The Duke of York's Theatre is a West End theatre in St Martin's Lane, in the City of Westminster, London. It was built 10 September 1892 for Frank Wyatt and his wife, Violet Melnotte, who retained ownership of the theatre until her death in 1935. It has a capacity of 640 people.
The Duke of York's Theatre is a West End theatre in St Martin's Lane, in the City of Westminster, London. It was built for Frank Wyatt and his wife, Violet Melnotte, who retained ownership of the theatre until she died in 1935. Designed by the architect Walter Emden, it opened on 10 September 1892 as the Trafalgar Square Theatre and was renamed Trafalgar Theatre in 1894. The following year, it became the Duke of York's to honor the future King George V.
Whilst it has undergone several transformations throughout its history, it has always maintained its original character and is a Grade II listed building.
The theatre's opening show was the comic opera The Wedding Eve by Frédéric Toulmouche. One of the earliest musical comedies, Go-Bang, was a success at the theatre in 1894. In 1900, Jerome K. Jerome's Miss Hobbs was staged as well as David Belasco's Madame Butterfly, which was seen by Puccini, who later turned it into a famous opera. This was also the theatre where J. M. Barrie's Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up debuted on 27 December 1904. Many famous British actors have appeared here, including Basil Rathbone, who played Alfred de Musset in Madame Sand in June 1920, returning in November 1932 as the Unknown Gentleman in Tonight or Never.
Attractions At Duke Of York’s Theatre
- The Duke of York’s Theatre is the eighth smallest West End venue.
- The theatre has 626 seats and the auditorium has three levels – Stalls, Royal Circle and Upper Circle.
- The Stalls can accommodate 359 seats and offer good legroom throughout, and the raking of the seats is very good.
- Royal Circle has 117 seats with no visual obstruction from the Upper Circle above.
- Upper Circle has 150 seats that curve towards the stage.
- With three seating levels inside this intimate building, all seats at the Duke of York’s feel close to the stage.
- Many iconic shows have been staged at The Duke of York's, including the debut of Jim Barrie's classic fairy tale Peter Pan and several productions of Richard O'Brien's The Rocky Horror Show.
- Many iconic British actors have performed at the Duke of York's Theatre, including Ian McKellen, who played the title role in King Lear in 2018, Michael Gambon, Zoë Wanamaker, and Sally Hawkins.
- The theatre offers a variety of open workshops for adults and runs a Work in Theatre Course. It is designed to explore the options available to young people interested in a career in theatre.
- The course offers a chance to gain hands-on experience in one of the West End Theatres, in areas such as Front of House, Box Office, Theatre Management, and Backstage.
- The theatre continues to host a diverse range of theatrical entertainment, whilst also serving as the London HQ for the Ambassador Theatre Group
The Theatre has a gift shop that has s wide range of beautiful art prints, Actors’ gifts, and Original Sketches which are truly memorable in times.
A must-visit if you are in London and cherish the fabulous shows, great venue, and lovely traditional decor and ambiance.