that didn't spoil the show. Drink and refreshment prices, as well as tickets and parking made this a very expensive trip!

Visited April 2013
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