The Duke Of York’s Theatre opened in 1892, but was first called the Trafalgar Square Theatre, due to its central London location. The playhouse received its current name three 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's famous creation Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up which played at the theatre on 27 Dec. 1904.
The Royal Court’s production of Death and the Maiden also played here in 1992. The Ambassador Theatre Group have owned the theatre since 1992 and has become the London headquarters for the company. Sonia Friedman Productions also have their offices within the complex. Typically, the Duke of York's Theatre is home to short-running plays, with West End and Broadway stars appearing.
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.
Location: West End 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) 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.