The theatre opened
The Prince Edward Theatre opened on 3 April 1930 and was the first of many theatres to open in the West End that year. It was followed by the Cambridge Theatre, the Phoenix Theatre, Whitehall, the Adelphi Theatre, and the Leicester Square Theatre.The building was designed by Edward.A.Stone, a notable theatre designer in the 1920s and 1930s, who also created the Steatham Astoria. The exterior was in the style of an Italian palace and it had a fashionable Art Deco interior. The Prince Edward Theatre was named after the then Prince of Wales, who later became King Edward VIII. He is best known for his relationship with Wallis Simpson and his resulting abdication from the throne in 1936.
The early 1930s marked a period of huge success for the London theatre scene despite the recent Wall Street Crash; many people wanted to spend time enjoying themselves following World War I.