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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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Since 1663 the Theatre Royal Drury Lane has provided entertainment for...

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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I took my 6 year old boy to see Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and we both really enjoyed it. We had tickets in the main circle near the front row and had a really good view... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 9, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015 NEW

I took my 6 year old boy to see Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and we both really enjoyed it. We had tickets in the main circle near the front row and had a really good view. The only place I wouldn't want to be seated is in the upper circle near the back. The show itself is visually spectacular... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015 NEW

Amazing theatre, there is just so much history in this theatre, felt like I should be wearing a top hat and be talking in old English. The Charlie and the chocolate factory show was amazing and would recomend anyone to go and see it. Me and my partner sat in the front row of the first balcony and the view... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015 NEW

My wife and I went to watch Charlie and the Chocolate Factory musical this evening but before the Show had a fascinating 75 minute tour of the Theatre Royal. The Theatre itself is one of the oldest in the world with the current theatre being the fourth to operate on this site. It, therefore, has no shortage of tradition -... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015 NEW

Unsure what to expect but love the theatre and enjoy a glass of bubbly before the show as much as the show. the architecture and ambiance is the best in theatre land, but the show exceeded our expectations and can see what it is so successful. Brilliant production and highly recommended. Not just for children, believe me!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015 NEW

I saw Charlie and the Chocolate Factory here and it was absolutely brilliant; perfect for a family trip/show. The sets were colourful and the transitions were great. The staff were also so lovely!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2015

As a last minute option, we booked tickets to go see Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. It was a really enjoyable, entertaining show. The Theatre has been refurbished to a very high standard, possibly one of the best Theatre's I have visited in London. I lost a bank card, at the end of the performance the staff went in search... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2015

Was treated for my birthday! Absolutely fabulous! The front of house staff couldn't do enough for us Their enthusiasm and commitment to their roles made the welcome very special. As for the show WOW WOW WOW! Truly brilliant cast, a set very becoming of Dalhs dark desires. And as for the glass elevator fab fab fab Cannot rate the show... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015

Wow, amazing old theatre! A Large theatre that is immaculately clean inside, full of history & very well maintained. It has great facilities & a roof top bar. Prices for drinks etc are expensive but you expect it, I did however think £5 for 2 500ml water is a rip off. Staff were friendly & helpful

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015

This was the first time my two daughters aged 10 and 5 have been to the theatre. I felt that 2 1/2 hours was the limit for my youngest daughter. They both had a fantastic time as did we all and will definitely be visiting the theatre as a family again.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2015

What an amazing building and the meeting/event rooms are such a hidden secret, perfect for training or business purposes and truly grand! The staff are friendly, from initial booking enquiry to execution and the cost is a fraction of what I normally pay for meeting rooms in London! Plus, the champagne bar is a great way to unwind at the... More 

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