Accommodation close to The Book of Mormon
The grade II listed Prince of Wales Theatre is in the heart of London’s West End, an area with a wealth of entertainment, tourist attractions and budget accommodation ranging from B&Bs to hotels and cheap hostel rooms. Spending an evening in this attractive and historic theatre is the perfect way to end a day’s sightseeing in the city. Whatever time of year you visit London there will be a lively musical show taking place in the Art Deco Prince of Wales.
Located on Coventry Street, the Prince of Wales is just around the corner from Leicester Square and close to several underground stations. A theatre was originally built on the site in 1884. Its opening production was a revival of The Palace of Truth by W.S. Gilbert, starring the famous comedian Herbert Beerbohm Tree. The following year, the Prince of Wales’ mistress, Lily Langtry starred in The School for Scandal.
After 50 successful years, it was decided in 1937 that the auditorium was too small and the theatre was demolished and rebuilt giving the present Art Deco building. As well as a larger auditorium this building also had a dance floor in the stylish stalls bar.
Charlie Chaplin’s The Great Dictator was screened in 1941, an event for which the theatre’s owner was fined. The present owner, impresario Sir Cameron Mackintosh extensively upgraded the Prince of Wales in 2004 and it reopened with Mamma Mia! which became the venue’s longest-running show.
Located just around the corner of Leicester Square
Leicester Square is a vibrant and cosmopolitan place both day and night. The square itself is ringed with cinema’s, cafes and bars while M&Ms World which replaced Swiss Corner is a must see destination for chocolate lovers of all ages. Before going in, stop and admire the charming chiming bells of the Swiss Glockenspiel, all that’s left of the previous attraction.
Leicester Square is bordered by Chinatown, colourful streets decorated with Chinese arches and lights and the perfect place for a budget lunch or pre-theatre dinner. The streets are lined with Chinese restaurants serving good value buffets and set menus.
A short stroll away from Leicester Square is Trafalgar Square with its iconic fountains, lions and Nelson’s Column. This is bordered on one side by the National Gallery, a great place to while away a few hours before your evening performance at the Prince Charles Theatre. Admiralty Arch on the opposite side leads you gently down the Mall and past St Jame’s Park to Buckingham Palace.
Whatever your budget you will find great deals on hotels and different types of accommodation within easy walking distance of the Prince of Wales. These range from quirky boutique hotels with individual characters to cheap and cheerful self-catering apartments or the friendly welcome offered by family-run bed and breakfasts.
Many well-known hotel chains are also available just one or two stops away on the underground. These offer good value accommodation with breakfast options, guaranteed comfort and cleanliness and a good level of service.
Some Additional Information
The musical The Book of Mormon follows a pair of mismatched Mormon boys sent on a mission to a place that’s about as far from Salt Lake City as you can get. Book, Music and Lyrics are from Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone.
The hilarious drama set in the backdrop of Uganda is set the stage ablaze with the hit musical numbers like Spooky Mormon Hell Dream, I Am Africa, Baptize Me, All American Prophet and Tomorrow Is A Latter Day.
Audience : The Book of Mormon is suitable for audiences aged 18 and upwards. Contains frequent explicit language.
Run time : 2 hours and 30 minutes with one 15 minute intermission.
Architect of the Venue : C.J. Phipps
Owned by : Delfont Mackintosh Theatres
Established in 1884 and rebuilt in 1937
Nearest railway and underground station from Prince of Wales Theatre ?
London Charing Cross railway station is the nearest National Rail train station.
Bus routes : 3, 6, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 19, 22, 23, 38, 88, 94, 139, 159, 453
Car Parking : MasterPark at Whitcomb Street.
Several hotel accommodation can be found nearby such as Sofitel London St James and cheap Thistle Piccadilly hotel.
What to do and see nearby
Harold Pinter Theatre (6 Panton Street, London, England /Westminster /Belgravia): one of the smaller West End theatres. By 1884 it was known as just the Comedy Theatre.
Leicester Square (Leicester Square, England /Leicester Square /Shaftesbury Avenue): busy public square in the heart of the West End district, right next to Piccadilly Circus. The square, with its gardens in the center, is lined with restaurants, espresso bars, ice cream counters, theaters and cinemas.
Comedy Store London Picadilly Circus (1a Oxendon Street, SW1Y 4EE, England UK /Mayfair /St James’s /Piccadilly /Green Park): comedy club where you’re practically on stage with the performers. A very good value and great night out in London.