Theatre Royal Drury Lane

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Theatre Royal Drury Lane
4.5
About
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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The area
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Neighborhood: Covent Garden
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. 


How to get there
  • Covent Garden • 4 min walk
  • Temple • 6 min walk
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4.5
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76
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Annefromryder
980 contributions
Seating not the most comfortable
Feb 2020 • Couples
A lovely theatre, not too big & so great for any show.
But the seats are a tad uncomfortable & warn out. We watched a show & my husband was so uncomfortable due to lack of stuffing in the seat. and a lack of leg room, it had an impact on him enjoying the show.
The loos were lovely & clean & updated.
The cost of buying a drink was expensive £9 for a vodka & Coke !!
Unfortunately Your a captive audience so they can charge what they like.
It is a lovely old building and if you look up at the ceiling it looks amazing.
Written February 24, 2020
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Russell K. Tiernan
7 contributions
Amazing
Aug 2019
We thoroughly enjoyed the show and it brightened our new year! Amazing acoustics, vibrant atmosphere, friendly and helpful staff and an overall pleasure to visit.
Written October 26, 2019
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Gail J
5 contributions
There is only one Tina
Sep 2019 • Friends
Fantastic show! Cast with amazing voices. Young girl who plays Tina as a child has a brilliant voice! Grown up Tina has the voice and the moves off perfectly. A must see show!
Written September 20, 2019
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Tabby2015
Sheffield, UK34 contributions
Motown musical
Apr 2019 • Couples
Loved this show well worth a visit if it tours managed to get tickets on the day at a discounted price
Written April 7, 2019
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Steven T
Woking, UK182 contributions
Show
Sep 2018 • Couples
Love this theatre. It is huge and impressive, closed at present for refurb, but rumour has it, it will open again next year with Frozen.........cant wait
Written February 17, 2019
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ana19512016
Sofia, Bulgaria5 contributions
Theters
Feb 2019 • Solo
Aldwych Theatre - Tina - musical, February 2019

The whole area is great - beautiful buildings, excellent atmosphere. Just go there - this is a place to be in London
Written February 5, 2019
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roadtoretirement
Penn163 contributions
Amazing bit of history
Nov 2018 • Friends
We saw "42nd Street". This building dates back to 1663 and is the oldest theater in London still in use. And.....don't forget to see the bomb. Yes, bomb. It hit October 14,1940. It's still there but it's been de-activated.
Written January 29, 2019
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MarinerGrimsbyUK
Grimsby UK76 contributions
Great Theatre
May 2018
This is a great theatre. Well appointed and plenty of leg room in the seating. We saw 42nd Street which was brilliant. The theatre is in the heart of Covent Garden so close to plenty of restaurants for pre or post theatre meals.
Written January 16, 2019
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WorldTravla7
Cairns, Australia5,599 contributions
42nd Street!
May 2018 • Solo
I came for an evening performance of 42nd St with Lulu as Dorothy Brock (about 1 year into the run) and got an excellent seat in the 2nd row A4 (I bought my ticket via the Today Tix app for a very reasonable £22).

Drury Lane is a London institution - a big, bold theatre (4 tiers with 2,196 seats, just behind the Palladium, the 5th largest in the West End) with a number of regal old balconies on each side. The Theatre Royal Drury Lane is also has the distinction of being the oldest theatre site In London’s West End (though there have been various demolitions, restorations and reconstructions of the original theatre since 1663).

Fun fact - Drury Lane was also the home of the original West End production of 42nd St in 1984 which featured Catherine Zeta-Jones.

Oh, and I recommend getting a tub of Haagen-Dazs ice cream at interval. The ladies come into the theatre and down the aisles to serve you in your seat!

Don’t dilly dally - make the pilgrimage while in London.

Written January 15, 2019
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sue P
Lingfield, UK52 contributions
Absolutely Amazing
Jan 2019 • Couples
Probably the best show I have ever seen. The dancers were excellent and so beautifully synchronized, the scenery was stunning and the whole show was amazing. Such a shame that the show is closing.
Written January 9, 2019
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