The Prince of Wales Theatre Royal was situated on the south side of Ogle Road. It opened in 1882 and its first lessee and manager was J.W. (‘Joey’) Gordon, formerly manager of the Rainbow Theatre in French Street. It staged a range of performances, including burlesque, drama, comedy and pantomime. In spite of its success, it closed down in 1905. After some alterations the venue reopened later that year as the Hippodrome Theatre. It closed down in 1939 and was demolished during World War Two. A telephone exchange was later built on the site.

Prince of Whales Theatre

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Programme cover, dated 29th November 1882

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Further reading:
Southampton Occasional Notes, by ‘Townsman’, p38, 92. (HS/h)


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