UK – London – Prince of Wales Theatre

A Delfont-Mackintosh Theatre

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(from the Delfont Mackintosh website)

The First Prince of Wales Theatre

  • Dorothy (1884) featuring Marie Tempest – the first hit production at the original Prince’s Theatre, designed by architect C W Phipps.
  • A Gaiety Girl (1893) featuring Hayden Coffin
  • The Blue Train (1927) featuring Lily Elsie
  • Various French-style revues – the venue became known as London’s Folies Bergere.

The Second Prince of Wales Theatre (following an extensive rebuilding 1936-37)

  • Les Folies de Paris et Londres (27 October 1937, running continuously from 2pm – 11pm)
  • The Great Dictator (1941) – a season showing the Chaplin classic
  • Diamond Lil (1948) – featuring Mae West
  • Harvey (1949) featuring Sid Field, directed by Anthony Quayle
  • 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.
  • The World of Suzie Wong (1959) 832 performances
  • Martha Graham short season (1963) including Clytemnestra
  • The Beatles Command Performance in the presence of the Queen Mother (1963)
  • Funny Girl (1966) featuring Barbra Streisand
  • The Threepenny Opera (1972), directed by Tony Richardson, featuring Vanessa Redgrave, Hermione Baddeley, Diana Quick, Miriam Gargoyles, Barbara Windsor.
  • Trelawny (1972) featuring Gemma Craven
  • Danny La Rue variety show (1973)
  • Harvey (1975) featuring James Stewart as Elwood
  • Underneath the Arches (1982)
  • Hello Dolly (1983) featuring Danny La Rue (the first man to appear as Dolly)
  • Aspects of Love (1989) 1325 performances
  • City of Angels (1993)
  • The Witches of Eastwick (2001) transferred from the Theatre Royal Drury Lane
  • 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.”
  • 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)
  • The Book of Mormon (25 February 2013 – present)


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The Beatles Command Performance in 1963