UK – London – Prince of Wales Theatre

A Delfont-Mackintosh Theatre

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Past Productions:

(mostly from the Delfont Mackintosh website)

  • The Book of Mormon (25 February 2013 – present)
  • Mamma Mia (16 April 2004 – September 2012)
    • Reopened by HRH Prince of Wales on 10 June with charity gala performance on 10 June.
    • Mamma Mia became the longest-running show at the theatre in 2007 (overtaking Aspects of Love)
  • 2003-04 Auditorium and Front of House spaces extensively refurbished by the Arts Team at RHWL under the management of Delfont Mackintosh Theatres Limited.
    • “The Prince of Wales Theatre is a West End theatre on Coventry Street, near Leicester Square in the City of Westminster. It was established in 1884 and rebuilt in 1937, and extensively refurbished in 2004 by Delfont Mackintosh Theatres Limited who have undertaken the £7.5 million refurbishment programme to give the West End one of its most stylish, spacious and comfortable theatres. Refurbishment was carried out to increase the seating capacity slightly to 1,160 seats and to modernise the theatre’s facilities. New bars were added, the auditorium completely rebuilt, the backstage areas refurbished and the theatre’s famous tower and exterior completely gutted and refurbished with new LED lighting and a crisp modern finish.”
  • The Witches of Eastwick (23 March 2001 – ?) transferred from the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. Reworked for a smaller venue, and starring Clarke Peters. 
  • Smokey Joe’s Cafe (Previews 15 October, opens 23 October 1996 – ?) directed by Jerry Zaks
  • Elvis (15 April 1996 – 28 September 1996) 
  • Tommy Steele – What A Show (Previews 2 October, opens 9 October 1995 – 6 January 1996)
  • Copacabana (Previews from June 18, opened June 23 1994. Closed 9 September 1995) starring Gary Wilmot, then Darren Day. Directed by Roger Redfern. 
  • The Magic Man (9 February 1994 – 26 March 1994) starring Paul Daniels
  • Aspects of Love (20 December 1993 – 15 January 1994)
  • City of Angels (March 30 1993 – 13 November 1993)
  • Aspects of Love (1989) 1325 performances
  • Hello Dolly (1983) featuring Danny La Rue (the first man to appear as Dolly)
  • Underneath the Arches (1982)
  • It’s Magic (10 December 1980 for 498 performances) starring Paul Daniels
  • Harvey (1975) featuring James Stewart as Elwood
  • Danny La Rue variety show (1973)
  • Trelawny (1972) featuring Gemma Craven
  • The Threepenny Opera (1972), directed by Tony Richardson, featuring Vanessa Redgrave, Hermione Baddeley, Diana Quick, Miriam Gargoyles, Barbara Windsor.
  • Funny Girl (1966) featuring Barbra Streisand
  • The Beatles Command Performance in the presence of the Queen Mother (1963)
  • Martha Graham short season (1963) including Clytemnestra
  • The World of Suzie Wong (1959) 832 performances
  • Various revues and variety acts (1950s), including Paris to Piccadilly, Pardon My French, Paris by Night and Plaisirs de Paris.
    Stars such as Norman Wisdom, Peter Sellars, Bob Hope, Terry Thomas, Dickie Henderson, Hughie Green, Morecambe & Wise and Terry Scott featured in the shows.
  • Harvey (1949) featuring Sid Field, directed by Anthony Quayle
  • Diamond Lil (1948) – featuring Mae West
  • Piccadilly Hayride (1946) 778 performances
  • The Great Dictator (1941) – a season showing the Chaplin classic
  • Les Folies de Paris et Londres (27 October 1937, running continuously from 2pm – 11pm)
  • The Second Prince of Wales Theatre (following an extensive rebuilding 1936-37)
  • Various French-style revues – the venue became known as London’s Folies Bergere.
  • The Blue Train (1927) featuring Lily Elsie
  • A Gaiety Girl (1893) featuring Hayden Coffin
  • Dorothy (1884) featuring Marie Tempest – the first hit production at the original Prince’s Theatre, designed by architect C W Phipps.
  • The First Prince of Wales Theatre

Archive equipment related to Prince of Wales Theatre, London over the years

  • Delicolor (Furse)
  • Documents

    Prince of Wales Theatre - Arthur Lloyd 
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    From Arthur Lloyd website

    Mentions of Prince of Wales Theatre, London in indexed journals


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    The Beatles Command Performance in 1963