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Prince Of Wales Theatre

Theatre in London's West End. Opened in 1884 as Prince's Theatre before becoming the Prince Of Wales Theatre in 1886. Original building closed 16th January 1937, demolished starting 25th January 1937 and new one opened 9 months later.

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18th January 1884 (first performance) - ?Tha Palace Of Truth
Author: W.S. Gilbert
Cast included: Herbert Beerbohm-Tree
18th January 1884 (curtain opener for The Palace Of Truth) - ?In Honour Bound
1885Princess George
Cast included: Lillie Langtry
1885The School For Scandal
Cast included: Lillie Langtry
1891L'Enfant Prodigue (mime)
1897A Pierrot's Life (mime)
1898Pelleas And Melisande
Cast included: Martin Harvey and Mrs Patrick Campbell
1899The Only Way
Cast included: Martin Harvey (Sydney Carlton)
1900Don Juan's Last Wager
Cast included: Martin Harvey and N. da Silva
August 1900English Nell
Cast included: Marie Tempest
1901A Message From Mars
Cast included: Charles Hawtrey (Horace Barker)
1901Becky Sharp
Cast included: Marie Tempest
1907Miss Hook Of Holland
1907Little Miss Hook Of Holland
Matinee version by children for children
1910The Balkan Princess
1911The Great Name
Cast included: Charles Hawtrey, Noel Coward (page boy)
1914Broadway Jones
1916The Happy Family
Cast included: Noel Coward (Jack Mossiron)
1919-Series of revues
Authors included: Noel Coward and Ivor Novello
Cast included: Gerturde Lawrence, Jack Buchanan, Beatrice Lillie and Jessie Matthews
1919Bran Pie
1920The Blue Lagoon
1921A to Z
1922The Co-Optimists
Cast included: Syanley Holloway
1924Charlot's Revue
9th June 1924 (premiere) - ?The Rat
Author: Ivor Novello
Cast included: Ivor Novello
1926Charlot's Show
1926The Co-optimists
1927The Blue Train
Director: Gerald du Maurier
Cast included: Charles Laughton (Hercule Poirot)
1928By Candlelight
? - 5th August 1929 - ?Journey's End
Cast included: Edith Evans
1932-1940"Folies Bergere" rique revues
1935Voila! Les Dames
? - 16th January 1937Encore les Dames
17th January - 26th October 1937Closed as being demolished/rebuilt
27th October 1937 (re-opening) - ?Les Folies de Paris et Londres
May 1940Present Arms
17th February 1941Screening of Charlie Chaplin's The Great Dictator
1942No Orchids For Miss Blandish
Novel: James Hadley Chase
March 1943Strike A New Note
Cast included: Sid Field
1944Strike It Again
September 1945Flanagan and Allen
1946 - May 1947 - ?(778 performances)Piccadilly Hayride
Designers: Erté and Berkeley Sutcliffe
Cast included: Sid Field
1948Diamond Lil
Cast included: Mae West
? - 30th August 1948 - ?The Dance Sensation of America Katherine Dunham, Her Dancers & Musicians, A Caribbean Rhapsody
Presented by: Val Parnell
5th January 1949 - 21st October 1949 - ? (610 performances)Harvey
Author: Mary Chase. Director: Anthony Quayle
Cast included: Sid Field (Edward P. Dowd), Athene Seyler, Jeremy Hawk, Ernest Hare, Henry Gilbert, Violet Farebrother, Henzie Raeburn, Diana Fawcett
1950sVarities and revues
1951Fancy Free
Costumes and Sets: Erté
November 1959 - ? (832 or 824 performances)The World Of Suzie Wong
August 1961 - ?Variety season with Sammy Davis Jr.
October 1961Do Re Mi
Cast included: Max Bygraves
1962 (582 performances)Come Blow Your Horn
Author: Neil Simon
Cast included: Bob Monkhouse, David Kossoff and Michael Crawford (Buddy Baker)
1963Martha Graham Dance Company (included premiere of Circe)
1963 - 27th March 1964Closed for stage alterations
28th March 1964 - ? (408 performances)Round About Piccadilly
Cast included: Max Bygraves
1966Funny Girl
cast included: Barbara Streisand (Fanny Brice)
~1966/7Way Out In Piccadilly
Cast Included: Frankie Howerd, Cilla Black
1967Sweet Charity
Cast included: Juliet Prowse (Charity)
March/April 1969 - ?Cat Among The Pigeons
Cast included: Elizabeth Seal, Richard Briers, Murray Melvin, Victor Spinetti
October 1969 - ?Promises, Promises
Author: Burt Bacharach
~1969The World Of Suzie Wong
February 1971 - ?Catch My Soul
1972The Threepenny Opera
Director: Tony Richardson
Cast included: Vanessa Redgrave (Polly Peachum), Joe Melia, Hermoine Baddeley, Diana Quick, Miriam Margoyles and Barbara Windsor
1972 (transfer from Sadler's WellsTrelawny
December 1973 - March 1975The Danny La Rue Show
1975Schippel The Plumber
Author: CP Taylor
1976The Plumber's Progress
Cast included: Harry Secombe
1982Underneath The Arches
Cast included: Roy Hudd and Christopher Timothy
? - September 1984 - ?Little Me
1988 - January 1989South Pacific
17th April 1989 - June 1992
(1325 performances)
Aspects Of Love
Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber, Lyrics: Don Black and Charles Hart, Novel: David Garnett
~1992Good Rockin' Tonite
Cast included: Kim Criswell
~1993City Of Angels
1990sAspects Of Love
Touring production
1990sThe Magic Man
Paul Daniels
1994 - ? (over 1 year)Copacabana
Late 1990sWhat A Show!
Tommy Steele
Late 1990s (5 months)Elvis the Musical
Late 1990s (almost 2 years, then tour)Smokey Joe's Cafe
Late 1990sFame - The Musical
Touring production
Late 1990sWest Side Story
? Summer 2000 - November 2000 - ? (1 year)Fosse
? - March 2001 - July 2001 - ?
Transfer from Theatre Royal Drury Lane
The Witches Of Eastwick
Late 2001Rent
Touring production
12th March 2002 - ?The Full Monty
July 2003Closed for renovation
3rd June 2004 - September 2012Mamma Mia!
? - mid 2015 - nowThe Book Of Mormon
Many show titles and dates taken from Rosy Runciman (Archivist) articles in Mamma Mia! programmes and The Full Monty 2002 programme.