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The Duchess Theatre is a West End theatre located in the City of Westminster. Opening on 25 November 1929 it is one of the smallest in the area with just under 500 seats. Its size, however, is not entirely a bad thing as the seating is almost on top of the stage, creating an intense engagement between audience and actors of the kind usually reserved for the fringe. The theatre has almost exclusively been home to straight plays rather than musicals over the last twenty years and has seen several stars appear on its stage including David Suchet, Michael Gambon and Maureen Lipman. With its reliably good sight lines, comfy seats and intimate auditorium, it can be counted on for one of the West Ends more pleasant theatre experiences. Whilst visiting you’ll find Covent Garden just a short walk away which contains plenty of eateries and a market, and other notable attractions in the area include the London Transport Museum, the London Film Museum and several other major theatres.