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Theatre Royal Drury Lane

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Address: Catherine Street | Covent Garden, London WC2B 5JF, England
Phone Number: 0844 412 4660
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Description: Since 1663 the Theatre Royal Drury Lane has provided entertainment for the...
Since 1663 the Theatre Royal Drury Lane has provided entertainment for the masses and has been visited by every monarch since the Restoration.The theatre has not one, but two, royal boxes and it was here that the public first heard both the National Anthem and Rule Britannia. Previous buildings were managed by the great actor David Garrick and the famous playwright Richard Brinsley Sheridan and he current, fourth, building was opened in 1812.The theatre was renowned for its spectacular Victorian melodramas and pantomimes but since the 1920s its history has mirrored the development of the modern musical. From the original London productions of American musicals Rose Marie, The Desert Song and Show Boat, through Ivor Novello’s romantic operettas and Rodgers and Hammerstein’s groundbreaking post-war shows to The Producers and The Lord of the Rings. My Fair Lady held the record as the theatres longest run for many years but Cameron Mackintosh’s record breaking production of Miss Saigon, at ten years, is the current record holder.
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Taken At Midnight

Just catching up with my reviews. Sorry this is late. Came to to see the award winning Taken At Midnight here at the start of the year. A genuinely lovely theatre in the heart of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 12, 2015
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Christchurch, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

The theatre is good in general with a good show on offer but I think it could be a bit more organised with a few more staff. The seats are good with a nice view but also, they could offer a larger amount of snacks available. I may go back again.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Just catching up with my reviews. Sorry this is late. Came to to see the award winning Taken At Midnight here at the start of the year. A genuinely lovely theatre in the heart of London. We had cheap seats but still excellent views of cast and stage. Would highly recommend seeing a show here. Staff plate and friendly.

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Rochester, Minnesota, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

First of all, this historic theater is majestic and beautiful. They have done a wonderful job keeping this facility maintained. Secondly, the play was very well done. There were quite a few songs that do not appear in the movie versions. The sets are amazing, in particular the television scenes. I definitely enjoyed this show and would recommend it to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

A must go! Don't hesitate. Magnificent show. Perfect production. Superb acting of all the cast.big like!!

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Reading, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

We were worried about sitting on the balcony but we could actually see everything except the facial expressions of the actors. I think it was a very well designed show and I liked the modernisation of the characters of Mike and Violet. However, I was unable to understand the lyrics of Violet when she was rapping. The theatre was half... More 

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Northwich, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

This is a great theatre and I strongly recommend you do the back stage tour - fab!!! We went to see Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on a Monday night. It felt like a Monday night show - a bit tired from the weekend, kids diction was not good and it's a patchily stuck together story lacking in charm with... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was the best show I've ever seen, everything was done to fit with the book and film and the special effects were great. I'd recommend for anyone to come and see this. The theatre itself was beautiful. My only complaints were that the drinks at the bar were so expensive (over £6 for a small... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

Do you know what the longest continually operating theater in the world is? Do you know why theater actors tell each other "break a leg"? Do you know in what play and in what theater included a helicopter landing? Do you know what theater used moving scenery and footlights first? Or was the (sadly) 2nd to employ a female actress?... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

Although this theatre is normally for Charlie & the Choc Factory, on this particular Sunday. it was for Lulu. Our tickets clearly stated that the start time was 7pm. We had been out all day and rushed to get there on time. Arriving around 6.50 or so we were told by the usher on the doors to take our seats... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

We were advised to arrive 30 minutes as we already had the tickets posted to us, which is plenty of time; we arrived 45 minutes before the start-time. Snacks and bottled water are expensive; there have a selection of four different sweet bags (including Rowntree Randoms, Wine Gums, Malteasers) priced at £2.70, packet of crisps £2 and small tubs of... More 

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Address: Catherine Street | Covent Garden, London WC2B 5JF, England
Phone Number: 0844 412 4660
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Whether you're headed here to check out the multitude of shops, theaters, cafes, pubs, and restaurants, or simply to be among the multitude of people who pass through this pretty part of town, you'll love soaking up the festive and historic atmosphere in and around Covent Garden. Even if you don't have tickets to the opera or a show at one of the many famous theaters here, don't be surprised if find yourself captivated by some impromptu act of a street performer wowing the crowds in Covent Garden's Piazza. If you do have tickets, you'll be pleased to note that many of the local eateries accommodate theatergoers with prix fixe menus, early dinners, and later than usual opening hours. 


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