© M. Louise Taylor LRPS
DUKE OF YORK'S THEATRE, ST MARTIN'S LANE WC2
WESTMINSTER, CITY OF WESTMINSTER, GREATER LONDON
M. Louise Taylor LRPS
29 June 2001
20 September 1960
Date of last amendment:
20 September 1960
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TQ 3080 NW CITY OF WESTMINSTER ST. MARTIN'S LANE WC2
72/101 Duke of York's Theatre
Theatre. 1891-92 by Walter Emden and built as the Trafalgar Theatre. Painted brick
with stucco dressings, slate roof. Late Classical. 5 windows wide with slightly
advanced 3-window centrepiece; plain returns to side passages. Arcaded ground floor
with fanlighted glazed and panelled doors beneath a probably later iron and glass
canopy. Centrepiece has 1st floor Ionic columned loggia and the 2nd floor has semi-
circular arched windows and attic windows above. These are framed by Doric pilasters. The
flanking bays have tripartite architraved and corniced windows on upper floors, those
on 1st floor dressed with the same Ionic order as centre, and the whole front is
framed by advanced quoin piers with entablatures over ground and 1st floors and a
crowning cornice. The auditorium has a Louis XV-Louis XVI inspired elegant decorative
scheme with 3 balconies, domed ceiling and 3 tiers of boxes, the latter and proscenium
arch framed by neo-classical stucco reliefs also used on the flank walls; arabesques
of similar stylistic derivation to balcony fronts; the dome is ribbed and coffered.
An ingenious and elegantly executed design. 1980 structural alterations have removed
the original composite columns carrying the balconies, substituting plain columns to
the 1st balcony and cantilevering the upper two whilst respecting the decoration.
The Theatres of London; Mander and Mitchenson.