The Duchess Theatre was built in 1929. It’s one of the smaller West End theatres and is unusual in that most of the auditorium, including all the Stalls, is in the basement. It has hosted many small musicals and plays on short runs, although it has also had some larger productions such as Oh Calcutta! in 1974 and Alfie in 1962, which was subsequently turned into a feature film.
The Duchess seats 479 over 2 levels. It’s renowned for having great sight lines because the Dress Circle is suspended from the ceiling. There are 2 licensed bars on site and the building has air conditioning.
There is a Sennheiser amplification system in the auditorium; guests using this facility should avoid the front 3 rows of the Stalls and the boxes. Wheelchair users can use the AAT Major stair climber, which lowers the chair to the Stalls. Advance notification is essential so that staff can put the equipment in place. There is an adapted toilet on the Stalls level. If you can transfer from your chair, staff can assist you to any aisle seat in the Dress Circle, which is up 12 stairs.
The nearest tube station is Covent Garden (250m). Car drivers can use the NCP on Drury Lane or look for a space on the single yellow lines on Russell Street.
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