Princess of Wales Theatre
Princess of Wales Theatre
4.5
About
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.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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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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  • St. Andrew • 5 min walk
  • Osgoode • 7 min walk
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  • Bryon P
    Toronto, Canada151 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Venue for Musicals
    We were here for the Production of Joseph. We had seen this years ago with Donny Osmond. This production was excellent as it was different, by engaging the children in the Musical. For this Venue I would suggest seating in Balcony first row to row 4 maybe center stage or just off to the side. Great view of stage and performers.
    Visited February 2023
    Written March 9, 2023
  • Apurva N
    Brampton, Canada391 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hamilton 2023
    Hamilton in March 2023, 4 years after having bought tickets. Having watched the original cast online, I have to say, this was just as amazing. The performance was phenomenal, and the voices of the performers were spectacular. If you are lucky to have gotten tickets, go and see this show. I was in row M (moved from my initial UU row) and was quite centrally located in this row. There are snacks and beverages to purchase before the show and during intermission, although I just got myself a chocolate chip cookie for $2.50. Parking is nearby at $7 from 6am-6pm, if you use Parkopedia.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written March 19, 2023
  • Vetskidog
    Murfreesboro, Tennessee2,142 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Go see Hamilton!
    We went here to see Hamilton on Friday night, and it was fantastic. We saw Hamilton in Chicago last year and was amazed. But when we got here, we were even more amazed at the talent, the singing, and the acoustics in this building. We had the perfect seats in the orchestra level, which was pretty close to the stage. I would highly recommend visiting this theater for that production.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 29, 2023
  • spud0018
    Mississauga, Canada812 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hamilton - a great experience!
    Saw Hamilton - really enjoyed the show! Definitely recommend seeing this show! The theatre is starting to age some. It's hard to believe that there are only washrooms on the lower level of the theatre (for the entire theatre!). Don't park at the theatre unless you like paying a premium for parking. Lots of more reasonably priced lots in the area.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 25, 2023
  • Family5GetAway
    St. John's, Canada295 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent experience
    We were here to see Hamilton. The theatre was quite nice, a great atmosphere for the production. The show itself was fantastic! We got tickets in the orchestra row L and had a great view of the stage. Our chairs were comfortable and the acoustics were very good.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 26, 2023
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Cathy W
Toronto, Canada108 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Talk about deja vu. I took my 5 yr old grandson to the same play I'd taken his dad to about 35 yrs ago. I didn't get to read him any of the T.S.Eliot poems like I had his dad but he caught on pretty fast. The energy, dancing and the music were what I remembered. Could the dancers even be better than I remembered? Yes! The technology was hyped up 30+ yrs.... There was lots of laser action and smoke plus lights...and we had cats coming down the aisle singing which is still an audience pleaser. He LOVED it. And the booster seat provided helped. You have to ask about this on the way in.They are at coat check and are free. And kids can eat popcorn or ice cream bars in the theatre now. My son says they have been playing MacCavity the Mystery cat for the past three days since the show. It was every Nana's dream outing!
Written January 5, 2020
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Sightsee645135
3 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Although the theater is quite lovely inside, the seating is in BAD need of renovations. The seats are very upright (my body is still sore today) and my son did not know what to do with his legs and consequently got cramps (he's 6ft1"). As usual, the line up for the ladies washrooms on the balcony level was some 40-50 people long at intermission so another reminder that the world needs more women architects and designers. Oh, and a basic need such as a drinking fountain somewhere in the theater would be wonderful...let's cut down on those plastic bottles and cups and do our bit !! The sound system was phenomenal...we saw Phantom and this aspect was world class.
Written January 20, 2020
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Helen S
Toronto, Canada3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
It’s a twisted and gothic story done to perfection! I have seen various Phantom productions in Toronto (this was my 5th, and my daughter’s 1st) and honestly Derrick Davis was the best Phantom I’ve heard! Absolutely stunning power and delicacy intertwined. Emma Grimsley was also flawless and fantastic. Together they were unforgettable. Some creative use of the relatively small stage and interesting labyrinth setup. Enjoyed it! We even got an autograph from Christine and Carlotta at the Stage Door. A heads up that if you are bringing children there are frightening scenes, and you should summarize the main plot of the story first, because the early overstuffed scenes may be a bit confusing to them. Be prepared for weirdness and glory. Thank you!
Written January 17, 2020
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Robert Percy
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
I saw the Phantom of the Opera several years ago and it held more intrigue and mystery that this show last night. there was more focus on ballet this time and the importance of the Phantoms role and that of Christine was reduced. Still a great show and still a must see. The theatre is historic and you take a walk back in time as you enter the auditorium itself. you have to be there to appreciate the building. located in the entertainment district of Toronto, there are tons of places to eat. We parked on site for $20.00. it was nice on a cold winter's day to leave the jacket and boots behind in the car and parking onsite made the experience more enjoyable.
Written January 18, 2020
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Courtney
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
An absolutely gorgeous, impeccably clean theatre, perfect for this magnificent production of Phantom!! We were in EE (family of 4 adults). Although the rows here are relatively flat (so some was a slight challenge to see due to the woman’s large hair in front of me), the actors really used the entirety of the stage. The production was unbelievably well done; we could feel the heat from the flames each time, the stage props and theatrics were incredibly done, and the costumes were perfect. Phantom is my absolute favourite production, and this was my first time seeing it live. Mirvish did an amazing job, and everyone should be very proud of how well done it was.
Written February 1, 2020
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Joanie T
Ajax, Canada117 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Wow this was my first time coming to this Theater it does not look like much from the outside but go inside and your in a really lovey place , From the attending staff they made you feel so welcome.

I could not wait to see the show as i had seen River Dance when i was in Ireland last summer my family bought these tickets so i could relive the experince again it was worth the wait ..it was everything i remembered spectacular from the singing to dancing they really do put on an amazing show if you have a chance go to Ireland and see them its worth the money ,Perfection reativity, outstanding Thank you so much for putting a show to remember cheers
Written February 29, 2020
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Bsong416
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Watched the Jan 12/2020 performance of Phantom of the Opera. BRAVO. The Phantom (Derrick Davis) was OUTSTANDING! Since middle school, I've watched pretty much every production of Phantom of the Opera roll into town and not since Colm Wilkinson have I been as moved and impressed with the role of the Phantom! If you're lucky enough to be in Toronto for the run of this production, I strongly encourage you to go!
Written January 16, 2020
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Vladimir M
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Perfect and wonderful show including all stuff...disappointed with low behavior visitors sorry. Many times been in Europe in Opera house or similar show and never seen so many people who do not understand what they in THEATER.Why not to start "small" behavior from your building to make couple very polite and even humor notes like ...after the show PLEASE ..you know what I mean...
Written January 25, 2020
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Reema P
1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
The phantom of the Opera was amazing. I really enjoyed seeing it. Unfortunately my enjoyment was interrupted by others in the theater that were eating, drinking and talking. I don't believe food or beverage should be allowed in the theater that's what intermission is for. I was distracted by the sound of food wrappers and chatter which was disappointing. The Four Seasons Performing Arts Center is a great example of how everyones arts experience should be.
Written January 15, 2020
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Irwin Durbach
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Friends
I had mixed feelings about attending this show, but absolutely loved every minute. The singing and staging of the show was outstanding. The music was incredible and at one stage members of the audience were up and dancing. If you want a great night out, go and see this amazing show!
Written March 12, 2020
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