Prince of Wales Theatre
The Book of Mormon will open at the Prince of Wales Theatre in the heart of London’s theatreland. Situated between Leicester Square and Piccadilly Circus, thousands of people pass by the venue each day and see the towering Art Deco style building that has been home to many classic musicals and plays since 1884. The venue is now owned and managed by the Delfont Mackintosh Theatre Group, and is also home to The Delfont Room which houses small cabarets and concerts. The theatre has a long tradition of housing American musicals, such as the transfers of ‘Funny Girl’ (1962), ‘Sweet Charity’ (1967), and ‘Promises, Promises’ (1969). ‘The Book of Mormon’ will continue this tradition, carrying the baton from the long running hit musical ‘Mamma Mia’ which has recently reopened at the Novello Theatre.
The venue seats over 1600 people across just two levels. Both the Stalls and the Circle sections are significantly larger than other West End venues and are divided into three separate blocks of seats. The rows follow the curve of the stage, giving good overall views from each section, owing to the gentle rake on both levels. Seats towards the front of the Stalls from rows A-G hug around the stage, sometimes giving side on views of the stage especially towards the ends of each row. More central seats around rows J, K and L of the stalls give excellent views of the stage, and sit just underneath the overhang of the balcony above.
Tips from an Usher
We recently caught up with one of the ushers at the Prince of Wales Theatre who gave us their top tips on the best seats in the house:
- For spectacle, the Circle section gives a fantastic perspective of the whole stage, allowing you to really appreciate things like dance formations with a more ‘birds eye view’. You never feel too far away from the action, and the good rake means views are clear throughout. Although the front of the Circle is always good, you can have just as good experience around rows E-G.
- The circle balcony overhangs the stalls around rows K and L, meaning that it is in view from some of the rear seats. Depending on how far back you are this has different draw backs, but this is usually reflected in the price, with rows R-T offering discounts.
- You can often pick up a bargain on some of the more ‘restricted’ seats in both sections. The ends of each row from L-T are usually discounted, as they give a more side on view of the stage. In many instances this isn’t too much of a problem – especially if you get one as close to the centre as possible! A great way of seeing the show and saving money at the same time.