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Princess of Wales Theatre

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Address: 284 King St W | Suite 300, Toronto, Ontario M5V 1J2, Canada
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+1 800-461-3333
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The Princess of Wales Theatre is a 2000-seat playhouse built by the father...

The Princess of Wales Theatre is a 2000-seat playhouse built by the father and son producing team of David and Ed Mirvish, just a block away from their historic Royal Alexandra Theatre. The Princess of Wales is the first privately owned and financed theatre built in Canada since 1907 - and the first anywhere in North America in over 30 years. Construction began on August 6, 1991, and the building opened to the public with the musical Miss Saigon on May 26, 1993.The theatre was built with maximum flexibility in mind. Its stage is one of the widest and deepest in North America - large enough to accommodate the most spectacular theatrical productions - and its technical facilities are state-of-the-art.

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The Princess of Wales Theatre was built by Ed Mirvish, specifically to host Miss Saigon. Prior to this 20 million dollar feat of private enterprise, Toronto did not have a theatre... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2014

The Princess of Wales Theatre was built by Ed Mirvish, specifically to host Miss Saigon. Prior to this 20 million dollar feat of private enterprise, Toronto did not have a theatre suitable for this production. The Princess of Wales is therefore Toronto's most technically advanced theatre where large scale major productions are usually offered. Most (but not all) seats have... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2014

The shows are excellent. The theatre is very comfortable and ergonomic. Great for spectacle theatre. Some past successes were BILLY ELIOT, WAR HORSE , LION KING. world Class productions.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2014

Such a lovely theatre - easily had a drink before the show, no lines for the washroom, comfy seats (balcony). Perhaps a little squished (I'm short but nearby patrons' knees were touching the seat in front of them). Show was outstanding, not a bad view in the house.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2014 via mobile

My eldest son and I saw The Book of Mormon and fully enjoyed it. My wife would definitely not have enjoyed it and would have walked out during the second number. The cast pumped out a pile of energy and they looked like they had as much fun as the audience. The seats aren't huge, at least not in the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2014

Very racy, politically incorrect, offensive and not for the weak of heart. IT WAS HILARIOUS. I am not a religious person so this did not offend me but if you are, this may be a little too much for you. A lot of swearing, raunchy s*x references and NOT FOR KIDS!!!! (Please no kids) I loved this musical but it... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2014

Just had a great evening at the Book of Mormon. We didn't have expensive tickets since we were late in booking but our view from the front upper balcony on the side turned out to be just fine.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2014

We saw Book of Mormons here recently. We sat in the first row (A51 and A52). It was a good view of the stage, but the gold bar on the ledge in front was a bit annoying. The seats seemed tight compared to the seats in the orchestra and they really were not that . The theatre itself is beautiful.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2014

We were lucky to acquire tickets for the only matinee for The Book Of Mormon. The seats were to the right of the orchestra with no one seated in front and so we had an excellent view of the stage. The theater has good acoustics and the seating is comfortable. It was nice to be able to buy ice cream... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2014

Somewhat entertaining and the performers are in great shape. I just get tired of the begging at the conclusion of the show. After shelling out $100 a ticket, I don't expect to hear the star performer begging that I empty my pockets again for the needy. What a scam having collectors at every exit making it feel you have been... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2014

My daughter and I recently went to the Princess of Wales theatre to see Book of Mormon. The show was amazing and what a setting! The theatre is beautiful and the people who work there are so friendly and helpful. We did the whole stage door thing and the lady at the merchandise store was so friendly and helpful. The... More 

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