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Prince of Wales Theatre, London

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The Scala Theatre was a theatre in London, sited on Charlotte Street, off Tottenham Court Road, in the London Borough of Camden. The first theatre on the site opened in 1772, and the theatre was demolished in 1969, after being destroyed by fire. From 1865 - 82, the theatre was known as the Prince of Wales's Theatre.OriginsThe theatre began on this site as The New Rooms where concerts were performed, in Charlotte Street, in 1772, under the management of Francis Pasquali. Popularity, and royal patronage led to the building's enlargement by James Wyatt, and its renaming as the King's Concert Rooms (1780–1786). It then became Rooms for Concerts of Ancient Music and Hyde's Rooms (1786–1802, managed by The Directors of Concerts and Ancient Music).In 1802, a private theatre club, managed by Captain Caulfield, the "Pic-Nics" occupied the building and named it the Cognoscenti Theatre (1802–1808). It became the New Theatre (1808–1815, under Saunders and Mr J. Paul) and was extended and fitted out as a public theatre with a portico entrance, on Tottenham Street.It continued under a succession of managers as the unsuccessful Regency Theatre (1815–1820), falling into decline. The theatre then reopened as the West London Theatre (1820–1831, under Brunton), Queen's Theatre (1831–1833, 1835–1837, and again 1839-1865), and Fitzroy Theatre (1833–1835 and 1837–1839). The lessee of the theatre from 1843 to 1869 was a scenic artist, Charles James James, and the theatre became the home of lurid melodrama, being nicknamed The Dusthole.
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  • Cosy and elegant small theatre with great service and atmosphere. Enjoyed the performance and would look forward to return.  more »
  • I bought a last-minute ticket to Book of Mormon here last month and just loved the venue, as well as the show! The staff was so friendly. The seats are comfortable and views are good from wherever you...  more »
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  • Really lovely theatre, spotlessly clean and fast service at the bar. Quite a few ladies loos, but still expect to queue. Plenty of leg room in the seats upstairs and the seats were comfortable. Book of Mormon was superb and couldn't recommend it more highly.
  • Amazing theatre. We were there to see the book of Mormons which was amazing. We sat in the 'cheap' seats on the back row, however this didn't diminish the experience at all. Make sure you take a look at the bar at the bottom of the staircase. Incredible - as you will see from my photos.
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