Built in 1910 for £12,000, Victoria Palace Theatre has a 1,550 audience capacity The theatre closed in April 2016 for this major 20-month refurbishment In response to the heating and ventilation challenge, we proposed a stack ventilation system to regulate the internal temperature in an efficient manner On Wednesday night, as Mackintosh escorted me through the magnificently restored theatre (essentially, a brand new building has been inserted into the shell of the old one) I could see and hear Jamael Westman, who portrays Alexander Hamilton — war hero, economist, master of bureaucracy — take his shot on the newly enlarged stage. Bat Out Of Hell played dates last summer at the London Coliseum (home of the English National Opera), which was appropriate because Steinman said he modelled his piece on Wagner's masterworks — except he ditched the classical music in favour of pure rock 'n' roll. 'He put the drains in when he acquired Buckingham Palace,' Mackintosh quipped. Steinman, who doesn't travel, kept an eye on performances (and director Scheib's work) via his own private video feed. Workmen still have some areas to finish, but Mackintosh said the bulk of it will be completed by opening night. 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The completely overhauled backstage has showers. Kerry Ellis, best known for her singing, is to play a non-musical role: Gwendolen in The Importance Of Being Earnest. Andrew Polec and Christina Bennington on stage for the launch of 'Bat Out of Hell The Musical', Bat Out Of Hell played dates last summer at the London Coliseum (home of the English National Opera), which was appropriate because Steinman said he modelled his piece on Wagner's masterworks. The theatre began life as a small concert room above the stables of the Royal Standard Hotel, a small hotel and tavern built in 1832 at what was then 522 Stockbridge Terrace, on the site of the present theatre – not, as sometimes stated, on land where the train station now stands. His remarks did goad me to putting on an extra few shades of gold.'. Capacity: 1517. Rob Fowler and Sharon Sexton, who played Raven's parents, are also in discussions about the West End return. 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There was a youthful vibe in London, and teens who'd been dragged along by parents seemed to like it — I even saw evidence that they returned, with their friends. The eye for detail is stunning. London's getting a fresh bout of Bat fever. And the sight lines were as good from the rear of the grand circle as from the best seats in the stalls. Cohl and Julian Stoneman, the show's general manager, said negotiations have begun, with the hopes that Andrew Polec and Christina Bennington, who originated the roles of Strat and Raven, will play them at the Dominion. Bat Out Of Hell is taking flight, setting course for the Dominion Theatre in the West End. Richard D'Oyly Carte, producer of the Gilbert and Sullivan operas, commissioned the theatre in the late 1880s. 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