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Royal Alexandra Theatre

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Address: 260 King Street West, Toronto, Ontario M5V 1H9, Canada
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+1 800-461-3333
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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A masterpiece of beaux-arts architecture, the historic Royal Alexandra is...

A masterpiece of beaux-arts architecture, the historic Royal Alexandra is Toronto's senior theatre and, at 101, never having been converted to any other use, the oldest continuously operating legitimate theatre in North America.The Royal Alexandra is also North America's first truly "royal" theatre - "royal" by patent from Edward VII - named with royal permission for his consort, Alexandra, a Danish princess and great-grandmother of the present queen.

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Gorgeous Theatre!

The theatre looks stunning, wonderful job done on the renovations! It's nice to see old buildings like this given a new lease on life.

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Angus, Canada
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The theatre looks stunning, wonderful job done on the renovations! It's nice to see old buildings like this given a new lease on life.

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

If this play moved any slower it would be going backwards. A mean joke on its audience. Thank goodness for the intermission - a chance to escape the theatre. Life is just too short for stultifying theatre like this.

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Attended "The Audience" this week, and found it compelling to watch; convincing performance by Fiona Reid in a demanding role albeit it in an somewhat shrill voice. Could have benefited from a bit more action on occasion, but well worth seeing overall. And great historical perspective to some of the PM conversations.

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Toronto
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a mess of a play. Bounces around history with no discernable thread. Much of the script is hokey in many cases, simply unbelievable. Fiona Reid screeches on at a speed that was impossible to understand. Not Queen-like at all. Stupid interludes with a coronation, ER as a kid, a nanny singing. We left at half time.

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Guelph, Canada
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I love attending theatre and the Royal Alex is a queen among theatres. However, you can wait and be an audience at the Royal Alex for something other than "The Audience". This is the first play that I have walked out of at intermission. Fiona Reid screeches her impression into the balconies and the audience was not amused. Many of... More 

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Whitby, Canada
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We were very disappointed with this production. Fiona Reed does a decent job but her voice is certainly not "royalty" in any way at all. It even kept me from having a good nap. The show is extremely slow and boring. Many left at intermission. Wish we had as well! A real disappointment. Hopefully Mirvish realizes they have included a... More 

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London, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We recently saw a production at the newly renovated Royal Alexander Theatre in Toronto. We have visited the theatre many times in the past but this time we were in awe of the magnificent interior. Everything from the beautiful red seats to the glorious renewed decor was breathtaking. They have thoughtfully and meticulously maintained the beauty and elegance of the... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Audienve was based on the Tuesday evening meetings between the Queen and the British Prime Minister. She met with them all, 12 in total and differences were staggering. Great play if you are interested in British History or a fan of The Crown or Victoria. Great fun and a break from boy meets girl thing.

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Oakville, Ontario, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Fiona Reid far too shrill - makes listening a struggle at times. Otherwise the show was entertaining - liked the Thatcher and Wilson characters in particular. The renovations at TRA are great especially the improved seats.

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Thank Alan E
Toronto, Canada
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Awful. Reid is more like parody of the queen. How she could be casted for this role beyond comprehension

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