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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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Great show, amazing theatre

So many of the London theatres look a little tired and are small and uncomfortable, not so here. A truly stunning interior including stairways, bars and auditorium. I have been... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 27, 2015
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

So many of the London theatres look a little tired and are small and uncomfortable, not so here. A truly stunning interior including stairways, bars and auditorium. I have been before (Oliver) and was amazed at the size of the stage and the complexity of the sets that they can accommodate and my second visit merely served to confirm this.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

Wow. This has to be one of the best things I've seen in the West End for quite some time. My mother and sister were visiting for the weekend and wanted to see a show. After a lot of umming and aahing we settled on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I'd seen Matilda and loved it, partly because the sister... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Can't understand reviews that moan about the leg room or the layout of the theatre. These old London theatres are beautiful and timeless. If you don't want to sit in the gods or require more legroom then pay for dearer seats. We sat in the largely expensive stall seats and had a fantastic view and plenty of legroom. Be aware... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Went here to see Charlie and the chocolate factory on Saturday as a birthday treat with family. I think the show was fantastic, however i was blinded by the pain of having the seat in front of me jammed in to my legs and being unable to move or get comfortable and enjoy the show that i had paid a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

Fab show ,my first West End Show beautiful theatre , great friends , Great for adults and kids a like, would definetely recommend it if you get the chance

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015 via mobile

This theatre is a beautiful place. The seats weren't as cramped as others and the staff were very helpful and cordial when we were almost late (London traffic, huh?) and needed to rush to our seats. Having Wonka bars on sale during intermission was very cute and the decor of the theatre was astounding, not to mention the set design... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

Went to see Charlie and the chocolate factory we had the balcony seats and had to enter through the side door there were an awful lot of stairs my friend who has asthma did struggle a tad we finally got to the top it was very high the usher was very kind and offered to move us but we declined... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

I took my boyfriend to see this for his 21st and I was amazed by how wonderful the set was. The detail of the props and production was phenomenal I've never seen anything like it. I was torn between this and a couple of other shows but I'm beyond content with my choice. The actors were fab, and the show... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

Amazing performance. Great for adults and kids a like, would definetely recommend. Nice touch having wonka bars on sale!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

This fabulous old theatre is well worth a visit. Steeped in history at the heart of London, this beautiful theatre is clean, well maintained and looks well loved. My husband and I saw the production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and found the theatre itself to have very comfortable seating, exciting show atmosphere, great sound and visuals. If you... More 

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