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Royal Alexandra Theatre

260 King Street West, Toronto, ON, Canada
Seats (approximate)
1497

ABOUT THIS THEATRE

Description
A masterpiece of beaux-arts architecture, the historic Royal Alexandra Theatre is Toronto's senior theatre. Built in 1907 and never having been converted to any other use, it is one of the oldest continuously operating legitimate theatres in North America. The Royal Alexandra embodies the ambition of the young Toronto stockbroker Cawthra Mulock, who sought to put his home town on the cultural map by building for it "the finest theatre on the continent." What he and his architect, John M. Lyle, created has since been called "an Edwardian jewel-box," a treasure chest of imported marble, hand-carved cherry and walnut, fine silks and velvets, crystal chandeliers and ornate, gilded plaster. The Royal Alexandra is also North America's only truly "royal" theatre - "royal" by patent from Edward VII - named with royal permission for his consort, Queen Alexandra, great-grandmother of the present queen. There are three levels of seating in the 1500-seat Royal Alexandra: orchestra, balcony and upper balcony (gallery). Each level offers a lobby, bar/refreshment area and washrooms. The largest lounge area, the Yale Simpson Room, is on the lowest level, beneath the auditorium. The Royal Alex has a wheelchair-accessible washroom on the street (orchestra) level, on the east side of the main lobby. The theatre was named a National Historic Monument in 1987, on its 80th birthday.
Once
Nov 26, 2013 - Jan 05, 2014
Musical Original Romance
I Love Lucy
Oct 15, 2013 - Nov 17, 2013
Original Music Composer: Peitor Angell; Adapted for the Stage and with new material by Kim Flagg, Rick Sparks; Special Lyrics by Wayne Moore
Play Original Comedy
La Cage Aux Folles
Oct 09, 2012 - Nov 18, 2012
Music by Jerry Herman; Book by Harvey Fierstein; Lyrics by Jerry Herman
Musical Revival Comedy
Hair
Dec 13, 2011 - Jan 01, 2012
Musical Revival Fantasy
Pippin
Oct 24, 2006 - Dec 03, 2006
Music by Stephen Schwartz; Book by Roger O. Hirson; Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Musical Revival Comedy
Legends!
Sep 12, 2006 - Oct 22, 2006
Written by James Kirkwood
Play Revival Comedy
Dame Edna: Back with a Vengeance
Oct 25, 2005 - Nov 06, 2005
Music by Wayne Barker; Devised and Written by Barry Humphries; Lyrics by Barry Humphries, Wayne Barker
Special Original Comedy
Fame
Nov 09, 1998 - Dec 19, 1998
Music by Steve Margoshes; Book by José Fernandez; Lyrics by Jacques Levy
Musical Original
Three Tall Women
Apr 16, 1996 - May 25, 1996
Written by Edward Albee
Play Original Drama
Guys and Dolls
Jun 01, 1993 - Jul 17, 1993
Music by Frank Loesser; Book by Abe Burrows, Jo Swerling; Lyrics by Frank Loesser
Musical Revival Comedy
Lost in Yonkers
Nov 03, 1992 - Dec 19, 1992
Written by Neil Simon
Play Original Comedy
The Secret Garden
Sep 15, 1992 - Oct 31, 1992
Music by Lucy Simon; Book by Marsha Norman; Lyrics by Marsha Norman
Musical Original
Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story
Jul 28, 1992 - Sep 12, 1992
Music by Buddy Holly; Book by Alan Janes; Lyrics by Buddy Holly
Musical Original
HMS Pinafore
Oct 26, 1987 - Dec 20, 1987
Lyrics by W. S. Gilbert
Musical Revival ComedyOperetta
Sweet Charity
Jul 08, 1987 - Aug 29, 1987
Music by Cy Coleman; Book by Neil Simon; Lyrics by Dorothy Fields
Musical Revival Comedy
Noises Off
Jun 25, 1985 - Aug 03, 1985
Written by Michael Frayn
Play Original Comedy Farce
Brighton Beach Memoirs
May 14, 1985 - Jun 22, 1985
Written by Neil Simon
Play Original Comedy
gigi
Feb 11, 1985 - Mar 23, 1985
Music by Frederick Loewe; Book by Alan Jay Lerner; Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner
Musical Revival Comedy
Torch Song Trilogy
Aug 27, 1984 - Sep 15, 1984
Written by Harvey Fierstein
Play Original
Amadeus
Dec 27, 1983 - Feb 04, 1984
Written by Peter Shaffer
Play Original Drama
Master Harold...and the boys
Sep 12, 1983 - Oct 22, 1983
Written by Athol Fugard
Play Original Drama
Barnum
Jan 04, 1983 - Jan 30, 1983
Music by Cy Coleman; Book by Mark Bramble; Lyrics by Michael Stewart
Musical Original Comedy
The Pirates of Penzance
Aug 10, 1982 - Aug 22, 1982
Music by Sir Arthur Sullivan; Words by W. S. Gilbert
Musical Revival ComedyOperetta
Sweeney Todd
Jun 08, 1982 - Jul 17, 1982
Music by Stephen Sondheim; Book by Hugh Wheeler; Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Musical Original Thriller
A Day in Hollywood / A Night in the Ukraine
Dec 01, 1981 - Jan 10, 1982
Music by Frank Lazarus; Book by Dick Vosburgh; Lyrics by Dick Vosburgh
Musical Original Revue Comedy
Children of a Lesser God
Oct 20, 1981 - Nov 28, 1981
Written by Mark Medoff
Play Original DramaSign Language
They're Playing Our Song
Jun 18, 1981 - Aug 29, 1981
Music by Marvin Hamlisch; Book by Neil Simon; Lyrics by Carole Bayer Sager
Musical Original Comedy Romantic Comedy
Oklahoma
Mar 17, 1981 - Apr 18, 1981
Musical Revival Comedy
The Elephant Man
Sep 02, 1980 - Oct 19, 1980
Written by Bernard Pomerance
Play Original Drama
Eubie
Jun 03, 1980 - Jul 19, 1980
Musical Original Revue
Dancin'
Feb 12, 1980 - Mar 15, 1980
Musical Original Revue
Deathtrap
Dec 03, 1979 - Jan 06, 1980
Written by Ira Levin
Play Original Mystery Thriller Comedy
Aint Misbehavin
Oct 16, 1979 - Dec 02, 1979
Musical Original Revue
Da
Sep 10, 1979 - Oct 13, 1979
Written by Hugh Leonard
Play Original Comedy
A Chorus Line
Jul 09, 1979 - Aug 19, 1979
Musical Original Drama
The Gin Game
Feb 19, 1979 - Mar 17, 1979
Written by D.L. Coburn
Play Original
Dracula
Dec 26, 1978 - Jan 21, 1979
Play Revival Drama
Play Original Dance Poem
The Wiz
Jan 31, 1978 - Mar 12, 1978
Music by Charlie Smalls; Book by William F. Brown; Lyrics by Charlie Smalls
Musical Original Comedy
Chicago
Oct 17, 1977 - Nov 12, 1977
Music by John Kander; Book by Bob Fosse, Fred Ebb; Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Musical Original Comedy
Same Time, Next Year
Aug 15, 1977 - Sep 10, 1977
Written by Bernard Slade
Play Original Comedy
Equus
Feb 28, 1977 - Apr 24, 1977
Written by Peter Shaffer
Play Original Drama
Very Good Eddie
Nov 22, 1976 - Dec 18, 1976
Music by Jerome Kern; Book by Guy Bolton
Musical Revival
A Chorus Line
Apr 29, 1976 - Jul 10, 1976
Musical Original Drama
Same Time, Next Year
Dec 02, 1975 - Jan 10, 1976
Written by Bernard Slade
Play Original Comedy
Odyssey
Feb 25, 1975 - Mar 22, 1975
Music by Mitch Leigh; By Erich Segal
Musical Original
Grease
May 27, 1974 - Jul 13, 1974
Musical Original Comedy
A Little Night Music
Apr 16, 1974 - May 12, 1974
Music by Stephen Sondheim; Book by Hugh Wheeler; Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Musical Original Romantic Comedy
Gypsy
Mar 22, 1974 - Apr 13, 1974
Music by Jule Styne; Book by Arthur Laurents; Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Musical Revival Drama
Prisoner of Second Avenue
Oct 30, 1973 - Dec 01, 1973
Written by Neil Simon
Play Original Comedy Drama
The Student Prince
Sep 03, 1973 - Sep 22, 1973
Music by Sigmund Romberg; Book by Dorothy Donnelly; Lyrics by Dorothy Donnelly
Musical Revival Operetta
Grease
Apr 02, 1973 - Apr 21, 1973
Musical Original Comedy
No, No, Nanette
Mar 26, 1973 - Mar 31, 1973
Musical Revival Comedy
Godspell
May 26, 1972 - Sep 02, 1972
Music by Stephen Schwartz; New Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Musical Original
The Gingerbread Lady
Feb 28, 1972 - Mar 11, 1972
Written by Neil Simon
Play Original Comedy Drama
Purlie
Jan 24, 1972 - Feb 12, 1972
Music by Gary Geld; Book by Ossie Davis, Peter Udell, Philip Rose; Lyrics by Peter Udell
Musical Original Comedy
Company
Nov 02, 1971 - Nov 20, 1971
Music by Stephen Sondheim; Book by George Furth; Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Musical Original Drama
Butterflies are Free
Mar 29, 1971 - Apr 24, 1971
Written by Leonard Gershe
Play Original Comedy