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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. 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

The box office is open from 10am until 7:45pm on Monday-Saturday for in-person bookings and collection.
The theatre opens around 60 minutes before the show starts.
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.
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.
There is an air cooling system in place in the 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.
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.
The box office can be contacted via email on
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