Location: 104 Saint Martin’s Lane
Currently Showing: King Lear
Access: Leicester Square
Stage Door: at the front of the theatre
Ownership: Ambassador Theatre Group
The Duke of York’s Theatre was opened on 10th September 1892. It was built for Frank Wyatt and Violet Melnotte, his wife. She retained ownership until her death in 1935.
The theatre became known as the Trafalgar Theatre in 1894 and then was renamed the following year as the Duke of York’s Theatre to honour the future King George V. Go-Bang in 1894 was a major musical comedy success for the theatre.
In 1900, David Belasco’s Madame Butterfly was staged here and was viewed by Puccini, who later turned it into a famous opera. In 1904, J M Barrie’s Peter Pan, or the Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up, debuted at the theatre.
The ’30s brought numerous ballets to the theatre including, Grand Guignol, The Ballet Rambert and Markova and Dolin. Also, Puccini’s Madame Butterfly opera was performed at the theatre by the Carl Rosa Opera Company in 1932.
In the ’70s, the theatre was bought by Capitol Radio. It was closed for refurbishment in 1979 and it reopened the following year with Rose which starred Glenda Jackson.
In 1984, Al Pacino starred in David Mamet’s American Buffalo. In the same year, the musical version of Richard Harris’ Stepping Out (it had previously been performed in the format of a play) made its debut in the West End.
The Ambassador Theatre Group bought the theatre in 1992. The Duke of York’s Theatre was host to the Royal Court production of Ariel Dorfman’s Death and the Maiden. The 21st anniversary production of Richard O’Brien’s Rocky Horror Show was staged here.
Recently, the theatre has been host to numerous acclaimed productions: 2007, the Menier Chocolate Factory transfer of the Little Shop of Horrors starring Sheridan Smith; 2008, No Man’s Land featuring Michael Gambon and David Walliams; 2013, The Judas Kiss transferred from the Hampstead Theatre starring Rupert Everett; 2016, Jamie Lloyd’s interpretation of Christopher Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus with Kit Harington; and How the Other Half Loves.
The Duke of York’s Theatre is located on Saint Martin’s Lane. Within ten minutes’ walk of the theatre are Leicester Square, Covent Garden and Trafalgar Square with many bars and restaurants with outdoor space.
Our favourite restaurants nearby are:
- Café Koha Bar – St Martin’s Court, British cuisine
- Spaghetti House – Cranbourn Street, chain, vouchers available
- Piazza – Cranbourn Street, Italian cuisine
- Sartori – Great Newport Street, Italian cuisine, reasonably priced
- Bella Italia – Saint Martin’s Lane, chain, vouchers available
The stalls premium seats are the centre seats in rows F to J which are about £90 and provide the best view. The rest of the seats in the stalls are around £70 and provide an excellent view, particularly the more central and further forward. The seats on the very end of rows have a little bit of a restricted view. Stalls seats in rows R back are discounted because the view is restricted from the tier above.
Seats in the Royal Circle are the same pricing as the Stalls, with the premium seats being in the centre of the front two rows. The end of some of the rows in the Royal Circle have a restricted view and are discounted in price.
The seats in the Upper Circle are significantly cheaper due to having a compromised view.
Where to buy tickets
The Duke of York’s Theatre is owned by the Ambassador Theatre Group, therefore the best place to buy tickets for productions at this theatre is through their website. ATG offer a TheatreCard which means cardholders get discounts in their theatres’ bars and don’t get charged a booking fee for transactions on their website.
Reviews from the Duke of York’s
Doctor Faustus – ★★★★ “…stunning, hard-hitting and innovative, and its troubling and all too familiar messages and images will continue to resonate long after seeing the production.” Read more >>>