Frequently Asked Questions
HAMILTON General FAQS
Theatre & General
Mirvish Productions owns and operates the Royal Alexandra, Princess of Wales, Ed Mirvish and CAA (formerly the Panasonic) Theatres. There are times when other theatres and venues are used for our productions. This will be clearly noted on this website.
Be aware that the theatre may refuse to honour a ticket known to have been acquired from an unauthorised source. Ticket brokers and agents - also known as scalpers, or touts - buy tickets to popular events in bulk, in advance, to resell later at a profit. It is illegal in Ontario to sell a theatre ticket for more than the price printed on the ticket. Scalpers slip under the law by selling tickets at face value, but adding on administrative charges and finder's fees that can double or triple the price. Brokers have also been known to sell counterfeit and stolen tickets. While some brokers and agents are reputable and provide a service to the desperate, it is an expensive service and the buyer must beware.
Babes in arms or children under the age of two (2) are not permitted in the theatre. Children older than two (2) should be able to sit quietly in their own seats throughout a performance. If you are in doubt about bringing a child to any particular production, please ask before buying tickets. Please be aware that if you do bring a young child and that child creates any disturbance, you may be asked to leave the auditorium. Some individual shows, may set higher age limits; if so, this will be posted on our website. Parents are reminded, however, that most live, professional theatre - unless specifically advertised as being for children or "for the whole family" - is intended as adult entertainment and may not be enjoyed by, or be suitable for, children.
Both the Fire Code and theatre insurance policies require everyone in a live theatre audience, regardless of age, to have an assigned seat and a ticket. This is the case even if the child sits in your lap and not in his assigned seat.
Booster seats are available at the coat check on a first-come-first-serve basis, for use by patrons up to four feet in height. Please note that not all seat locations may be suitable for the use of booster seats.
There is no formal dress code enforced in our theatres. Most of the people you will see in the audience will probably be dressed in a "business casual" style.
We are committed to ensuring the enjoyment of all patrons. In consideration of those in the audience who may have allergies and chemical sensitivities, please refrain from wearing cologne, perfume or other scented products. If you are experiencing an allergic reaction due to your seating location, please contact the House Manager about the possibility of a relocation.
For your convenience, all of our theatres have a coat check. The cost is $2.50
Royal Alexandra - The coat check is located in the Yale Simpson Lounge (lower level).
Princess of Wales - The coat check is located on the main entrance of the lobby.
Ed Mirvish - The coat check is located on the mezzanine level.
CAA (formerly the Panasonic) - The coat check is located on the main entrance of the lobby.
If you are travelling immediately following the performance and need to check a small bag, you can do so at the coat check stations at the Princess of Wales, Royal Alex and Ed Mirvish Theatres.
We suggest that you arrive at least 30 minutes before the show.
All performances begin promptly as scheduled, and there are no refunds for latecomers. Latecomers will be admitted only at a suitable break in the performance, and seating location will be at the discretion of the management. If you are late, it may not be possible to seat you until the intermission; if the production has no intermission, you may not be admitted at all. Latecomers may watch the show on the television in the lounge.
If you leave your seat during the performance, we will re-seat you only at a suitable break in the performance, which might not be until the intermission. Seating location will be at the discretion of the management.
Different shows have different running times. The approximate running times of our shows - including any intermissions - are posted with the show's pricing and scheduling information on this web site.
While some of the non-theatrical events offered through this web site by TicketKing may have senior/adult/student/child pricing, most theatre productions do not; the price of the ticket is determined by seat location, date and time and is the same for all ages. If graduated pricing is not specifically advertised, it is not available.
Group discounts are available for most of our events. The minimum size of a "group" may vary with different events - for most live theatre productions, the minimum order for a group discount is 20 persons. Please check our Group Sales page for full details.
Gift Cards/Certificates are redeemable by phone (with a service charge), online (with a service charge) or in-person at the box office (no service charge). Gift Cards/Certificates can be used to purchase any ticket event that is sold through TicketKing.
Gift Certificate do not have an expiry date and are good for the life of the theatre.
No. Cameras, video cameras, cell phones and any other sound or image-recording devices are all strictly forbidden in theatres. Bring one in and attempt to use it and you may be asked to leave the theatre immediately. Any photos taken may be confiscated and destroyed.
So as not to disturb others, please refrain from tweeting and texting during the show. When the curtain goes up, your device must be turned off. We do however encourage folks to tweet us pre and post show and during intermission @mirvish
Outside food and drinks are not permitted in the theatre. A variety of snacks and drinks are available for purchase on site and all are allowed in the auditorium. If prohibited, there will be signage indicating this at the theatre. We are committed to ensuring the enjoyment of all patrons. As a reminder, please refrain from munching, crunching or the rattling of bags.
That would be lots of fun, but, unfortunately, no. Visitors are not permitted backstage; no one not in the cast or crew is permitted on stage. Many people go to the stage door after the show to see and meet cast members - and get autographs - but both the stage and the backstage area are strictly off-limits to anyone not directly involved with the production. This is not because we are mean, but is for reasons of safety (and insurance).
There is wheelchair and assisted seating available in all our theatres. The locations, however, vary in different venues. Note: The Royal Alexandra Theatre is a National Historic Landmark building of 19th-century design. It has no elevators or escalators, with stair access only to the 2 balconies, with the upper balcony having a steep rake. Wheelchair seating is available in the orchestra (main floor) only and is accessible directly from the street without any steps. If you require wheelchair seating - or have any other special seating needs - please call TicketKing at 416.872.1212 or 1.800.461.3333 for help before making your ticket purchase. You can read about special-needs seating by clicking here.
Mirvish Productions offers open-captioned performances for select shows. Patrons are advised to email your inquiries to email@example.com or call TicketKing at 416.872.1212 or toll-free at 1.800.461.3333 for more information.
If you have any specific seating needs, please call TicketKing for help - 416.872.1212 or 1.800.461.3333 - before making your ticket purchase.
Sorry, but the answer is no. Reserved-seat theatre ticket sales are final. There are no refunds or exchanges. Make sure you get the date right when you make your purchase.
If you lose your tickets, please call TicketKing as soon as you become aware of the loss: 416.872.1212 or 1.800.461.3333. We cannot always reprint your tickets, but we can issue a seating voucher for you to pick up at the box office. Please note, however, that vouchers and replacement tickets will be issued ONLY to the person who bought the ticket in the first place; if you lose tickets purchased or otherwise acquired from a third party, you must ask the original purchaser to make the request.
Print-at-home tickets are sent to you as PDF attachments to an email and you should receive them almost immediately - certainly within a day of your order. If you have not received them by the next day, please call TicketKing at 416.872.1212 or 1.800.461.3333. Please note: the two most common reasons why people do not receive their print-at-home tickets are (1) they have entered incorrect email addresses in their orders; (2) the email is mistakenly flagged as spam and rejected. To ensure email from TicketKing reaches your inbox, please add firstname.lastname@example.org to your email address book or spam filter permission list.
No, we cannot. The mailing address on your order must match the billing address registered for the credit card used. This is for your protection as well as ours. If you don't want your tickets mailed to you, you can request that they be held for you at the box office.
Anyone collecting pre-purchased tickets at the box office must show the credit card with which the tickets were purchased... or a signed letter from the card-holder, quoting the card number, and authorising him to make the pick-up. This rule is to prevent fraudulent use of an improperly obtained credit card number in any telephone or online transaction.
No, sorry, we cannot do this. Tickets are not "reserved" until purchased. They cannot be held for you against future payment.
You can make cash payments at any of our theatre box offices - and any box office can handle tickets for any of the theatres. Click here for box office locations and hours.
All our quoted prices are in Canadian dollars.
We do not set separate price lists in other currencies. Rates of exchange vary daily. If you make a ticket purchase by credit card, we will bill your card in Canadian dollars. Your credit card company will, in turn, bill you in your local currency, applying the rate of exchange it has set on the date on which the exchange is made.
The only tax applied is the 13% Harmonized and Services Tax (HST), similar to the British VAT. This tax is included in the quoted ticket price; it is not added on.
Unfortunately, no. Refunds are given only on taxes paid on goods purchased in Canada and exported, unused, from Canada. Your theatre ticket is considered "used" in Canada and the tax paid on it is not refundable.
That one's almost impossible to answer. First, it depends on the show; different set designs can affect the view from different seats - for example, the elevation of the stage, the height of the set, the rake (angle up) of the stage, the width of the set. Second, much depends on personal preferences - for example, many people insist on sitting in the first two or three rows - wouldn't dream of sitting anywhere else - while others find the first rows too close for comfort (or for a full view of the action); some people love the box seats for their roominess and their aura of exclusivity, while others say they don't like the box seats' angled view of the stage. Generally speaking, 'though, most people would probably agree that the best stage views in any of the theatres - most of the time - would be those enjoyed from seats (1) nearest the centre, in the front-middle of the orchestra (ground) level; or (2) those nearest the centre in either the first few rows of the first balcony (also known as the "dress circle" or "mezzanine") or the first two or three rows of the second balcony ("the gods"). Before buying your seats, have a good look at our seating maps.
There is no requirement that you purchase advance tickets. You may buy your tickets at the box office as you enter the theatre, but you will be gambling that there are still seats available. Many performances sell out well in advance and you may find that your seating choices are very limited, if there are any remaining seats at all.
This information is all available on our web site. Just click here for maps and directions... and here for a list of area restaurants... and here for a guide to area hotels. Please note that it is sometimes possible to purchase hotel/theatre ticket packages or theatre/restaurant packages for some of our productions; discounted hotel rates, when available, are provided for those who purchase tickets and book their hotel rooms at the same time. Information on current packages is available ONLY through the TicketKing phone centre at 1.800.461.3333 or 416.872.1212
No, not while there is an audience in the theatre. You may certainly ask the cast, crew and front-of-house staff to stay late and perform privately for you, but you will then be responsible for paying them, not to mention renting the theatre.
See the question above. The answer is the same. No.
Mirvish Express - Luxury Coach Service
The London Mirvish Express route is operated by Great Canadian Holidays and Coaches Inc. They are based in Kitchener, Ontario.
Buses are clearly identified with the Mirvish logo. You can't miss it!
Buses always run unless passengers are notified otherwise or there are no bookings. Un-booked buses may be cancelled at any time with notification. Pick-up and departure times may vary depending on weather and traffic conditions.
Patrons are advised to arrive at their departure location at least 15 minutes prior to departure. Please check your local traffic report to ensure you arrive on time. Buses leave at posted times.
No. The bus order must be made in conjunction with a ticket purchase to one of the shows at our theatres.
The bus only stops to pick up or drop off riders. A washroom is available on-board the bus. Please plan to bring along your own food and beverage for your trip. Alcohol is not permitted.
Yes. Please note that management takes no responsibility for lost or stolen items. Do not leave any items of value on the bus.
Patrons with walking assisted devices (walkers or wheelchairs) can store it below the bus. Please ask the driver for assistance. The bus does “kneel” to ensure a smoother transfer from bus to street/sidewalk level. Scooters can be stored but must be loaded by the passenger.
There are no refunds or cancellations.