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Royal Alexandra Theatre

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Address: 260 King Street West, Toronto, Ontario M5V 1H9, Canada
Phone Number: 18004613333
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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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.

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Beautiful historical theatre

I had forgotten how beautiful this theatre was. We went to a fantastic performance of Kinky Boots, and had seats in the back row of the orchestra seating. For me, this was... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 5, 2016
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Ontario, Canada
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Yachats, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

LOVED LOVED LOVED Kinky Boots! I heard that they are now going to close down the theatre and renovate now that Kinky Boots has closed. such a shame. I hope they don't ruin it's beauty.

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Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2016

We've seen a number of shows at the Royal Alexandra - Kinky Boots, Mamma Mia!, etc. Mirvish puts some fantastic productions on here, and the venue is absolutely beautiful. As an historic venue it's a little lacking in creature comforts... for example, no elevators, a bit less leg-room than you might like (thought the upcoming renos will apparently fix that... More 

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Hamilton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2016

I went to see a musical with my wife. The seating any where in the Royal Alexandra Theatre is good for viewing. The sound is clear, the cleanliness and regal look leave you feeling like you take a step back in time. A great evening for any couple.

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Thank JIMGTO
Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2016 via mobile

Recently saw Kinky Boots here. The show was great, seats are stacked so that people behind you can still see the show. Definitely looking forward to coming back to see another show at this theatre.

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Ontario, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2016

I had forgotten how beautiful this theatre was. We went to a fantastic performance of Kinky Boots, and had seats in the back row of the orchestra seating. For me, this was perfect, red "velvet" seats were a little higher than eye level of the stage, (no stiff neck) and the sound was amazing. I was going to write about... More 

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Mississauga, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2016

It was a perfect way to celebrate an early Mother s Day. Lovely lovely evening. The music, costumes and staging were terrific. The production moves along quickly with this uplifting story. It was very enjoyable!

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toronto
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2016

The seat on the second floor is really uncomfortable if you are 1,67 cm or taller. No space between chairs, for example my knee push the front chair.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2016 via mobile

Had a terrific evening of story, music, song and dance watching the production of Kinky Boots @theroyalalexandratheatre. Anywhere you sit is great (unless the person in front of you has a very big head). Fortunately I found an empty seat with a clear view of the stage for the second act. This play closes on May 15th and if you... More 

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Brampton, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2016

The theater is an interesting place to see a show. We were in the upper balcony and there is not a lot of leg room. The trek down the stairs is a bit scary. Not great for older people or those with mobility issues, or long legs. Great venue otherwise.

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Warkworth, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2016 via mobile

This is a review only of the Upper Balcony, I cannot speak for the rest of the theatre. The Upper Balcony is terrible. It makes watching a great play good and I imagine a good play barely tolerable. The seats should all be torn out and replaced with something an adult would want to spend 2 hours sitting in. I... More 

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