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Royal Alexandra Theatre

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Address: 260 King St. W. | (at Simcoe St.), Toronto, Ontario M5V 1H9, Canada
Phone Number: 416-872-1212
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Description: A masterpiece of beaux-arts architecture, the historic Royal Alexandra is...
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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A gorgeous venue for an intimate performance

The entrance is odd. It feels cramped. You are shuffled in and it fills up so quickly you soon find yourself too intimately pressed up against another theatre-goer. Luckily I had... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 27, 2013
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Toronto, Canada
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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

The entrance is odd. It feels cramped. You are shuffled in and it fills up so quickly you soon find yourself too intimately pressed up against another theatre-goer. Luckily I had to use the washrooms, which were downstairs and that opened up a whole new world! The staircase down is narrow but then opens into a fantastic bar and foyer... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2013

An avid theatre goer - wanted to take a moment to recommend "Once" - a stunning production in the beautiful Royal Alex! It is an old theatre and the seating is terrifically uncomfortable - but I'm buying tickets to go again!

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Vancouver, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013

The Royal Alex, as this Toronto landmark is affectionately known, opened in 1907 and is a National Historic Monument. Entering the Royal Alex is like stepping back into Edwardian times. The theatre is located in the heart of Toronto's entertainment district, steps from Roy Thomspon Hall and near the Princess of Wales Theatre. There are lots of great places to... More 

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Toronto, Ontario
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2013

hard for me to rate this. If I was to go by the beauty, the architecture, the vintage theatre ambiance, I would rate it a five. If I was to go by the comfort and ease to navigate the seating in the theatre, I would give it a one. I was thoroughly enjoying the production 'I love Lucy', so I... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2013

The Royal Alex needs to be updated to 21st century standards. The seats are not only tightly placed together, some seat don't have any leg room at all; not even a child could fit. We sat on the upper balcony this time and reserved an aisle seat. When we got there, that seat was so tight, once you put the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

I was at the theatre for the first time to see I Love Lucy (fabulous show) We sat in orchestra row M. The view from this area was great. We could see everything going on o stage. The problem is the seating. I am only 5'5 and a fairly petite person. I had very little leg room and filled my... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

I saw a production of I Love Lucy here last week and the theatre is beautiful but purchasing tickets at a late date had us on the upper-most level. There are several flights of steep stairs you'll need to take on your way and once you get there, you have very little, if any, leg room. I am 5'7 and... More 

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Burlington, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

It certainly was Once Upon A Dream for us to hear the (Young) Rascals preform. But the presentation was spectacular. I've never seen it done like before. First time at that the Royal and being from out of town we were felt a bit iffy about the parking and possibly having to walk a great distance. But we were impressed... More 

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Hamilton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013

We had a wonderful time last night at the Royal Alexandra when my fiance and I went to see Stomp for the first time. What a fantastic show in such an intimate venue. We can't stop talking about the wonderful time we had.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013

I have been to the Royal Alex many many times and I have never been dissappointed with any of their performances. The only drawback is that being 6'6" it is hard to sit in their chairs because of the oldness of the building.

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