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Princess of Wales Theatre

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Address: 284 King St W | Suite 300, Toronto, Ontario M5V 1J2, Canada
Phone Number: +1 800-461-3333
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

The Princess of Wales Theatre is a 2000-seat playhouse built by the father...

The Princess of Wales Theatre is a 2000-seat playhouse built by the father and son producing team of David and Ed Mirvish, just a block away from their historic Royal Alexandra Theatre. The Princess of Wales is the first privately owned and financed theatre built in Canada since 1907 - and the first anywhere in North America in over 30 years. Construction began on August 6, 1991, and the building opened to the public with the musical Miss Saigon on May 26, 1993.The theatre was built with maximum flexibility in mind. Its stage is one of the widest and deepest in North America - large enough to accommodate the most spectacular theatrical productions - and its technical facilities are state-of-the-art.

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Great venue for TIFF films

I have visited this venue many times over the years and most recently to see films at the Toronto International Film Festival. Great location to get to as it's on the corner of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Toronto, Canada
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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I have visited this venue many times over the years and most recently to see films at the Toronto International Film Festival. Great location to get to as it's on the corner of King/John St. Popcorn/water/snacks available for purchase. Beautiful to look at and comfortable seats with great sound.

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Santa Monica, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a really good vintage style theater, been here twice now and have never been disappointed. The buildings lovely and there's ample seating room through out the theater and you will get a good view of the stage wherever you end up sitting.

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Kirkcaldy, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2016

Little change in this theatre from our last visit and that is no bad thing. Good sight lines, good sound and a great view of the stage even from away at the back of the auditorium. The play isn't the type of show that we would normally attend, but we thoroughly enjoyed it. The storyline is ridiculously far fetched and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

Great Show! Funny and so entertaining! I wasn't exactly sure what to expect and had my concerns about the show, but definitely one of my favorites! Right up there with Kinky Boots, Mama Mia and so many other great productions. Loved it!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2016

We saw the play last night. Very funny. Laughed all the way thru it. Very cleverly done and well acted. Terrific voices singing great songs. Highly recommend it for a mature audiences.

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Cosby, Tennessee
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2016

We had the privilege of seeing "A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder" at this facility. The theatre is classic in design with a seating capacity of 2000 which I consider a little large for "Broadway Style" productions. We had side aisle seats with a good site line, but many of the spoken lines tended to be muddled in the... More 

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Thornhill, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016 via mobile

This theatre is expected to be torn down when the property gets redeveloped, but ironically, between this and the Royal Alex which is being renovated and should have comfortable staggered seating design, this is the one with parking..... There have been times when the lot is full and I've had to go in search. I can't imagine not having parking... More 

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London, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016

Saw the show on opening night. What a performance!!!! The actor who plays all of the Dysquiths steals the show. We were in row EE to the side and had a really good view of the stage. The staff were helpful and the parking below the theatre was easy to access.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016 via mobile

Really enjoyed the theatre. Very well staffed with pleasant employees who were very helpful. Seating was a bit unpleasant. We paid almost $100 a sear for "Orchestra", which turned out to be four rows from the back of the theatre! Seating starts with row AAA, then goes to AA, then to A. That was nor explained. However, we enjoyed the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2016 via mobile

A nice evening out with colleague after work! Funny show! Very entertaining! Beautiful theater...would visit again. Great show for all ages!

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