Summer and Smoke

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After a critically-acclaimed, sold-out run at the Almeida Theatre, Rebecca Frecknall’s searing revival of Tennessee Williams’ Summer and Smoke transfers to the West End’s Duke of York’s Theatre for a strictly limited season. With a stellar cast including Patsy Ferran, the thrilling play sees a woman’s life turned upside down by the irresistible temptation of desire.
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Booking until 19 January 2019

Home, I'm Darling

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Don’t miss another chance to see the acclaimed Home, I’m Darling when it takes to the West End. Laura Wade’s shrewd and laugh-out-loud funny play stars cult-comedy queen Katherine Parkinson and is directed by the talented Tamara Harvey. Catch it at Duke of York's from January 2019.
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Booking from 26 January 2019 until 13 April 2019
Running Time: 2 hours 30 mins with an interval

Box Office Contacts

Box Office:0844 871 7623
Access Booking:0844 871 7677
Group Booking:020 7206 1174
Stage Door:020 7836 4615

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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. 2018 continues with the Almeida Theatre transfer of Tennessee Williams' Summer and Smoke.

Past Shows

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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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Mary Stuart
(closed 31 Mar 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)

 
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The Dresser
(closed 14 Jan 2017)
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How The Other Half Loves
(closed 1 Oct 2016)
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Doctor Faustus
(closed 25 Jun 2016)

 
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The Father
(closed 26 Mar 2016)
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Goodnight Mister Tom
(closed 20 Feb 2016)
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Peppa Pig's Surprise
(closed 17 Jan 2016)