The theatre, which opened on 10 September 1892 with Wedding Eve, was built for Frank Wyatt and his wife, Violet Melnotte. Initially called the Trafalgar Square, the name was shortened to Trafalgar in 1894 and the following year became the Duke of York's to honour the future King George V. In 1900, Jerome K Jerome's Miss Hobbs was staged as well as David Belasco's Madame Butterfly, which was seen by Puccini, who later turned it into what is probably his most famous opera; it was... Read more >>
The theatre, which opened on 10 September 1892 with Wedding Eve, was built for Frank Wyatt and his wife, Violet Melnotte. Initially called the Trafalgar Square, the name was shortened to Trafalgar in 1894 and the following year became the Duke of York's to honour the future King George V. In 1900, Jerome K Jerome's Miss Hobbs was staged as well as David Belasco's Madame Butterfly, which was seen by Puccini, who later turned it into what is probably his most famous opera; it was ultimately performed at the Duke of York's in 1932 by the Carl Rosa Opera Company.
The 1930s brought a number of interesting seasons, amongst them, Grand Guignol, The Ballet Rambert and the notable appearances of Markova and Dolin which greatly helped to popularise ballet in England. In the late 1970s the freehold of the theatre was purchased by Capital Radio and it closed in 1979 for refurbishment. It reopened in February 1980 and the first production under the aegis of Capital Radio was Rose, starring Glenda Jackson. Other successes include Al Pacino's award-winning performance in David Mamet's American Buffalo, Richard Harris' comedy Stepping Out, directed by Julia Mackenzie and Willy Russell's Shirley Valentine.
The Ambassador Theatre Group bought the theatre in 1992 and this coincided with London's hottest ticket - The Royal Court's production of Ariel Dorfman's Death and the Maiden. A host of successes followed including Richard O'Brien's The Rocky Horror Show celebrating its 21st Birthday and the hugely successful Royal Court Classics Season in 1995. The Duke of York's has played host to the Royal Court and ATG's highly acclaimed co-production of The Weir, which ran for over 2 years and won the 1999 Olivier Award for Best New Play. It has also hosted a sellout run of Stones In His Pockets, winner of the 2001 Olivier awards for Best Comedy and Best Comedy Actor. This was followed by Shared Experience's acclaimed production of After Mrs Rochester, Stephen Poliakoff's Sweet Panic, Michael Hastings' Calico, The Holy Terror by Simon Gray, Dirty Blonde by Claudia Shear, Ronald Harwood's The Dresser starring Nicholas Lyndhurst and Julian Glover and most recently Richard Eyre's production of Hedda Gabler starring Eve Best.
By bus: Number 24, 29 or 176 to Leicester Square.
Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Square, Charing Cross
Book online: Use the links below
Telephone Booking: 0844 871 7627
Customer Service: 0844 871 7627
Groups Bookings: 0844 871 7644
Access Bookings: 0844 871 7677
Experience the exciting new cocktail bar at the Duke of York’s theatre. The Cocktail Bar will be open exclusively for patrons from 6pm on the evening of your performance. We have a fabulous 2 for £10 cocktail offer between 6-7pm so it pays to get here early and really start your night at the Duke’s in sparkling fashion! Reserve Your Table Today! Call 020 7565 6500.
ATG Tickets are pleased to offer you an massive discount on your parking at a safe and convenient NCP Car Park in the heart of the West End. Simply purchase a voucher at the Duke of York's/Piccadilly Theatre Box Office on arrival. This will give you 4 hours of parking for £16, instead of the standard price of £24. An amazing saving! Offer valid at NCP Car Park Parker Street, Parker Mews, London, WC2B 5NT.
The Duke of York’s seating design incorporates two wheelchair spaces in the Royal Circle (level access), with an accompanying companion seat. Due to the listed design of the theatre, the auditorium can only accommodate a maximum of two wheelchairs per performance. Alternatively, the patron can transfer into designated transfer seats in the Royal Circle (level access), while the wheelchair remains in the foyer with front of house staff. Both wheelchair spaces and transfer seats are accessed via the main entrance to the foyer.
The Duke of York's is equipped with a Sennheiser infra-red sound amplification system. To access the infra-red systems please request receiving equipment from the Box Office situated in the main foyer - a deposit of £10 is required.
There are two devices available: Induction Loop Necklace Suitable for persons wearing a hearing aid, the induction loop necklace is worn around the neck. Whilst wearing the necklace switch your hearing aid to the 'T' setting and the sound is amplified. The necklace has an adjustable volume control. Headset This device amplifies sound through earpieces similar to regular headphones. Suitable for persons without a hearing aid.
A maximum of two guide dogs can be admitted per performance to patrons booking an aisle seat. If preferred, front of house staff can look after the guide dog in the foyer during the performance.
The access toilet is located opposite the auditorium right entrance to the Royal Circle.
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In the West End of London the Ambassador Theatre Group have 12 theatres. Our Creative Learning Team work to create bespoke workshops and courses with Teachers and Group Leaders from across the UK, often to coincide with a visit to see a West End performance.
Our programme includes activities relating to the shows being presented in the theatres as well as opportunities to explore theatre-making more generally and to build personal skills.
In addition, we offer regular events exploring the options available to young people interested in a career in theatre.
Visit our updated West End Creative Learning events page for more details.
The Royal Court and ATG Creative Learning offer bespoke production workshops for Constellations for your school or group, aged 14+.
Please contact Zoë Briggs, Creative Learning Officer at ATG by email firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 0207 534 6100.
We offer many opportunities for businesses to become involved from local to national levels. With our diverse cultural programme and wide menu of participatory activities our work reaches out to every demographic, from a classical music to concerts and large scale musicals through to stand-up comedy. Our aim is to build relationships with the business community, designing bespoke sponsorship opportunities that give added value to all parties concerned, understanding who you want to reach and the message you want to send.