UK – London – Duchess Theatre

Dates: 1929 – present

Official website: https://www.nimaxtheatres.com/duchess-theatre/

Capacity: 494 Seats

Owned by Nimax Theatres

1970s Plan

The Duchess was one of five theatres that were almost demolished due to a plan to redevelop the Covent Garden area by the Greater London Council (GLC), in 1971. The GLC planned to build new theatres to replace them. However, the plan was abandoned in 1973 after a campaign by the Covent Garden Community Association. 
Guardian article about the plan which contains fascinating insights into the financial workings of West End theatre in the 1970s. 

Past Productions: 

  • The Play That Goes Wrong (2016)
  • The Wind in the Willows (2013)
  • The Resistable Rise of Arturo Ui (2013)
  • Untold Stories (2013)
  • The Boy With Tape On His Face (2012)
  • Our Boys (2012)
  • The Hurly Burly Show (2012)
  • Written on the Heart (2012)
  • The Pitmen Painters (2011)
  • Ruby Wax: Losing It (2011)
  • Ecstacy  (2011) written & directed by Mike Leigh
  • Krapp’s Last Tape (2010)
  • The Fantasticks (2010)
  • Ghosts (2010)
  • Morecambe (2010)
  • Endgame (2009)
  • Taking Sides (2009)
  • Collaboration (2009)
  • Plague Over England (2009)
  • The Buddy Holly Story (August 2007 – February 2009)
  • Stones In His Pockets (2006)
  • 2005: Veteran producers Nica Burns and Max Weitzenhoffer purchased the Duchess Theatre, along with the Apollo, Lyric and Garrick Theatres creating Nimax Theatres on 26 September 2005. The Vaudeville Theatre, solely owned by Max Weitzenhoffer, completes the Nimax portfolio.
  • Glorious (2005) Eddie Izzard
  • The Birthday Party (2005)
  • Man and Boy (2005) starring David Suchet
  • Little Women (2004)
  • Coyote on a Fence (2004)
  • George Gershwin Alone (2004)
  • Don’t Dress for Dinner (Monday 26 October 1992 – 1 March 1997) transfer from the Apollo Theatre
  • A Severed Head (opened 27 June 1963, running Dec 11 1965) by Iris Murdoch and J.B.Priestley
  • Blithe Spirit (1942) London premiere
  • Murder in the Cathedral (1936) London premiere
  • Tunnel Trench (1929) opening play

Equipment

1971 (from The Stage Guide)
Electrics: Strand LC board in FOH. Dimmers – 72 (15 x 1kW, 49 x 2kW, 8 x 3kW); 2 presets; 2 groups. Circuits – FOH 20; Flies 40; Stage dips 12. Socket type – 15A BESA. Total capacity available – 150A on 3 phases. Special effects supply – 60A on 1 phase. Follow spots – 2 Patt.293 in stock. Footlights can be installed or covered but no set position. 
Sound: Console SL. Amplifiers 1 x 50W, Tape deck – 1. No turntables. 3 Shure mic sockets. 4 loudspeakers FOH and 2 backstage. 

Archive equipment related to Duchess Theatre over the years

  • LC / System LC (Strand)
  • Grand Master Board (Strand)
  • Patt.293 (Strand)
  • Documents


    Duchess Theatre - Arthur Lloyd 
    [External Website]
    From Arthur Lloyd website

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