The Doctor

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Olivier Award winner Juliet Stevenson will reprise her leading role in the West End transfer of The Doctor. Stevenson's tour de force performance was first seen in the acclaimed, sell-out Almeida Theatre production and now audiences can relive it as the play opens at the Duke of York’s Theatre London for a limited run. The Doctor is freely adapted from Arthur Schnitzler’s Professor Bernhardi and brilliantly explores medical ethics and identity politics. This startling modern play will leave audiences thinking long after the curtain falls.

The Pillowman

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Martin McDonagh’s award-winning black comedy, The Pillowman, will be revived at the Duke of York’s Theatre in London for a strictly limited season. An all-star cast, including Golden Globe-winner Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Steve Pemberton, will lead the revival of the Olivier Award-winning play, which first premiered at the National Theatre in 2003. An exploration of reality and fairytale, and the blurred lines between the two, The Pillowman questions the human cost of freedom of expression. This is a powerful play by one of the most exciting playwrights of a generation.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane

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Best-selling fantasy author Neil Gaiman’s The Ocean at the End of the Lane transfers to the Duke of York’s Theatre, London in late 2021, following a sold-out run at the National Theatre. Joel Horwood’s acclaimed adaptation is a magical and thrilling adventure of imagination and storytelling. Gaiman’s trademark fantasy and horror are combined with innovative staging to create a spellbinding production. This production makes the perfect alternative Christmas treat for fantasy fans of all ages.
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Booking from 26 October 2021 until 12 February 2022
Run time is 2 hours 20 minutes (including interval)

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Access Booking:0844 871 7677
Group Booking:020 7206 1174
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History

Originally opening in 1892 as the Trafalgar Square Theatre, the venue was designed by Walter Emden before being renamed the Trafalgar Theatre in 1894 and then to the Duke of York's Theatre in 1895, to honour King George V. A Grade II listed building known for hosting a variety of plays, musicals and operas, the building is now best-known for housing straight plays under the management of ATG.

The venue's first ever production was Wedding Eve (1892), with musicals such as Go-Bang (1894), operas such as Madame Butterfly (1900) and world premieres such as JM Barrie's Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up (1904) gracing the stage. Peter Pan returned to the venue successively each year for the next decade, once starring Noel Coward in 1912.

Early productions included The Admirable Crichton (1902) and What Every Woman Knows (1908), London Calling (1923), Easy Virtue (1926) and Home Chat (1927). Following the takeover of the theatre by ATG, the Duke of York's Theatre has hosted high quality productions such as The Rocky Horror Show, as well as successful Royal Court seasons.

Notable productions throughout the years have included Journey's End (2004-2005), The Dresser (2005), starring Nicholas Lyndhurst and Julian Glover, Hedda Gabler (2005), Embers (2006), starring Jeremy Irons, Eh Joe (2006), starring Michael Gambon and Tom Stoppard's star-studded Rock 'n' Roll (2006-2007), which included Dominic West and Rufus Sewell.

Sheridan Smith starred in Little Shop of Horrors (2007), followed by In Celebration (2007), starring Orlando Bloom. Further productions included Rent Remixed (2007-2008), starring Denise Van Outen, No Man's Land (2008-2009), A View from the Bridge (2009), starring Ken Stott, Ghost Stories (2010-2011), Posh (2012), Jumpy (2012), starring Tamsin Grieg, Constellations (2012-2013), The Judas Kiss (2013), starring Rupert Everett, and Passion Play (2013), starring Zoe Wanamaker.

Following these, Hattie Morahan starred in A Doll's House (2013), with Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense (2014) scooping the Olivier Award for Best New Comedy. 2015 saw productions of Neville's Island, The Nether, Hay Fever, starring Felicity KendalHetty Feather and Mark Rylance in Farinelli and the King.

A West End revival of popular children's tale Goodnight Mr Tom finished off the year, playing in rep with Peppa Pig's Surprise (2016). 2016 saw a revival of The Father transfer to the Duke of York's from Wyndham's Theatre, starring Olivier Award-winner Kenneth Cranham. Game of Thrones star Kit Harington starred in Jamie Lloyd's adaptation of Doctor Faustus, which was followed by popular comedy How the Other Half Loves, which transferred from the Theatre Royal Haymarket, starring Jenny Seagrove. 2016 rounds off with Ken Stott and Reece Shearsmith starring in Ronald Harwood's The Dresser.

2017 began with an acclaimed performance of Ron Harwood's The Dresser, starring Ken Stott and Reece Shearsmith. Further productions included the Olivier Award nominated The Glass Menagerie, starring Cherry Jones and directed by John Tiffany. Olivier Award-winning comedy Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour was next, after a sold-out run at the National Theatre, followed by the Almeida Theatre transfer of James Graham's play Ink, directed by Rupert Goold and starring Bertie Carvel.

Robert Icke's Mary Stuart was another Almeida transfer, arriving at the venue in January 2018, starring Juliet Stevenson and Lia Williams. Roger Allam and Nancy Carroll then went on to reprise their roles in The Moderate Soprano, followed by a star-turn from Ian McKellen in King Lear, transferring from Chichester Festival Theatre. The final Almeida transfer of 2018 to grace the stage was Summer and Smoke, a revival of a lesser-known Tennessee Williams play.

2019 will see the National Theatre transfer of Laura Wade's play Home I'm Darlingstarring Katherine Parkinson. Following this will be Ibsen's play Rosmersholmstarring Hayley Atwell and Tom Burke. The UK tour of The Girl on the Train plays for four weeks. In August, the theatre will host the West End transfer of Florian Zeller's The Son, first performed at the Kiln Theatre. For the festive period, Peppa Pig's Surprise played at the theatre.

David Greig's adaptation of award-winning true story Touching the Void transferred to the theatre for a limited season in November. In March 2020, the Duke of York's Theatre closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The National Theatre transfer of The Ocean at the End of the Lane, which was due to open in October 2020 will now open in October 2021. Planned productions of The Doctor and The Pillowman have been postponed.

Past Shows

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Blithe Spirit
(closed 11 Apr 2020)
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Touching the Void
(closed 29 Feb 2020)
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Peppa Pig's Best Day Ever
(closed 5 Jan 2020)

 
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The Son
(closed 2 Nov 2019)
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The Girl on the Train
(closed 17 Aug 2019)
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Rosmersholm
(closed 20 Jul 2019)

 
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Home, I'm Darling
(closed 13 Apr 2019)
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King Lear
(closed 31 Oct 2018)
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The Moderate Soprano
(closed 30 Jun 2018)

 
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Ink
(closed 6 Jan 2018)
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Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour
(closed 2 Sep 2017)
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The Glass Menagerie
(closed 29 Apr 2017)