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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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Ranked #185 of 852 Attractions in London
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW 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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Ashford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

If you are interested in theatres then this is the thing for you. We booked a back stage tour for this afternoon at 2.15 and was told the history of the building. We saw a new lot of children rehearsing for the show and was taken down into the basement which is supposed to be haunted. There are bricked up... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

Watched a matinee showing of charlie and the chocolate factory. Wow! It was fantastic!! For a live show it was crazy but wonderful and at some points I was watching with my mouth open. Building was lovely as well. Would recommend the show without a doubt. Just be mindful that weekend matinee shows have a lot of children. So at... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

We have just been to see Charlie and the chocolate factory. The show was amazing. The stage sets were superb. We went with a wheelchair user. When we got to the theatre there was somebody waiting for use to show us our seats. The staff were great, very attentive without being overbearing. The only criticism is that there was no... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Went to see Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Great show and atmosphere. We were seated in the stalls-seats were very comfortable and the the bar staff were lovely. A wonderful afternoon.

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Maidstone, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

My husband and I were wondering if this would appeal to those without children in tow, but it certainly did. All the child actors were wonderful, but the boy who played Charlie really made you fall in love with him, he was so endearing. The others, especially Veruca Salt, were as outrageously obnoxious as you would expect. Willi Wonka himself... More

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Derby, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

This is not a review of the show, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which was fabulous but the theatre and its facilities. As we had purchased our tickets late, we could only get on the balcony which was fine but with insufficient toilets for both sexes and the most expensive bar in London, it was a little disappointing. Whilst I... More

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

Really enjoyed Charlie and the chocolate factory at the theatre royal amazing child actors great staff, with it being half term was abit hectic at first but staff tried to remedy by offering more toilets for use in the stalls nice clean theatre , had a great time

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014 via mobile

Last minute decision to get tickets for this show. Our second visit to this theatre was great. The show wouldn't have been my first choice nor probably in my top ten, but having been out-voted by the family I went along. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised and really enjoyed it. A great show if you have young... More

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

Fantastic show! A lot of space! Phenomenal staff, extremely helpful with finding seats and answering any questions! Great atmosphere! Slightly expensive to buy beverages, I would recommended buying them before! Lovely theatre! Cannot wait to go back.

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