Saturday, 16 November 2013

Prince Edward Theatre London

Theatre Address & Map

28 Old Compton Street, Soho, London, W1D 4HS


Facilities


  • Air conditioned
  • Bar
  • Disabled toilets
  • Infrared hearing loop
  • Toilets
  • Wheelchair accessible


Seating Description

The theatre seats 1618, and seating is split into stalls, dress circle and grand circle. The front row of both the dress and grand circle may have restricted viewing due to a hand rail. Legroom in the dress circle is generally restricted. There are ‘loges’ and slip seats at dress circle level.

The loges are situated on projections from the front of the dress circle, five sets of short, enclosed rows. View from these is side-on, with obstructing safety bars for many. In the grand circle, the side blocks offer somewhat limited viewing angles.

Bar Facilities

The Prince Edward Theatre has five licensed bars, one at street level, two at the stalls level, one selling soft drinks only, and one each at dress circle and grand circle level. The tariff is the same as all Delfont Makintosh theatres, which is better value than other West End venues. Soft drinks are from £1.50 and beer and wine is from £4.50.

Theatre History

The Prince Edward Theatre was designed by Edward A. Stone, with interior by Frenchmen Marc Henri Levy and Gaston Laverdet. It opened in 1930, named after Prince Edward, then Prince of Wales (later Edward VIII, after abdicating to his brother George VI, Duke of Windsor). Shortly after opening, the Prince Edward Theatre was renamed the London Casino, where it was home to dance and caberet performances.  In the war, stage alterations were undertaken by Thomas Braddock, reopening the venue as the Queensbury Services Club. During this time, shows were broadcast on the BBC for the benefit of the servicemen. After the war, it was reconverted into a theatre, the London Casino, and in the fifties, a cinema screen was installed. The venue became known as the Casino Cinerama Theatre.

In 1978, it was reconverted to its first function, as a theatre for shows and plays. The name the Prince Edward Theatre was reinstated. Since renovations increasing the size of the stage in 1992/3, making it a suitable venue for larger scale production, the theatre has been home to musicals including the ABBA musical, Mamma Mia, and Mary Poppins. The Prince Edward Theatre is currently owned by the Delfont Makintosh Group.

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