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Theatre Royal Drury Lane

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Address: Catherine Street | Covent Garden, London WC2B 5JF, England
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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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Fab theatre trip

Great theatre, excellent staff with brilliant disabled facilities. Would recommend. Saw Charlie and The Chocolate Factory which was amazing.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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Norfolk, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We saw the penultimate showing of Charlie & Chocolate Factory. We were all disappointed in the show, not that this matters because the show has now finished! Our seats in the stalls under the dress circle had a good view. However, it was very warm under there. Plus, the seats are very low down and I found that quite uncomfortable.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Great theatre, excellent staff with brilliant disabled facilities. Would recommend. Saw Charlie and The Chocolate Factory which was amazing.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We went here on New Year's Eve at 7.30pm. We were lucky enough to get a box. The theatre is beautiful, staff were very friendly. The show was amazing and the scenes and actors were brilliant. We loved every minute of it. I wouldn't hesitate to go to this theatre again to see a show.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Outstanding show (charlie and the chocolate factory), marvelous efforts from all cast and behind the scenes people a must see show BOOK NOW!

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Taking grandchildren to a Christmas treat we all came out having missed a lot of the production due to impossible seating structures. We paid a considerable amount for centre stall seats and due to any lack of banking it was impossible to see. This was true for both children and grandparents. We were assured that we would have an excellent... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Truly the top experience of our time in London! Everything from the show itself to the gorgeous building made this an unforgettable night. We sat in the Grand Circle (F 25ish) and had a wonderful view, and the acoustics were great too. We happened to be there on the night of Roald Dahl's 100th birthday, which made the experience even... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Attended the closing night of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, was a fantastic show so glad we got to see it! brilliantly brought to the stage, having wanted to see it was not disappointed I was looking forward to seeing a show at the Theatre Royal what a beautiful theatre, helpful staff. The bar area is large so not overcrowded... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband bought tickets as a Christmas present. We went on the penultimate night. The staff we so friendly and so professional- a real old school theatre and I would definitely go again!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A minde blowing show. A great combination of different sets, Videoprojection great cast. Really original how they show the umpalumpas. To bad the show stops On the 7th of january 2017

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Watched Charlie and Chocolate Factory at this place. Easy to find this place and not far from Leicester Square. Must see a show here at least once.

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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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