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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 #233 of 1,100 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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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

Visited this theatre on a few occasions seeing shows like Oliver,Charlie and the chocolate factory. This iconically named named theatre has always been clean when I visited and service has been first class from ushers and staff pressent. Actors are always off the highest standards from Jody Prenger and Qwion in Oliver to Alex Jennings amazing performance as Willy Wonka.... More

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Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

Visited 27th Aug (evening show) with the family to see Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. We were sat in seats T1-T3 Stalls. When we arrived we soon noticed a rancid smell, which we assumed came from the toilets and would probably dissipate before the performance started. However by the interval it was still intense, I pointed this out to one... More

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Bristol, England
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

Loved the theatre and the performance. The actor playing Charlie was a disappointment, though. Verrucas Salt however was outstanding. Wish we'd paid more and had best seats for a unobstructed view

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Adelaide
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Fantastic tour conducted by passionate actors who bring the 300 years of history of this magestic theatre to life. A must for theatre lovers.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Fantastic way to enjoy the theatre .. Understand the history the legend and the current day theatre by exceptional guide who is a passionate actor who dedication to the craft was obvious

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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Generations of children have grown up loving Roald Dahl's timeless story. And even if you haven't read the book, there's a good chance you'll be familiar with either Mel Stuart's or Tim Burton's big-screen versions. Regardless of how you've enjoyed it previously, this lavish new rendition of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory gets you reacquainted with all your favorite characters... More

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Huntly, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014 via mobile

Went to see Charlie and the Chocolate Factory which I thought was fantastic. We had front row seats so our view was great being so near the stage. The theatre itself was good but not the best I have been to. Most of the staff are friendly and helpful apart from one who we thought was quite rude.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

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

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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