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Theatre Royal Drury Lane

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Address: Catherine Street | Covent Garden, London WC2B 5JF, England
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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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Backstage tour

If you get the chance, a backstage tour of the old Drury Lane theatre is excellent. Not only do you get to see the workings of the theatre but you are transported back in history... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Cairns, Queensland, Australia

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Charlie and the chocolate factory was great, but we were very disappointed with our seats. We bought our tickets at TKTS in Leicester Square, we were told by seller that they were good seats and there would only be a few minutes when our view would be obstructed on the upper level of the stage, however when we got to... More 

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Cairns, Queensland, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you get the chance, a backstage tour of the old Drury Lane theatre is excellent. Not only do you get to see the workings of the theatre but you are transported back in history by your guides (who are dressed and act as ancient citizens). Spoiler alert!!!! - At one point when you are in the underground tunnel one... More 

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York, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

the kids loved the show, it was well worth the cost. The theatre is magnificent and we all enjoyed it. Will return.

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Maldon, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Saw Charlie and the Chocolate Factory here...and what a theatre! Sweeping staircases up to the seating...ornate celings, gold leaf...lots of seating! We were in the upper Grand Circle (row A 8-11) which was still price band B - 2 levels up! Cushions were availalble for the children to raise them up and they only had to lean forward occasionally top... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Excelkent evening! The staff were friendly, efficient and polite. The play was fantastic and the scenery breathtaking. Real attention to detail!

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Thank Alison J
Wickham
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went for a Saturday 2.30pm show had Royal Circle seats which were very confortable and prime position, just a shame that theatre tickets are soooooo expensive

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Although we were very high up due to lack of seats during the Christmas period, it was still a most enjoyable afternoon for the whole family. The set and costumes are fantastic and the show is definitely worth seeing. The ages of our group ranged from 8 years to 66 years and we all enjoyed it!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went here to see Charlie & the chocolate factory. It was absolutely brilliant and the stage settings were just great. Located near the tube station and loads of restaurants nearby but remember to book as its a very busy place.

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Durham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I expected this to be a huge theatre but it was really quaint and like stepping back in time...went to see Charlie n choc factory which was magical.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Brilliant day with the family, seats were ok but feel could have been slightly better for £70 ticket!

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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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