Prince of Wales Theatre originally opened in 1884 by C.J Phipps, and was then known as the Prince’s Theatre. It was renamed to its current title in 1886 after the future Edward VII. In 1937, the theatre was rebuilt in Art-Deco style, as it was deemed too small to accommodate for the larger number of people that wanted to attend the theatre, due to its prominent location between Leicester Square and Piccadilly Circus. In 1941, the theatre screened the UK premiere of Charlie Chaplin’s controversial but successful film, The Great Dictator, and the theatre’s owner at the time, Alfred Esdaile, was fined for showing it. In 2004 the theatre was completely refurbished by its current owner, Sir Cameron Mackintosh.
Prince of Wales Theatre has staged many successful musicals and plays, such as South Pacific in 1988 and West Side Story in 1999, and Mamma Mia!, which was in residence from 2004 to 2012.
Currently showing at the Prince of Wales Theatre is The Book of Mormon.
Prince of Wales Theatre is ideally situated between Piccadilly Circus and Leicester Square tube stations. Piccadilly Circus is on the Piccadilly and Bakerloo lines whilst Leicester Square is on the Northern and Piccadilly lines. If you are coming by train, then the nearest mainline railway station to the theatre is Charing Cross.
Prince of Wales Theatre is located in a prominent position between Piccadilly and Leicester Square, near to all of London’s main attractions such as other theatres, restaurants and hotels. Hotels near Prince of Wales Theatre London include the Thistle Trafalgar Square, popular for its convenient location, a mere five minutes from the theatre. The hotel includes a bar, lounge area and restaurant serving pre-theatre meals.
The seating capacity for the Prince of Wales is 1,160 people on two levels – Stalls and Dress Circle. Stalls are located on the ground floor of the auditorium and the Dress Circle is on level 1. If you want guidance on which seats to book, have a look at the seating plan of the theatre on the right.
Top Tips for Visiting the Prince of Wales Theatre
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- The bars at the Prince of Wales are a bit character-less; I’d recommend grabbing a drink elsewhere near the theatre if you’re meeting friends before or after the show. – Sally, London