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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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Absolutely amazing production. I have seen the majority of West End Musicals over the years but this topped them all! Theatre staff very helpful. The first half of our matinee... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Absolutely amazing production. I have seen the majority of West End Musicals over the years but this topped them all! Theatre staff very helpful. The first half of our matinee show was completely ruined by mother and unruly children sitting in front of us. I went to box office to try to change seats and was dealt with sympathetically and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I took my 3 theatre students to the backstage tour of this historic theatre and the tour did not disappoint. In fact, it was really enjoyable, made possible by the entertaining and informative guide Leslie. She explained so many details that it felt like the place came to life. We managed to go through some places otherwise not accessible by... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Was very overcrowded with many unruly teenagers who didn't speak English and were intimidating the younger kids. Very few of the staff seemed to be enjoying their job and were not approachable. The bar area had very few seats so only a handful of people could be seated which was not comfortable for the young children or the elderly. The... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The theatre itself is a bit of a walk away from the nearest tube station, but nothing too tedious or inconvenient. The theatre staff were lovely and incredibly helpful and seemed enthusiastic about being there, and the theatre interior was very lovely and well looked after. The auditorium was very clean and the view from where we were sitting was... More 

Thank Ellie M
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Excellent production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. We were all so very impressed by the quality of the performances and sets, especially the 2nd half

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Beautiful theatre with stunningly decorated in side. If you like to see victorian glitz then this is a great place. The show was very impressive eith some great staging scenes. The various scene changes were very cleverly done as you watch. The story was based well on the film however the music wasn't apart from the end song. The effects... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited with a group of Sixth Form students as part of a pre organised theatre weekend. The tour was brilliant, 5 stars! It was really insightful and covered the history of theatre, fires, the building, shows, royalty (it has two royal boxes), how theatres seedy image was improved, ghosts and a thorough tour. We saw the green room, royal... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

My wife and I went to see Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which was a really enjoyable performance. The Theatre itself is stunning, and the staff very helpful. The only downside was the lack of legroom for our seats (in the grand circle), but otherwise a great experience!

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Staff were very polite and the show was fantastic better than the original film. Excellent all the way!!!!!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Brought a group of young people there and they totally enjoyed it. With or without an interest in theatre performance, just the experience in the backstage,looking at the mecahnics the artisitic decor was definitely worth the time. Its an attraction in London in itself. Go for it!

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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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