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Duchess Theatre

Catherine Street, London WC2B 5LA

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Nearest Tube Station Tube Station: Covent Garden (250m)
Parking Parking: Single yellow lines in Russell Street. NCP in Drury Lane. Taxi rank at Covent Garden Piazza end of Russell Street.
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Guide Dogs Guide Dogs:

Guide dogs are allowed into the auditorium if you are seated in an aisle seat or a box. Staff will also dog-sit in manager’s office for a maximum of 2 guide dogs per performance.

Sound Amplification Infra-Red:

Infra-red system with 10 headsets. Induction loop at the Box Office.

Disabled Wheelchair Access Disabled Access:

Steps to all parts of the auditorium. Wheelchair users who need to remain in their chairs must be accompanied by 2 escorts as they have to be carried down 21 steps to the Stalls, where there are spaces at N1 and N29. Alternatively, if you are able to transfer from your chair, theatre staff will be able to assist you to any aisle seat in the Dress Circle, which is up 12 steps. Your chair will be stored in a cloakroom by the Stalls. Staff are happy to help.

Toilets Toilets:

Women’s and men’s by Stalls, plus men’s 8 steps up and women’s 17 steps up from the Dress Circle.

Steps Steps:

One shallow step up from Catherine Street on a slight slope lower to the right. Box Office through a set of double doors which open outwards (counter to right). 12 steps up to the Dress Circle (3 steep steps between each row). 21 steps down to the Stalls. Staircases have handrails on both sides, and some steps are highlighted.

Air Conditioning Air Conditioning: Yes
Venue Owner Owner: Nimax Theatres

The Duchess is one of the youngest and smallest West End theatres. The building was originally promoted by Arthur Gibbons and designed by architect Ewen Barr to overcome objections about ancient lights which had prevented previous building on the small site. The interior decoration as it is today was introduced in 1934 under the supervision of Mary Wyndham Lewis, wife of J B Priestley.