Cameron Mackintosh is to collaborate with Michelin-starred chef and restaurateur Jason Atherton on a new bar for the Victoria Palace Theatre.
The theatre is home to Hamilton and will now also play host to Pavlova’s bar from June 21. It is named after the Russian ballet dancer Anna Pavlova whose statue sits atop the West End venue, which Mackintosh reopened in 2017 after a £60 million refurbishment.
The bar will serve a variety of drinks, as well as a limited food menu, for audiences attending a show at the Victoria Palace, but will also be open to customers throughout the day.
Mackintosh said this would open up the theatre beyond show times.
He said: “When I restored and extended the Victoria Palace Theatre, I planned to open part of the building as a bar available to the general public, not just theatregoers.
“I wanted to partner with one of London’s most brilliant restaurateurs – and to my mind Jason Atherton is top of the bill, so I was thrilled when he enthusiastically agreed to create Pavlova’s.”
Atherton’s restaurants include the Michelin-starred Pollen Street Social and City Social.
The chef added: “I’m delighted to be launching Pavlova’s in Victoria’s bustling theatre district in partnership with Cameron Mackintosh. The Victoria Palace is a stunning building and we’re honoured to now be a part of its longstanding history.”