Prince Edward Theatre

Prince Edward Theatre

Sample the hospitality at Prince Edward Theatre

Located in London’s famous West End, the Prince Edward Theatre has entertained families, guests and visitors nearly 100 years.

Highlights

  • Grab a pre-show drink at the Dress Circle Bar and soak up the sounds of London’s West End from the adjacent balcony
  • Enjoy the fully restored art deco interior featuring the thirty-foot grand drape.
  • Explore lobby and other public areas which house many posters and artefacts from the theatre’s long history.

What to see and do

The Prince Edward Theatre provides an all-inclusive, unforgettable experience for the theatre lover.

The Theatre

The theatre has played home to many different groups since its opening in 1930. From amazing theatrical works to radio and even cinematic productions, the Prince Edward Theatre has truly stood the test of time. While it has been remodelled several times over the years, careful attention was paid to honour the original design. In keeping with the Art Deco style of the 1920s and 1930s, guests will be transported to a time gone by.

Food and Beverage

The Prince Edward Theatre is home to five licensed bars for patrons to enjoy. Located at the street level is the Mozart Bar. The Dress Circle Bar, located on the second level, offers access to the balcony so guests can enjoy a drink prior to the show. 

Located on the stalls level, guests will find the Stall Bar as well as the Stalls Soft Drink Bar. And finally, the Grand Circle Level hosts a bar for guests seated in that area. Please note that hot food is not served and any food items found in the auditorium must have been purchased from one of the hospitality vendors.

Special Occasions

For special occasions and private parties, the Prince Edward Theatre has two, well-appointed rooms available for hire. The Princes Room can accommodate up to 24 people and the cosy Amadeus Room can host up to 12 guests. 

The theatre offers several package options to help guests create an unforgettable evening. For package pricing and to reserve one of these well-appointed rooms as part of your theatre experience, guests should contact the theatre.

Stasher and Luggage Storage

For guests that are just arriving in London or catching one more show before heading back home, the Prince Edward Theatre does provide access to a luggage storage area. It should be noted, however, that space in the luggage storage area is rather limited and does fill up quickly. 

For this reason, the theatre has a partnership with nearby Stasher facilities who offer luggage and bag storage to hotels and theatres all across London. There are several facilities within walking distance of the theatre and the theatre staff will be happy to assist any guest with the storage of their personal belongings.

Did you know: (3 interesting facts!)

  1. In 1935 the theatre was purchased by a group that also owned casinos in New York and Miami. They promptly closed the theatre, remodelled it, and reopened on April 2, 1936 as The London Casino and Cabaret. 
  2. In 1953, the theatre produced the musical comedy “Wish You Were Here” written by Harold Rome. This entertaining production was set at a summer camp and included a swimming pool on stage!
  3. The first production at the Prince Edward Theatre was the musical comedy “Rita, Rita” by Harry Tierney.

History

  • In 1942, the theatre was converted into the Queensbury All Services Club. The location hosted the Variety Band Box radio broadcast for British soldiers fighting overseas. Glenn Miller, Vic Oliver, Jack Hilton, and Richard Murdoch are just a few of the famous names that participated in these broadcasts.
  • In 1954, the theatre kept up with the changing times by being converted into a cinema and presenting works such as “How the West Was Won” and “The Bridge Over The River Kwai”.
  • 1978 brought restoration to the theatre as it returned to presenting live theatrical productions.
  • In 1992, the theatre was completely refurbished, additional seating was added and the stage was enlarged.
  • March 3, 1993, the theatre reopened with a production of “Crazy For You” which ran for 3 years. The Prince Edward Theatre has been entertaining audiences with top-notch productions since reopening.

Facilities and accessibility

For patrons with hearing impairments, headsets are available. A refundable deposit may be required. Additionally, guide dogs are permitted in the theatre. Alternatively, theatre staff are always happy to dog-sit while patrons enjoy the show.

For guests requiring mobility assistance, wheelchair/scooter access to the theatre is available. The theatre is able to accommodate two wheelchairs and one scooter per performance. Transfer seating is available in Row A. Please contact the box office if you require assistance.

For patrons with adults or children on the autism spectrum or with learning challenges, the Prince Edward Theatre offers a visual tool for parents and caregivers to use. It is the desire of the theatre for all guests and patrons to enjoy their theatre experience.