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The Book of Mormon

15th November 2021 - 2nd April 2022

How to Find the Prince of Wales Theatre

Prince of Wales Theatre

Coventry Street, London, W1D 6AS

BOX OFFICE

Call the Box Office on 0844 482 5151
Phone lines are open Monday-Saturday 10am-8pm.
Calls to Delfont Mackintosh Theatres 0844 numbers cost 7p per minute plus your phone company's access charge.


Central Box Office at the Sondheim Theatre
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Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 6BA.
Open Tuesday - Sunday from midday - 3pm.


Please note: Hot food is not permitted in the venue and any food consumed in the auditorium must have been purchased at the theatre.

Our theatres sell products which may contain allergens. Allergen information is available upon request from all bars or other staff selling refreshments around the venue.

Getting to the Prince of Wales Theatre

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By Train or Tube

The nearest train station is Charing Cross.

The nearest tube stations are Charing Cross, Leicester Square and Piccadilly Circus.

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By Bus

For Piccadilly Circus: 6, 9, 14, 19 and 38 (N9, N19, N38 and N97)

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By Car

If you are driving, you can take advantage of the Q-Park Theatreland parking scheme with 50% off car parking after midday for up to 4 hours.

There is also a MasterPark car park at Whitcomb Street (closest to the theatre).

Accessibility at the Prince of Wales Theatre

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Parking

The theatre itself has no parking facilities but there are disabled bays nearby on Rupert Street and Whitcomb Street. For more information visit the City of Westminster website.

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Hearing

The theatre has an infrared system with headsets available at the Cloakroom. The duty manager in the Foyer will be able to assist with headsets. A deposit of a credit card/driving licence is required which will be returned at the end of the performance.

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Assistance Dogs

Assistance dogs are allowed in to the auditorium. Alternatively, our staff are happy to dog sit during your performance.

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Wheelchairs

Wheelchair access is available at the rear of the Stalls, accessible via the step free street-level foyer. Patrons who need to remain in their wheelchair can be accommodated on the aisle of Stalls row U (removing seats U38-39) or on the aisle of row T (removing seats T39-40). We also have a number of transferable seats available on the aisle such as Stalls J34. Wheelchairs and scooters can be stored in the foyer.

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Toilets

There is an adapted toilet in the Delfont bar, accessible by the lift.

Our access host will happily advise and guide should you require help.

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Autism

We know that communication is key for patrons who have Autism.

We want all our patrons to have a good experience while in our theatres, so we now have a visual tool for parents and carers to use with those on the autistic spectrum and/or with learning difficulties.

There are two versions. A printable version and a video version, both of which can be viewed via the links below.

We have been researching the benefits of using social stories and would like to offer a social story for a visit to Prince of Wales Theatre. We know that people with autism find social situations difficult and understand that we are all unique.

Download theTheatre social story

Hospitality at the Prince of Wales Theatre

Champagne Package

Champagne Packages start from £137.50 per person and can include a Premium Seat, half a bottle of Champagne, a show programme, a souvenir brochure (where applicable) and a staff meet and greet service.
Already booked your tickets?

Call us on 020 7766 2112 add a Champagne Package from £40 per person for plays, or from £50 per person for musicals.

VIP Package

Opt for the full VIP treatment from £192.50 per person, which can include a Premium Seat, half a bottle of Champagne, a show programme, a souvenir brochure (where applicable) specially designated hospitality area, savoury canapes, your choice of drinks and a theatre host.
Already booked your tickets?

Call us on 020 7766 2112 to a VIP Package will cost from £95 per person for plays, or from £105 per person for musicals

There are a number of VIP areas available for hospitality and hire. The largest is The Delfont Room, which holds up to 350 people and the smallest is The Piano Room, which holds up to 50 people. In addition, there are The Princes Room and The Folies Room at 70 and 100 people respectively.

The theatre and foyer spaces are available for Sunday and daytime hire for concerts, receptions, meetings, training seminars and other functions
If you would like to discuss venue hire then please enquire using the button below:

Facilities at the Prince of Wales Theatre

Lost Property

If you have any enquiries regarding lost property at Prince of Wales Theatre please email customer services.

Lost property will be kept at the theatre for one month.

Facilities

There are two licensed bars. The American Bar (Dress Circle) 4 steps up and 6 down from Dress Circle foyer and The Delfont Room (Stalls) which is accessible by lift.

For a look at what great value drinks and snacks we offer and an example price list please available to download/view below:

Cloakrooms

For the safety and security of our patrons and employees, our cloakrooms are currently closed.

However, we work with Stasher who offer bag storage in many hotels and shops across London (all within close walking distance to our theatres).

HOW TO BOOK LUGGAGE STORAGE WITH STASHER

Bookings must be made online and it costs £5.40 for the day using the code "SHOWTIME".

For location options and to book:

Additional Security Using Canines

Delfont Mackintosh Theatres uncompromisingly prioritises the safety of its staff and visitors to all of its venues.

We have engaged the expertise of Global Support Services (GSS), a specialist canine services provider, to deploy explosive detection dog teams at our theatre. Their teams will be responsible for searching our venue and our audiences as they enter the venue prior to each show, daily.

Their teams have vast experience working with venues similar to ours and will seek at all times to be both reassuring and unintrusive. They have provided us with some guidance on our behaviours around their dogs whilst they are working.

Prince of Wales Theatre History

Musical Theatre Highlights

At the first Prince of Wales Theatre

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City of Angels (1993)

1884 The first hit production at the original Prince of Wales Theatre, initially known as Prince's Theatre, designed by architect C J Phipps was a comic opera called Dorothy that starred the redoubtable Marie Tempest. Dorothy became the longest-running musical theatre production at that time.

1893 Appearing opposite Marie Tempest in Dorothy was the handsome actor Hayden Coffin. The show established him on a successful career path and he starred in many of the Edwardian musical comedies produced by George Edwardes for which he became famous. One such was A Gaiety Girl.

1927 Lily Elsie, described as the most photographed woman in the world, was feted on her return to the Prince of Wales Theatre to play Eileen in the musical comedy The Blue Train, with music by Robert Stolz. She had been absent from the stage for ten years and even King George V, when attending a performance, told her how much she had been missed.

For much of the rest of its life until it was rebuilt in 1937, the Prince of Wales presented a series of French-style revues and came to be known as London's Folies Bergère. It was not until the mid-20th century that musicals were to play an important part in the theatre's history once more.

Read more about the theatre and its history...

Production Highlights

At the second Prince of Wales Theatre

1937 Gracie Fields laid the foundation stone of the new theatre designed by Robert Cromie on 17 June and sang to the builders working on site.

1937 Opened on 27 October with Les Folies de Paris et Londres, a revue performed non-stop from 2pm to 11pm. Followed by other popular revues such as Frivolites de France and Caprice Parisien.

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Aspects of Love (1989)

1941 The Great Dictator, Charlie Chaplin's controversial first talkie, in which he parodied Hitler, was shown for a season.

1948 Mae West appeared in the comedy Diamond Lil, a show she had also written, that had made her the toast of Broadway 20 years earlier.

1949 Sid Field, who had made his West End debut at the theatre in Strike a New Note (1943), also made his last London appearance here in Harvey, a comedy about a 6ft tall white rabbit, directed by Anthony Quayle. The show returned to the theatre in 1975 with James Stewart in the leading role of Elwood.

1950s During this decade the Prince of Wales mostly put on revues and variety acts. The long-running revues were Paris to Piccadilly, Pardon My French, Paris by Night and Plaisirs de Paris. Famous names who appeared in variety included Norman Wisdom, Peter Sellers, Bob Hope, Terry Thomas, Dickie Henderson, Hughie Green, Morecambe and Wise and Terry Scott.

1959 The World of Suzie Wong, the story of a Hong Kong prostitute and her artist lover, became the longest-running play to date at the theatre with 832 performances.

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Funny Girl (1966)

1963 Martha Graham and her famous company of American dancers gave a short season of performances including Clytemnestra, her only full-length work, considered to be her masterpiece.

1966 Funny Girl transferred from Broadway for a short run with the new young star Barbra Streisand in the leading role of Fanny Brice. One of the songs from the show, 'People', became a Top 10 hit.

1972 A revival of The Threepenny Opera, directed by Tony Richardson with Vanessa Redgrave as Polly, also featured Hermione Baddeley, Diana Quick, Miriam Margolyes and Barbara Windsor. Later the same year the Julian Slade musical Trelawny transferred from Sadler's Wells where it had brought a young Gemma Craven into the public eye.

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The Mikado (1983)

1973 Danny La Rue entertained audiences for 503 performances with his glamorous variety show. In 1983 he made history at the Prince of Wales when he was the first man to appear as Dolly in Hello, Dolly!

1982 The story and music of the Crazy Gang, Underneath the Arches, with Roy Hudd and Christopher Timothy impersonating Flanagan and Allen, ran for over a year.

1993 Michael Ball had a big success in Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical Aspects of Love, based on the novel by David Garnett. It broke all records to become the theatre's longest-running show ever with 1,325 performances.

2003-04 The theatre auditorium and all front of house foyer spaces and bars were extensively and glamorously refurbished by the Arts Team at RHWL under the management of Delfont Mackintosh Theatres Limited.

2003-4 The theatre auditorium and all front of house foyer spaces and bars were extensively and glamorously expanded, refitted and refurbished by Arts Team at RHWL under the management of Delfont Mackintosh Theatres.

2004 The Prince of Wales Theatre was officially reopened by HRH the Prince of Wales on 10 June when he attended a charity gala performance of MAMMA MIA! In 2007 this musical overtook Aspects of Love to become the longest running show at the theatre.

2013 The irreverent Broadway show The Book of Mormon hit town winning four Olivier awards and breaking the record for the biggest ever single day of sales in West End and Broadway history.