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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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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... read more

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW 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 2 days ago NEW

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 3 days ago NEW

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW 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 5 days ago NEW 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 6 days ago NEW 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a trip to London as my 10 year old girls wanted to see the sights and see Charlie and the chocolate factory. The theatre is obviously old but I think the old furniture and surroundings add to the atmosphere of the place. We had ok seats, front row of the upper circle. The show was brilliant, the staff... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I went to watch Charlie and the chocolate factory. Great show. The theatre was atmospheric but the problem was the seating. Small plastic seats and wedged in. No leg room at all. I am average, 6 foot but I found it very uncomfortable. The only saving grace was no one was sat next to me so I... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a brilliant day out with the family to see a show, we were lucky enough to get the kids go free offer to see Charlie and the chocolate factory which was excellent. Great location and venue clean and comfortable.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I'm not normally a "musical show" type person but took my older children to see a performance during a short London break and I was very pleasantly surprised. So well imagines and performed. All the cast were outstanding (especially you Grandpa Joe!). If you get a chance to see this, do - you won't be disappointed. Pricey, but well-worth 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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