How to find the Prince Edward Theatre

Prince Edward Theatre

Old Compton Street, London, W1D 4HS

Call the Box Office on 0844 482 5151
Phone lines are open Monday-Saturday 10am-8pm.
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Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 6BA.
Open Tuesday - Sunday from midday - 3pm.


Please note: Hot food is not permitted in the venue and any food consumed in the auditorium must have been purchased at the theatre.

Our theatres sell products which may contain allergens. Allergen information is available upon request from all bars or other staff selling refreshments around the venue.

Getting to the Prince Edward Theatre

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By Train or Tube

The nearest train station is Charing Cross.

The nearest tube stations are Leicester Square and Tottenham Court Road.

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By Bus

The nearest bus stops are serviced by numbers 19, 38, 14, 179, 29 and 24.

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By Car

If you are driving, you can take advantage of the Q-Park Theatreland parking scheme with 50% off car parking after midday for up to 4 hours.

There is also parking available at Meters at Soho Square (approx 200m) and NCP at Brewer Street.

Accessibility at the Prince Edward Theatre

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Parking

The theatre itself has no parking facilities but there are disabled bays nearby on Greek Street and Frith Street. For more information visit the City of Westminster website.

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Hearing

The theatre has an infrared system with headsets available at the Cloakroom. The duty manager in the Foyer will be able to assist with headsets. A deposit of a credit card/driving licence is required which will be returned at the end of the performance.

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Assistance Dogs

Assistance dogs are allowed in the auditorium. Alternatively, our staff are happy to dog sit during your performance.

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Wheelchairs

Wheelchair access to the auditorium is through an EXIT door on Greek Street, followed by a short ramp. Please make yourself known to a member of staff on arrival at the main entrance of the venue (Old Compton Street). There will be an Access Host who will be able to offer assistance and show you to your seating location.

Dress Circle Box 1 is able to accommodate up to two wheelchairs and 2 companions. Wheelchair transfer seating is also available in the Dress Circle in seat locations: A2 to A7, B2 to B5 and C1 to C4. Please note that there are a couple of steps to these seats.

We are able to store a maximum of 2 wheelchairs and one scooter per performance next to the exit door.

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Toilets

There is an adapted toilet on the right hand side of the foyer at street level. Once inside the auditorium patrons who require the adapted toilet may need to exit the theatre via Greek Street and enter via the foyer.

There are toilets located on all levels of the auditorium. Our access host will happily advise and guide should you require help.

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Autism

We know that communication is key for patrons who have Autism.

We want all our patrons to have a good experience while in our theatres, so we now have a visual tool for parents and carers to use with those on the autistic spectrum and/or with learning difficulties.

There are two versions. A printable version and a video version, both of which can be viewed via the links below.

We have been researching the benefits of using social stories and would like to offer a social story for a visit to Prince Edward Theatre. We know that people with autism find social situations difficult and understand that we are all unique.

Download theTheatre social story

Shows & Events at the Prince Edward Theatre

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Mary Poppins

Booking Until 13th February 2022

Hospitality at the Prince Edward Theatre

Champagne Package

Champagne Packages start from £137.50 per person and can include a Premium Seat, half a bottle of Champagne, a show programme, a souvenir brochure (where applicable) and a staff meet and greet service.
Already booked your tickets?

Call us on 020 7766 2112 add a Champagne Package from £40 per person for plays, or from £50 per person for musicals.

VIP Package

Opt for the full VIP treatment from £192.50 per person, which can include a Premium Seat, half a bottle of Champagne, a show programme, a souvenir brochure (where applicable) specially designated hospitality area, savoury canapes, your choice of drinks and a theatre host.
Already booked your tickets?

Call us on 020 7766 2112 to a VIP Package will cost from £95 per person for plays, or from £105 per person for musicals

There are two VIP rooms available for hire at the Prince Edward Theatre: The Amadeus Room which holds up to 12 people and the Prince's Room which holds up to 25 people.
If you would like to discuss venue hire then please enquire using the button below:

Facilities at the Prince Edward Theatre

Lost Property

If you have any enquiries regarding lost property at Prince Edward Theatre please email customer services.

Lost property will be kept at the theatre for one month.

Facilities

The theatre has five licensed bars. The Mozart Bar at street level, the Dress Circle Bar (with external balcony), the Stalls Bar, the Soft Drinks Bar at Stalls level and a further bar at Grand Circle level.

For a look at what great value drinks and snacks we offer and an example price list please available to download/view below:

Cloakrooms

For the safety and security of our patrons and employees, our cloakrooms are currently closed.

However, we work with Stasher who offer bag storage in many hotels and shops across London (all within close walking distance to our theatres).

HOW TO BOOK LUGGAGE STORAGE WITH STASHER

Bookings must be made online and it costs £5.40 for the day using the code "SHOWTIME".

For location options and to book:

Additional Security Using Canines

Delfont Mackintosh Theatres uncompromisingly prioritises the safety of its staff and visitors to all of its venues.

We have engaged the expertise of Global Support Services (GSS), a specialist canine services provider, to deploy explosive detection dog teams at our theatre. Their teams will be responsible for searching our venue and our audiences as they enter the venue prior to each show, daily.

Their teams have vast experience working with venues similar to ours and will seek at all times to be both reassuring and unintrusive. They have provided us with some guidance on our behaviours around their dogs whilst they are working.

Prince Edward Theatre History

Production Highlights

1929: The Emporium draper's shop was demolished and work began on a new theatre, designed by Edward Stone and built by Griggs and Son, with an art deco auditorium by Marc Henri and Laverdet decorated in warm shades of fuchsia and gold.

1930: The Prince Edward Theatre opened on 3 April with Rio Rita, a musical comedy by Harry Tierney.

Rio Rita poster from 1930

Rio Rita (1930)

1933: Four-week season by Josephine Baker, billed as 'The Idol of Europe'.

Rio Rita poster from 1930

Josephine Baker (1932)

1935: Acquired by a syndicate who also owned the French Casino in New York and the Casino in Miami. Reopened on 2 April 1936 as the London Casino, a cabaret restaurant. The first stage show was Folies Parisiennes followed by Bal Tabarin, La Revue d'Elegance and Folies de Minuit. Initially it took more money than any other place of entertainment in London, but eventually the lavish scale on which they operated led to serious financial problems.

1942: Converted to the Queensberry All Services Club for the rest of the war. From here Variety Band Box was broadcast to British Forces stationed overseas every Sunday afternoon. Among the names who appeared were Vera Lynn, Vic Oliver, Tommy Trinder, Stephane Grappelli, Jack Hilton, Tommy Handley, Mantovani, Glenn Miller, George Formby, Flanagan and Allan, Richard Murdoch and Joe Loss.

1946: Restored to theatrical use under the management of Tom Arnold and Emile Littler with Pick-Up Girl, produced by Peter Cotes.

Rio Rita poster from 1930

Folies Superbes (1938)

1947: Mother Goose, the first in a series of pantomimes that became an annual feature at the theatre, was put on with Stanley Holloway as Squire Skinflint. Subsequent Christmas seasons included Cinderella with Arthur Askey as Buttons, Aladdin with Julie Andrews and Jack and Jill with Michael Bentine and Charlie Chester.

Rio Rita poster from 1930

Queensberry Club (1942)

1947: First in a series of International Variety shows presented by Bernard Delfont that brought Chico Marx, Max Wall, Max Miller, The Inkspots (famous for the song 'Whispering Grass'), and Mistinguett ('The Idol of France') to the London Casino.

1949: Latin Quarter, Robert Nesbitt's 'luxury musical', was presented each year until 1952. One band greeted the audience in the foyer, another on stage and a third in the orchestra pit. Posies of fresh violets were placed on the seats and balloons were suspended from the ceiling.

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1953: Over the Moon, revue by Vivian Ellis starring Cicely Courtneidge.

1953: Wish You Were Here, a musical comedy with music and lyrics by Harold Rome, was set in a holiday camp and had a filled swimming pool on stage.

1954: Converted for large screen Cinerama and remained in use as a cinema until 1974 during which period it showed films such as How the West Was Won, The Bridge on the River Kwai, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and King Kong.

1978: The theatre reopened on 21 June, under its original name of the Prince Edward, with Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's ground-breaking musical Evita starring Elaine Paige, Joss Ackland and David Essex which ran until 1986.

Rio Rita poster from 1930

Mary Poppins (2004)

1992: The theatre was completely refurbished under the management of Delfont Mackintosh Theatres Limited. The stage was enlarged, the auditorium remodelled and redecorated and new side boxes added.

Rio Rita poster from 1930

Anything Goes (1990)

1993: Reopened on 3 March with the Gershwins's Crazy for You which ran for three years.

1999: MAMMA MIA!, the feel-good show with its entertaining story based on the songs of Abba, was a smash hit, taking record box office advances. It ran at the Prince Edward for five years before moving to the Prince of Wales, where it ran for a further 13 years and in September 2012 transferred to the Novello.

2004: The first stage version of P L Travers's ever-popular stories about the magical nanny, Mary Poppins opened in December. Presented by Disney and Cameron Mackintosh, it entranced both adults and children alike and ran for over 1,000 performances.

2008: Following its huge success on Broadway Jersey Boys The Story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons opened on 18 March and amongst many other awards won the 2009 Olivier Award for Best New Musical.

2014 Miss Saigon returned to the West End with a spectacular new production to celebrate the 25th anniversary of its original opening at London’s Theatre Royal Drury Lane.

2016 Disney’s dazzling production of Aladdin flew into the West End on its magical flying carpet.

2019 Mary Poppins flew back into the Prince Edward until even she was grounded by the coronavirus pandemic in March 2020.