The Palace Theatre is one of Manchester’s major theatres and one of the most successful in England. It opened on central Oxford Street in 1891, surviving the Manchester Blitz and several renovations through the years, while hosting a plethora of top touring musicals and high-profile acts over the years. A premier venue in the Northern city, the Palace and its sister venue, the Manchester Opera House, cater to many different tastes, reflecting Manchester’s diverse cultural scene. In the early 20th century, Hollywood greats have made appearances on the Palace stage, such as the ‘The Wizard of Oz’s’ Judy Garland, and classic comedy duo, Laurel and Hardy, while contemporary acts include X Factor star Alexandra Burke and local comic legend, Peter Kay. Some of the most well known touring repertoires have further illustrated its prominent venue status, including the likes of Mamma Mia!, Miss Saigon and Flashdance. Otherwise known as the Grand Lady of Oxford Street, the Palace Theatre was created by designer Alfred Darbyshire. Despite being bombed during the Second World War, theatre-goers can still see some of the original architectural elements in the facade and windows. Its historical significance and structural grandeur make it one of the city's most iconic landmarks of The Arts.