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Theatre Royal Drury Lane

Catherine Street | Covent Garden, London WC2B 5JF, England (Charing Cross / Trafalgar Square)
0844 412 4660
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$106*
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Ranked #207 of 853 Attractions in London
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Owner description: Since 1663 the Theatre Royal Drury Lane has provided entertainment...
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Owner description: 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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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

Visited family in London again and the theatre has become one of the highlights of my visit. On this occasion it was the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane and the auditorium is very pleasant. The staff were both helpful and courteous, noticeably so as on occasion this has not been the case at other venues. The production was enjoyable, although something... More 

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Earlestown
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

Went here to see the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory musical, and while the musical itself was outstanding, the venue and its facilities were poor. The foyer is way too small for such a large theatre and the prices of the drinks and snacks was ridiculous. Due to it being a special occasion we had booked the Royal Box, the... More 

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Swadlincote, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

Attended the Ralph Mctell Birthday concert on Sunday 7th Dec. and found the Theatre absolutely wonderful, Having lots of experience of theatre and concert going and being able to book tickets early gave me the chance to pick seats in a good position - with leg room !!. The acoustics / sound system where the best I've heard for many... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

Everything about this theatre made me happy: - I purchased a ticket at the box office for that day's matinee. The staff were lovely, professional and genuinely helpful. - The bar and merchandise staff were, again, professional and lacked the indifference that I had encountered at other theatres. - The theatre itself is elegant and spacious in its foyers and... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

My wife is a life long fan of Ralph McTell. I decided to take her to his 70th birthday concert. Impossible to book any tickets apart from the balcony (front row). No other seats available all sold out ! Arrived and went to our seats. Could not even see the stage fr a seated position. My wife and I are... More 

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Hordle, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

A very nice old theate with lots of atmosphere and character. View in stalls good. Acustics good but the seats are poor and need replacing.They have seen much better days. Leg room if you are tall is very poor you feel like a sardine in a tin. The toilets are very small and queues are very long so when you... More 

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Plymouth, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Went to see Chico and the Gypsies. Chico was the co-founder of the Gypsy Kings. They were brilliant. The atmosphere in the theatre was electric and everyone was dancing in the aisles. The theatre is absolutely beautiful. We were invited to the after show party where we met the stars. Fabulous evening.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

We watched Charlie and the chocolate factory at the theatre and the show was amazing! The roof top bar is amazing and the drinks are priced as you would expect for a theatre in London! The theatre itself is beautiful! We were seated in the grand circle. We had plenty of room but anyone taller then 5'8 wouldn't be very... More 

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Carlisle, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

We went to see Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in Nov 2014 and thought it was brilliant. My husband hates musicals but even he enjoyed this especially the special effects. People have complained that they don,t use any of the original songs from the film, except one at the end, but that really doesnt matter as you are so drawn... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 via mobile

Lovely building , very ornate inside. We were seated in the front of the Grand Circle A8 & A9 at times during the performance the acoustics and words were very hard to hear and lacked clarity. Other than that great show easy access from Covent Garden

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