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Theatre Royal Drury Lane

Catherine Street | Covent Garden, London WC2B 5JF, England (Charing Cross / Trafalgar Square)
0844 412 4660
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Ranked #207 of 1,085 attractions in London
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Theaters
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... more » 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. « less
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Had a wonderful evening at this show. Stall seating not tiered and we were lucky not to have anyone tall in front but others were commenting on how little they could see. The show was very enjoyable - particularly the actor playing Willy Wonka - he was superb. The very broad Scottish accent of Charlie bucket .... spoilt it for... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Went to see Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The show was great but DO NOT BOTHER WITH BALCONY tickets as the view of this show is abysmal even without unrestrained children standing in front of you. As stated in another a review some of the show takes place in the orchestra pit; this is completely invisible from the balcony. Large... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Whilst not expecting perfect views from a balcony seat, we were slightly fed up that we couldnt see half the performance without half standing and trying to peer over/through a railing. At one stage, Mr Wonka was in the orchestra pit (evidently), missed by the entire balcony section Poor layout, and although the show was entertaining, we found a lot... More

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

This Was My First Visit To London, England And The First Time Seeing This Play, I Must See If You Love The Theatre. We Sat In The Royal Circle Seats And We Could See The Entire Stage But With A Bit Of Interference From A Couple In Front Of Us That Truly Needed To Get A Room. I Had To... More

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Manchester
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Went to see CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY in July, and this is why the review gets 4 stars and not 3, or 2... This musical has clearly got Sam Mendes' touch to it, which is a great thing to have as it adds a whole different perspective! At times it felt you were watching something at the cinema, his... More

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Ilford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

I was at the Theatre Royal not for the regular show but for a one off charity show and on checking the seating opted for a good seat in the Grand Circle in row B in the middle which proved to be a good choice as I could see the entire stage with little interference to the view from either... More

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Shepparton
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

I went here in May and did a backstage tour. I have a family history connection to the Theatre as my ancestors worked here in the 1860's. I was so lucky. I was the only one there, so got a one on one tour. I found it fascinating, informative and just plain interesting. This theatre led the way and has... More

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

This was my 2nd visit to this theatre and having sat in the rear of the stalls previously and missed parts of the performance due to balcony overhang I choose royal circle seats this time and had a fantastic view! These were 3rd price seats but the view was first class. Beautiful old theatre and easy to walk to from... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

When reviewer Hayspartyoffive wrote his enthusiastic review he made me feel very old. He says that his GREAT grandfather was in the first British production of The King and I. OMG so was I, makes me feel like a museum piece. My memories of those two years at Drury Lane (including those Rogers and Hammerstein auditions) can be found at... More

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Etwall, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014 via mobile

Lovely theatre , and a fantastic show, we took the children to see Charlie and the Chocolate Factory over the bank holiday. I would thoroughly recommend the show

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