Duke Of York’s Theatre

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The theatre opened on 10 September 1892 with a production of Wedding Eve. For its two first years, it was known as the Trafalgar Square Theatre before it was changed to Trafalgar Theatre and then finally to the Duke of York’s in 1895 to honor future King George V. The theatre had many early successes, including Go-Bang, a musical comedy in 1894, Jerome K Jerome’s Miss Hobbs in 1900 and Belasco’s Madame Butterfly. Puccini, who would later adapt it for one of his most famous operas, saw this production (his version would open in the theatre in 1932). 27 December 1904 saw the debut of J. M. Barrie’s Peter Pan, now one of the most famous pieces of children’s theatre.

The Theatre continued to show a diverse range of works throughout the 1930’s, including The Ballet Rambert (which helped to raise the popularity of ballet in Britain) and Grand Guignol, naturalistic horror shows that had proven popular in Paris.

In 1960, the building received Grade 2 listing, and was closed in 1979 for refurbishment, opening again only a year later. The theatre’s purchase by the Ambassador Theatre Group in 1992 coincided with one of the most talked about shows of the time; the Royal Court’s production of Death and the Maiden. A successful Royal Court Classics Season would follow this collaboration in 1995, as well as the acclaimed production of The Weir (which would enjoy a two year run).

The theatre continues to host a diverse range of theatrical entertainment, whilst also serving as the London HQ for the Ambassador Theatre Group, and the producing offices for Sonia Friedman Prodcutions.

Duke of York Theatre Seating Plan

Duke of York Theatre Seating Plan

Wheelchair spaces and Transfer seats available.

Are there adapted toilets?
An adapted toilet is available by the right entrance to the Royal Circle

Are there facilities for the hard-of-hearing?
There is an infrared system working throughout the auditorium with both loop and conventional headsets.

Are guide dogs and/or hearing dogs permitted?
A maximum of two guide dogs can be admitted per performance to patrons booking an aisle seat. If preferred, front of house staff can look after the guide dog in the foyer during the performance.

Please contact the theatre directly for further information.

The Nether (30 January – 25 April 2015)
Neville’s Island (September 2014 – January 2015)
Jeeves and Wooster (30 October 2013 –  20 September 2014)
A Doll’s House (20 August – 26 October 2013)
The Judas Kiss (17 January 2013 – 6 April 2013)
Constellations (16 November 2012 – 5 January 2013)
Jumpy (28 August 2012 – 3 November 2012)
Backbeat (10 October 2011 – 18 February 2012)
Journey’s End (19 July 2011 – 3 September 2011)
Speaking in Tongues (18 September 2009 – 12 December 2009)
Arcadia (27 May 2009 – 12 September 2009)
No Man’s Land (7 October 2008 – 3 January 2009)
Under the Blue Sky (25 July 2008 – 20 September 2008)
That Face (1 May 2008 – 5 July 2008)
Rent Remixed (16 October 2007 – 2 February 2008)
In Celebration (5 July 2007 – 15 September 2007 )
Little Shop of Horrors (12 March 2007 – 23 June 2007)
Rock ‘n’ Roll (22 July 2006 – 24 February 2007)
Embers (1 March 2006 – 24 June 2006)
Journey’s End (5 October 2004 – 19 February 2005)
Dirty Blonde (16 June 2004 – 28 August 2004)
After Mrs Rochester (22 July 2003 – 25 October 2003)

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