Duchess Theatre London

Duchess Theatre London

Venue Information

Duchess Theatre
Address: 3-5 Catherine Street, London, WC2B 5LA, United Kingdom
Nearest underground or train station: Covent Garden (Piccadilly line)
Nearest buses: 1, 4, 6, 11, 13, 15, 23, 26, 59, 68, 76, 77A, 91, 139, 168, 171, 172, 176, 188, 243, 341

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What's on at the Duchess Theatre?


Frequently Asked Questions

What's on at the Duchess Theatre?
The Play That Goes Wrong is a current production at the Duchess Theatre. The latest booking period for The Play That Goes Wrong at the Duchess Theatre started 18 June 2021 and runs until 4 May 2025. Tickets for The Play That Goes Wrong start at £25 and are available to book now
How do I get to the Duchess Theatre?
Public transport is recommended to travel to the Duchess Theatre.  The nearest underground or train stations are Covent Garden (Piccadilly line). If arriving by bus, then the nearest bus lines are 1, 4, 6, 11, 13, 15, 23, 26, 59, 68, 76, 77A, 91, 139, 168, 171, 172, 176, 188, 243, 341.  If driving to the theatre, the nearest car parks are Q-ParkChinatown and Q-Park Trafalgar (more parking information).  For directions to the Duchess Theatre see our Google Maps directions or Apple Maps directions
Is there a dress code at the Duchess Theatre?
There is no specific dress code at the Duchess Theatre, with most people just wearing their everyday clothes.
Does the Duchess Theatre have air conditioning or air cooling?
Yes, the Duchess Theatre has an Air Conditioning system.
What is the Accessibility at the Duchess Theatre?
Duchess Theatre accessibility information
Access phone number: 0330 333 4815
Access email address: access@nimaxtheatres.com
Accessible toilets situated: Stalls
Number of Wheelchair spaces: Stalls x2
Sound amplification: Sennheiser Infrared
Access from street to foyer: Stairs
Access from theatre foyer to seats (number = stairs): 20 to Stalls, 11 to Dress Circle
Level access: N/A
Stair lift, lift or ramp available: AAT Stairclimber to Stalls
How many seats are in the Duchess Theatre?
The Duchess Theatre has 470 seats.
Who owns the Duchess Theatre?

The Duchess Theatre is owned or operated by Nimax Theatres

Is the Duchess Theatre a member of the Society of London Theatre?
Yes, the Duchess Theatre is a full member of SOLT, and productions at the venue are eligible for the main categories of the Olivier Awards.

Duchess Theatre Facts

What date did the Duchess Theatre open?

25 November 1929

Who designed the Duchess Theatre?

Ewen Barr

What was the first production at the Duchess Theatre?

Tunnel Trench by Hubert Griffith

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Theatre History

The Duchess Theatre on Catherine Street in Covent Garden as designed by Ewen Barr and first opened on 25 November 1929 with a production of Tunnel Trench by Hubert Griffith.

Notable productions over the years include Noël Coward’s Blithe Spirit (1942), where it completed its record run of 1,997 performances in 1942; Bill Naughton’s play Alfie (1962), which promoted Lewis Gilbert to get the film rights and make his Michael Caine movie; Tom Eyen’s The Dirtiest Show in Town (1970’s); Oh! Calcutta! (1974) transferred to the Duchess Theatre from the Royalty Theatre; The Players’ Theatre Company with their Late Joys Victorian Music hall programme between 1987 and 1990; Marc Camoletti’s Don’t Dress For Dinner which transferred to the Duchess from the Apollo Theatre in 1992 and stayed until 1997; and The Royal Shakespeare Company’s The Herbal Bed by Peter Whelan (1997).


Previous Shows

Past shows that have played at the Duchess Theatre include:

Dr Richard Shepherd: Unnatural Causes
Bakersfield Mist
Tell Me on a Sunday
The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui
Fences
Untold Stories
The Boy With Tape On His Face
Sooty In Space
Our Boys
The Hurly Burly Show
Written on the Heart
Ruby Wax - Losing It
The Pitmen Painters
Ecstasy
Butley
Krapp's Last Tape
Love Story
The Secret of Sherlock Holmes

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