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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
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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We watched 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' on Saturday and on the Monday we went for the Theatre tour. Our guide, David was superb and was so knowledgable. There was only... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 25, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

We watched 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' on Saturday and on the Monday we went for the Theatre tour. Our guide, David was superb and was so knowledgable. There was only myself and my Gran, so it was very intimate and we were able to go backstage and through the auditorium where they were rehearsing the children for the show.... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

My self and my parents went to see the show on Wednesday afternoon. The theatre we have been to previously and is fit for purpose although for the seating is very compact with little leg room. The sweets and drinks are as expensive as you would expect but just down the road is a corner shop where you can buy... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

What a fantastic venue to see one of the classics of the current shows playing the West End of London. The Theatre Royal, Drury Lane is a fantastic venue to host any show, a 'proper' old style theatre with lovely boxes and great views from most of the seats. If you get an opportunity to see Charlie and the Chocolate... More 

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

The Theatre Royal is a traditional theatre with all the grandeur one would expect from a British theatre. Big sweeping stair cases, high ceilings and guilt décor. There are large boxes and well-spaced seating in other areas. The dress circle and gods are names ‘Royal’ and ‘Grand’. It is one of those good sized theatres that is big enough to... More 

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 via mobile

A wonderful theatre and a fantastic show! We are a family of four and all found something that we thought was amazing! We loved it. Highly recommended!!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

The show was brilliant apart from one of the characters violate was hard to hear and understand. You can tell this is one of the older theaters but it means it had it charms. If you dont like heights dont sit in any of the seats at the very top balcony. Its very high up and you have to lean... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

We are avid theatre goers and as a last minute treat booked this. The only seats left were in the gods but couldn't complain on the price. Getting up there was a truck. I have no idea on steps but I needed oxygen when I got up there. 😄 Staff were brilliant and said if the kids got bored we... More 

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Birmingham, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

We had an amazing afternoon here watching Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. As a special treat we booked a Box (B) which was for 6, but only 5 in our group, so plenty of room for the little ones. The show was amazing - excellent acting and fantastic sets and costumes. We were worried beforehand as we noticed the theatre... More 

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Durham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was awesome. Can't really add much more to what was a great experience for the whole family.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' was my wife's choice and I wasn't too enthusiastic but was very pleasantly surprised. Thoroughly professional performance by very competent actors whose enthusiasm for their roles shone through. Brilliant sets and slick changes. They certainly won me over. We were about half way back in the stalls, no problem with the view and the leg... More 

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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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