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Prince of Wales Theatre (Established 1884) (London)



  • Existence: Established 1884
  • Usage: 1884 - 1886


The Prince of Wales Theatre is a Grade II listed venue first established in 1884 in the West End, London. At its inception, it was named the Prince’s Theatre, only to change the name to Prince of Wales in 1886. The Prince of Wales has been offering a programme of comedy, dramas, musicals and variety shows ever since, although it was demolished in mid-1930s to incorporate a larger stage, seating area and newer facilities, to match the audience taste at the time. It reopened in 1937 and continued hosting shows until 2004, when it was refurbished to increase its capacity once again and modernise its interior and facilities.

Found in 7 Collections and/or Records:

Cyril Critchlow Collection

Reference code: NFA0089
Scope and Contents The Cyril Critchlow collection contains programmes, posters, handbills, books and magic journals, many of which relate to shows in Blackpool where Cyril resided and includes material on entertainment venues such as Blackpool’s North Pier, Central Pier, South Pier, Tower Circus and a small collection of programmes from other national venues. Additionally, it contains circus photographs and postcards mainly of the Ohmy Circus and Sanger Circus including individual circus troupes and performers...
Dates: c1837 - 2008

Posters, c1887 - 2010

Reference code: 178R27
Scope and Contents

Circus, variety, pantomime and magic posters including Argyle theatre, Liverpool Empire, Blackpool Tower Circus, Robert Brothers, Austen Brothers, Sorcar, Vesta Tilley, Ken Dodd, Dan Leno, Florrie Forde and others.

Dates: c1887 - 2010

Prince of Wales Theatre Poster, c1982

Reference code: 178R27.169
Scope and Contents

London. Oi! The Flanagan and Allen Story, Underneath the Arches, Bernie Winters, Leslie Crowther and others. Contains colour photograph. Printed by The Schwartz organisation Ltd.

Dates: c1982

Prince of Wales Theatre Programme, May 1984

Reference code: 178K27.98
Scope and Contents

London. Little Me a musical comedy, Russ Abbot, Shelia White, Lynda Baron, Tudor Davies and others. Contains colour illustrations and photographs of the acts, 28p.p.

Dates: May 1984

Prince of Wales Theatre Programme, April 1977

Reference code: 178K27.104
Scope and Contents

Same Time, Next Year by Bernard Slade, Michael Crawford, Michele Dortrice. Contains illustrations and photographs of the acts, 24p.p.

Dates: April 1977

Prince of Wales Theatre Programme, February 1978

Reference code: 178K27.109
Scope and Contents

London. I Love my Wife, Richard Bekinsale, Ben Cross, Belinda Sinclair, Liz Robertson. Contains newspaper clipping of Cherry Orchard review as well as illustrations and photographs of the acts, 22p.p.

Dates: February 1978

Programmes for Circus, Magic and Variety Shows, c1890 - 1999

Reference code: 178K27
Scope and Contents

Circus, magic and variety show programmes including the Great Ohmy Circus, John Sanger Circus, Bertram Mills Circus and variety shows at various locations in Blackpool, London, Manchester and other theatres in England. Some of the variety performers showcased are Morecambe and Wise, Hetty King, Mae West, Bob Hope, Shirley Bassey, Larry Lamb and Cliff Richards.

Dates: c1890 - 1999