The Prince of Wales Theatre

The Prince of Wales Theatre, 31 Coventry Street, London, W1D 6AS


The Prince of Wales Theatre The Prince of Wales Theatre

Previously known as the Prince’s, the Prince of Wales Theatre was designed by C.J. Phipps and originally opened in January 1884. It was a traditional theatre boasting three tiers and just over 1,000 seats, and was only renamed the Prince of Wales theatre in 1886 in honour of Edward VII. It was rebuilt in 1937 in an Art Deco style, with a 14-metre bar complete with its own dance floor.

It was refurbished extensively in 2004 by current owner Cameron Mackintosh to modernise its facilities, including increasing seating capacity to 1,160, adding new bars and gutting and refurbishing the theatre’s well-known tower and exterior with a modern finish and LED lighting. The Prince of Wales Theatre has, in its time, seen many stars, including comedian Sid Field, the legendary Mae West, Hollywood star James Stewart and even a then pregnant Barbara Streisand for a limited run of Funny Girl.

The theatre has also played host to many well-known productions, including South Pacific, West Side Story, Rent, and the hugely successful The Full Monty. The theatre is situated on the corner of Oxendon and Coventry Street in Westminster, London W1D 6AS, and is within walking distance of Leicester Square tube station.