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Duke of York's Theatre
St Martins Lane
I recently attended a concert performance at this theatre. It is located at St. Martin's Lane in the heart of the capital London, England close to Leicester Square. The theatre is one of several in the area which is part of the Ambassador Theatre Group venues.
The area is very busy as it is the hub of entertainment in the city. Theatres, cinemas, gift shops, cafes, restaurants and hotels line the streets around the area and there is always some exciting event ongoing in the area. The theatre itself is located on the narrow St Martin's Lane. The nearest tube stations are Leicester Square and Charing Cross. If you exit at Leicester Square take a left at the exit and head straight forward. There is parking available at the upper section of St Martin's Lane. Taxi's can drop you off right at the front of the theatre too. Bus Routes into the area are the Leicester Square 24, 29 and 174 routes.
The theatre is quite small but the facade is very grand and well lit. There is a lot of promotional poster space and billboards. There is one central door which is kept open near to the time of the performance. This leads into a small foyer. To the right there is a booth selling refreshments and sweets. They only had water and a few bags of chocolates though, when I attended. They also sell programmes here. The foyer gets very crowded and is not a place where you can stand around and wait for friends. I recommend either arriving close to the performance time or waiting outside if you need to, as there is barely room to stand inside the foyer at the busiest periods.
To the left and the right in the foyer there are also archways leading to the seating areas. There are ticket checkers here to make sure you are heading to the right place. If you need any special assistance the staff member can escort you into the auditorium. On the ground level (the same as the foyer) you can access the royal circle, which is the first balcony level. This area is the only area in the theatre to have disabled access. There are only two spaces available at either end of Row D. There are raised platforms for the wheelchairs to be moved onto. There is an adapted toilet on this level too. There are a minimum of two wheelchair users per performance.
There are only six rows in the royal circle and this means it feels quite intimate. I had a central seat in row D which allowed me a full, clear view of the stage. However, a couple behind me were dissapointed about the view and transferred to the stalls. I suppose it depends what kind of view you prefer but I found my seat to be great. There was ample leg room infront. The arm rests on the seats are quite narrow and you perhaps can feel a little squashed in. There are boxes in the royal circle but these were being utilised by the company performing there.
To get the the stalls you need to go down from the foyer. There are 22 rows in this area with some seats having restricted views. Again there is a very intimate atmosphere. The chatter of the crowd tends to intensify in the small, sheltered area.
There is also an upper circle which has 8 rows of seating but is very high. The cheapest tickets are available for this area with the stalls and royal circle having the same price range.
The theatre is decorated in russet orange and gold colours and looks very noble. It was very clean and well maintained. The stage is surprisingly large - it tends to have a bigger depth than width and in this case I imagine the royal circle would afford the best views of the full stage.
The staff at the theatre are pleasant and helpful and run everything smoothly. I thoroughly enjoyed visiting the theatre.
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