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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 & The Chocolate Factory

We came to the matinee on Saturday 28th March 2015. We were a bit concerned about what we had read elsewhere about the matinee performance being full of children and it being... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 29, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

We came to the matinee on Saturday 28th March 2015. We were a bit concerned about what we had read elsewhere about the matinee performance being full of children and it being like a creche. It was nothing like that and all the children were very well behaved and it was mainly the parents who were rowdy. On a serious... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

My Mother and I went to watch this amazing show, the cast may have been small but their performances were huge. The seats were great and the staff were extremely helpful. The prices of the merchandise were very reasonable to. Highly recommend.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 via mobile

Visited Charlie and the chocolate factory theatre show in March , found the show excellent , theatre comfortable and so so central to everything , superb pizza express on St martins lane , thrilling day , great show for all ages

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Lytham St Anne's, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a brilliant show, the scenery and props are very well presented. The actors are very good and the show gives you a feel good factor.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015 via mobile

Whilst I'm sure Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was a great show I would be hard pressed to tell you as I couldn't see half of it from my seat! I would advise anyone not to book the Balcony seats in row B 28-31 as the first half of the show was barely visible. The second half was much better... More 

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

So many of the London theatres look a little tired and are small and uncomfortable, not so here. A truly stunning interior including stairways, bars and auditorium. I have been before (Oliver) and was amazed at the size of the stage and the complexity of the sets that they can accommodate and my second visit merely served to confirm this.... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

Wow. This has to be one of the best things I've seen in the West End for quite some time. My mother and sister were visiting for the weekend and wanted to see a show. After a lot of umming and aahing we settled on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I'd seen Matilda and loved it, partly because the sister... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Can't understand reviews that moan about the leg room or the layout of the theatre. These old London theatres are beautiful and timeless. If you don't want to sit in the gods or require more legroom then pay for dearer seats. We sat in the largely expensive stall seats and had a fantastic view and plenty of legroom. Be aware... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Went here to see Charlie and the chocolate factory on Saturday as a birthday treat with family. I think the show was fantastic, however i was blinded by the pain of having the seat in front of me jammed in to my legs and being unable to move or get comfortable and enjoy the show that i had paid a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

Fab show ,my first West End Show beautiful theatre , great friends , Great for adults and kids a like, would definetely recommend it if you get the chance

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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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