Duke of York's Theatre

Duke of York's Theatre

45 St Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4BG
West End

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

Show Opened Closed Links
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  


Travel Info
Nearest tube: 
Leicester Square
Tube lines: 
Piccadilly, Northern
Railway station: 
Charing Cross
Bus numbers: 
(Charing Cross Road) 24, 29, 176; (Strand) 6, 9, 11, 13, 15, 23, 87, 91, 139
Night bus numbers: 
(Charing Cross Road) 24, 176, N5, N20, N29, N41, N279; (Strand) 6, 23, 139, N9, N15, N11, N13, N21, N26, N44, N47, N87, N89, N91, N155, N343, N551
Car park: 
Chinatown (5mins)
Within congestion zone?: 
Directions from tube: 
(5mins) Take Charing Cross Road to St Martin’s Court, head down until the end and then take a right onto St Martin’s Lane until you reach the theatre on your right.
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