Following a critically acclaimed, sold-out season at the Almeida in 2016-17, Robert Icke’s new adaptation of Mary Stuart transfers to the Duke of York’s Theatre in London’s West End from Saturday 13 January for a limited run. The production will then visit Theatre Royal Bath from Wednesday 4 – Saturday 14 April, Salford Lowry from Tuesday 17 – Saturday 21 April and Cambridge Arts Theatre from Monday 23 – Saturday 28 April 2018. Schiller's political tragedy takes us behind the scenes of some … [Read more...]
Duke of York's Theatre London Reviews & News
Direct from a sold-out season at Kiln Theatre the five star, hit play, The Son, is now playing at the Duke of York’s Theatre for a strictly limited season.
Written by the internationally acclaimed Florian Zeller (The Father, The Mother), lauded by The Guardian as ‘the most exciting playwright of our time’, The Son is directed by the award-winning Michael Longhurst.
I’m telling you. I don’t understand what’s happening to me.
Nicolas is going through a difficult phase after his parents’ divorce. He’s listless, skipping school, lying and thinks that moving in with his father and his new family may help. A fresh start. When he doesn’t settle there either, he decides that going back to his mother’s may be the answer. When change feels like the only way to survive, what will he do when the options begin to run out?
Please note: The Son deals with issues surrounding mental health in teenagers and contains scenes that some audience members may find upsetting or disturbing.
Booking to 2nd November 2019
The Duke of York's Theatre London
Duke of York's Theatre Seating Plan
Venue and Travel Information
45 St Martin’s Lane, London, WC2N 4BG
Nearest Tube: Leicester Square
Tube Lines: Piccadilly, Northern
Directions from nearest tube: (5mins) Take Charing Cross Road to St Martin’s Court, head down until the end and then take a right onto St Martin’s Lane until you reach the theatre on your right.
Railway Station: Charing Cross
Car Park: Chinatown
Duke of York’s Theatre
Built for Frank Wyatt and his wife Violet Melnotte, The Duke of York’s theatre opened on 10th September, 1892 with Wedding Eve. First named Trafalgar Square Theatre, and subsequently shortened to Trafalgar Theatre, and then the following year to The Duke of York’s Theatre to honour the future King George V.
In 1900, Jerome K Jerome’s Miss Hobbs and David Belasco’s Madame Butterfly were staged, which was seen by Puccini, who later turned it into the well-known opera of the same name.
In the late 1970s, the theatre was purchased by Capital Radio and it closed in 1979 for refurbishment. Opening in February 1980 with the first production under Capital Radio being Rose, starring Glenda Jackson.
The Ambassador Theatre Group bought the theatre in 1992 coinciding with London’s hottest show, The Royal Court’s production of Ariel Dorfman’s Death and the Maiden. A number of successful productions followed including Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show – which celebrated its 21st Birthday in the hugely successful Royal Court Classics Season in 1995.
The Duke of York’s played host to the Royal Court and the highly acclaimed co-production of The Weir, running for over 2 years and winning the 1999 Olivier Award for Best New Play. It has also had the sell-out run of Stones In His Pockets, which was the winner of the 2001 Olivier awards for Best Comedy and Best Comedy Actor.
In the final line in Tennessee William’s masterpiece, A Streetcar Named Desire the tragic heroine Blanche says “I’ve always depended on the kindness of strangers,” a theme that is also central to the earlier The Glass Menagerie. The most poignant scene in this sad but brilliant play is when Laura realises that Jim O’Connor introduced to her as a stranger is in fact, the same person that she had had a crush on in High School. They reminisce - but his kindness in dancing with her and kissing her … [Read more...]
Time is the longest distance between two places. Following a multi Tony Award-nominated run on Broadway, Oliver and Tony Award-winning director John Tiffany (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Parts One and Two, Let the Right One In, Black Watch) revives his visionary staging of Tennessee Williams’ heart-rending masterpiece about a family struggling to survive on hopes and dreams. A domineering mother. A daughter lost in a world of her own. A son desperate to leave. Former Southern Belle … [Read more...]
I recall doing a tour of the London Palladium a few years ago, in which we explored almost every area, including the offices, basement and the ‘royal loo’, but not the dressing rooms, which were off-limits on account of them being personal spaces for the cast. The Dresser, which a note in the programme pointedly assures both its own cast and other theatricals that it is entirely fictional, goes straight to where ‘behind the scenes’ theatre tours dare not: the dressing room of a principal, named … [Read more...]
Sir Alan Ayckbourn, CBE, is a playwright we really don’t hear enough of in my opinion. With over seventy plays to his writing credit, it is surprising how little work seems to be on the London stage. This is a real shame as he has written some absolute corkers including the brilliant How the Other Half Loves which recently transferred to the It is a Thursday morning in the autumn of 1969, and in two living rooms, the day has just begun. Frank Foster (Nicholas Le Prevost) and his wife Fiona … [Read more...]