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Prince Edward Theatre London

What’s On at Prince Edward Theatre

For the last decade the Prince Edward Theatre has hosted some of the West End’s most acclaimed musicals, and in 2024 MJ the Musical is the latest show to dazzle audiences at the venue. Fresh from Broadway, where it is still playing to great acclaim, this new jukebox musical looks at the creative drive behind Michael Jackson’s Dangerous World tour. Fans of the King of Pop will get a fascinating insight into his mind and process, but if you’re here for the smooth dance moves and iconic music, you won’t be disappointed: the choreography and vocal performances are out of this world.

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. Between 2019 and January 2023, the Prince Edward Theatre was home to the Olivier Award-winning stage adaptation of Mary Poppins, which originally played at the theatre in 2008.

Map and Address

28 Old Compton Street, London, W1D 4HS

The Prince Edward Theatre is located in the heart of Soho, close to the Palace Theatre and surrounded by bars, cafes and restaurants. There is plenty to do in the theatre’s immediate vicinity, with Seven Dials and Covent Garden also around a 5-7 minute walk away. Piccadilly Circus, Shaftesbury Avenue and Leicester Square are also nearby, offering many options for pre and post-theatre dining. Oxford Street is also 10 minutes from the theatre, and is one of London’s biggest shopping areas. Its West End location means there’s much to do near the theatre, so plan ahead and check for any delays.

Frequently Asked Questions

What time does the Prince Edward Theatre box office open and how do I collect tickets?

The box office is open from 2 hours and 30 minutes before the start of the show for in-person bookings and collection, until 15 minutes after curtain up. On matinee days, the box office remains open between performances.

What time does the Prince Edward Theatre open for a show?

The theatre opens around 60 minutes before the show starts.

What food and drink are available at the Prince Edward Theatre?

There are five bars within the 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.

Does the Prince Edward Theatre have a cloakroom?

There are cloakroom facilities at the theatre for ticket holders 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.

Is the Prince Edward Theatre air-conditioned?

There is an air cooling system in place in the theatre.

Where should I eat near the Prince Edward Theatre?

The 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.

What is the best hotel to stay at near the Prince Edward Theatre?

For a premium hotel experience to accompany your trip to the 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.

How do I contact the box office?

The box office can be contacted via email on
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