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Duchess Theatre

3-5 Catherine Street, London WC2B 5LA

Northbank Neighbourhood

Access Information

Venue Information

London Underground
Covent Garden (500m)
National Rail
Charing Cross (650m)
London Buses
RV1, 6, 11, 13, 23, 59, 68, 87, 171, 172, 188, X68

Security note: For your comfort and security, you may be subject to additional checks on your visit to London theatres. Please contact the venue for more information.

The Duchess Theatre opened in 1929. This intimate theatre is the West End’s smallest Proscenium Arch space. It has 494 seats on two levels and used to be well-known for its one-man shows and plays.

The theatre was designed by Ewen Barr and is built with the stalls below street level to avoid the need for a structure that would block out light to the windows of the surrounding buildings. Although the theatre remains much as it was when it opened, there was a large interior decoration scheme carried out in 1934.

The theatre opened with a show called Tunnel Trench and, one year later in 1930, The Duchess hosted the shortest run in West End history when the Intimate Revue closed without completing its first performance. It has also, on the other hand, hosted a number of long-running productions, with Noël Coward’s Blithe Spirit completing a run of 1,997 performances there.

The Duchess Theatre is now owned by the Nimax Theatre Group and is currently hosting the hilarious and Olivier Award-winning The Play That Goes Wrong.

duchess theatre the play that goes wrong

More Information


The theatre bars are located in the Foyer and the Stalls. A member of theatre staff will offer assistance purchasing beverages on behalf of customers with access needs.


Light snacks available


Men and Womens throughout. here is an accessible toilet located at the rear of the Stalls auditorium.

Guide Dogs Policy

Access dogs are allowed inside the auditorium. Staff can also dog-sit for two dogs per performance.


2 x Wheelchair spaces available per performance. Stalls N1 and J14 provide wheelchair spaces, with companion seats adjacent. Wheelchair user access is provided using the AAT Major Stair Climber. The stair climber accommodates manual wheelchairs up to 66cm (26 inches) wide and 89cm (35 inches) deep including any footrest. The maximum combined weight the Stair Climber can accommodate is 190kg (30 Stones) when distributed evenly across the wheelchair. Electric wheelchair users may be asked to transfer into the theatre’s manual wheelchair on arrival if the theatre staff consider the electric wheelchair unsuitable for transportation on the Stair Climber. Electric and manual wheelchair users are requested to contact our Access Team via phone or email ahead of purchasing tickets to discuss specific requirements and to book the use of the Stair Climber. All patrons requiring the use of the Stair Climber are requested to arrive at the theatre 45 minutes before the start of the performance.

Sound Amplification

Sennheiser Infra-red System with 6 headsets. Avoid the first 3 rows in the Stalls and the boxes as the signal is not very strong there.

Access from Street to Foyer


Access From Theatre Foyer To Seat

20 steps to Stalls, 11 to Dress Circle

Level Access

To Stalls

Stairs/Lift/Ramp Available

AAT Stairclimber to Stalls

Air Conditioned


Accepts Theatre Tokens


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