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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 and the Chocolate Factory + Theatre Royal Drury Lane - great combination!

I really enjoyed the show - the kids were fantastic! - and the setting in such a history-steeped and old world seeming theatre made it even more enjoyable. The location of the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 24, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

I really enjoyed the show - the kids were fantastic! - and the setting in such a history-steeped and old world seeming theatre made it even more enjoyable. The location of the theatre - near Covent Garden shops and eateries - is a bonus. Note that for the time being the Covent Garden Underground station is arrival only as lifts... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Theatre was ideally located only a short walk from tube station. Staff very helpful we were late but staff still sat us at the back of the theatre and we were allowed to take our seats at the interval. Charlie and the Chocolate factory show was fantastic would highly recommend it.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

The Theatre Royal is true West End experience. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is true classic. This Sam Mendes production works superbly, the scenery and effects do not dissapoint, HOWEVER when The Augustus Gloop and family sing their introduction from Bavaria it was difficult to understand a word they said. It was also difficult understand Veruca Salt. It was not... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Visited with 7 year old son. The theatre is a beautiful building and the staff were so helpful. The seats were comfy and the show was amazing. All in all a wonderful family visit

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

I had never been to this theatre so when I saw inside I was in awe, a very beautiful and magnificent building that is kept beautifully. The Front of House team were so helpful, friendly and very professional. We were sat in row U of the stalls and although the balcony restricted our view a little bit we didn't miss... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Really like this theatre, has an air of elegance and the decor is great - but why do places such as this charge so much for drinks compared to bars and pubs that are in the same area? £9 for a glass of wine, and £6 for a spirit and 250ml can of pepsi. Whilst you almost know there will... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

The theatre itself is a bit of a walk away from the nearest tube station, but nothing too tedious or inconvenient. As someone with people who are not familiar with the area or London in general, it was a bit difficult to locate, but after asking in a few shops, we found it relatively quickly. The theatre staff were lovely... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

We recently saw Charlie and the Chocolate Factory with balcony seats at this theatre. With balcony seats, you don't go in at the front of the theatre, but via a side entrance and upon arriving at the top of the many stairs, we were told that the ladies toilets were at the other side and we had to wait until... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Wow, what a fantastic show, one of the best I've seen. Fabulous scene changes and kept my family hooked all the way through, their were many young children but that was to be expected considering the show. Beautiful theatre my daughters both commented on how lovely it was.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Went here to see Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Staff were notably very helpful and friendly. Beautiful building with comfortable seating and good views throughout.

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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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