Prince Edward Theatre



  • A theater in Old Compton Street, London. The Prince Edward, which was built in 1930 to stage musicals and revues, seats 1645 and has one of the largest stages in the West End. In 1936 it was converted into a smart cabaret-restaurant and renamed the London Casino. After World War II, for most of which it served as a forces' club, the theater returned to its original purpose and presented a series of musicals, including Ivor Novello's The Dancing Years (1947). In 1954, however, it was converted to screen films in the widescreen 'Cinerama' format and live shows did not return until the early 1970s. From 1978 until 1986 the Prince Edward housed Andrew Lloyd-Webber's Evita, its most successful presentation to date. Since its complete refurbishment in 1992 - 93 it has presented a series of hit musicals, including Alain Boublil's Martin Guerre (1996 - 98), Mamma Mia! (1999 - 2004), Richard Eyre's spectacular Mary Poppins (2005 - 08), and Jersey Boys (2008 - ). The Prince Edward is now part of the Delfont Mackintosh group of theaters.