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Former Prince of Wales Theatre

A Grade II Listed Building in Castle (Castell), Cardiff

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Latitude: 51.4775 / 51°28'38"N

Longitude: -3.1779 / 3°10'40"W

OS Eastings: 318293

OS Northings: 176051

OS Grid: ST182760

Mapcode National: GBR KJN.D9

Mapcode Global: VH6FD.V4T5

Plus Code: 9C3RFRGC+XR

Entry Name: Former Prince of Wales Theatre

Listing Date: 8 November 1960

Last Amended: 30 April 1999

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 13802

Building Class: Recreational

Location: About 20m south of junction with Wood St.

County: Cardiff

Community: Castle (Castell)

Community: Castle

Built-Up Area: Cardiff

Traditional County: Glamorgan

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St Mary Street entrance block of 1920 when theatre interior remodelled by Willmot and Smith. Theatre dates from 1878, and designed by W D Blessley and T Waring. First called the Theatre Royal. Theatre auditorium lost.


Narrow Portland stone entrance block to St Mary Street in form of Classical temple front, distyle in antis, giant columns support open pediment; niche (3 windows above) with statue of female figure. Entrance altered; canopy over. To Wood Street, exterior of Venetian Gothic design, bathstone ashlar, steep slate roof, parapet with arcaded panels. At 2nd floor level, 9 windows grouped 2-5-2; single niches above and between outer window groups. On first floor pair of large arches (blind following remodelling of ground floor), flanked by Gothic windows of 2 lights with quatrefoils in heads. Ground floor remodelled in simple classical style (cement render). Lobby tiles etc late C20. Return to Great Western Lane in snecked-rock-faced rubble has one bay with parapet, then unusual superimposed panelling like front of Gothic church with round window near apex of gable; doorways in apparent aisles. Elevation continues with windows at various levels, doorways with yellow brick dressings.

Reasons for Listing

Despite alterations, impressive example of C19 Venetian Gothic theatre exterior, with refined neo-Classical work of 1920s. Group value.

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