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Princess of Wales Theatre

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Address: 284 King St W | Suite 300, Toronto, Ontario M5V 1J2, Canada
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+1 800-461-3333
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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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Lovely theatre with old fashioned flair.

Found that sitting in the first balcony is actually better then middle to last row in the orchestra. Check directly with the box office in the theatre itself as they often have... read more

Reviewed 29 July 2015
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Ottawa
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160 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 133 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 July 2015

Found that sitting in the first balcony is actually better then middle to last row in the orchestra. Check directly with the box office in the theatre itself as they often have better offering than what you could find online.

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Halifax, Canada
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Reviewed 7 July 2015

Wonderful views from everywhere in the theatre. Balcony seats are terrific - would stay away from seats on the side of the theatre. Your view is from a strange angle - your seat faces forward yet the stage is slightly to your right (or left) depending on side you are on. Treats are a bit on the high side so... More 

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Whitby, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 June 2015

A beautiful old world charm offering excellent entertainment. Have been to a few shows here and all of excellent quality. The venue itself is beautiful and well preserved and presented. Facilities are good including clean, modern washrooms and disabled access. Treat yourself or someone else to a charming and enjoyable night out. Nearby city parking is available.

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Newmarket, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 June 2015

Great Theatre. Excellent views from most locations. We recently attended the showing of the Titanic and had last minute exchange tickets but were seated in the front row of the top balcony off to the left. The railing in front of us was a bit in the way of the view but you quickly compensated. leg room is better than... More 

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Thank John B
Ottawa, Canada
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Reviewed 23 June 2015

Better than expected. The songs & storyline were informative. It gave a different perspective to historical facts. I still left so upset by the blatant arrogance that cost so many lives. Some of the old theater plaster designs were painted over in garish paint which detracted from the original class of this treasure.

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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 21 June 2015

I have season tickets, so I didn't research the topic of the show prior to attending. I assumed it would be similar to the movie. Nope. Super slow paced and the songs were boring. The cast is totally pro, but the story is drab. Skip this one.

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Kingston, Canada
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Reviewed 15 June 2015

We three girlfriends really enjoyed Titanic the Musical which closes on 21st June and is worth seeing. The music, singing and simple staging were wonderful. BUT our seats on the front row of the Dress Circle were old and lumpy, and so, though we could see very well from our excellent position in the theatre we were less than pleased... More 

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United States
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Reviewed 14 June 2015

I went with my mother and younger sister to this musical during our "girl's weekend" to Toronto. We sat in the last row in the orchestra-level and we could see perfectly and enjoyed the show just the same as we have when we've been closer to the stage at other shows. We are from Buffalo, NY and our main theatre,... More 

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GTA, Ontario, Canada
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116 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 June 2015

This was an excellent performance and very enjoyable. Would recommend it highly. However the stage/setting was very disappointing. They used (what looked like) airplane stairs for the different ship levels. It was extremely plain... with a little imagination they could have made the first class scenes more attractive. Especially in the first class dining room by just adding decent chairs,... More 

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niagara falls, ontario, canada
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Reviewed 6 June 2015

We have had the opportunity to see several productions at the Princess of Wales Theatre and enjoyed the ambiance, the comfort, the productions and the professional staff each time. We enjoyed the movie TITANIC so much that we secured tickets back in January to see TITANIC THE MUSICAL. What a disappointment! The stage was drab, boring, dark and depressing. Each... More 

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