The Duchess Theatre opened in 1929 and was built on the site of a WW1 bomb explosion. The theatre is one of the smallest West End Grade 2 theatres and has the unique feature of being built so close to the ground that most of the building is underground. The theatre is currently run by the Nimax agency and is known for its short plays.

503 Seats

Wheelchair Accessible

Accessible Toilets

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Guide Dogs

Assistive Listening System

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About Duchess Theatre

Seating Plan
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  • One of the smallest West End theatres, the Duchess theatre has a seating capacity of 503.
  • It is split over two levels - 315 Stall seats, and 188 Dress Circle seats.
  • There are also some box seats at the Dress Circle that allow you to watch the show at your leisure, with extra legroom and a private entrance.

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Getting There
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  • Train: The nearest train station is Charing Cross, located a 9-minute walk from the theatre. You can hop on the Northern and Bakerloo lines that serve the station.
  • Tube: The nearest tube station to the Duchess Theatre is Covent Garden, which is served by the Piccadilly line. It is a mere 5-minute walk to the theatre from the station.
  • Bus: Aldwych station is frequented by the 1, 4, 11, 15, 23, 26, 59, 68, 76, 171, 172, 176, 188 and RV1 bus routes. RV1 drops you right outside the theatre.
  • Parking: You can park at the Q-Park Theatreland parking zones, as the Duchess Theatre is a beneficiary of the parking scheme. With the scheme, you can avail 50% off car parking when the ticket is validated by theatre staff. The closest Q-Parks are at Trafalgar Square or Chinatown. Parking fees range from £22 for up to 3 hours, and £29.50 for 4 hours. You will also have to pay a congestion fee of £11.50 between 7 am and 6 pm, as the Duchess theatre falls in London’s congestion zone.
  • Best Recommended Mode of Transport: The bus is the most convenient mode of public transport to reach the theatre, as the RV1 drops you right outside the theatre.

Frequently Asked Questions About Duchess Theatre

Where is Duchess Theatre located?

The Duchess Theatre is located on Catherine Street near Aldwych, in the City of Westminster.

How can I reach Duchess Theatre?

You can reach Duchess Theatre by bus, train, tube, taxi, or private car.

What are the different types of shows and productions that are staged at the Duchess Theatre?

Duchess Theatre has had many kinds of live entertainment shows staged, like musicals, plays and concerts. The theatre is known for its popular productions like Oh! Calcutta!, The Dirtiest Show in Town, Don’t Dress for Dinner and others.

What are the seating options available at Duchess Theatre?

The Duchess Theatre seating options are divided into two different sections - Stalls and Dress Circle.

Is Duchess Theatre accessible to people with disabilities?

The Duchess Theatre offers accessible seating for those with disabilities and has many accessibility features, such as guide dog allowance, hearing assistance, adapted toilets, wheelchair storage and others available to make the experience enjoyable for all visitors.

How much do the Duchess Theatre tickets cost?

The price of the tickets depends on the show that you choose to watch and the timing of the same at the Duchess Theatre.

Where can I book my Duchess Theatre tickets?

You can book your tickets to shows playing at the Duchess Theatre online at London Theatre Tickets. You will get the best deals and discounts and all the information you need at your fingertips.

Are there any dining options available near Duchess Theatre?

Yes. Several diverse dining options are available near the Duchess Theatre. SushiSamba, Balthazar, Spring and others are popular restaurants around the theatre.

What are some of the things to do or attractions to explore near the Duchess Theatre?

Duchess Theatre is located at a very convenient place in London and is close to numerous tourist spots including Covent Garden, The Strand, Somerset House, the River Thames and more.