In 1990 Bernard Delfont and Cameron Mackintosh decided to rebuild the Prince Edward. They spent over £3 million on a complete refurbishment which included deepening and widening the stage, improving the acoustics, remodelling and redecorating the auditorium, the addition of side boxes to improve the spacial relationship between different areas of the theatre and sophisticated new interior and exterior lighting. The whole project was completed in just over three months and put the owners, Delfont Mackintosh Theatres Limited, at the forefront of musical theatre design.
The Prince Edward reopened on 3 March 1993 with the hit Broadway musical Crazy for You. In 1996 Cameron Mackintosh was able to bring one of his own shows to the theatre when Martin Guerre, written by the award-winning duo, Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg, enjoyed a run of almost two years. Mamma Mia!, the musical love story featuring Abba's greatest hits, broke all previous box office records when it sold out for five years before transferring to the newly refurbished Prince of Wales Theatre in June 2004.
Prior to the opening of Mary Poppins the Prince Edward has again undergone some refurbishment to improve the bar areas and other facilities front of house and the artistes dressing rooms. For the first time audiences are able to walk out on the balcony outside the dress circle bar just as if it were a real Italian palazzo. And if you are curious why the Mozart Bar in the entrance foyer has been so named it is because the young Wolfgang Amadeus and his father lived at 28 Frith Street, now the theatre's stage door, from 1764 to 1765.
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