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Gracie Fields laid the foundation stone for the current building of the Prince of Wales in 1937.
The Prince of Wales Theatre was named after the prince who later became King Edward VII.
The theatre hosted Barbara Streisand in her legendary role as Fanny Brice in Funny Girl in 1966.
When Mamma Mia! transferred here in 2004, Prince Charles, the current Prince of Wales, attended the inaugural performance.
The theatre screened the premiere of Charlie Chaplin’s controversial film The Great Dictator in 1941. The manager was fined for screening the film, as it was banned at the time.
Former stage manager Edgar Bruce is believed to haunt the left wing of the stage.
The Prince of Wales Theatre is situated on Coventry Street in the West End of London, close to Piccadilly Circus tube station. Built in 1937, this 1125 seat venue is the second Prince of Wales theatre building to have occupied its present site, which nowadays is in the middle of a tourist hotspot, flanked on either side by Planet Hollywood and the London Trocadero.
A tall structure looming over the Oxendon Street/Coventry Street crossroads, on the inside the renovated Prince of Wales is a basic, modern theatre that is purely functional for huge musical productions.