The Prince Edward Theatre opened up in the year 1930 and was designed by Edward A. Stone. The house was built at the site where once stood a Draper’s store called ‘The Emporium’. It had received patronage even form the royal family of Britain. It was named after the then Prince of Wales, Rio Rita was the musical that was hosted in its inaugural night. The musical didn’t perform well but venue went on to receive positive reviews. Another interesting even that was associated with the house during its days of inauguration was performance of the notable cabaret artist of the time, Josephine Baker. Called “The idol of Europe’, baker performed her acclaimed Bananas Dance. She was extremely impressed with the enormous size of the venue and went on to compare it with the large pastures and meadows.
Located on the Old Crompton Street, north of the Leicester Square, in the City of Westminster, London, it is one of the remarkable West End venues. The house was badly damaged in one of the worse war raids during the World War II. The destruction was so massive that it destroyed the nearby buildings in the Greek Street. The stage alterations of the house were undertaken by Thomas Braddock and the venue reopened as “Queensberry All Services Club”. Shows shot here were widely televised on BBC. One the war was over; the venue was almost rebuilt by T and B Braddock.
The house was converted for theatrical usage four years later in 1978 by RHWL Architects and was given back its original name. The world premiere of the musical Evita was hosted here on 21st June 1978. The house was renovated again in RRHWL in 1992-93; it increased the size of stage. Following the renovation, the venue opened on 3rd March 1993 with the revival of the show for Crazy for You. Some of the popular productions that have been hosted at the Prince Edward Theatre include Anything Goes, Some like It Hot, Crazy for You, Show Boat and West Side Story. Another show that has enjoyed a superb run was the ABBA musical Mamma Mia. The West End premiere of the musical was hosted her eon 6th April 1999 and was transferred from here to Prince of Wales following a fabulous run of five years.
The currently running show at the Prince Edward theatre is the tribute to the Four Seasons. It was in 2008 when the musical commenced its West End run at the venue and since then has been enjoying a triumphant run here. The show features the remarkable journey of the four seasons commencing from the wrong side of the tracks. Their smashing hits that are a part of the show include Sherry, Walk like A Man, December 1963 (Oh What a Night), Bye Baby and Big Girls Don’t Cry.
The venue is centrally located in close proximity to the tube station of the Leicester Square. It is approachable by walk and can be reached from the Northern and the Piccadilly Line both. The area is frequented by quite a good number of buses while the nearest car park can be found in Chinatown.