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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
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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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We enjoyed Charlie and the chocolate factory from the top balcony. Theese are the cheapest seats, but they were absolutely fine. A lovely theatre.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We enjoyed Charlie and the chocolate factory from the top balcony. Theese are the cheapest seats, but they were absolutely fine. A lovely theatre.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Fantastic show spoiled by a complete lack of regard for the cheap seats!!! When I say cheap seats, there is no such thing in the West End. However, the cheapest seats were as you'd expect, the balcony. I guess not being able to access the balcony from within the theatre is quite common, though clearly demoting one to a lower... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went to see a recording of Michael McIntyre's Big Show on a Sunday night when Charlie has a night off. Absolutely brilliant show, Michael is superb plus guests Sara Millican,Olly Murs and Ellie Goulding. Lovely theatre. Excellent seats in row D. Expect to pay London prices for drinks.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Got three tickets for charlie and the chocolate factory on the morning of the show. Picked them up at the box office just before the show. Staff very good and helpful however the cast were simply brilliant. Great show well worth the money thoroughly enjoyed by us all.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Took my 4 year old to the afternoon show and it was fantastic. Superb seats in the front row which were comfortable with good leg room, and an amazing view of the action. We had the added value of willy wonka walking down the row at the start of the second session. Very impressed with all aspects of the set... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Charlie and the chocolate factory. A great cast a great show and a lovely location. Not much more to say. They didn't seem to mind if you took your own sweets and drinks which is a bonus. We would go again for sure.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Staff were friendly as soon as we entered and the wait to collect our tickets was minimal. Pre drinks and interval drinks purchased at a reasonable cost by a lovely man and there wasn't a queue. Our seats were amazing, mid stalls. The show is one of the best I have seen, the set design and movement was first rate... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I've been here once before when they had Shrek on. This time I went to see Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Wow. Just wow. Theatre is very well maintained, clean with friendly staff. Bar offers good range of drinks and snacks.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had a great evenings entertainment at "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory". It was also Roald Dahl's Birthdate, September 13th, born in 1916. The scenery and effects were fantastic. We were up in the Grand Circle gods but the viewing was still great. Leg room was tight for me at 5 foot 8 inches. The theatre is beautiful. All good.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Charlie and the chocolate factory was amazing. Although I was right at the top and back of the seats I still had a fairly good view and the actors made the show amazing.

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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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