The Prince of Wales is one of London's best venues for comfort and stage views. Seating 1,160 audience members, the auditorium is set on just two levels, giving excellent perspective from both the Stalls and Circle. None of the seats feel particularly far away from the stage, and the whole venue is well-raked so it's easy to see over the audience ahead. The art deco building is quite unique for a West End theatre and the architecture is worth the ticket price alone.
The Stalls fan out away from the stage, getting wider towards the back of the auditorium. There are two half aisles dividing the seating into three sections at the rear. The section is well-raked, giving clear views of the stage over the heads of the audience in front. The stage is quite high, so people in the first row may have to look up, but these are currently sold as lottery seats. There are some restricted views from the first and final seats in rows N-T. Whilst the stage is still visible, these seats do feel quite far to the side and look at the stage from an angle. The final rows have the overhang of the level above in view, but this only obstructs the very top of the stage.
The Dress Circle
The Dress Circle is similar in layout to the Stalls, with three blocks of seating. The whole section is steeply raked, giving clear views over the top of the audience in front, though it may not be suitable for Vertigo sufferers. There is a safety rail at the ends of each stairwell, which limits the views from aisle seats in the first three rows. Seats towards the centre give the best views of the stage, but those towards the sides of the auditorium also look directly at the action. The back of the Dress Circle feels high but due to the size of the auditorium, does not feel too far away. The entire stage is always in view from these seats.
Where are the best seats for children at the Prince of Wales Theatre?
The Book of Mormon is not suitable for children. For other events, children may prefer to sit in the Circle to have a clear view of the stage. Please note that aisle seats in the first four rows can see the safety rail.
Where are the Restricted View seats?
Rows J - K in the Stalls have slightly restricted views from the seats on the ends of the rows. In the Dress Circle, the loges have side views of the stage, and some of the seats in row A and along the aisles have the safety rail in view.
What if I am hard of sight or hearing?
The Prince of Wales Theatre is fitted with an induction loop at the box office and an infrared system in the main auditorium. Guide dogs are allowed into the auditorium, or can be looked after by theatre staff.
How many steps are there in the theatre?
The main foyer has level access from the street through double doors. There is a lift in the main foyer that services the Stalls and bar. The Stalls are 22 steps down, and the Dress Circle is 13 steps above street level.
Where are the toilets located?
Male and female toilets are located in the Stalls and at the back of the Dress Circle. There is an adapted toilet accessible from the Stalls via a lift.
Where are the bars located?
The Prince of Wales has two bars - The American Bar in the Dress Circle and The Delfont Room in the Stalls. The Stalls bar is accessible by lift, and drinks can also be brought to disabled patrons in the auditorium.
Are there wheelchair facilities in the theatre?
Wheelchair spaces are in the Stalls and must be booked in advance. There is space for a companion by each of these seats. Transfer seating is also available in the Stalls, and theatre staff can look after wheelchairs during the performance. There is a lift that services the bars, foyer and Stalls, but does not go up to the Circle level.