London’s Victoria Palace


Eden is still working on his memoir of his days as a stagehand during the 1960s and early ‘70s. During lockdown, Harry Dunbar, Head of Stage at London’s Victoria Palace, kindly showed him round the theatre. Lavishly restored by Sir Cameron Mackintosh, both front of house and backstage, the only thing that hasn’t changed at the ‘dear old VP’ since Eden’s time as head flyman is the fly floor, where he used to run a team of six. Harry, these days unmasked and with smash hit Hamilton to look after, rules the roost there as well as running the stage crew below. Where once the crew used to pop to the pub between almost every cue, drinking during the show is now, quite rightly, a sackable offence.