Ed Mirvish Theatre
Ed Mirvish Theatre
4.5
About
The Ed Mirvish Theatre began its life in 1920 as a combination vaudeville and motion picture theatre in the Pantages theatre circuit. With its original 3373 seats, it was the largest cinema in Canada and, with its lavish interior - designed by the great theatre architect Thomas Lamb - the most elegant. David Mirvish officially renamed the iconic building The Ed Mirvish Theatre on December 6, 2011.
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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.
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  • Dundas • 3 min walk
  • Queen • 4 min walk
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4.5
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Very good
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Poor
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smcreates
Toronto, Canada214 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Visited this theatre to see the show, Hamilton. I must admit that although I liked the theatre, as it is big and the seats are fairly comfortable, the sound system left a lot to be desired. Unfortunately, I was up in the center mezzanine section and had difficulty hearing the performers clearly. Now I chalked it up to the fact that it was opening night and it could take some time to regulate the sound system, so hopefully, this is not a regular occurrence. As a result, I can only say that the show was fairly good, but not as good as it could have been had I heard all of what was actually going on.
Written February 29, 2020
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Betty H
Mississauga, Canada57 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
This year we took the leap and purchased seasons tickets for Mirvish productions. A couple of productions that we have attended took place at the Ed Mirvish Theater. This is a wonderfully laid out facility. Washroom and bar facilities are on both the Orchestra and Dress Circle levels. Staff are incredibly accommodating...we arrived early for one of the plays and doors were not yet open. There were a number of us waiting in the lobby.Staff cheerfully and without being asked provided chairs for everyone. My only criticism would be that there are no elevators. Many of the guests attending the theatre have mobility issues and struggle with the stairs to the Dress Circle.
Written January 25, 2020
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Judy C
Toronto, Canada43 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
This is a lovely theatre and seats are quite comfortable. You can order beverages for the intermission before the show and they will be waiting for you at the intermission. The doors should open earlier as it takes too long to get through the crowd for ticket check to be seated before the show begins.
Written February 14, 2020
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Trudy C
Hamilton, Canada122 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
We just saw Harry Poter and theCursed Child on Saturday July 23rd at 12:30pm. The theatre was very busy which was a little un nerving due to covid as most people were not wearing masks. But the theatre itself was lovely and the staff were all friendly. They did a great job with the renovation/update of the thearte for the play. We had pretty good seats in the lower level and all really enoyed the show. We especially loved all the special effects that they put into the performance. If you are a Harry Potter fan we would highly recommend this play!
Written July 29, 2022
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BarbL99
Toronto, Canada10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
Our visit to the theatre was excellent. As my tickets are emailed to me, the Mirvish team sent an email with details about the length of the show, intermission, parking, restaurants and public transit conditions. This was very helpful in making our plans and the day went smoothly. The Hamilton performance was as terrific as the reviews it has been getting. Overall this was a great experience.
Written February 26, 2020
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Julie L
Whitchurch-Stouffville, Canada6 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
Alexander Hamilton, played by Joseph Morales, was totally underwhelming. He did not show on stage as the lead. I had to keep scanning the stage to find him. He was not one of those actors that you can't take your eyes off of.

After listening to the soundtrack for weeks before seeing the show my impression of Alexander Hamilton was that he was one of those in-your-face, slightly obnoxious types. And yet, the actor playing Hamilton chose to play him almost as a shy introvert. I didn't think that this personality suited the songs he was singing and therefore found them hard to believe.

So, there is a catch-22 here in that the speed of the lyrics is very fast and you may miss what is going on if you have not heard the soundtrack. On the other hand if you go into the show not having heard the soundtrack you may enjoy it more because you have no preconceived ideas. Either way I would not miss this show!
Written March 7, 2020
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Peter C
Dundas, Canada36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
What a perfect theatre for an amazing show about America achieving independence. The ushers were all smiling and helpful as they showed us to our seats.The actual set felt like we were watching a production in 1778 and the costumes proved that we were.
It was a magical show.
Written February 23, 2020
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Brenda K
Toronto, Canada14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Toronto is so fortunate to have the truly excellent theatres that we have, and Mirvish brings in phenomenally great productions with top notch casts.
Anastasia was our favourite in the subscription series this year. Fabulous costumes, wonderful music and singing, and a familiar story line. WE loved it!
Written January 23, 2020
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Steve T
Toronto, Canada8 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
This production was a major disappointment!

As I sat in the audience I discovered, after having spent $900 for 3 seats, that 3 of the 5 principle performers:

Deaundre' Woods
Marja Harmon
Darnell Abraham

would not be performing that day; with stand-ins, one of whom had the distinction of being relegated to the last page of the program, despite the fact that he would now have the lead role as Hamilton.

Manuel Stark Santos proved that he was not up to the task as Hamilton from the start. His opening number was flat and despite my sitting in the 10th row inaudible, a whisper. He appeared to be nervous and somewhat ill prepared for the task at hand. He did settle down and flubbed only one line, that I noticed, after the opening.

At the intermission I overheard another patron say that Emma Claye had a nice voice, but like Manuel, did not project it well; lacked the power. I agree fully.

Having watched the Walt Disney video streamed event of the live Hamilton production it appears that Tre Frazier's performance of George Washington was also less than expected.

I am uncertain as to why when 60% of the leads are missing from action I am expected to pay full price for an inferior product. Had I known that this would be the case I never would have purchased the tickets, certainly not at that price. But I expect that management knows that if they inform the public that the stars will not be performing not as many customers would purchase tickets; choose not be disrespected in this way.

What a waste of time and money.
Written April 17, 2023
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Dawn K
59 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Definately don't miss the opportunity to see a show at an Ed Mirvish theater! We saw The Last Ship at a different theater last year & Hamilton at this theater on Feb 15th and were not disappointed either time. The theaters are easy to get into & out of with sufficient bathrooms & concessions. We found the seats comfortable and the addition of "roaming" concessions handy at intermission this past weekend as the lines for concessions were too long. Highly recommend any performance done in any of their theaters.
Written February 17, 2020
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