A complete guide to the Duchess Theatre in London

By | Posted on 06-Mar-2020

A complete guide to the Duchess Theatre in London

Built underground during the twentieth century, the Duchess Theatre is an intimate West End theatre. Although a relatively young theatre in the history of the West End, the theatre retains its original fixtures, listed as a Grade II building. If you’re visiting the Duchess Theatre to see The Play That Goes Wrong or just want to learn more about the venue, here’s our guide to the Duchess in London. Book your The Play That Goes Wrong tickets now.

Guide to London’s Duchess Theatre in the West End

Where is the Duchess Theatre?

The Duchess Theatre is located on Catherine Street (WC2B 5LA) in London. It’s near the Aldwych Theatre and the Novello Theatre on the Strand, as well as the Lyceum Theatre just down the road.

How do I get to the Duchess Theatre?

The Duchess Theatre is in central London. If you’re visiting the Duchess via train, the nearest rail station is Charing Cross, which is just a few minutes walk away down the Strand, one of London’s well-known streets in the West End.

Travelling to the Duchess by bus? The following routes will drop you off near the theatre:

Aldwych: 6, 11, 13, 23, 59, 68, 87, 171, 172, 188

Can I travel to the Duchess Theatre by tube?

Are you heading to the Duchess Theatre on the London Underground? The nearest tube station is Covent Garden, which is just a two-minute walk from the theatre, served on the Piccadilly line. Other tube stations near the Duchess include Leicester Square (Piccadilly and Northern), Tottenham Court Road (Central and Northern) and Holborn (Central and Piccadilly).

When did the Duchess Theatre open?

Opening in 1929, the Duchess Theatre enjoyed early commercial success, thanks to being built underground and avoiding breaking the “Ancient Lights” rules. It’s been home to the shortest West End run ever, with a production of The Intimate Revue playing just half a performance before it was permanently closed. But, in the theatre’s history, there’s been groundbreaking productions of Blithe Spirit and The Caretaker. Recent shows at the Duchess include Tell Me on a Sunday and Bakersfield Mist.

What show is currently at the Duchess Theatre?

The Play That Goes Wrong

Delighting audiences with their trademark hijinks, The Play That Goes Wrong is currently running at the Duchess, enjoying its sixth consecutive year at the theatre. The play saw Mischief Theatre rise to West End stardom, taking the Olivier Award for best new comedy in 2015. The play sees the Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society attempt to put on their annual play; this year it’s “Murder at Haversham Manor”, but will they make it to curtain up?

How many seats are inside the Duchess Theatre?

The Duchess Theatre has 494 seats, making it the fifth-smallest West End theatre. In the auditorium, there’s 312 stalls seats and 182 seats.

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Where should I sit at the Duchess Theatre?

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With two seating levels at the Duchess Theatre, each seat offers a great view of the stage, with plenty of legroom for each patron. So, wherever you choose to seat in the theatre, you’ll be able to see every moment that goes right, as well as those that go oh so wrong.

Wishing you could be a part of the Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society? You’ll want to book stalls seats in the first five rows (rows A to E). With fewer seats per row, you’ll be able to enjoy a central view of the stage that’s close to the action. But, with excellent sightlines, you won’t have to tilt your head up to watch what’s going on.

Dress circle seats also offer a wonderful view of the entire stage. You may have to lean forward to see the very front of the stage, but with raised seating, you won’t have to worry about the people in front of you blocking the stage. You really can see everything!

Still unsure where to sit if you’re seeing a show at the Duchess Theatre? Learn all about the different seats in a theatre with our guide on where to sit at the theatre.

What restaurants are near the Duchess Theatre?

Wanting to eat at a restaurant near the Duchess Theatre? Browse through our favourite restaurants nearby the theatre and reserve your table today.

RestaurantAbout the restaurantReservation Times
Boulevard BrasserieServing sophisticated French classic. The height of gastronomy in London.12:3opm/5:30pm
Fire and StoneMenu of delicious pizzas inspired by flavours from around the world.1:00pm/6:30pm/10:30pm
Homage Grand SalonA fine dining experience inspired by the grand cafes of Europe.6:00pm
Thai Square The StrandAuthentic Thai restaurants with exquisitely fresh dishes and flavours.6:00pm
Wildwood Covent GardenA great selection of pastas, pizzas, salads and fresh seasonal flavours.5:30pm