Location: 28 Old Compton Street
Currently Showing: Mary Poppins (opening soon)
Access: Piccadilly Circus (exit 4 – Shaftesbury Avenue)
Stage Door: Frith Street, out of main entrance turn right twice
Ownership: Delfont Mackintosh
Social Media: Twitter
The Prince Edward Theatre opened in 1930 with Rio Rita. In 1935, the theatre was converted into a dance and cabaret hall called London Casino. In 1941, the building (still the London Casino) was badly damaged during a WWII raid, but opened again the following year as the Queensberry All Services Club which broadcast shows on the BBC.
In 1954, the building was converted into a cinema called the Casino Cinerama Theatre. In 1978 it was converted back into a theatre and was the venue for the world premiere of Evita. Mamma Mia also premiered in this theatre in 1999 before transferring to the Prince of Wales Theatre (and now to the Novello Theatre).
Over the next years, it was home to Mary Poppins, Jersey Boys (now showing at the Piccadilly Theatre), the London revival of Miss Saigon, and Disney’s Aladdin.
The Prince Edward Theatre is situated in the heart of the West End only five minutes from Piccadilly Circus. Famous shopping streets Regent and Oxford Street are close to the theatre.
Our favourite nearby restaurants are:
- La Porchette Pollo Bar – Old Compton Street, Italian
- Bella Italia – Shaftesbury Avenue, vouchers available, wide menu
- Getti – Jermyn Street, Italian cuisine, reasonably priced, wide menu
- The Terrace – Le Meridien Hotel Piccadilly, British cuisine, classy experience, expensive
- The Theatre Cafe – Shaftesbury Avenue, café, hot drinks and snacks, displaying signed theatre memorabilia and playing cast recordings.
The premium seats are the centre of rows back to M. The ends of rows back to row K are cheaper but offer very good views of the stage. Rows S and back could be obstructed by the overhang of the next tier.
Where to buy tickets
The best place to buy tickets is direct from the Delfont Mackintosh website as they will be sold to you at face value (with a booking fee). There are tickets deals available sometimes so do have a look around.
Review from the Prince Edward
Miss Saigon – ★★★★★ “…a heart-breaking story of love, separation, betrayal and sacrifice.” Read more >>>