Prince Edward Theatre

Prince Edward Theatre, 28 Old Compton Street, London, W1D 4HS


Prince Edward Theatre Prince Edward Theatre

The Prince Edward Theatre was designed by architect Edward A. Stone and constructed in 1930 on the site of a huge draper’s shop known as The Emporium. The Art Deco decoration used in its interior was designed by Frenchmen Gaston Laverdet and Marc-Henri Levy. Several failed shows forced the theatre’s owners to lease the building for trade films, and then it was converted into a casino until 1940, when the onset of war ended spectacular shows like Folies Parisiennes.

After the war, the Prince Edward Theatre became a theatre again, but with a new name, the London Casino, a venue for pantomimes, variety shows, ballet and revues. It did a stint as a cinema until 1974, when it was renamed the Prince Edward Theatre once more and reopened with Evita by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber, which ran for nearly eight years. Notable productions at this theatre include Mamma Mia, Jersey Boys, Mary Poppins and Chess.

The Prince Edward Theatre is at Old Compton Street, London, W1D 4HS, and has a seating capacity of 1,645 on three levels. The closest tube station is Leicester Square, 300 metres away, and it is on the 14, 19 and 38 bus routes.


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