Prince Edward Theatre
Prince Edward Theatre is located on Old Compton Street in Soho, London. It opened in 1930 to the designs of Edward A. Stone, and the first performance shown here was the musical Rio Rita in April of that year. The theatre has undergone many name changes since its opening, being renamed as the ‘London Casino’ in 1935 as it was converted to a dance and cabaret hall, and in 1942 it was named ‘Queensbury All Services Club’, with shows broadcast from the theatre by the BBC. It has since been converted back to a theatre, made into a cinema and finally become a theatre again with its original name in 1978, opening with the world premiere of the musical, Evita.
Prince Edward Theatre showed the original ABBA musical, Mamma Mia! from 1999 until 2004 where it transferred to the Prince of Wales theatre, and it also hosted Mary Poppins for just over three years, before it went on a UK tour.
The Prince Edward Theatre is currently home to a revival production of Miss Saigon.
Prince Edward Theatre is a short walk from Leicester Square tube station which is on both the Piccadilly and Northern lines.
The Prince Edward Theatre is located down the backstreets of Leicester Square, near to everything that the area has to offer including numerous restaurants, theatres, shops and hotels. Hotels near Prince Edward Theatre London include the 4-star Best Western Premier Shaftesbury Hotel, a short walk away. Amenities include free internet access in rooms, bathroom TVs, fitnes room and lounge.
The Prince Edward has quite a large seating capacity, with room for 1,618 people on three levels – Stalls, Dress Circle and Upper Circle. For guidance on where to purchase tickets, view the seating plan on the right.
Top Tips for Visiting the Prince Edward Theatre
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- In stalls there isn’t really a bad seat in the house due ot the wide open space and good rake. I didn’t sit in the front rows but imagine you might be looking up at the stage a bit – Ben, Stoke Newington