Royal Alexandra Theatre, Toronto

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The Royal Alexandra Theatre is a theatre in Toronto, Ontario, located near King and Simcoe Streets. Built in 1907, the 1,497-seat Royal Alex is the oldest continuously operating legitimate theatre in North America.
A 1,497-seat, beaux-arts style, proscenium-stage theatre, with two balcony levels, built in the style typical of 19th century British theatres. Construction began in 1905 and was completed in 1907. Since 1963 it has been owned by Ed Mirvish Enterprises, a company established by Toronto department store owner Edwin Mirvish. Since 1986, the theatre has been managed and operated by Mirvish Productions, the theatre production company headed by Ed's son, David Mirvish. The theatre, commonly known as the "Royal Alex", "the Alex" or "the R.A.T." is named for Queen Alexandra, a Danish princess and the wife of King Edward VII, great-grandmother to the current Queen of Canada, Elizabeth II. The theatre received letters patent from Edward VII entitling it to the royal designation. Its present owners believe that it is the only remaining legally "royal theatre" in North America.
At the time of its opening, the Royal Alex was in an upscale neighbourhood. The mansion of Ontario's lieutenant-governor was nearby, the Ontario legislative buildings had been there until 1893, the upper-class St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church and the Princess Theatre, Toronto's finest "first-class" showplace were also in the vicinity. The theatre was built on what had previously been the athletic field of the exclusive boys' school Upper Canada College near the corner of King and Simcoe streets. This intersection was then known as "the crossroads of Education, Legislation, Salvation and Damnation" - "Education" for Upper Canada College; "Legislation" for the parliament buildings; "Salvation" for St. Andrew's; and "Damnation" for a tavern, popular with actors from the Princess Theatre, that then stood on the northeast corner of the crossroads.
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  • Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto is impressive from the outside. Did not get opportunity to view inside as it was closed for Canada Day. Worth a photo stop.  more »
  • Powerful performances by singers and actors. Musicians were great. The story is very moving. I highly recommend seeing it.  more »
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  • We saw Dear Evan Hansen at the Royal Alexandra. This is a beautiful theatre and the seats are comfortable and generally offer very clear views of the stage. The show is one of the best musicals I have ever seen. It touches upon many important issues that continue to affect various cross sections of our global society today. The musical has its light-hearted and humorous moments, and yet it is poignant and thought provoking. Please go see it.
  • Its old, like crazy old. But worth going to see even if you aren't watching a show. The original elevators are still working and the design of the everything else is outstanding. If you can get a tour go for it. There are very few bad seats for the shows. And every show i have been to has been amazing. Washrooms are clean and numerous. Going here for and evening show is a great plan for a night out. Enjoy yourself!!
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