The Last Of The Duchess

Hampstead Theatre, Eton Avenue, London

Nicholas Wright’s compelling new play, The Last Of The Duchess, explores the final stages of the life of Wallis Simpson.

In an upstairs bedroom in a mansion near Versailles, Simpson, Duchess of Windsor lies near the end of her life. But is the eccentric and energetic French attorney Maitre Suzanne Blum determined to protect the Duchess, or perhaps hide unscrupulous manipulation of her money and fame.

The Last Of The Duchess is based on Caroline Blackwood’s biographical portrait of Simpson.

Wright’s previous plays include the acclaimed National Theatre adaptation of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials, Mrs Klein, The Reporter and Vincent In Brixton, which won the Olivier Award for Best New Play in 2003. On the latter two he worked with director Richard Eyre, who directs The Last Of The Duchess. Eyre was previously the Director of the National Theatre.
 
The Last Of The Duchess is staged at the Hampstead theatre as a world premiere.

For more about The Last Of The Duchess at the Hampstead theatre read the First Night Feature.

Cast & CreativesEXPAND

cast: Conrad Asquith, Helen Bradbury, Anna Chancellor, Jasmina Daniel, Sheila Hancock, John Heffernan, Angela Thorne

author: Nicholas Wright

director: Richard Eyre

producer: Hampstead Theatre

designer: Anthony Ward

About the show
  • Age Suitability: All
  • Genre: Play
  • Duration: 2h15
  • Opening Night:
  • Closing night:

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Venue InformationHIDE

Hampstead Theatre
Eton Avenue, Swiss Cottage, London, United Kingdom, NW3 3EU

  • Nearest tube: Swiss Cottage (outside theatre)
  • Nearest bus: C11, 13, 31, 46, 82, 113, 187, 268 (mobility buses)
  • Nearest train: South Hampstead (approx. 500m)
  • Parking:

    Car parking near theatre is free in the evenings. Taxis drop off and pick up right outside main entrance. Patrons welcome to use a private phone to arrange pick up.

  • Air Conditioned: Yes

Venue Access InformationEXPAND

  • How to book: Tel: 020 7722 9301 Fax: 020 7449 4201
  • Discounts: Discounts available for all disabled theatregoers and their companions.
  • Limited mobility: Seats in the centre stalls have slightly better leg room. Proviing there are no wheelchair users, seats G1, G2, G3, G4 have unlimited leg room - phone first to be certain of availability. Rows F, G and H are best.
  • Access description: Main entrance at ground floor level, with one door assisted and appropriately signed. Hard flooring for effective wheeled traffic, and the two glass doors and walls are marked for improved visibility. Low level Box Office/reception counter (0.95m) on the right, inside foyer. Lift with low level controls, Braille and voice announcements serving all 3 levels to the right beyond the bar in the foyer. Access to Stalls on ground level via a slight ramp (25 steps front to back) and 22 steps up to the upper foyer to access the Circle (9 steps up to back). Stairlift available.
  • Hearing impaired: Infra-red system in auditorium and induction loop at Box Office and bar.
  • Guide dogs policy: 2 Guide dogs allowed into auditorium, alternatively staff are happy to dog sit in the foyer.
  • Wheelchairs: 5 wheelchair spaces and 4 transfer seats are available in the Stalls.
  • Toilets: Men's, women's on all levels, all with level access.
  • Disabled toilets: Adapted toilets on all 3 levels.
  • Bars: Cafébar in foyer with low level counter (0.95m), induction loop and moveable seating. Menu available in large print - please ask. Drinks may be brought to disabled customers in the auditorium.