Duke of York’s London What’s On
An Enemy of the People at the Duke of York’s Theatre.
The Duke of York’s Theatre in London’s West End has exciting shows coming up. Catch Ibsen’s classic An Enemy of the People about a controversial whistleblower. Book your tickets today for these great productions at the Duke of York’s Theatre in London. Click the links above to book your tickets.
The Duke of York’s Theatre is a West End theatre in St Martin’s Lane, in the City of Westminster, London. It was built for Frank Wyatt and his wife, Violet Melnotte, who retained ownership of the theatre until she died in 1935.
The Duke Of York’s Theatre opened as the Trafalgar Square Theatre in 1892. The playhouse received its current name three years later in 1895, in honour of the future King George V.
Famous productions to play at the Duke Of York’s Theatre include David Belasco’s Madame Butterfly in 1900 – Puccini was in the audience and famously turned the story into an opera. J. M. Barrie’s famous creation Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up opened at the theatre on 27 Dec. 1904.
Typically, the Duke of York’s Theatre is home to short-running plays, with West End and Broadway stars appearing.
Duke of York’s Theatre Seating Plan
The auditorium has three levels – Stalls, Royal Circle and Upper Circle.
The Stalls offer good legroom throughout, and the raking of the seats is very good, noticeably from Row D onwards.
In the Royal Circles, there is no visual obstruction from the Upper Circle.
The seats in the Upper Circle curve towards the stage. The final two rows of the Upper Circle are bench seats.
Backstairs Billy Tickets
Penelope Wilton (Downton Abbey, Ever Decreasing Circles) and Luke Evans (Beauty and the Beast, Nine Perfect Strangers) star in Marcelo Dos Santos’ hilarious new comedy Backstairs Billy, directed by Tony and Olivier award-winning director Michael Grandage.
1979, Inside Clarence House, The Queen Mother’s receptions are in full swing and the champagne is flowing. Guiding the proceedings is William ‘Billy’ Tallon, holder of the royal corgis and Her Majesty’s loyal servant.
Outside, strikes are bringing the country to its knees and Britain is on the verge of changing seismically under Margaret Thatcher. These two worlds are about to collide with dizzying consequences… Book your royal appointment today.
Access Performances Captioned: 23rd November 7.30 pm Audio Described: 29th November 7.30 pm
An Enemy of the People Tickets
Doctor Who and House of the Dragon star Matt Smith makes his West End debut in An Enemy of the People, coming to the Duke of York’s Theatre in 2024. Unveil the truth within this classic Ibsen play, and book An Enemy of the People tickets now on The West End Shows.
An Enemy of the People is a timeless masterpiece that explores ethics, truth and societal responsibility. Set in a coastal town reliant on its thriving spa industry, the play tells the tale of Dr Thomas Stockmann, who stumbles upon a harrowing truth about the spas. However, his revelation triggers a chain of events that threaten to fracture the very fabric of the community.
Thomas Ostermeier conceived and directed this production of An Enemy of the People in the West End, which is the first English-language production of his acclaimed German adaptation of the classic play. Ostermeier is known for his bold adaptations of works by classic playwrights, and he often recontextualises these plays to address modern themes.
An Enemy of The People has enjoyed a rich and diverse history of global productions. Since its Norwegian debut in 1883, the play has resonated with audiences worldwide, transcending linguistic and cultural boundaries. This time around, London audiences will also get a live look at the talents of Smith, known for playing the 11th Doctor in Doctor Who and Prince Daemon Targaryen in House of the Dragon.
Duke of York’s Theatre London FAQs
Where are the best seats in the Duke of York?
The best seats for this theatre are certainly towards the front of the Stalls, around rows E and F in the centre. Avoid sitting too close to the action, as the stage is very high, but any further back and seats are affected by the deep overhang of the level above.
Is there anywhere in the theatre where we can leave our luggage? We are travelling for a performance in December and won’t have time to check in at the hotel before the show starts.
Is there a bag check available?
They have a cloakroom but I’m not sure if they would take luggage. They take small bags and coats.
Duke of York Theatre Access Information
The Duke of York’s Theatre entrance is on street level where the box office, cloakroom, main foyer area and access toilet are located. The seating design incorporates two wheelchair spaces in the Royal Circle (level access), with an accompanying companion seat. Alternatively, the patron can transfer into a designated transfer seat in the Royal Circle (level access), while the wheelchair remains in the foyer with front-of-house staff. Please note that when sitting in the wheelchair spaces there is a restricted view but when using a seat transfer there is a clear view to the stage. Due to the listed design of the theatre, the auditorium can only accommodate a maximum of two wheelchairs per performance.
Duke of York’s Theatre
104 St Martin’s Lane, London, WC2N 4BG
Location: West End
Railway station: Charing Cross
Bus numbers: (Charing Cross Road) 24, 29, 176; (Strand) 6, 9, 11, 13, 15, 23, 87, 91, 139
Night bus numbers: (Charing Cross Road) 24, 176, N5, N20, N29, N41, N279; (Strand) 6, 23, 139, N9, N15, N11, N13, N21, N26, N44, N47, N87, N89, N91, N155, N343, N551
Car park: Chinatown (5mins)
Directions from tube: (5 mins) Take Charing Cross Road to St Martin’s Court, head down until the end and then take a right onto St Martin’s Lane until you reach the theatre on your right.