The Victoria Palace Theatre was designed by the most prolific Victorian theatre architect, Frank Matcham, and opened in 1911. The original design featured a sliding roof that helped cool the auditorium during intervals in the summer months.
The theatre is currently undergoing an extensive 10 million-pound refurbishment by Delfont Mackintosh Theatres Ltd. The refurbishment includes an overhaul of the auditorium, restoration of the front of house areas, an extension to the side and a new build flytower to accommodate improved staging facilities.
Mark Price was able to provide a comprehensive heritage statement not only supporting the restoration, but justifying the new sensitive interventions within the auditorium, making the theatre fit-for-purpose. He was able to source Frank Matcham’s fine decorative plasterwork, panelling and marble finishes evidenced on original plans at the V&A. The theatre is being restored in time for the opening of the American musical, Hamilton, in October 2017.