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Prince Edward Theatre London

About the Prince Edward Theatre

The Prince Edward Theatre is a formidable building in the heart of Soho that opened in 1930 and was designed by the architect Edward Stone. For over 40 years the building's use regularly changed, being used as a cabaret hall, a servicemen's club and the venue chosen for the UK's first Cinerama – a huge screen, three-projector film experience. The theatre was acquired by EMI in the 1970s and renovated to return it back to theatrical use.

The new Prince Edward Theatre opened with the world premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical Evita in 1978, which played at the venue for eight years, followed by the UK premiere of Chess the Musical, both of which starred Elaine Paige.

In the early 1990s, the theatre was acquired by Delfont Mackintosh and underwent further renovations to widen the stage and improve facilities. Notable productions include the world premiere of the ABBA musical Mamma Mia (now playing at the Novello Theatre), Jersey Boys, and Disney's Aladdin. Since 2019, the Prince Edward Theatre has been home to the Olivier Award-winning stage adaptation of Mary Poppins, which originally played at the theatre in 2008.

Plan your visit

The Prince Edward Theatre opens around 60 minutes before the show starts. The Box Office opens from 10am on Monday-Saturday.
There's isn't a specific dress code for a show at the Prince Edward Theatre. Some patrons dress up to make the most of the evenings, while others wear more comfortable attire.
There is an air cooling system in place in the Prince Edward Theatre.
There are cloakroom facilities at the Prince Edward Theatre for ticketholders to store personal items and bags. The cloakroom operates on a first-come, first-served basis. Items left in the cloakroom will be subject to security checks.
Booster seats are available for children at the Prince Edward Theatre. They are given out on a first-come, first-served basis, so arrive early to avoid disappointment. Please ask an usher to assist you if you require one.
Upon entry to the theatre, security staff will complete a ticket and bag check. Patrons are encouraged to arrive early to allow plenty of time.
There are five bars within the Prince Edward Theatre – the Mozart Bar, the Stalls Bar, the Dress Circle Bar, the Soft Drink Bar and a further bar in the grand circle. The bars serve a wide range of refreshments, including alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, crisps, confectionery and ice creams.
The Prince Edward Theatre is located in the heart of Soho and is on Old Compton Street, where there is a wide range of eating establishments to grab a pre or post-theatre dinner. Why not head to modern brasserie Balan's Soho, which is just a couple of minutes walk away from the theatre, or grab some of America's finest fried chicken at Slim Chicken's, which is across the road from the theatre.
For a premium hotel experience to accompany your trip to the Prince Edward Theatre, try the Soho Hotel, which is a 10-minute walk from the theatre. This five-star hotel has world-class amenities and is perfectly located for exploring the West End and beyond. If you're on a tighter budget, consider the Zedwell Piccadilly, which is a 15-minute walk away and has compact rooms in the heart of central London.
The Prince Edward Theatre opened in 1930 and was designed by architect Edward Stone. It was named after the then Prince Edward, who became King Edward VIII until his abdication in 1936. The theatre was badly damaged during World War II and reopened after the war as a club for servicemen. In 1954, the theatre was converted into a cinema and was used as such for 20 years before being converted back to theatrical use in 1978, when Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical Evita premiered. It has since played host to many large-scale musical theatre productions.

Help booking tickets

Tickets are held at the box office for collection on the day of your performance, don't forget to bring along a copy of your confirmation email and a form of ID.
The Prince Edward Theatre box office is open from 10am until 7:45pm on Monday-Saturday for in-person bookings and collection.
The Prince Edward Theatre box office can be contacted via email on customer.service@delfontmackintosh.co.uk.
STAR (Society of Ticket Agents and Retailers) are the industry body that regulates the sale of London theatre tickets. When booking from a company you can check their ticket seller database to see if they are registered and conforming to STAR practices. When buying online, you should also check for the padlock in your browser URL bar to ensure the connection is secure.
The Prince Edward Theatre's 1,727-capacity auditorium, along with its bar spaces and VIP rooms can be hired for private and corporate events. For full details of pricing and what the theatre can offer email petmanagers@delfontmackintosh.co.uk.
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