Royal Alexandra Theatre
Royal Alexandra Theatre
4.5
About
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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Neighborhood: Downtown
At the heart of Toronto, Downtown is the destination for cheap eats and fast fashion. Cut through by hip and trendy Yonge Street, the vibe here is young, with a strong student influence from the Ryerson University Campus. As a result, the Downtown area is always in flux: undergoing the construction of new facilities, with fresh retail spaces and pop-up cafes. Home to Toronto's largest indoor shopping mall, a number of vintage cinemas, and a healthy nightlife centered on the area's Distillery District bar and clubs near the East End, it's both an easygoing daytime spot and a popular party place after sunset. It also features some of Toronto's best outdoor landmarks, including Yonge-Dundas Square and the Nathan Phillips Square: perfect for a concert, a skate, or a relaxing sit-down.
How to get there
  • St. Andrew • 3 min walk
  • Osgoode • 6 min walk
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broadwaygirl
Toronto, Canada26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
The Royal Alexandra Theatre is a historic landmark in Toronto. It is over 100 years old, and is absolutely beautiful. It is the oldest operating theatre in North America with 3 levels of seating. No other 1200+ seat theatre is as intimate as the Royal Alexandra Theatre. Right now the all Canadian cast of "Come From Away" continues its run at the Royal Alexandra Theatre. The show runs for 100 minutes, with no intermission is it is spectactular. The cast, (all but one, from the original Canadian cast) are incredibly talented. They connect with audience from the first song "Welcome to the Rock" to the "Finale", bringing both smiles and tears to all throughout the show. It is a must see production for everyone!
Written February 24, 2020
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Luv Travelling
Ottawa, Canada1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Doors to seating area opened at 7:30 p.m. for a 8:00 p.m. performance. Coat check, refreshments including beer and wine, and snacks available. Stunning architectural details and good sound quality.
Written February 2, 2020
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Janet T
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
Ever since I'd heard of "Come From Away" I was unsure about my feelings towards it. Fearful that something entertaining was capitalizing on tragedy, I had my doubts about going to see it. Thank goodness a Canadian friend talked with me and encouraged me to go. It was remarkable that so few actors were able to seamlessly portray multiple characters. This is a wonderful production. It is likely you will shed a few tears but, you will laugh as well and leave the theatre feeling better for being there.
Written January 9, 2020
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Sue R
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Its the story of how a small town, takes an global emergency situation and not only rises to the occasion, but exceeds it. The play is full of fun, giving credit to the seriousness of the tragedy while interjecting the heroism of these people. I was in tears at the end, for joy!
Written March 1, 2020
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peterwY9079VU
Fenelon Falls, Canada4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Now I know why people go back to see this twice or more! What a fabulous show! Funny and heart wrenching all at once, this musical kept the audience enthralled and toes tapping. I particularly liked the way the actors could seamlessly switch characters. Great acting, writing and directing!
Written January 24, 2020
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Jim B
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
There are many excellent musicals around, all entertaining. But Come From Away eclipses them all. It’s not based on a fictitious story line, but on a real event. If that’s not enough, it’s one of those events that most of the audience members recall personally. “I remember what I was doing when...”. Add to that the amazing performances of the talented cast members, effortlessly transitioning from one character to another; the excellent musical score; the mood swings from laughter to tears and back again; the superb lighting changes; the random acts of kindness; and the fact it’s unabashedly Canadian. See it, and tell your friends!!
Written January 20, 2020
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Mel D
1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
The show we saw was amazing, and the venue was clean and very well preserved. My only suggestion would be for you to put stools where the standing area is. Give people the option for something to rest on. Also for reasons beyond anyone's control as our group had. One of the girls broke bones in her leg prior to the show and it was really hard for her to stand for 100 minutes straight. When she tried to sit against the wall for a few minutes, she was told by ushers she had to stand.
Written March 1, 2020
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Wanda K
Pickering, Canada7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
The Royal Alex is a beautiful theatre and "Come from Away" was so good. Very funny, sad, bitter sweet. The actors are so animated, talented, just fantastic and make it seem that it is their first time doing the show. If you haven't seen it, you must.
Written January 11, 2020
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MnM McPherson
Belleville, Canada34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
This theatre is so much more than the building she is purposed to be. The Royal Alex is a page out of history, a remarkable example of art and culture and what entertainment really ought to be. In terms of the current production "Come From Away", well suffice to say I would need a much larger text box to sing its praises properly. Do yourself a favor, book some tickets and go enjoy this marvelous venue for yourself!
Written February 14, 2020
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Jim M
Romulus, MI3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
Park at the theater ($15 all day Sat.) , get great service and food at "Hey Lucy" , a 5 minute walk to the theater. Obtain better theater prices through CAA. Come from Away , was historical, fantastic actors, great stage setup, fantastic theater. We sat 3 rows from the front, an ideal location for $99 + tax with CAA which included free coat check and coffee. Jim.
Written March 10, 2020
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