The Duchess Theatre is owned by Nimax and lies just off the Strand. Opened in 1929, it is a relatively small venue at fewer than 500 seats, taking pride of place on Catherine Street, close to the Aldwych Theatre and the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. The design of the Duchess Theatre was created by the architect Ewen Barr, and many of the theatre’s original features remain.
The Duchess Theatre has presented a range of plays, musicals and other productions throughout the years. The first to appear on its stage in November 1929 was “Tunnel Trench” by Hubert Griffith.
The venue has been managed by the well known playwright J B Priestley, responsible for classics like “Time and the Conways” and “An Inspector Calls”. He presented his play “Eden End” at the venue in 1934 with Ralph Richardson among its cast members. In the next decade Noel Coward’s show “Blithe Spirit” transferred to the Duchess theatre from the Piccadilly to complete a run of almost 2,000 performances.
More recently the Duchess Theatre has continued to present a wide variety of musicals and plays, with a successful run of Buddy the Musical and classic plays as Ibsen’s “Ghosts” and Beckett’s “Krapp’s Last Tape” featuring Michael Gambon. Between 2010 and 2011 the venue was also the home to a musical version of the movie Love Story, concerning a man and wife from differing social backgrounds and the devastating news that will tear their love apart, based on the classic movie with Ryan O’Neal and Ali McGraw.
Famous names to appear at the Duchess Theatre include Jessica Tandy, Ralph Richardson, Sybil Thorndike, Kenneth Moore, Penny Ashcroft, Donald Pleasance, Maria Aitken, Arthur Smith, Henry Goodman, Mark Rylance and Lesley Sharp.
Since Spetember 2014 to present, the theatre is the home to the smash hit comedy The Play That Goes Wrong.
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