UK – London – Duchess Theatre

Dates: 1929 – present

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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: 

2016: The Play That Goes Wrong
2013: The Wind in the Willows
2013: The Resistable Rise of Arturo Ui
2013: Untold Stories
2012: The Boy With Tape On His Face
2012: Our Boys
2012: The Hurly Burly Show
2012: Written on the Heart
2011: The Pitmen Painters
2011: Ruby Wax: Losing It
2011: Ecstacy (written & directed by Mike Leigh)
2010: Krapp’s Last Tape
2010: The Fantasticks
2010: Ghosts
2010: Morecambe
2009: Endgame
2009: Taking Sides
2009: Collaboration
2009: Plague Over England
2007: The Buddy Holly Story (August 2007 – February 2009)
2006: Stones In His Pockets
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.
2005: Glorious
2005: The Birthday Party
2005: Man and Boy starring David Suchet
2004: Little Women
2004: Coyote on a Fence
2004: George Gershwin Alone
1942: Blithe Spirit (London premiere)
1936: Murder in the Cathedral (London premiere)
1929: Tunnel Trench (opening play)

Archive equipment related to Duchess Theatre over the years

  • Grand Master Board (Strand Lighting)
  • Documents

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


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