The Prince Edward Theatre can be found on Old Compton street in the bustling centre of Soho. The theatre is built in an unusual dark red brick and has a stunning Art Deco auditorium. However, it hasn’t always been used as a theatre; it’s housed a 1950s cinema and even a boxing ring. The auditorium is split into the usual three levels; the Stalls on the same level as the stage; the Dress Circle above the Stalls; and the Upper Circle on the highest balcony. It has unique little ‘lodge’ boxes attached to the front of the Dress and Upper Circles which make for a more intimate viewing experience.
The Prince Edward Theatre’s auditorium is exceptionally generous in size. The Stalls in particular feel very spacious, especially above the seats. The section is divided into a front and back, with the back section divided again into three equal sections by two aisles. These back sections have no obstructions and the seating is roomy. The whole section is on a decent rake which gives a clear view over people’s heads in front. The stage is quite wide but most of the seats fall within the arch, apart from the ends of row N and back. The overhang from the Dress Circle begins at row R but it doesn’t affect sight lines unless you sit at the very back. As the Stalls section is so vast, seats at the back can feel a bit far from the action. The seating is very comfortable and has generous legroom, but if you need more there are a lot of aisle seats to choose from.
The Dress Circle
This section is such a distinctive shape because the seats are divided into a number of different sections. The front section consists of only five rows split by a really wide aisle, making the seats feel very intimate. This is often the most expensive section but does provide the best views in the theatre. The back of the Dress Circle is divided into three blocks of differing sizes; a larger section with two smaller ones next to it. A safety rail at the end of the rows can cause an obstruction, but it is only two seats wide. The overhang of the Upper Circle begins at row L but only really affects audience members at the very back. General legroom isn’t as generous as the Stalls but is still better than a lot of West End theatres. The side boxes are well priced but offer a side on view of the stage.
The Upper Circle
This is the highest level in the theatre, and in a theatre as large at the Prince Edward it can feel very high. The very back of the Upper Circle, in rows H to N, feel particularly up in the Gods. As with the rest of the theatre this level is divided into front and back sections, which are again divided into three. The best seats are in the middle of the central section. Seats in the Upper Circle curve prominently around the balcony and can feel extremely cramped, and the sightlines are affected. The very front row should be avoided because of this. Prices are reduced as they get further back which is to be expected. The side boxed in the Upper Circle feel particularly high and isolated with their side on view; if you want an intimate experience opt for the side boxes or the unique lodge boxes in the Dress Circle instead.
Is Miss Saigon suitable for children?
The production is suitable for children aged 12 and over due to the sexual and violent themes.
Are there wheelchair facilities?
There is a disabled entrance through a double door opening outwards onto Greek Street. There is then a very short ramp up into Box 1 in the Dress Circle where there is space for wheelchair users and two companions. If you are able to transfer from your seat there is specially allocated seating in row A. The theatre is only able to store two wheelchairs and one scooter per performance; please contact the theatre to discuss your visit on 0844 482 5137 or email or email email@example.com. An Access rate is available for wheelchair users and Patrons who have specific access requirements.
Are there deaf or hard of hearing facilities?
Infra-red headsets are available from the dedicated Access attendant for a £5 refundable deposit. Please enquire at the theatre box office at the start of your visit, or ring the access line on 0844 482 5137 or email firstname.lastname@example.org before you visit.
Can I bring my guide dog?
Only 2 guide dogs are allowed inside the auditorium at the same time. Also please note that there are loud sound effects, including gun shots. If there are too many guide dogs in the theatre, or if your dog is scared by extremely loud noises, the theatre staff are more than happy to look after them during the show.
Are there facilities for autism?
The Prince Edward Theatre has a visual tool for parents and carers to use with children and adults on the autistic spectrum.
Where are the toilets?
There are male and female toilets on every level of the theatre.
Are there any accessible toilets?
There is a specially adapted toilet on the right-hand side of the main foyer. Patrons requiring the adapted toilets need to exit the theatre on Greek Street and go back into the foyer entrance on Old Compton Street. Staff are more than happy to assist you if you need.
Does the theatre have a bar?
There are 5 licensed bars in the Prince Edward Theatre; the Mozart Bar in the main foyer; the Stalls Bar, the Dress Circle Bar and the Upper Circle Bar. There is also a dedicated Soft Drinks Bar at Stalls level. The access attendant is happy to bring drinks to disabled customers.