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Palace Theatre in Match Point

Date posted: 01.01.2006

Written and directed by Academy Award® winner Woody Allen, Match Point (released nationwide by Icon on 6 January) represents a departure for the native New Yorker, the majority of whose films lovingly depict his home town.

Crossing the Atlantic for the first time in his film career, Allen spent seven weeks filming in and around the capital. One of his venues of choice was the ornate Palace Theatre.

Match Point is a drama about a young man's rise in society and the terrible consequences of his ambition. Chris (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) is torn between two women, and finding no way out, resorts to extreme action. Set amongst the English upper class Nola (Scarlett Johansson) is a beautiful American girl who comes between Chris and his wife Chloe (Emily Mortimer).Tom (Matthew Goode) is Emily's wealthy brother who initiates the tragic events.

The main protagonist flees to the Palace Theatre in the West End after one of the most dramatic scenes in the film.

This Victorian theatre seats 1,400 over 4 levels and was originally built as a opera house. It was used as a music hall, revue stage and cinema before becoming a musical stage in 1924.

The Palace Theatre, based on Shaftesbury Avenue, has a large, three-tiered curved auditorium decorated in dark brown and red with gold classical figures.

There is a richly decorated foyer on three floors in brown and black marble with columns and arches. There is also an elaborate mirrored Stalls Bar. The Palace Theatre is one of several West End Theatres owned by Really Useful Theatres Ltd.

Find out more about Match Point.

For further information about the Palace Theatre please contact Mike Townsend, Hirings Manager, on 020 7494 5200. This theatre, amongst others, can be viewed online via 360-degree I-Pix photographs.

To celebrate the release of Match Point, Film London in partnership with Visit London have produced a movie map.