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Format: 19 Oct 2017

Prince Edward Theatre, London


Venue Information

The Prince Edward Theatre oozes luxury upon first glance, helped along by its mahogany panels, overwhelmingly scarlet plush furnishings and brightly lit boxes. With an aura of the most extravagant cinema you will ever go to, the Prince Edward excels at putting on major musicals with a remarkably good record. 


Nearest Tube Station:

Leicester Square

Tube Lines:

Piccadilly, Northern

Directions From Tube:

(5mins) Take Charing Cross Road until you reach the crossroads with Shaftesbury Avenue. Passing the Palace Theatre, take Langley Mow on the left and follow it on.

Bus Numbers:

(Shaftesbury Avenue) 14, 19, 38; (Charing Cross Road) 24, 29, 176

Night Bus Numbers:

(Shaftesbury Avenue) 14, N5, N19, N20, N38; (Charing Cross Road) 24, 176, N29, N41, N279

Nearest Rail Station:

Charing Cross

Nearest Car Park:

Chinatown (3mins)

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Prince Edward Theatre

28 Old Compton Street, London, W1D 4HS


It’s a shame that the sizable 1,600-seat Prince Edward Theatre, with one of the West End’s biggest stages, opened in 1930 with a series of such terribly performing musicals. Things got so bad for the theatre that it was forced to turn into a casino-cabaret-restaurant by 1936. The good news was that the newly launched ‘London Casino’ was exceptionally profitable – that is, until the outbreak of war in 1939.

The venue was too good to stay closed though, and instead was used by the Armed Forces to broadcast entertainment abroad to keep troops’ morale up. Having kept it warm, the Forces vacated by 1946 and the London Casino came to life once again, this time benefiting from the staging of variety shows. But by 1954, the performance element of this glorious theatre had completely disappeared, installing a giant screen and rebranding itself as ‘The Casino Cinerama Theatre’.

It took another 20 years for the venue’s theatricality to be restored. Realising its potential for huge musical productions, it was renovated by Bernard Delfont and given back its original name – the Prince Edward Theatre – and ended up putting on its most successful musical. Evita opened in 1978 and ran for 8 years, kicking off an era of hits. Of course, there have been a couple of doozies along the way (The Hunting of the Snark and Children of Eden didn’t exactly have critics up on their feet), but with a bill of shows that includes Mamma Mia!, Mary Poppins, Anything Goes, Chess and the current production Jersey Boys, you can imagine that the creators of the Prince Edward Theatre would be proud. 

Inside Track

Elaine Paige played the leading lady in three musicals one after the other here – in Evita, Chess and Anything Goes, playing Eva Peron, Florence and Reno Sweeney respectively.

The composer Mozart lived at 28 Frith Street for two years in the 18th century – currently the location of Prince Edward’s stage door.

The Prince Edward was the first theatre of six in total to open in the year 1930 – an especially busy year for theatre.

Seat Plan

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Nearest Restaurants

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Kettner's Restaurant

  • Address: 29 Romilly Street, London , W1D 5HP
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Zizzi - Central St Giles

  • Address: 8 Central St Gile Plaza, London , WC2H 8AB
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  • Address: 48 Greek Street, London, W1D 4EF
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Quo Vadis

  • Address: 26-29 Dean Street, London , W1D 3LL
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Ruby Blue

  • Address: 1 Leicester Place, Leicester Square, London, WC2H 7BP
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  • Address: 30 St Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4ER
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Léon de Bruxelles

  • Address: 24 Cambridge Circus, London, WC2H 8AA
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The Two Sportsmen

  • Address: 36-40 Rupert Street , London , W1D 6DW
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Thai Square Soho

  • Address: 27-28 St. Anne's Court, London, W1F 0BN
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  • Address: 7 Central St Giles Piazza, London, WC2H 8AJ
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  • Address: 100 Wardour Street, London, W1F 0TN
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Mele e Pere

  • Address: 46 Brewer St, Soho, W1F 9TF
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