Location: Coventry Street
Currently Showing: The Book of Mormon
Access: Piccadilly Circus (exit 4 marked Shaftesbury Avenue)
Stage Door: Whitcomb Street, out of main entrance, turn right twice
Ownership: Delfont Mackintosh
The Prince of Wales Theatre was opened in January 1884 as the Prince’s Theatre. It was renamed the Prince of Wales Theatre in 1886. The first production to be shown here was The Palace of Truth by W S Gilbert. Dorothy, a comic opera, was a very successful production, so much so that the authors used the profits to construct the Lyric Theatre where the opera then transferred in 1888.
After a long string of successful productions, the theatre was rebuilt in 1937 to increase its capacity to 1100, expand the stage and improve the facilities for artists and the audience. The new theatre had an Art-Deco design. The first production to be shown in the new theatre was Les Follies de Paris et Londres.
In the ’50s, the theatre hosted variety shows which starred many famous performers including Peter Sellers, Bob Hope, Morecambe and Wise, and Gracie Fields. In 1962, the theatre was home to Neil Simon’s Come Blow Your Horn, which starred Michael Crawford.
Over the following years, the theatre was host to many successful productions including, Funny Girl, Sweet Charity, I Love My Wife and Aspects of Love. Following a refurbishment in 2004, which increased the seating capacity to 1160 and modernised its facilities, the theatre reopened with Mamma Mia on 16th April 2004, which transferred to the Novello Theatre on 6th September 2012. Since then, it has been home to Let It Be and The Book of Mormon.
The Prince of Wales Theatre is conveniently located between Piccadilly Circus and Leicester Square. There are many bars, cafe, restaurants and shops in Leicester Square and many bars have outdoor space which is fantastic in the summer. Regent and Oxford Street are three minutes’ walk away which have many department stores and other outlets.
Getti’s is an Italian restaurant on Jermyn very close by. It serves excellent food with great service at a reasonable price for central London. The Terrace Grill (part of Le Meridien Hotel) on Piccadilly serves quality British food. There is an air of elegance and class around the whole experience and although quite expensive, it is worth it.
The Prince of Wales is a very nice venue. It is one of the best organised theatres in the West End, with clearly signed doors for different seating blocks of the auditorium. The stalls bar area is very spacious with plenty of standing area.
Tickets for the current production of The Book of Mormon are very expensive relative to many other West End show tickets, with premium seating costing around £200 as opposed to most other shows which start closer to £100. There are very few cheap seats in stalls, as even rows as far back as Row O start from £80.
The more reasonably priced seats are in the dress circle, where the rows from F back to L are more affordable, starting from around £50. However, the view is obviously not the best.
Where to buy tickets
The Prince of Wales Theatre is owned by Delfont Mackintosh. Therefore, the best place to buy tickets for the Book of Mormon is through the Delfont Mackintosh website where you will buy tickets at face value (plus a booking fee).