About the Duke of York’s Theatre

*Due to an unprecedented number of events, we have no availability across our venues in February or March 2017. If you are interested in discussing a booking from April 2017 onwards, please do contact [email protected] to discuss the possibilities.

The Duke of York’s Theatre, with its opulent Victorian interiors, is an ideal location placed centrally on St Martins Lane. The beautiful and intimate auditorium is flexible for hosting a range of events from showcases and readings, to conferences and lectures. The Terrace Bar with its own private balcony and large double doors, makes for a delightfully light and airy space ideal for formal meetings and workshops.

The Duke of York’s Theatre is available for hire from Monday to Friday from 10am-4pm (earlier starts can be facilitated, and week-day availability is subject to matinee performances), and is currently available throughout the day and evening on Sundays.

The theatre opened in 1892, and was originally called the Trafalgar Square Theatre, but changed its name to The Duke of York’s Theatre in 1894 to honour the future King George V. The theatre is most closely associated with J M Barrie, the author of Peter Pan, which premiered at the Theatre in 1904.

Throughout the 1930’s the theatre was home to The Carl Rosa Opera Company and the Ballet Rambert, whilst a meeting in the theatre’s circle bar in 1929 saw the formation of the The Actor’s Union Equity, and to this day a plaque on the wall commemorates this important event. The Royal Court spent several successful seasons at the theatre in the early 1990’s, and returned for their Royal Court Classics Season in 1995, before taking up residence at the theatre in 1996. In its long history, notable stars to have graced the theatre’s boards include Isadora Duncan, Noel Coward, Dirk Bogarde, Kenneth Williams, Sheila Hancock, Celia Johnson, Sir John Geilgud, Glenda Jackson, Al Pacino, Juliet Stevenson, Jeremy Irons, Michael Gambon and Orlando Bloom.

A theatre so rich in history is not without its ghosts; according to our theatre staff, the ghost of Violet Melonette, who ran the theatre with her husband, the original architect, haunts the building to this day!