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What you need to know about Prince Edward Theatre:

Prince Edward Theatre is found on Old Compton Street, not far from Palace Theatre. It’s one of the more modern theatres in the West End. It opened in 1930.

It was originally named the Prince Edward Theatre, but changed its name in 1935 when it became the London Casino. This venture was very successful to begin with, but later suffered from financial difficulties.

Like several other theatres in the area, the building transformed into a cinema until it re-opened in 1978 when it was once again named Prince Edward Theatre. It reopened with a run of Evita by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. It’s since maintained this association with long-running musicals and seat-filling hits. Other productions to have played at the theatre include Mamma Mia!, Mary Poppins and Jersey Boys.

Cameron Mackintosh’s Delfont Mackintosh owns Prince Edward Theatre. It also owns Gielgud Theatre, Noel Coward Theatre, Novello Theatre, Prince Of Wales Theatre, Queen’s Theatre, Victoria Palace Theatre and Wyndham’s Theatre.

Top facts about Prince Edward Theatre:

  1. Evita opened at Prince Edward Theatre in 1978. The musical was such a success it ran until 1986.
  1. Prince Edward Theatre underwent significant refurbishment and renovations in 1992 when Delfont Mackintosh bought it. This included enlarging the stage and remodelling the auditorium.
  1. During the Second World War, Prince Edward Theatre (then called the London Casino) was the venue for Variety Band Box, a show broadcast to the British Forces stationed overseas.

Key information about Prince Edward Theatre:

Transport:

Tube: The closest tube station is Leicester Square (Piccadilly and Northern lines), which is just over five minutes walk from the venue. Alternatively use Tottenham Court Road (Central and Northern lines), which is just slightly further away.

Train: Charing Cross station on The Strand is served by Southeastern trains and is a 10-15 minute walk from the venue.

Bus: Bus numbers 3, 6, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 19, 22, 23, 38, 88, 94, 139, 159 and also 453 all travel close to Prince Edward theatre. To plan your journey in more detail, please visit the Transport for London website.

Parking:

West End Q-Park car parks can be found at:
Chinatown – 20 Newport Place, WC2H 7PR
Soho – Poland Street, W1F 7NQ
Trafalgar Square – Spring Gardens, SW1A 2TS
Leicester Square – Whitcomb Street, WC2H 7DT

Q-Park offers discounted parking for ticket-holders visiting participating West End theatres. Prince Edward Theatre is part of the Q-Park Theatreland Parking Scheme.

West End NCP car parks can be found at:
Shaftesbury – Selkirk House, Museum Street, WC1A 1JR
Covent Garden – Parker Street, WC2B 5NT

The closest car park to the theatre is: NCP Chinatown.

There is one blue badge parking space available on Frith Street.

Accessibility info:

Prince Edward Theatre is wheelchair accessible through a set of double EXIT doors that open onto Greek Street and are fitted with a ramp. Spaces for two wheelchairs and two companions are available in Box A. Alternatively there is transfer seating available in Row A. The theatre has space to store two wheelchairs and one scooter per performance.

There is an accessible toilet located on the right hand side of the foyer. Visitors needing to use it need to come in via the foyer entrance. Theatre staff are happy to help with access.

Working dogs are welcome in the theatre. Visitors can either take them into the auditorium or arrange for a friendly member of staff to dog sit during the show.

A hearing system is fitted in the theatre. You can borrow headsets from the Access Assistant at the theatre for a £5 deposit.

Prince Edward Theatre has developed a social story for visitors with autism and other access needs who might benefit with being more familiar with the theatre before visiting. This can be downloaded from the Prince Edward Theatre’s access page.

To discuss access requirements and to book tickets, please contact the access line on 0344 482 5137.

Accessibility discount?

Prince Edward Theatre offers discounts to disabled visitors, plus one companion. You can discuss these arrangements and book tickets through the access line number given above. 

Facilities:

Prince Edward Theatre has five bars where visitors can buy drinks and snacks before the performance and during the interval. These include the Mozart bar, which is at street level, and the Dress Circle bar with its own outdoor balcony area.

If you’re looking for somewhere to eat, you have a huge number of options in the streets next to the theatre or in the larger areas around Leicester Square and Covent Garden, where a number of places do special pre-theatre menus.

For more information, visit Prince Edward Theatre’s website