The Duck House
Vaudeville, 404 The Strand, London, London, WC2R 0NH
Approx. capacity: 690
The Vaudeville Theatre is a West End theatre on the Strand in the City of Westminster. As the name suggests, the theatre held mostly vaudeville shows and musical revues in its early days. It opened in 1870 and was rebuilt twice, although each new building retained elements of the previous structure. Initially constructed behind a pair of houses on the Strand, the original Vaudeville was expanded in 1889 with the demolition of its two neighbours. In 1891, it hosted the first English performances of Ibsen's 'Rosmersholm' and 'Hedda Gabler' and continued to run successfully with a programme of revivals and comedies until it closed for refurbishment in 1925, when it assumed its current form. It housed a huge hit in 1952 with the musical 'Salad Days', which ran for over 2,000 performances, as well as one of the earliest incidences of full-frontal male nudity on the theatrical stage when Alistair Sim appeared in 'A Private Matter'. Since then, a mix of drama and entertainment has been offered here, including plays by Shelagh Stephenson and Neil LaBute as well as the long-running dance-drumming show 'Stomp' and the current 'Flying Karamazov Brothers'. Since 2005, the theatre has been owned by American producer Max Weitzenhoffer and Nica Burns as part of the Nimax Theatre portfolio.
The Vaudeville Theatre is just across the Strand from Charing Cross tube station, served by the Northern and Bakerloo lines.
The Vaudeville Theatre is just across the Strand from Charing Cross train station.
The venue is in central London so it is advised to use public transport where possible.
Dial-A-Cab 020 7253 5000 Radio Taxis 020 7272 0272 Computer Cab 020 7286 0286
Bus numbers 1, 4, 6, 9, 11, 13, 15, 23, 26, 59, 68, 76, 77a, 91, 168, 171, 172, 176, 188, 243, 341, 521 and RV1 serve the Strand.
You can use NCP at Upper St Martins Lane or Masterpark at Trafalgar Square.
The theatre has wheelchair access but no spaces. Transfers are available. Please call 0844 482 9677 for all disabled information and to book.
A hearing assistance system is available, please enquire with theatre staff on arriving at the theatre. The system is an infrared headset, the volume to each earpiece can be adjusted separately to suit the individuals personal preference.
Guide dogs are allowed in the auditorium and boxes. The venue staff can dog-sit at the foyer cloakroom or management office by prior arrangement with them.
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Please call 0844 482 9677 to book disabled tickets and for further information.
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★ ★ ★ ★ ★ "a ribald farce . genuinely hilarious" Charles Spencer, The Telegraph
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ "comedy gold" Mark Shenton, London Theatre Guide
THE DUCK HOUSE
Previews 27 November until 9 December 2013
Booking Period Until 29 March 2014
THE DUCK HOUSE is an outrageous new laugh out loud comedy set in a world of dodgy receipts, dodgier deceit, and pure Parliamentary panic.
May 2009. Gordon Brown's Government is in meltdown and a General Election is just one year away. Labour backbencher Robert Houston loves being an MP and will do anything to save his seat - including change sides. All is going well with his switch from red to blue until, on the eve of his final interview with Sir Norman Cavendish, a Tory grandee, the Expenses Scandal breaks.
As public fury mounts over taxpayers' millions being frittered away on second homes, hanging baskets, moat-cleaning and duck houses, Robert and his secretarial staff (aka wife Felicity, student son Seb, gorgeous girlfriend Holly and Russian housekeeper Ludmilla) find themselves in big, big trouble.
Ben Miller (BBC1's Death in Paradise and The Armstrong and Miller Show) as the MP who's got it all - and has claimed for most of it - leads an all-star West End cast of Olivier award-winning National Theatre actress Nancy Carroll, Debbie Chazen, James Musgrave, Simon Shepherd and Diana Vickers. Tony & Olivier award-winning Terry Johnson (Hysteria, End of the Rainbow) directs this hilarious satire from two writers who've been making fun of politicians for decades: Dan Patterson (BBC2's Mock the Week) and Colin Swash (BBC1's Have I Got News For You and Private Eye).
"it's fast and it's really funny" The Times
"a comic tonic to brighten the cold night winter evenings" Mark Shenton, The Stage
"a fine production" Financial Times
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