Celebrating its 20th anniversary, Boy George’s award-winning musical Taboo is to return to London for a 'one night only' star-studded charity concert at the London Palladium that will feature members of the original cast in aid of Shelter and the Terrence Higgins Trust.
The ultra talented designer and performance artist Leigh Bowery first opened legendary London nightclub Taboo in 1985. The club was frequented by 'New Romantics' including Boy George and quickly became the hottest nightclub in town.
The original show was a love story that was played out against the background of the club that went on to symbolise both the decadence and excess of London in the1980s and subsequently defined a whole generation and left a long and lasting influence on pop music, social culture, and fashion.
The original show of Taboo was influential in launching the careers of many now performers who are now household names including Luke Evans, Diane Pilkington, Matt Lucas, Stephen Ashfield, John Partridge, Declan Bennett, Euan Morton, Lyn Paul, and Stephen Ashfield. Boy George himself and Julian Clary both made their West End debuts playing the fabulous Leigh Bowery in the production. Paul Baker also won an Olivier Award for his portrayal of Philip Salon in the show.
Taboo features music and lyrics from Boy George and Kevan Frost, and a book by Mark Davies Markham. The one-off concert production will be directed by Christopher Renshaw.
Seating PlanLondon Palladium Seating Plan
Address8 Argyll Street, London, W1F 7TF
Central, Bakerloo, Victoria
Directions from nearest tube
(2mins) Exit 8 from the tube goes out onto Argyll Street (opposite the large Topshop). The theatre is 100 metres down the road.
(Regent Street) 3, 6, 12, 13, 23, 88, 94, 139, 453, C2; (Oxford Street) 7, 8, 10, 25, 55, 73, 98, 390
Night Bus Numbers
(Regent Street) 6, 12, 23, 88, 94, 139, 159, 453, C2, N3, N13, N15, N18, N109, N136; (Oxford Street) 7, 10, 25, 390, N7, N8, N55, N73, N98, N207
Within Congestion Zone
The London Palladium is a huge theatre with a lot of seats to fill over three different levels which should offer some good value for tickets for matinees and midweek performances in the cheaper sections of the theatre such as the upper circle. The stalls ands royal circle have three separate sections with the centre block on each tier being the most expensive, so for bargain hunters looking for value it can be beneficial to explore the sections on the sides that still offer clear views of the stage but at a much cheaper price than in the centre.
There are some seats in all three tiers of the theatre that do come with minor restrictions to the view. In the stalls there is a slight restriction from row S onwards that is caused by the overhang from the royal circle that gets more severe the further back you are seated. In the royal circle there is a similar albeit not quite as bad restriction from the overhang from the upper circle from row J onwards which can offer some good value for tickets for those on a budget as it doesn't really affect the view of the stage. The only restriction in the upper circle worth noting is the railing at the front which does affect the view for the first couple of rows and legroom can also be an issue but generally speaking the view from this section is pretty good. It is always advisable to check the seating plan thoroughly before booking to ensure complete transparency over your purchase especially for tickets that feature a restriction.
It is unlikely that there will be many official discount tickets available when shows first open at the venue, however this is not set in stone and it is possible that for midweek performances during weeks that experience a softer footfall than usual there could be some discounts to be had if agents are buying tickets in advance at negotiated rates from the theatre. There is also a possibility for obtaining 'liability' tickets from the shops in and around Leicester Square although to be fortunate enough to buy them would probably be down to more luck than judgement as customers would have to physically be in the shops about an hour prior to curtain in the hope that they have stock left over that they need to offload which is nothing more than a gamble and not a good strategy if you have to see the show on a particular date!
This will depend on whether the producers feel that they are able to fill the venue for 8 shows every week or not? If the general sale of tickets for a show at the London Palladium is both strong and consistent then it is likely that the theatre will only sell to agents at face value meaning that tickets booked through third party websites online will very probably have a booking fee added to the price making it more expensive than booking directly from the box office. During quieter periods however the opposite can be the case as if the producers are struggling to fill the venue which is not uncommon during off peak times and for midweek performances then rates could well be negotiated with agents who can then pass any discounts received onto the consumer.