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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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Great show, but awkward theatre

We enjoyed the production of the Book of Mormon. The Princess of Wales would be better served with improved signage to get to one's seats. The ground staff instructions just to... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 19 November 2014
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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2014

We enjoyed the production of the Book of Mormon. The Princess of Wales would be better served with improved signage to get to one's seats. The ground staff instructions just to get to the orchestra level from the street level entry were confusing, with combinations of "up the stairs, turn right, turn left" etc. Seats had good sight-lines, but are... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2014 via mobile

We went to see The Book Of Mormon at the theater. It's a great area. It's a nice theater. It's a great place to see a show and they have a bar! There's a ton of restaurants around The theater district. There is also parking underground. However it's a little slow getting out of there after a show but at... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2014

This was our 1st visit to a theatre and it was a really good experience. The performance was excellent and the facility is a really nice old building. There are lots of great eating places close by and is within walking distance of many hotels.

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Toronto, Canada
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2014

Let's start seeing some upgrades to this facility. For what you pay in ticket prices, you would think they would put money back into this place. The selection of snacks at the bar are disgusting and over priced with very poor service from angry employees who do not want to be there.

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Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2014

Really nice theatre. Very friendly staff. Fantastic production. We laughed throughout the entire musical.

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Toronto, Canada
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2014

I guess this might be funny for those who like to guffaw every time there is an obscene word on stage. This show, with its not very memorable music, was low class and coarse, full of childish vulgarities. The theatre too is showing its age with frayed and slightly worn carpets

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Castlemore, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2014

I really enjoyed the Princess of Wales theatre. The sound is great and the seats are comfortable. I sat in the orchestra section and watched Book of Mormon. Great show as well. I heard even the TIFF movies are best at Princess of Wales theatre compared to most other TIFF sites.

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Winnipeg, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2014

I liked sitting in the orchestra area, very comfortable and the musical was great. The theatre is beautiful and the staff friendly.

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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 10 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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