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Theatre Royal Drury Lane

Address: Catherine Street | Covent Garden, London WC2B 5JF, England (Charing Cross / Trafalgar Square)
Phone Number: 0844 412 4660
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Ranked #337 of 1,165 Activities in London
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Theaters, Theater & Concerts
Owner description: Since 1663 the Theatre Royal Drury Lane has provided entertainment...
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Type: Theaters, Theater & Concerts
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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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

First half boring as. Second half would be better if they had a decent willy wonker. Theatre management rude!!!! Don't waste you're time or money with this

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Stowmarket, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

Brilliant performance. Charlie & the Chocolate Factory is an absolute must if you're visiting London and are wanting to see a show. The stage set is brilliant, the actors are amazing especially the children. I would highly recommend.

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Northumberland UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Can't fault it. Great for kids and the big ones too! Brilliant set, acting, entertaining and not too 'singy'! Impressive glass elevator too. Only complaint was the person in front of me was obscuring my view but no complaints with the show

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Essex, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

Booked with an agent for 22 december got there the agent had booked it for 21 January 2015. They had sent us a confirmation email but we didnt read it. The lovely book office chap must have seen my shock he changed our ticket to the right date upgraded our seats to best in house and the staff said Happy... More 

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

Wonderful and glorious London theatre that is steeped in history. Stunning interiors especially the Grand Salon and sweeping staircase. Also love the open air balcony with views over the street. Very friendly and helpful staff who couldn't be better. A totally brilliant show as well. Highly recommended!!!

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

We sat in the balcony on row G, I understan that there is restricted viewing but we missed a good five minutes of the production as we could not see them dancing & just a spotlight showing over our heads, it would not have been that hard to move the dance back a foot as this would not have interrupted... More 

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Kent
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

Family of 5 had seats in the royal circle. Lots of space and not overcrowded before the show and it was sold out. A good performance. No question for the bar or the toilet and at the end there was lots of exits so you didn't have to get squished in the entrance! Little Veruca Salt was the best in... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

Visited family in London again and the theatre has become one of the highlights of my visit. On this occasion it was the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane and the auditorium is very pleasant. The staff were both helpful and courteous, noticeably so as on occasion this has not been the case at other venues. The production was enjoyable, although something... More 

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Earlestown
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

Went here to see the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory musical, and while the musical itself was outstanding, the venue and its facilities were poor. The foyer is way too small for such a large theatre and the prices of the drinks and snacks was ridiculous. Due to it being a special occasion we had booked the Royal Box, the... More 

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Swadlincote, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

Attended the Ralph Mctell Birthday concert on Sunday 7th Dec. and found the Theatre absolutely wonderful, Having lots of experience of theatre and concert going and being able to book tickets early gave me the chance to pick seats in a good position - with leg room !!. The acoustics / sound system where the best I've heard for many... More 

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