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Duchess TheatreThe Duchess Theatre is one of the smallest in The West End, which is not entirely a bad thing. The seating is almost on top of the stage, creating an intense engagement between audience and actors of the kind usually reserved for the fringe. This has made the Duchess a favourite with actors and directors, in spite of cramped backstage conditions. As a result, it has played host to some of the most important plays of the last century. Harold Pinter's The Caretaker (1970) had its West End debut here and Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit (1942) was performed 1997 times, a record at the time. In more recent times its unique intimacy has made it the ideal setting for shows like Joe Penhall's Olivier-Award-winning Blue/Orange (2001), and Harold Pinter's claustrophobic Betrayal (2003).

 

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Underground Stations

Underground Stations

 
Covent Garden Tube Station
 
4 minutes walk
 
Temple Tube Station
 
5 minutes walk
 
Railway Stations

Railway Stations

 
Charing Cross Railway Station
 
7 minutes walk
 
City Thameslink Station
 
14 minutes walk
 
 
Car Parks

Car Parks

 
Drury Lane NCP
 
5 minutes walk
 
St Martins Lane NCP
 
6 minutes walk
 
 
 
 

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The Waldorf Hilton Hotel London
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel   from £124  24% off
Aldwych, WC2B | 1 minute from Duchess Theatre
Positioned between the City's Square Mile and the thriving West End, this grand, Edwardian Hilton hotel welcomes guests with a patisserie and champagne bar in the ... More
 
 
 
ME London
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel
336-337 The Strand, WC2R | 1 minute from Duchess Theatre
A luxurious 5-star hotel situated right in the heart of the city, ME London offers guests a lavish accommodation experience. Floor-to-ceiling windows provide the impeccable guestrooms ... More
 
 
 
Strand Palace Hotel London
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £69  22% off
372 Strand, WC2R | 2 minutes from Duchess Theatre
This West End Art Deco hotel right on the Strand and next to Covent Garden is in a fantastic location for accessing central London and theatreland. ... More
 
 
 
 
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Alternative Theatres nearest Duchess Theatre

Nearest to Duchess Theatre
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Novello Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
Aldwych, Covent Garden, London WC2B | 1 minute from Duchess Theatre
Built in 1905 to form a pair with the near-identical Aldwych Theatre, the Novello Theatre (formerly known as the Strand Theatre) is one of London's more ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Theatre Royal Drury Lane
London > Entertainment > Theatres
Catherine Street, Covent Garden, London WC2B | 1 minute from Duchess Theatre
London's oldest theatre is also its most spectacular, with a palatial auditorium that is among the most impressive in the world. The first theatre on this ... More
 
 
 
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Fortune Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
Russell Street, Covent Garden, London WC2B | 2 minutes from Duchess Theatre
The first theatre built after World War I is an astonishing piece of architecture. Built in 1922-4, it preceded the arrival of the Art Deco and ... More
 
 
 
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Entertainment near Duchess Theatre

Near Duchess Theatre
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Somerset House
London > Entertainment > Arts Centres
Strand, Covent Garden, London WC2R | 3 minutes from Duchess Theatre
Somerset House, once the site of a spectacular Tudor palace, now includes a magnificent 18th century art gallery housing celebrated collections belonging to the Courtauld Institute ... More
 
 
 
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Top Secret Comedy Club @ The Africa Centre
London > Entertainment > Live Music
170 Drury Lane, Covent Garden, London WC2B | 5 minutes from Duchess Theatre
This new Covent Garden alternative to the West End tourist traps has welcomed the likes of filthy San Franciscan Scott Capurro and TV favourite Andi Osho. ... More
 
 
 
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The Funny Side of Covent Garden (Upstairs at The George)
London > Entertainment > Comedy Clubs
213 Strand, Holborn, London WC2R | 6 minutes from Duchess Theatre
The Funny Side comedy group runs comedy clubs in three locations in London, including the flagship Covent Garden venue above The George pub which puts on ... More
 
 
 
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Events near Duchess Theatre

Near Duchess Theatre
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True West
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 23rd November 2018 to 16th February 2019
Duchess Theatre, 404 Strand, WC2R | 3 minutes from Duchess Theatre
Kit Harington - famous for his leading role in Game of Thrones - and Johnny Flynn - star of Lovesick, Beast and US TV series Genius, ...More
 
 
 
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The Snowman
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 22nd November 2018 to 6th January 2019
Duchess Theatre, Portugal Street, WC2A | 4 minutes from Duchess Theatre
Bill Alexander directs Birmingham Repertory Theatre's musical adaptation of Raymond Briggs' children's story about the airborne adventures of a boy and his frosty friend. This staging ...More
 
 
 
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School of Rock
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 24th October 2016 to 13th January 2019
Duchess Theatre, Drury Lane, WC2B | 5 minutes from Duchess Theatre
Students at a prestigious prep school "stick it to the man" with encouragement from their substitute teacher - wannabe rock star Dewey Finn - in the ...More
 
 
 
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Sights and Attractions near Duchess Theatre

The best museums, galleries, attractions near Duchess Theatre
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London Transport Museum
London > Attractions > Museums
Covent Garden Piazza, Covent Garden, London WC2E | 1 minute from Duchess Theatre
After a two-year, £22 million refurbishment the London Transport Museum reopened on 22 November 2007 revealing more exhibition space than before. The museum travels back through ... More
 
 
 
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London Film Museum Covent Garden
London > Attractions > Museums
45 Wellington Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E | 1 minute from Duchess Theatre
The London Film Museum, located on the site of the Theatre Museum in the original Flower Cellars in the heart of Covent Garden, is the second ... More
 
 
 
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Covent Garden East Piazza
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
Covent Garden Piazza, Covent Garden, London WC2E | 3 minutes from Duchess Theatre
A visit to Covent Garden is a must, whether you intend to shop, sightsee or soak in the carnival atmosphere. The focal ... More
 
 
 
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Shopping near Duchess Theatre

The best shops and markets near Duchess Theatre
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The Albion Emporium
London > Shopping > Food and Drink Shops
38 Tavistock Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E | 1 minute from Duchess Theatre
As British as a bacon buttie, buying your groceries at The Albion Emporium is like getting first dibs on Mrs Beeton's pantry. A bastion of Britishness, ... More
 
 
 
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Primrose Bakery
London > Shopping > Food and Drink Shops
42 Tavistock Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E | 1 minute from Duchess Theatre
If cupcakes are you cup of tea then head to the Covent Garden outlet of Primrose Bakery, a family owned enterprise which makes the most scrumptious ... More
 
 
 
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Penhaligon's
London > Shopping > Perfume and Cosmetics
41 Wellington Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E | 1 minute from Duchess Theatre
For a sweet-smelling, sensory overload, Penhaligon's has to be the place to go. From the original Hammam Bouquet to the Winston Churchill's favourite - the Blenheim ... More
 
 
 
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What are the best dining options near Duchess Theatre London?
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Jidori
London > Restaurants > Japanese restaurants
15 Catherine Street, WC2B | 1 minute from Duchess Theatre
The team behind Jidori, the much-loved yakitori restaurant in Dalston comes to Covent Garden. Taking up residence across multiple floors of a terraced house on Catherine ... More
 
 
 
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Axis at One Aldwych
London > Restaurants > Modern European restaurants
One Aldwych Hotel, Covent Garden, Covent Garden, London WC2B | 1 minute from Duchess Theatre
A striking restaurant within easy reach of Covent Garden, Axis on the lower ground floor of One Aldwych is ideal for modern British food in a ... More
 
 
 
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Christopher's
London > Restaurants > American restaurants
18 Wellington Street, Covent Garden, , Covent Garden, London WC2E | 1 minute from Duchess Theatre
The best of the Americas over two floors of this grade II listed building in the heart of Covent Garden and overlooking Waterloo Bridge. Lobsters (flown ... More
 
 
 
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Education near Duchess Theatre

Near Duchess Theatre
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Courtauld Institute of Art
London > Education > Arts and Drama
Somerset House, Covent Garden, London WC2R | 3 minutes from Duchess Theatre
The Courtauld is one of the most prestigious art schools in the country, affiliated with the Oxbridge system and boasting a huge private location and prime ... More
 
 
 
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Saw Swee Hock Student Centre
London > Education > Universities and Colleges
1 Sheffield Street, Holborn, London WC2A | 4 minutes from Duchess Theatre
The award-winning Saw Swee Hock Student Centre, designed by Irish architects O'Donnell + Tuomey and awarded the RIBA London Building of the Year Award in 2014, ... More
 
 
 
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The London Film School
London > Education > Universities and Colleges
24 Shelton Street, Covent Garden, WC2H | 5 minutes from Duchess Theatre
The London Film School is the oldest-established international school of film technique in the world. The school has contributed significantly to ... More
 
 
 
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Duchess Theatre gyms, sporting activities, health & beauty and fitness.
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The Sanctuary
London > Leisure > Fitness
12 Floral Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E | 4 minutes from Duchess Theatre
This day spa exclusively for women is a total pampering experience from the minute you step through the door. Located in bustling Covent Garden you'll soon ... More
 
 
 
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The Hospital Club
London > Leisure > Arts Centres
24 Endell Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 6 minutes from Duchess Theatre
Before it was a hip private members' club designed specifically for the creative industries - complete with bar and dining rooms, cinema, TV and recording studios ... More
 
 
 
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Thai Square Spa
London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
25 Shelton Street, 40 Earlham Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 6 minutes from Duchess Theatre
Let the Thai Square Spa transport you to the shores of Asia with their traditional Thai spa treatment rooms, smack bang in the centre of Covent ... More
 
 
 
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Pubs near Duchess Theatre

The best pubs near London Duchess Theatre.
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The Marquess of Anglesey
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
39 Bow Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E | 2 minutes from Duchess Theatre
Gastropub ... More
 
 
 
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Philomena's Irish Bar
London > Nightlife > Pubs
40 Great Queen Street, Covent Garden, London WC2B | 4 minutes from Duchess Theatre
Philomena's is an Irish themed bar and sports cafe on Great Queen Street, just two minutes walk from Covent Garden tube station. A great place to ... More
 
 
 
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Lamb & Flag
London > Nightlife > Pubs
33 Rose Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E | 5 minutes from Duchess Theatre
One of the oldest pubs in London, the Lamb & Flag was once known as the Bucket of Blood, thanks to the bare-knuckle fights held here. ... More
 
 
 
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Duchess Theatre clubs, bars, cabaret nights, casinos and interesting nightlife.
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The Lobby Bar at One Aldwych
London > Nightlife > Bars
1 Aldwych, Covent Garden, London WC2B | 1 minute from Duchess Theatre
Named one of the top five hotel bars in the world by the Sunday Telegraph, the Lobby Bar at the chic One Aldwych hotel is renowned ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Grays & Feather
London > Nightlife > Wine Bars
26 Wellington Street, WC2E | 1 minute from Duchess Theatre
Specialising in sparkling wines Grays & Feather offers an exploration, education and, most importantly, enjoyment - without breaking the bank - of fizz. From the rolling ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
The Parrot
London > Nightlife > Bars
The Waldorf Hilton, WC2B | 1 minute from Duchess Theatre
Actor, DJ and producer Idris Elba is set to ruffle feathers with The Parrot, an intimate cocktail bar within the Waldorf Hilton. It's all very A-list ... More
 
 
 
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Meeting venue hire near Duchess Theatre

Where to have your meeting, conference, exhibition, private dining or training course near Duchess Theatre.
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Silver Fleet - Woods River Cruises
London > Business > Venue Hire
Somerset House South Wing Strand, Covent Garden, London WC2R | 3 minutes from Duchess Theatre
Enjoy a luxury cruise on the Silver Fleet. Departing from the Savoy Pier and cruising along the Thames. A classy way to see the Thames.... More
 
 
 
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Somerset House
London > Business > Venue Hire
Somerset House, Strand, Covent Garden, London WC2R | 3 minutes from Duchess Theatre
Somerset House, once the site of a spectacular Tudor palace, now includes a magnificent 18th century art gallery housing celebrated collections belonging to the Courtauld Institute Gallery, ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Royal Society Of Arts
London > Business > Venue Hire
8 John Adam Street, Covent Garden, London WC2N | 5 minutes from Duchess Theatre
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Mamma Mia!
Mamma Mia!
Theatre | Until 14th September 2019 

Novello Theatre WC2B 4LD WC2B 5LA - 0 minute walk from Duchess Theatre

Through the story-telling magic of the songs of ABBA, we meet Donna, a feisty forty-something single mum, who recalls the ...More

 
The Lion King
The Lion King
Theatre | Until 1st June 2019 

The Lyceum Theatre 1 minute walk from Duchess Theatre

The Lion King tells the story of Simba - the epic adventure of his battles, his friendships, his dreams and ...More

 
Poster Girls
Exhibitions | Until 2nd January 2019 

London Transport Museum 1 minute walk from Duchess Theatre

Female focussed exhibition Poster Girls at the London Transport Museum puts the spotlight on 20th and 21st century women graphic ...More

Tina - The Tina Turner Musical
Tina - The Tina Turner Musical
Theatre | Until 20th July 2019 

Aldwych Theatre 2 minutes walk from Duchess Theatre

Phyllida Lloyd, director of Mamma Mia!, helms a life-affirming musical based on the life of legendary artist Tina Turner, written ...More

 
Christmas in Covent Garden
Christmas in Covent Garden
Seasonal | Until 1st January 2019 

Covent Garden Piazza 3 minutes walk from Duchess Theatre

The covered market at Covent Garden and the surrounding area is filled with 115,000 lights, a 55 foot Christmas tree, ...More

 
Lady Marmalade
Theatre | Until 28th December 2018 

One Embankment 3 minutes walk from Duchess Theatre

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Good Grief, Charlie Brown! Celebrating Snoopy And The Enduring Power Of Peanuts
Good Grief, Charlie Brown! Celebrating Snoopy And The Enduring Power Of Peanuts
Exhibitions | Until 3rd March 2019 

Somerset House 3 minutes walk from Duchess Theatre

Showing the enduring power of Peanuts, 70 years since Charlie Brown was created, original drawings by Charles M Schulz are ...More

 
Jamz
Clubbing and Nightlife | On 14th December 2018 

Somerset House 3 minutes walk from Duchess Theatre

Elijah & Skilliam and Lucy choose their top garage, grime and bassline tracks on the night....More

Skate At Somerset House
Skate At Somerset House
Seasonal | Until 13th January 2019 

Somerset House 3 minutes walk from Duchess Theatre

The grand 18th-century courtyard of Somerset House makes for a spectacular backdrop for one of the most popular ice rinks ...More

 
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Theatre | Until 28th December 2018 

One Embankment 3 minutes walk from Duchess Theatre

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