Duke of York's Theatre London

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Duke of York's Theatre London
104 St Martin's Lane,
WC2N 4BG London

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Designed by Walter Emden for Frank Wyatt and his wife Violet Melnotte, know to everyone as "Madame", the Duke Of York's Theatre was the first of the three theatres to open in St Martin's Lane. In 1892, as the time it was built, the lane was literally a lane with muddy ditches on either side. The two other theatres to open on the same street were the Albery Theatre and the Coliseum.

As few other theatres in London, it opened with a different name: the Trafalgar Square Theatre and this was only in 1895 that it changed to what we know it as today! In 1897,Violet let the theatre on a long lease to the American impresario Charles Frohman. It wasn't long until audiences filled up the auditorium. Known as "The Napoleon of the Theatre", Frohman brought fame, prestige and money to the tills of the Duke of York's.

With a seating capacity of over 640 seats, the theatre has housed, over the years, some of the most talented and famous actors such as Charlie Chaplin, Marie Tempest, Ellen Terry, John Gielgud and even Al Pacino! It was also here that the first Peter Pan production to be produced appeared on stage in December 1904! It was followed by Sherlock Holmes in which 14-year-old Charlie Chaplin made his debut.

After the death of Frohman together with the other crew members of the Lusitania during the Great War, The Duke of York's became the home for Opera, Ballet and Dance companies. In 1979, the building was bought by Capital Radio who closed it for refurbishment. The results were stunning and it reopened in 1980 with restored cream and gold decoration recreating the warm atmosphere of the theatre. Since it has house successful productions such as Rose, American Buffalo starring Al Pacino, The Weir, Stones In His Pockets, Rock'n'Roll, Rent and No Man's Land...

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Address: Duke of York's Theatre
104 St Martin's Lane, WC2N 4BG London
Public transport
For those arriving by London Underground, the nearest tube stop is Leicester Square, whilst Charing Cross and Embankment are also in close proximity, with Covent Garden relative nearby as well.

For those arriving by train, the nearest railway station takes the form of Charing Cross.

By road
For those arriving by car, the Duke of York’s Theatre is well served by a number of bus services and stops in the area. Meanwhile, there are also car parks within the vicinity, including an NCP on St Martin’s Lane, plus council-run car parks located on Whitcomb Street and at Trafalgar Square.


In terms of disabled access, the Duke of York’s Theatre has two wheelchair spaces in the auditorium, located at C23 and C1 in the Royal Circle, with transfer seats also available at seats D1 and D18, which allows transfers of two wheelchairs, or one scooter. There are also disabled toilets located inside the theatre and they are located towards the rear of the Royal Circle on the right hand side.

For those that are hard-of-hearing there is a dual channel infra-red system in place, for which there are twelve headsets available for those that require them (excluding those in the front boxes, which are not covered by the system). Headsets can be collected from the cloakroom.

Meanwhile, for those visually impaired, guide dogs are allowed inside the auditorium. Staff members can also dog sit a maximum of four dogs during each performance, though guests bringing guide dogs to the venue should make contact in advance.