Prince Edward Theatre - Current Show: Aladdin

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Old Compton Street, London, W1D 4HS - Prince Edward Theatre Tickets: 0844 482 5151

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Prince Edward Theatre in London West End

Prince Edward Theatre, London West End

Take an area famous for 'The Emporium', a large draper's store patronised by royalty and turn it into an area famous for a theatre, such were the beginnings of the Prince Edward Theatre. Named after the then Prince of Wales, it opened on 3 April 1930 with Rio Rita, a romantic musical comedy set in Mexico starring Edith Day and Geoffrey Gwyther. The show was a variation on the old theme of cops and robbers and had been a big hit in New York's Ziegfeld Theatre. Sadly, it did not find similar success with London audiences and closed after only 59 performances.

Prince Edward Theatre has again undergone some refurbishment to improve the bar areas and other facilities front of house and the artistes dressing rooms. For the first time audiences are able to walk out on the balcony outside the dress circle bar just as if it were a real Italian palazzo.

The Prince Edward Theatre is currently showing Aladdin.