UK Travel Guide

Theatres

Duke of York's Theatre

Designed in 1892 by Walter Emden and bearing the name Trafalgar Square, the theatre was renamed the Duke of York's three years later when the then manager received a letter from the treasurer indicating that the future King George V was desirous of the name change. Since then the theatre has seen many notable events - the inaugural flight of Peter Pan occurred on stage in 1904. Equity was founded here in 1920, Capitol Radio owned the building for a time, and Puccini was inspired to write Madame Butterfly after attending a performance of David Belasco's play on the same name. Not often seen but regularly heard is the theatre's ghost: a female figure dressed in black said to be 'Madame' the wife of the first owner, and who is suspected of causing a door, no longer in existence, to slam shut every night around ten.

Located at: St Martin's Lane, London, WC2N

Telephone: 020 7565 5000

Opens: Box Office Open 10:00am - 19.30pm.

Cost: Tickets 10 - 19.50 Matinees 8 - 15

Closest Subway Station: Leicester Square Station (Click to see more atrraction at this station)