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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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Charlie

What a gorgeous amazing theatre. Lovely staff, great show, fantastic seats- what else can I say. Super. My children (only 6 and 4) completely mesmerised by the show. Worth every... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Went here for an evening showing of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on a Friday night. The show itself was quite good the singing was great, me and my partner were a little disappointed that there weren't more songs from the original in this adaptation. The theatre itself was very elegant, however as a taller man I found it exceedingly... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

If you plan on watching the show as opposed to just listening to it don't purchase tickets in the balcony. You have to lean forward to see the stage which made the whole experience very stressful and uncomfortable.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

What a gorgeous amazing theatre. Lovely staff, great show, fantastic seats- what else can I say. Super. My children (only 6 and 4) completely mesmerised by the show. Worth every penny.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

We went on a tour around the theatre,it was great to see behind the scenes and the tour guides were in period costume and playing the part,quite funny.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

My husband & I didn't know what to expect--we just sort of showed up a few minutes before a 2:30pm showing of "Charlie & the Chocolate Factory"--but the theater was elegant and really quite beautiful inside. A wonderful experience.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

Monday 11th may 19:30pm viewing. Was meant to be in row O seats 36-37 however staff moved us more into middle and further to the front in row J. The show was absolutely FANTASTIC from start to finish. Props were also amazing! Definitely recommend! Only thing to pick about was the price of the bottled water being £2.60 a bottle... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

Oh yes. What a show! Thoroughly enjoyed and the experience was well worth paying a bit more for stalls unrestricted view seats. My second musical and I thoroughly enjoyed. 9 year old daughter was clapping wildly when WW arrived and thereafter - just wish the preamble had been shorter. Drinks were suitably expensive, but this just has to be accepted... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Superb tour led by a gentleman and a lady playing different roles from the theatre's past. informative and a good laugh with access to some of the theatre's most impressive areas. Highly recommended. Good ghost stories too!

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Falmouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

Firstly, this is a beautiful old building, with the modern twist in areas... Like the sun terrace, where we took our pre show drinks. Of course, like most theatres, drinks and nibbles are expensive - but its what we expect, so you're aware beforehand. We have seen many shows in this area, and this is so far THE BEST. A... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

A wonderful old theatre with grand staircases old paintings and traditional decor. Welcoming helpful staff. Saw Charlie and the chocolate factory which was excellent. So cleverly adapted for the stage. Wonker bars were £3 but were buy one get one free. Highly recommended but obviously lots of school groups .

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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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