Duke of York's Theatre

Duke of York's Theatre

Duke of York's Theatre
104 St Martin's Lane


(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.

Please note: the location shown on the map is an approximate location of the theatre. In the majority of cases the theatre will be marked on the map so please make sure you locate the exact location yourself. If the theatre is not shown on the map please make sure you locate the correct road name and take account of the directions.

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The Doctor

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Duke of York's Theatre Information

Getting There

By Tube

The nearest underground station is Leicester Square. From the station, exit on the corner of Charing Cross Road and Cranbourne Street. Head south on Charing Cross Road, passing the Wyndham's Theatre on your left. Continue until you reach Cecil Court on your left, which is a pedestrianised walkway. At the end of Cecil Court you will be on St Martin's Lane, turn right and you will see the theatre on your right-hand side.

Alternatively, from Charing Cross underground cross over the Strand into St Martin's Place/Charing Cross Road. Upon reaching William IV Street turn right and then left into St Martin's Lane. The theatre will be on your left-hand side.

By Rail

Charing Cross mainline station is the closest. Exit the station onto Strand, turn left, then cross Strand into St Martin's Place/Charing Cross Road. From there, follow the directions as above.

By Car

If you are driving, there are NCP car parks at the following addresses:

St Martins Lane Hotel
45 St Martins Lane, London, WC2N 4HX

Brewer Street
Brewer Street, Soho, London, W1F 0LA

Covent Garden
Parker Street, Parker Mews, London, WC2B 5NT

You can see these, and other NCP car parks on their website http://www.ncp.co.uk/

However, you can participate in the Q-Parks Theatreland Parking Scheme and get 50% off your parking costs by validating your parking ticket in the foyer at the theatre.

For more information on Q-Parks Theatreland Parking Scheme either call +44 (0)870 442 0104 or visit Q-Parks website http://www.q-park.co.uk/theatreland

The closest participating car park for the Duke of York Theatre is at 20 Newport Place, London, WC2H 7PR. The rates for this car park are £6.50 per hour, up to 4 hours, and after that it is £38 for up to 24 hours.

Don't forget to pay the £11.50 (£1 less if you register, but that costs you £10 for a car) daily congestion charge for central London which applies from 7am to 6pm Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays, if you are driving into London.

To pay your congestion charge online go to https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/driving/congestion-charge?cid=pp020

Alternatively, plan your journey using Transport for London journey planner https://tfl.gov.uk/plan-a-journey/

Access Information

Due to the design of the building the auditorium has only two wheelchair spaces available in the Royal Circle, which has level access, and there is an accompanying companion seat. It is, however, possible to transfer from a wheelchair to other seats in the Royal Circle, with level access, and leave the wheelchair in the foyer with theatre staff.

The theatre has an infra-red sound amplification system. To use this system you will need to obtain equipment from the box office in the foyer. There is currently a £10 deposit for the equipment. To utilise the sound amplification system there are two devices, the induction loop necklace which is suitable for hearing aid users; alternatively the headset is similar to headphones and is suitable for those who do not use a hearing aid.

Guide dogs are allowed in the theatre – only on an aisle seat – and are limited to 2 at any performance. Alternatively, guide dogs can be tended by theatre staff during the performance.
Toilets are located with level access from the auditorium, opposite the entrance to the Royal Circle.

If you have any access queries, or wish to make a specific access booking, please call the theatre direct on 0844 871 7677

In The Area

Cash/ATM – If you are in need of a cash machine before you go to the theatre (don't forget, a lot of theatres only take cash payments at the bar!) you will see a Barclays on the right hand side of Charing Cross Road, as you exit Leicester Square tube station, just past the turning for Cecil Court. Alternatively, there are ATMs at the Post Office, just past Pret a Manger on William IV Street.

Eating – at 92-93 St Martin's Lane you can eat Mexican at Chipotle Mexican Grill or perhaps Asian/Cuban fusion at Asia de Cuba at 45 St Martin's Lane; maybe hamburgers at Byron – Proper Hamburgers at 24 Charing Cross Road.

Drinking – for coffee with pastries or pies go to Notes at 31 St Martin's Lane or for something a little stronger and some Yorkshire beer try The Chandos pub at 29 St Martin's Lane.


The Duke of York's theatre was originally called the Trafalgar Square. In 1894 the name became just Trafalgar, and in 1985 was renamed the Duke of York's in honour of the future King George V.
Opening in September 1892, the theatre was designed by Walter Emden and built for Frank Wyatt and his wife, Violet Melnotte. The pair owned the theatre through until 1935 when Violet died.

The first show to be performed at the theatre was Wedding Eve and was followed by one of the first musical comedies, Go Bang – which was a big success in 1894. In 1900 Miss Hobbs and Madame Butterfly were both staged at the Duke of York's. Madame Butterfly, seen by Puccini at the theatre was later to become probably Puccini's most renowned opera. J M Barrie's Peter Pan was first performed here in 1904.

During the 1930s several ballet companies performed, including The Ballet Rambert, and these performances certainly assisted ballet to become more popular in the UK

In 1960, along with many other London theatres around this time, the building was to become a Grade II Listed building. The theatre was purchased by Capital Radio late in the 1970s and was closed for refurbishment from 1979 to 1980 when it reopened with Rose, starring Glenda Jackson. Further notable productions included Al Pacino in American Buffalo, Stepping Out and Shirley Valentine.

The current owner, Ambassador Theatre Group, took over ownership of the theatre in 1992. Productions under the ownership of ATG include Death and the Maiden, The Rocky Horrow Show, The Weir, Calico and the recent Hedda Gabler which starred Eve Best.

The Duke of York's Theatre is the London headquarters to ATG, as one of their 12 London theatres.

Other Facilities

The theatre is available for private hire, and you should contact the theatre direct to obtain more information, including floor plans, technical specs, costs etc.

Creative Learning

To find out more about workshops and courses that can be provided by the Creative Learning Team, please contact ATG direct. Zoe Briggs, Creative Learning Officer, is contactable by email zoebrigggs@theambassadors.com or telephone 0207 534 6100. Or visit the Creative Learning Events page on the website http://creativelearning.atg.co.uk/eventsworkshops/west-end-events/