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Bruce Forsyth was among the stars celebrating the London Palladium's centenary

Bruce Forsyth was among the stars celebrating the London Palladium's centenary

Bruce Forsyth was among the stars celebrating the London Palladium's centenary

Bruce Forsyth and Jason Donovan were among the showbiz stars celebrating the centenary of the "greatest variety theatre in the world".

Ken Dodd, Lesley Garrett and Des O'Connor were also among those gathered at the London Palladium, where Strictly Come Dancing host Bruce unveiled a plaque marking the occasion.

Bruce, who first played the theatre 52 years ago and hosted the television show Sunday Night At The London Palladium for many years, said: "This place just means everything to me.

"Anybody that was anybody played the Palladium. It had a worldwide name and if you played the London Palladium you had made it.

"You can tell a lot about a theatre by its atmosphere even when it is empty. Some places never have any atmosphere when they are full but this place is special."

The TV legend, who recalled sharing the stage with Nat King Cole in 1961, cut a birthday cake in the shape of the venue.

He was joined by Andrew Lloyd Webber, who owns the theatre, and Danielle Hope who will play Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz at the venue next year.

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Lord Lloyd-Webber said: "Today's celebration is about recognising the rich history of this wonderful theatre and the fantastic performers who have graced its stage. It is also about the beginning of the biggest programme of refurbishment and change in the Palladium's history and I'm delighted to announce the restoration of the iconic revolving stage and plans for the complete refurbishment of the Front of House areas."

Among the names that have topped the bill at the theatre are Harry Houdini, The Beatles and Frank Sinatra.


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