Sitting just north of Leicester Square in the City of Westminster lies a testament to modern stage productions - the Prince Edward Theatre. Named after the Prince of Wales/Duke of Windsor, it opened in 1930 with a performance of 'Rio Rita'. The venue has spent time as a dance, cabaret hall and a cinerama, before reverting back into theatrical use in the 1970's with the world premiere of ‘Evita’. The theatre has continued to gain reputation for hosting some of the biggest West End productions, including ‘Crazy for You’, ‘Miss Saigon’, ‘Mary Poppins’ and the premier of ‘Mamma Mia!’ It currently houses Disney’s ‘Aladdin’. While its programme is undoubtedly full of spectacular productions, the building itself is reason enough to visit the Prince Edward. Its exterior mimics an Italian palace and its interior sports art deco designs, making it an architectural feast for the eyes and adding to the grandeur of the overall theatre experience. The venue underwent refurbishments during the 1990’s, but retained its authentic charm complemented by modern day facilities.
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