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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
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

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

Kids week in London!! Thank you for the free child ticket with adult purchase. The play was amazing, theatre staff patient and kind, and the snacks yummy. My daughter and I Ioved... read more

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Mildenhall, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Kids week in London!! Thank you for the free child ticket with adult purchase. The play was amazing, theatre staff patient and kind, and the snacks yummy. My daughter and I Ioved the musical and can't wait for our next show!

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Ivybridge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We loved the show, even though we had restricted views at the back of the stalls. We knew this so that was fine, what was slightly annoying was the adults in front of us who had no care whatsoever for continually moving around and blocking our view. The man in front of me actually fell asleep until his wife unfortunately... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Wonderful performance, took my grandson age 7 he was memorized by the whole experience. Well worth the trip. Theatre accommodated young children. Must see.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We went to the box office yesterday and were lucky enough to get 3 seats together in the Royal Circle for that night's show. The seats were really good with un-restricted views in this beautiful theatre. Booster seats are available for little ones and also binoculars to hire at £1 a time. The show itself is mesmerising, we clapped after... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A great show, enjoyed by all the family. Booster seats are available to borrow. Snacks are expensive as ever in the theatres. £2.60 for a small bottle of water I felt was over the top. Seats in the stalls- even with the booster seats the children still found it a little difficult to see. If children are sitting in front... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited Theatre Royal Drury lane for the Saturday matinee performance of Showboat (a truly amazing performance) and all in this theatre runs so well - from the minute we stepped in the door to the time we left. It is built for purpose so everything is as it should be, staff along the way to help. The theatre seating is... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This theater is currently showing Charlie and the chocolate factory. Ticket are difficult to get unless you book well in advance on line. We were informed that Theatre Royal Drury Lane has been visited by every monarch. It has two Royal Boxes. It is a Centuries old theater. Seating arrangement in their Balcony is very crumbled and inconvenient. For disabled... More 

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Theatre Royal has been lovingly restored and is beautiful from the entrance hall to the staircase down to the stalls. It is situated right next to Covent Garden so very easy to get to by train. The staff were very helpful the only thing that lets it down are the seats with little legroom. Appreciate this is an old... More 

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Northallerton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Came to watch Charlie and the chocolate factory and have to say it was absolutely amazing!! I will definitely will be back to London to see another show soon. Only bad thing was the seats as there wasn't much leg room so I had to keep moving my position to stay comfy

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We yook our 4 children to see Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at the start of this month. We were unsure of whether our 4year old would enjoy it but he was glued throughout. The theatre has a lovely spacious bar which is unusual for the west end. Seats were cramped but ok. If you asked, they supplied good booster... More 


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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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