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The Royal Glimpse of Prince Edward Theatre

     For music lovers around the globe, here is once in a lifetime opportunity to relive the music of the Four Seasons. Jersey Boys, the story of Frank Valli and the Four Seasons is running at the Prince Edward Theatre London since 2008. A remarkable West End Theatre, Prince Edward Theater is located on the Old Crompton Street, north of Leicester Square, in the City of Westminster, London. The venue opened in 1930 based on designs from Edward A. Stone with performances of the musical Rio Rita. It was built at a place where stood once a large draper’s store called ‘The emporium’ that has received patronage from the royal family.

Notable cabaret dancer of her time, Josephine Baker performed at the Prince Edward Theatre during its initial years. She performed her iconic ‘Bananas Dance’ here; impressed with the large stalls of the venues she compared them with the lavish pastures and meadows. The venue was named after Prince Edward, the then Prince of Wales, and Edward VIII for brief period and later Duke of Windsor that had interiors designed by Marc-Henri Levy and Gaston Laverdet. It was rebuilt following the tragic 10th May 1941 bombings that left destroyed all the buildings across the Greek Street.

At present it is staging performances of the musical Jersey Boys. Winner of 54 international awards, the show features some of their greatest hits like Sherry, Walk like A Man, December 1963 (Oh What a Night), Bye Bye Baby and Big Girls Don't Cry. A Des McAnuff directorial, the show has been directed by Sergio Trujillo. Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi commenced their journey in the early 1960s and went on to become sell their 175 million records worldwide. Inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990s, they are one of the most popular rock bands in the history of popular music.

Thomas Braddock took up the task of alteration of the stage of the venue in 1942 and was reopened as ‘Queensberry All Service Club’. Once the war was over, services of T and B. Braddock were hired again for restoration of the house for theatrical usage. It was during this period that the King of Yiddish Music Leo Fuld made its debut here. The house again underwent transformation by Braddocks in 1954, this time as a Cinema. A new screen was installed here incurring a massive cost of £150,000 by impresario Bernard Delfont in 1974. Its original name was given in 1978 four years later when it was reconverted for theatrical usage by RHWL Architects. World premiere of the musical Evita was hosted on its opening day in 21st June 1978. Recently the house was renovated in 1992-93 by RHWL Architects; refurbishment of the stage was undertaken that increased its size. The venue opened on 3rd March 1993 with the revival of the show Crazy for You. One of the musical that has enjoyed phenomenal success at the site was the ABBA classic Mamma Mia. The show made it premiere here on 6th April 1999, after five years of run at the Prince Edward Theatre, the musical was transferred to the Prince of Wales Theatre.

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