One of the smallest West End theatres the Duchess has just 479 seats spread over two levels. It was designed by Ewen Barr and it opened in 1929. Curiously, and because of an ancient English law governing rights to daylight, the stalls of the theatre were constructed to be below street level : this law can be seen in action repeatedly in the Chinatown and Covent Garden areas of central London. The theatre became famous for hosting the west ends shortest ever run when in 1930 “The Intimate Revue” closed without completing its first performance. Located in Aldwych the Duchess is close to both Covent Garden and Temple tube stations and also walking distance from Holborn tube.