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The Duke of York's Theatre is a West End Theatre in St Martin's Lane, in the City of Westminster, London. It was built for Frank Wyatt and his wife, Violet Melnotte, who retained ownership of the theatre until her death in 1935. It opened on 10 September 1892 as the Trafalgar Square Theatre, with The Wedding Eve. The theatre, designed by the architect Walter Emden became known as the Trafalgar Theatre in 1894 and the following year became the Duke of York's to honour the future King George V.
One of the earliest musical comedies, Go-Bang, was a success at the theatre in 1894. 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 the famous opera. This was also the theatre where J. M. Barrie's Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up debuted on 27 December 1904. Many famous British actors have appeared here, including Basil Rathbone, who played Alfred de Musset in Madame Sand in June 1920, returning in November 1932 as the Unknown Gentleman in Tonight or Never.
The theatre was Grade II listed by English Heritage in September 1960. 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 patronage of Capital was Rose, starring Glenda Jackson. In 1991 comedian Pat Condell performed sketches at the theatre which were later released on DVD.
The Ambassador Theatre Group bought the theatre in 1992; this coincided with the successful Royal Court production of Ariel Dorfman's Death and the Maiden. A host of successes followed including the 21st anniversary performance of Richard O'Brien's The Rocky Horror Show and the Royal Court Classics Season in 1995.
The theatre is the London headquarters of the Ambassador Theatre Group, as well as the producing offices of their subsidiary Sonia Friedman Productions, whose revival of In Celebration starring Orlando Bloom played until 15 September 2007.
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OMG !! Talk about tense, this performance about the remarkable survival story of Joe Simpson and Simon Yates was truly spellbinding The entire audience were captivated by the portrayal of their... more »
As one critic said, and I wished I have researched it better. The stage only has space for a one man stage show, the set is made up and wooden table and chairs and a frame that looks like something... more »
Comfortable seats but not much leg room. Quite well decorated inside. The set for "Girl on a train" was quite inventive. The prices for drinks are reasonable for a theatre. Our views were slightly restriced, but not too bad. The sound quality was excellent. Overall just a good old fashioned theatre.
I dragged my husband along , to go see The Girl on the train ! He actually really enjoyed the show. Said he was very impressed with how they did it and so was I 😊 We had an enjoyable evening the theatre was buzzing there was a fantastic atmosphere. Had a drink before hand as you expect paid a bit more than normal as it’s London but wasn’t too bad in price. We can’t wait to go to another show !!! The theatre itself was amazing.
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