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Alassin & The Magic Perfum Bottle

The Wednesday Players proudly presents Alassin & The Magic Perfum Bottle @ The Palace Theatre Westcliff from 12th to the 16th january 2011


Have you ever heard of the Forest of Burzee? I imagine not for it was so long ago that our Great Great Grandfathers could scarcely have heard mention of it! But it was here that a new born babe, all chubby and pink was found by the wood nymph Necile. She so loved the babe and gave him the name ‘Claus’ meaning little one.

THE LIFE AND ADVENTURES OF SANTA CLAUS is a feel good must see musical for the whole family – especially those who want to recapture the childlike essence of Christmas!

Senmeafella! (The Adult Only Panto)

Each year The Market Theatre Company take a traditional fairy story and distort it almost beyond recognition - packing it with corny jokes, raunchy costumes and blatant sexual innuendo - in the hope of giving the older generation a viable alternative to the family pantomime. Previous stories they’ve corrupted include 'Dick Whittington' (or 'Puss & Dick'), 'Sleeping Beauty' ('Slapper Beauty') and 'Peter Pan' ('Peter Panties and Windy').
Featuring Nick Hooton, Carrie Laurence and Sheena Boyce - who, with the help of various traditional characters (and some not so traditional) will keep you entertained and prolong the all too short seasonal spirit!

'Quintessentially British…Like a Carry On film made by a Rugby Club!'
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Book Now One Day Only Sat 8 Jan | 8pm


Sunday 5th December
116 min : 1947 : Cert U
All events are subject to change without notification.(But hopefully not)

For advance tickets:
or call the box office on 01702 351135 or pay on the door on the night.


129mins : 2009 : Cert. 12
Sunday 3rd October 7.30pm (Doors open 7.00pm) Admission £6.00

For advance tickets:
or call the box office on 01702 351135 or pay on the door on the night.

Palace Summer Youth Project

From the success of the past two years the Palace Summer Youth Project is proud to present The Wiz .

The Wiz is a lively rock, gospel and soul music adaptation of L.Frank Baum’s in the context of African American culture.
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Join Dorothy, the Scarecrow, Tinman and the Lion as they make their way to the Emerald City to find The Wiz!

"The Ugly Duckling", “Honk!”

Honk! is a musical adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen story The Ugly Duckling, incorporating a theme of pro-tolerance.

"The Ugly Duckling", “Honk!” tells the story of an odd looking baby duck, Ugly, and his quest to find his mother.

Soon after Ugly is born, he is seduced away by a wily Cat who wants to eat Ugly for dinner. Eventually, Ugly manages to escape but has no idea how to return home.

Along his way, he encounters a beautiful swan, Penny, tangled in a fishing line.

After saving her, the two birds fall in love. However, she must return to her flock and fly south for the winter. Eventually, Ugly’s mother finds him frozen in snow.

Luckily, her warm tears manage to thaw him out and he comes back to life – as a handsome swan! Soon, Ugly is reunited with Penny and two swans decide to live the rest of their days in the same pond as Ugly’s loyal mother.


Thursday 6th - Sunday 9th August 2009

Going for a song and dance

Going for a song and dance

DOZENS of youngsters sang and danced their hearts out as they battled to win a part in this summera s youth project at the Palace Theatre, Westcliff, a production of the award winning musical Honk!. The show follows last yeara s production Bugsy Malone at the Westcliff theatre.

Hot Mikado Leigh Operatic and Dramatic

Leigh Operatic and Dramatic ,to celebrate their 10 year anniversary of winning Noda’s "Best Production in Region" for Hot Mikado.

Film at the Palace Theatre Westcliff

The Palace Theatre are delighted to be introducing a series of films to be shown in the Palace Theatre main auditorium in in conjunction with the The White Bus Company.


Bruce James Productions are pleased to announce that we will be producing THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE at the Palace Theatre in Westcliff On Sea for the forthcoming Christmas season.

"As the Blitz rages in London, four young children are evacuated to a mysterious country house. There they discover an enchanted wardrobe that leads them into an adventure more exciting than they could ever have imagined. Stepping through the wardrobe door, they are transported into the frozen world of Narnia. Can the children help the great lion Aslan defeat the evil White Witch and break the spell that has held the land locked in Winter for a hundred years?"

A Personal View

For a venue that enjoys such a tenuous existence - always seemingly teetering on the edge of closure, the Palace continues to hold a special place in Southendians’ hearts.

Auditions For Honk

Summer Youth Project:
Auditions for the palace theatre summer youth project start on 28th March 10am.

Under 26? Want to see some fantastic shows for FREE?

A Night Less Ordinary is an Arts Council England scheme in association with Metro, which will provide 618,000 free theatre tickets to anyone under 26 in more than 200 venues across England.

Artcle Numer 9

The last few months have seen much external and internal activity around the Palace – a list that includes charity walks, ghost hunts, musical workshops and the normal selection of fantastic productions from both the Dixon and our infamous rake.

History Of Pantomine

The plot is very simple: The girl dressed as a boy who is the son of a man dressed as a woman, will win the other girl (surprisingly dressed as a girl), with the assistance of a person(s) dressed in an animal skin. Try explaining that to an American, German or someone from the Far East. Whether the show is set in China, the Never-Never-Land or the City of London it will contain all the aspects regarded as necessary to a pantomime.

Ghost Hunting At The Palace

On Friday 31st October the Palace Theatre is holding a fund raiser for the Palace in the form of a ghost hunting experience!

It will be run between local paranormal investigative group Aspire and theatre staff.

Places are limited as it will be an intimate experience, and you will access backstage areas of the theatre not normally open to the public.

Tickets £20
Box Office: 01702 351135
Event starting around 11pm and continuing until the early hours!!

Some Facts About All Hallow's Eve


We are looking for memories of any one that worked, played or visited the palace. This new memories page will allow everybody to learn more of the theatre with the human element.

The Palace Theatre Summer Youth Project

Bugsy Malone
The Palace Theatre Summer Youth Project
Dates August 7, 8, 9, 10

The Witches of Eastwick

Presented by Leigh Operatic and Dramatics Society:

Start Date: Tuesday - 06/05/2008
End Date: Saturday - 10/05/2008
Time: Tues - Sat 7.30pm, Matinees: Wed & Sat 2.30pm
Ticket Hotline 07891 605 427

Bugsy Malone - Summer Youth Project

Don’t miss this opportunity to work with our professional creative team on Alan Parker’s hit gangster musical set in 1930’s New York.

Audition Date: Saturday 29th March at 9.30am

Outstanding Offering For The New Year

Ticket holders have also been privy to a diverse and promising start to the programme for 2008.

What Go's Bang In The Night

It is also important and currently relevant to look beyond the strong physical emblem of the stage


The prenuptial agreement around the busiest period of the theatre calendar takes careful programme planning at the best of times and this year did not disappoint in the build up to the all time classic children’s story - ‘Toad Of Toad Hall’ whose month long run would take us seamlessly into 2008.


Magical Christmas Musical For All The Family.

From Bombshells To Brum
Summer Shines On !

A recent summary and critique on the past few weeks of performances and relevant information at the Palace Theatre.

From Moliere To Murder
Spring Is Sprung!

New and Reviews from the Palace Theatre and East 15 Acting School during the Spring Season


You can now reach you favourite site from ,the old address will still work and the original

From Ghosts To Guests
The Year Rolls On !

Winter season news and reviews from the Palace Theatre and information about the new East 15 Acting School during the Winter Season

Theatre debut with dad by my side

ALEXANDER Abineri might be making his professional stage debut at the tender age of just 12, but he won't have to look far for support.

Alexander's dad, Sebastian, will be playing his on stage father in the Winslow Boy, due to open at the Palace Theatre on Tuesday, August 28.

The Palace Theatre Guild

The Palace Theatre Guild is proud to launch the first Southend Writers’ Competition. Entrants must submit a radio play with a running time of 25 – 30 minutes on any topic.

Wizard of Oz

Wizard of Oz will be the opening Christmas show

Opening Show

Opening Show
3 Nights Of Gala Entertainment followed by a Newpalm's production of the Wizard of Oz.Dates to be announced

(Christmas 06)

Operator HQ Theatres

Preferred Operator For Southend Theatres Announced

The Palace may get a new lease of life under the preferred operator. HQ Theatres Limited a new company set-up by Hetherington Theatres and Qudos,to manage Southend Theatres.
Let's keep our fingers crossed that all goes well with the on going discussion,and a satisfactory out come is forth coming.

Open Auditions

The Palace Theatre Guild will be holding open auditions for adults and children who have experience in acting and singing.

Search for Tiny Tim

A talented child actor is sought for the coveted role of Tiny Tim.

Can You Help

The Guild would like to invite sponsorship from the local business and commercial community.

The Palace Theatre Guild

The Palace Theatre Guild is proud to launch the first Southend Writers’ Competition. Entrants must submit a radio play with a running time of 25 – 30 minutes on any topic.