The Prince of Wales is one of London's best venues for overall views of the stage. Seating 1,160 audience members, the auditorium is set on just two levels, giving excellent views from both the Stalls and Circle. No seats feel particularly far away from the stage, and the whole venue is well raked to give clear views of the action. The beautiful building is quite unique in the West End, and worth arriving early to take a look around!
The Stalls section fans out away from the stage, getting wider towards the middle and rear. There are two half aisle 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 views in the first row may feel a little too close, but these are currently sold as lottery seats for 'The Book of Mormon'. There are slight restrictions to the side seats, in the first and final seats in rows N-T. Whilst the action is still highly visible, these seats do feel quite far to the side and look across at the stage. The final rows do have the overhang of the level above in view, but this just 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 very well raked, giving clear views over the top of the audience in front. There is a safety rail at the ends of each stairwell, which does restrict the views in aisle seats in the first three rows. Seats towards the centre give the best view of the stage, but even those towards the sides of the auditorium look directly at the action. The view from the top of the section feels high, but due to the intimate size of the auditorium, do not feel too far away. The frame of the stage is always in view, and there is no obstruction to the top of the stage.
Where are the best seats for children at the Prince of Wales Theatre?
Please note that The Book of Mormon is not suitable for children. For other performances, children may prefer to sit in the Circle to give a clear overview of the stage. Please note that aisle seats in the first four rows have the view of the safety bar in sight and can be restrictive.
Where are the Restricted View seats?
There are no seats labelled as 'restricted view' in the Prince of Wales Theatre. Prices for seats fan out away from the stage, with the far corners of both the Stalls and Dress Circle being cheaper than the central sections.
What if I am hard of sight or hearing?
The Prince of Wales Theatre is fitted with an induction loop and an infra-red system which is installed in the main auditorium. Guide dogs are allowed into the auditorium, or can be looked after by theatre staff. The show also offers sign language performances - please look at the tickets page for full details.
How many steps are there in the theatre?
The main foyer has level street access through double doors. There is a lift in the main foyer that services the Stalls level 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 at the Stalls level.
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, but drinks can 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 in each of these seats. Transfer seating is also available in the Stalls section, and theatre staff can look after wheelchairs throughout the performance. There is a lift within the theatre itself that services the bars, foyer and Stalls, but does not go up to the Circle level.