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St Martin's Lane
Closest tube: Leicester Square
Parking: NCP - Upper St Martins Lane
Buses: 24, 29, 176
The Duke of Yorks Theatre on St Martins Lane is one of Londons finest, boasting an exciting, mixed programme, and playing host to some of the citys most daring openings in recent times. Since Peter Pan opened there more than a century ago it has prided itself on bringing a solid mix of spectacle and daring into the West End, and this tradition continues up to the present day, with Ghost Stories, which ran from 2010 to 2011 proving one of the West Ends most popular and courageous new plays.
For more than a century now, the Duke of Yorks Theatre has presented a populist but well-conceived programme combining new works, revivals, and smaller musicals. It has consistently provided exciting new theatre alongside reworked classics and has maintained a reputation for daring and excellence for many years now.
The theatre opened under the name The Trafalgar Square Theatre in 1892, but this was changed three years later to the Duke of Yorks, in honour of the then Prince of Wales, who was later to become King George V. Its early years saw a string of successes, from being the place where J.M. Barrie premiered Peter Pan to having Puccini see its production of the play Madame Butterfly, which inspired him to write his opera. It has always been home to interesting and diverse seasons, in the 1930s these included a Grand Guignol season, and one from The Ballet Rambert, up to the Royal Court Classics Season in 1995.
It has continued to be a home for exciting work. The production of Conor Macphersons The Weir, which ran for more than two years won an Olivier award in 1999 for Best Play, and its production of his Stones In His Pockets won two Oliviers: one for Best Comedy, the other for Best Comedy Actor. In recent years it has seen revivals of work by Stoppard, Beckett, R.C. Sherriff, Ibsen, Pinter, Arthur Miller, and The Rocky Horror Show. If you are looking for well-executed popular theatre then the Duke of Yorks is an exemplar of both programming and layout.
The theatre seats 640 patrons over three levels, and is held in a Grade II listed building. It had to be thoroughly refurbished during the war, and was closed because of bomb damage between 1940 and 1943.
Being on St Martins Lane, the Duke of Yorks Theatre is really at the hub of Theatreland. You are within a couple of minutes walk from both Leicester Square and Covent Garden (in opposite directions). You are close to Trafalgar Square, hence the theatres original name, and there are all of the West Ends eateries and drinking holes at your disposal.
The nearest tube is Leicester Square, but you are within a couple of minutes walk of both Covent Garden and Charing Cross, which is most handy if you need a mainline railway station. It is easy to get to, and has maintained high standards of popular theatre for more than a century. If you are looking to see some really good theatre, then the Duke of Yorks may well be the West End venue you are looking for.
|HOTEL / APARTMENT||POSTCODE||MILES||STAR||13 Dec||14 Dec||15 Dec||16 Dec||17 Dec||18 Dec||19 Dec||20 Dec|
|Leicester Square Station||1||Piccadilly - Northern||0.19 miles|
|Charing Cross Station||1||Bakerloo - Northern||0.24 miles|
|Covent Garden Station||1||Piccadilly||0.38 miles|
|Embankment Station||1||District - Bakerloo - Northern - Circle line||0.44 miles|
|Piccadilly Circus Station||1||Bakerloo - Piccadilly||0.49 miles|
|Charing Cross London Station||0.29 miles|
|London Waterloo International Station||1.15 miles|
|London Waterloo Station||1.27 miles|
|London Waterloo East Station||1.35 miles|
|London Blackfriars Station||1.66 miles|