Designed by Edward Stone and with a capacity of more than sixteen hundred- the Prince Edward Theatre was opened in April 1930. The theatre was originally designed to be a multi purpose venue- hosting musicals, revue and movies. The building was chosen as the site for the London Casino which opened in 1936. The building was then converted to a cabaret restaurant- and gamblers and diners alike enjoyed spectacular stage shows.
During WWII the theatre became a club for servicemen and was renamed ‘The Queensbury All Services Club.’ After the war some of the musicals and revue shows returned to the Prince Edward- they stayed until to theatre was converted again in 1954 the show ‘Cinerama’ movies.
The Prince Edward Theatre recalled its name and former purpose in 1978 when the celebrated musical ‘Evita’ began an eight year run. Since then the Prince Edward has staged various musicals including ‘Chess’, ‘Anything Goes’ and ‘Some Like it Hot.’ The theatre underwent a massive refurbishment in 1992 and now boasts air conditioning, disabled access and a new sound system. There can be few Theatre venues in London that can claim such a varied and illustrious history.
The Prince Edward Theatre can be easily accessed via Leicester Square or Tottenham Court Road underground station.