- Prince Edward Theatre
name = Prince Edward Theatre
caption = Prince Edward Theatre in 2005, with "Mary Poppins" posters
address = Old Compton Street
city = Westminster,
designation = Grade II listed
latitude = 51.513472
longitude = -0.130778
architect = Edward Stone
owner = Delfont Mackintosh
capacity = 1618
West End theatre
opened = 1930
rebuilt = 1946 T. and B. Braddock 1978 RHWL Architects
othernames = 1935 London Casino
1942 Queensberry All Services Club
1954 Casino Cinerama Theatre
website = www.delfontmackintosh.co.uk/theatres/prince-edward/The Prince Edward Theatre is a
West End theatresituated on Old Compton Street, just north of Leicester Square, in the City of Westminster.
The theatre was designed in 1930 by Edward A. Stone, [The exterior of the theatre was based on Stone's "Streatham Astoria Cinema"] with an interior designed by Marc-Henri Levy and Gaston Laverdet.Earl and Sell (2000) pp. 132] Named for Prince Edward (then the Prince of Wales, briefly Edward VIII and later Duke of Windsor), it opened on
April 3 1930with a performance of the musical " Rio Rita".
In 1935, Stone converted the theatre to a dance and cabaret hall, being renamed the "London Casino". In 1942, stage alterations were undertaken by Thomas Braddock, re-opening as the "Queensberry All Services Club" in 1942 – a club for servicemen, the shows were broadcast on the
BBC. After the war, the architects T. and B. Bradock restored the building to theatrical use, becoming the "London Casino" once again — when the "King of Yiddish Music" Leo Fuldhit the stage.Fact|date=June 2008 In 1954, the same architects converted it to a cinema, reopening as the "Casino Cinerama Theatre".
In 1974, the theatre was acquired by
impresario Bernard Delfont, and a new screen installed at a cost of £150,000. [http://www.arthurlloyd.co.uk/PrinceEdwardTheatre.htm "Prince Edward Theatre"] (Arthur Lloyd Theatre History) accessed 11 June 2008] Four years later, in 1978, it was converted back to a theatre, by RHWL Architects and given its original name, reopening with the world première of the musical "Evita" on 21 June 1978. Further renovations were undertaken by RHWL in 1992–93, increasing the size of the stage, reopening 3 March 1993with a revival of " Crazy for You". The ABBAmusical, " Mamma Mia!" premièred here on 6 April 1999, transferring to the Prince of Wales Theatre, after a five year run.
Owned by the Delfont Mackintosh Group, and with a capacity of 1,618, it currently hosts "
Jersey Boys" which opened 18 March 2008. Until January 12 2008it hosted "Mary Poppins", before the show toured.
Recent and present productions
*"Evita" (21 January 1978 - 8 February 1986) by
Andrew Lloyd Webberand Tim Rice, starring Elaine Paigeand David Essex
*"Chess" (14 May 1986 - 8 April 1989) by
Tim Rice, Björn Ulvaeusand Benny Anderson, starring Elaine Paigeand Barbara Dickson
Anything Goes" (4 July 1989 - 25 August 1990) by Cole Porter, starring Elaine Paige, John Barrowmanand Louise Gold.
*"Children of Eden" (8 January 1991 - 6 April 1991) by Stephen Schwartz and
*"The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber" (14 May 1991 - 25 May 1991), starring
*"The Hunting of the Snark" (24 October 1991 - 14 December 1991) by Mike Batt
Some Like it Hot" (19 March 1992 - 20 June 1992) by Jule Styne and Bob Merrill, starring Tommy Steele
Crazy for You" (3 March 1993 - 24 February 1996) by George and Ira Gershwin and Ken Ludwig, starring Ruthie Henshalland Kirby Ward
Martin Guerre" (10 July 1996 - 28 February 1998) by Claude-Michel Schönberg, Alain Boubliland Stephen Clarke
Show Boat" (28 April 1998 - 19 September 1998) by Jerome Kernand Oscar Hammerstein II
West Side Story" (6 October 1998 - 9 January 1999) by Stephen Sondheim, Leonard Bernsteinand Arthur Laurents
Mamma Mia!" (6 April 1999 - 27 May 2004) by Catherine Johnson and Björn Ulvaeusand Benny Andersson, starring Siobahn McCarthy, Louise Plowright, and, Jenny Galloway
*"Mary Poppins" (15 December 2004 - 12 January 2008), starring
Laura Michelle Kelly, Scarlett Strallen, Gavin Leeand Gavin Creel
Jersey Boys" (18 March 2008 - ) by Bob Gaudiobased on the music of Frankie Valliand The Four Seasons
* "Guide to British Theatres 1750-1950", John Earl and Michael Sell pp. 132 (Theatres Trust, 2000) ISBN 0-7136-5688-3
* [http://www.delfontmackintosh.co.uk/ Delfont Mackintosh Theatres]
* [http://www.london-theatreland.co.uk/theatres/prince-edward-theatre/theatre.php London Theatre Guide]
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