Duchess Theatre

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Duchess Theatre
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Glorious at the Duchess Theatre in 2006
Duchess Theatre
AddressCatherine Street
London, WC2
United Kingdom
Coordinates 51°30′44″N0°07′10″W / 51.51226°N 0.11957°W / 51.51226; -0.11957 Coordinates: 51°30′44″N0°07′10″W / 51.51226°N 0.11957°W / 51.51226; -0.11957
Public transit Underground no-text.svg Covent Garden; Temple
OwnerNimax Theatres
DesignationGrade II
Type West End theatre
Capacity 494 on 2 levels [1]
Production The Play That Goes Wrong
Construction
Opened25 November 1929;91 years ago (1929-11-25)
ArchitectEwen Barr
Website
www.nimaxtheatres.com/nimax/duchess

The Duchess Theatre is a West End theatre in the City of Westminster, London, located in Catherine Street [2] near Aldwych.

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The theatre opened on 25 November 1929 and is one of the smallest West End theatres with a proscenium arch. It has 494 seats on two levels. It is a Grade II Listed Building. [3]

History

The Duchess Theatre was designed by Ewen Barr and constructed by F. G. Minter Ltd for Arthur Gibbons. The theatre is built with the stalls below street level, both to overcome the scale of the site and to maintain the rights of neighbours to ancient lights. The theatre opened on 25 November 1929 with a play called Tunnel Trench by Hubert Griffith. [4] The interior decoration scheme was introduced in 1934 under the supervision of Mary Wyndham Lewis, wife of J. B. Priestley.

The original interiors were Art Deco in style, designed by Marc Henri and Gaston Laverder. These were later redesigned by Mary Wyndham-Lewis. The only remaining features of the original decorations in the auditorium are two bas-reliefs by Maurice Lambert, flanking the proscenium arch. [5]

Notable productions

Production history

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References

Citations
  1. "Duchess Theatre". nimaxtheatres.com. Retrieved 2 July 2013.
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 6 Weinreb, Ben; Hibbert, Christopher (1993). The London Encyclopaedia (Rev. ed.). London: PaperMac. p. 246. ISBN   0-333-57688-8. OCLC   28963301.
  3. Historic England (7 July 2005). "Duchess Theatre (1391525)". National Heritage List for England . Retrieved 9 October 2014.
  4. Theatre History accessed 28 July 2007
  5. https://idoxpa.westminster.gov.uk/online-applications/files/3908CD7B4B0E5FB72DD60D7E5C6743C1/pdf/19_07428_LBC-DESIGN_ACCESS_HERITAGE_STATEMENT-6148310.pdf "Design, Access and Heritage Statement" for Planning Ref 19/07428/LBC
  6. Chick Flicks: Theories and Memories of the Feminist Film Movement
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