Duke of York's Theatre
Designed by Walter Emden, The Duke Of York’s Theatre opened in 1892 under a different name – The Trafalgar Square Theatre. It received its current name 3 years later in 1895 in honour of the future King George V. The theatre was built for Frank Wyatt’s wife, Violet Melnotte, who owned the theatre right up to her death in 1935.
Famous productions to have played the Duke Of York’s Theatre include David Belasco’s Madame Butterfly in 1900 – Puccini was in the audience and famously turned the story into an opera – and J. M. Barrie premiered his famous creation Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up at the theatre on 27th December 1904. The Royal Court’s production of Death and the Maiden also played here in 1992 as one of the hottest tickets in London.
The Ambassador Theatre Group have owned the theatre since 1992 and has since become the London headquarters for the company. Sonia Friedman Productions also have their offices within the complex.
The auditorium has three levels – Stalls, Royal Circle and Upper Circle
The Stalls offer good legroom throughout, and the raking of the seats is very good, noticeably from Row D onwards. The Royal Circle overhangs at Row K.
Legroom isn’t ideal in the Royal Circle, but there is no visual obstruction from the Upper Circle above.
The seats in the Upper Circle curve towards the stage, but there isn’t a lot of legroom on offer. The final two rows are bench seats rather than individual ones.
Last Decade of Productions
|King Lear||July 2018||November 2018|
|The Moderate Soprano||April 2018||June 2018||News|
|Mary Stuart||January 2018||March 2018||Review|
|Ink||September 2017||January 2018||Review|
|Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour||May 2017||September 2017||Review|
|The Glass Menagerie||January 2017||April 2017||Review|
|The Dresser||October 2016||January 2017||Review|
|How The Other Loves||July 2016||October 2016|
|Doctor Faustus||April 2016||June 2016||Review|
|The Father||March 2016||March 2016|
|Goodnight Mister Tom||December 2015||February 2016|
|Farinelli and the King||September 2015||December 2015||Review|
|Hetty Feather||August 2015||September 2015|
|Hay Fever||May 2015||August 2015||Review|
|The Nether||January 2015||April 2015||Review|
|Neville's Island||October 2014||January 2015||Review|
|Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense||November 2013||September 2014||Review|
|A Doll's House||August 2013||October 2013|
|Passion Play||May 2013||August 2013||Review|
|The Judas Kiss||January 2013||April 2013||Review|
|Constellations||November 2012||January 2013||Review|
|Jumpy||August 2012||November 2012||Review|
|Posh||May 2012||August 2012||Review|
|All New People||Feburary 2012||April 2012||Review|
|Backbeat||October 2011||February 2012||Review|
|Journey's End||July 2011||September 2011|
|Ghost Stories||June 2010||July 2011||Review|
|Speaking in Tongues||September 2009||December 2009||Review|
|Arcadia||May 2009||September 2009||Review|
|A View From The Bridge||February 2009||May 2009||Review|
|No Man's Land||October 2008||January 2009||Review|
|Under The Blue Sky||July 2008||September 2008||Review|
|That Face||May 2008||July 2008||Review|
|The Magic Flute||February 2008||April 2008|
|Rent Remixed||October 2007||February 2008||Review|
|In Celebration||July 2007||September 2007||Review|
|Little Shop of Horrors||March 2007||June 2007||Review|
|Rock 'n' Roll||July 2006||February 2007|