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Duke of York's Theatre London

About the Duke of York's Theatre

The Duke of York’s Theatre first opened in 1892 under the name Trafalgar Square Theatre, but was later renamed in honour of King George V. Whilst it has undergone several transformations over the course of its history, it has always maintained its original character as designed by architect Walter Emden and is a Grade II listed building. The venue was originally built for performers Frank Wyatt and his wife, Violet Melnotte.

In 1980 the venue was bought by Capital Radio, who maintained patronage until it was sold to Ambassadors Theatre Group in 1992, who have since based their headquarters in the theatre.

Many iconic shows have been staged at The Duke of York's, including the debut of Jim Barrie's classic fairy tale Peter Pan and several productions of Richard O'Brien's The Rocky Horror Show. Many iconic British actors have performed at the Duke of York's Theatre, including Ian McKellen, who played the title role in King Lear in 2018, Michael Gambon, Zoë Wanamaker and Sally Hawkins.

Plan Your Visit

The Terrace Bar, which is open exclusively to ticket holders, is opened approximately 90 minutes before the performance. The auditorium is opened approximately 30 minutes before the show.
There is no dress code at the theatre, but patrons should aim to wear attire that is comfortable and appropriate for the occasion.
The Duke of York’s Theatre is air-conditioned.
There is a cloakroom located in the foyer, next to the box office. Bags and coats can be held for a small charge.
Security checks are in operation at the Duke of York’s Theatre. Patrons are advised to arrive 30 minutes early to allow for this.
Cocktails are available from the Terrace Bar, which is open from 6pm. Other bars are located on the Stalls and Upper Circle levels. All bars sell beers, wines, soft drinks and snacks such as crisps, sweets and ice creams.
Prezzo on St. Martin’s Lane is a good choice for reliable modern Italian food. Chipotle, further up St Martin’s Lane, offers quick and spicy Mexican food.
St. Martin’s Lane Hotel is located across the road from the theatre and provides chic, modern accommodation and excellent food. For travellers on a budget, hub by Premier Inn London Covent Garden provides low-cost but comfortable accommodation.
The theatre opened as the Trafalgar Square Theatre in 1892 but changed its name to the Duke of York’s Theatre in 1895, in honour of the future King George V.

Help Booking Tickets

Ticket collection is available at the box office, which is located inside the venue. You can collect your tickets up to an hour before the performance begins. You may be asked to show ID as well as the payment card used to purchase the tickets.
The Box Office opening hours are 10:00 – 19:30 Monday to Saturday.
The Duke of York’s Theatre box office can be contacted directly on 0844 871 7623.
STAR (Society of Ticket Agents and Retailers) is the industry body that regulates the sale of London theatre tickets. When booking from a company you can check the STAR ticket seller database to see if they are registered and conforming to STAR practices. When buying online, you should also check for the padlock in your browser URL bar to ensure the connection is secure.
The Duke of York’s Theatre includes five different spaces that can be hired for conferences, corporate events and performances. The auditorium has a capacity of 628. To make an enquiry, contact the Duke of York’s Theatre Events Team on 020 7927 0941 or by email at
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