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Royal Alexandra Theatre

260 King St. W. | (at Simcoe St.), Toronto, Ontario M5V 1H9, Canada (Downtown Toronto)
416-872-1212
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Ranked #104 of 341 Attractions in Toronto
Type: Theaters, Performances
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Owner description: A masterpiece of beaux-arts architecture, the historic Royal Alexandra is Toronto's senior theatre and, at 101, never having been converted to any other use, the oldest continuously operating legitimate theatre in North America.The Royal Alexandra is also North America's first truly "royal" theatre - "royal" by patent from Edward VII - named with royal permission for his consort, Alexandra, a Danish princess and great-grandmother of the present queen.2013/2014 Season:I LOVE LUCY LIVE ON STAGE Begins October 15, 2013ONCE a new musical Nov 26, 2013 - January 5, 2014METAMORPHOSIS Jan 28, 2013 - March 9, 2014THE LAST CONFESSION April 18 - June 1, 2014

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Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Regardless of how good the plays might be; I can never be comfortable sitting in this theater. As many have said the seating area is cramped. Leg room is so minimal it hurts. I am always wanting to get out of there as quickly as possible. I feel bad as I am a guest; but I am not sure I... More

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Toronto
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108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

I came here to see Arcadia and had a great time. The theatre is old school and feels like you're in the past in a good way. I was seated in the orchestra section so had a good view with no problems hearing what was going on. My only complaint would be that the washroom are downstairs, this presents a... More

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Toronto, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

This is a lovely old theatre, but BE WARNED that if you are of average or above-average size you will have an agonizing experience in the balcony. The seating in both the 1st and 2nd balconies is suitable only for children or those with very short legs. The orchestra seats are somewhat better, but still less than generous.

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Toronto
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11 attraction reviews
108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Mirvish generally stages mediocre theatre for the masses; however from time to time a good production does come here. But - it's not worth the discomfort you have to endure: this theatre gets the award for the worst acoustics, most uncomfortable seats, and most unctuous ushers. Seats afford literally about 6 inches of leg room which is wonderful during a... More

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Georgetown, Canada
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8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

We have attended many theatrical events over the years. We have only felt the need to leave a performance twice before, once when the show was simply too offensive for our tastes with little or no redeeming features to us and once because the show was simply too boring for our taste. This show was certainly not offensive. In fact... More

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Toronto, Canada
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

We've seen several performances there this year, inlcuding our personal favourite - Rain A Tribute to the Beatles. This year's line up looks to be exceptional. The interior is classic in design and kept clean. We have yet to have a bad seat, all sight lines appear to be good. Can't wait for our subscription to start.

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Toronto
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

The most positive thing to say is that the acting of David Suchet and indeed the whole cast of this play was excellent, they are all very talented performers. I had mixed feelings about the play itself, found it difficult to follow at times and either boring or stimulating at turns. Maybe it's just not my kind of play, but... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

We saw the Last Confession last night and overall the performances were quite good. David Suchet is clearly a gifted actor and delivered a solid performance. The theatre itself has a lot of character and I'm sure if the walls could speak, would have thousands of great stories to tell. On the downside, the seats are absolutely the most uncomfortable... More

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GTA, Ontario, Canada
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44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Acting was awesome! Theatre was full and people enjoyed the play. The theme, which was about corruption in the Catholic Church was difficult to hear about, but, after reading about this time I am afraid that I believe it. Seats are terrible and very uncomfortable and extremely small. If you have to go to he balcony, beware and there are... More

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Toronto, Canada
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9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

So enjoyed the performance. The cast was balanced and their interaction strong. I really must comment on the notion that audiences now have of providing a 'standing ovation' at the end of every performance - please folks ... that is for an outstanding evening of theatre not a solid performance. Whilst the play was well acted and cast including Mr.... More

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