Time Out says
Posted: Wed Jun 20 2012
In terms of sight lines and size, the Duchess Theatre can be counted on for one of the West End’s more pleasant theatre experiences. The smallish playhouse seats some 500 and is never better than when staging weighty dramas – a possible hangover from its early years when dramatist JB Priestley formed part of the Duchess management. Most recently, theatre critic Nicholas de Jongh braved his colleagues with his own handiwork, ‘Plague Over England’ – a well-received drama loosely based on a George Michael-style cottaging incident involving John Gielgud in the 1950s.
What's on at Duchess Theatre
Stand-up, Solo shows, Big-name talent
- Critics' choice
The 'Adam' half of 'Adam & Joe' has been hosting brilliant fun music videos-based night Bug for yonks, but now he's going solo with a new tech-heavy solo show, which he's bringing back to London after a run at the Union Chapel. The show explores how we...
West End, Drama
Kathleen Turner. KATHELEEN. TURNER. Kathleen frickin' Turner. It's been eight years since the growly voiced Hollywood star lit up our stages in the 2006 West End production of Albee's 'Whose Afraid of Virginia Woolf?', and frankly, we'd gladly watch her...
West End, Musicals
Following a successful brace of performances in January, this retro curiousity get a week-long run at the Duchess. 'Cool Rider' is a stage adaptation of the film 'Grease 2', but for legal reason we can't really be bothered to try and understand it's not...
Poetry, Stand-up, Solo shows, Storytelling, Big-name talent
- Critics' choice
You may know Tim Key as Alan Partridge's number two, Sidekick Simon. But you should know Key for his superb live work, combining lovingly shot short films, silly, pithy poems and ridiculous stories. He's one of our favourite comics, well, ever. Now he's...