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Built in 1930, the Prince Edward Theatre is located on Old Compton Street in the West End of London. However, the site has been home to years of musical history prior to the venue opening, with Mozart living at 28 Frith Street for two years – currently the location of Prince Edward’s stage door.
Early productions to open at the Prince Edward did not sell well, with the theatre forced to turn into a casino-cabaret-restaurant by 1936, with London Casino exceptionally profitable.
The venue was used by the Armed Forces to broadcast entertainment abroad. The Forces vacated by 1946 and the London Casino came to life once again, this time benefiting from the staging of variety shows.
Prince Edward Theatre began to have musicals staged in 1978, including Evita, Jersey Boys and Mary Poppins, the latter returning to the Prince Edward in 2019.