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Theatre Royal Drury Lane

Catherine Street | Covent Garden, London WC2B 5JF, England
+44 844 412 4660
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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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Catherine Street | Covent Garden, London WC2B 5JF, England
Covent Garden
+44 844 412 4660
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Perfect, we enjoyed every single minute. The theater is very nice but the performance superb!! Don't miss the 42nd street musical. 30s atmosphere, dancing, singing, costumes. High top rated choice for me!!

Thank eleni a
Reviewed 5 days ago

I had no idea what a wonderful theater this is. Such a beautiful venue. Feels very historical, very traditional and grand. A great venue for any big production.

Thank Anne C
Reviewed 1 week ago

An amazing production credit to every single person in that theatre making it tick Wonderful choreography,dancers brilliant,singers great Well worth a visit.

Thank Ian P
Reviewed 1 week ago

What an amazing evening's entertainment! Sheena Easton was a revelation with her beautiful soprano notes, but the musical numbers are THE star of the show. Performed with athleticism and great style. The sheer energy! A completely wonderful evening!

Thank Andrew N
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Excellent ensemble performances, loved the tapping. Fabulous costumes with great staging. Fantastic individual performances by main dancers. Wasn't quite as impressed with Sheena Easton, sorry. Lovely theatre.

Thank 2020vision
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful theatre! Great dancing with some good performances. Sheena Easton brings a name but unfortunately not much else fluffed her lines and sang flat for her big moment solo love song in the balcony BUT who cares the superb choreography, dancing, sets and sheer energetic...More

Thank Airyfairy7654
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Probably the largest of London's theatres, with a huge stage and excellent facilities to match. Very disappointed that there wasn't a lift to use to get to the Royal Circle, so I had to struggle with the stairs as I'm having mobility troubles following a...More

Thank David M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I have just come out of theatre royal having watched 42 Street. Wow what a show. Completely fantastic. Full of energy beautiful dance and great vocals. Spectacular. The production was tremendous in size and complexity. Performances were first rate with everyone from...More

Thank gerry h
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was an amazing theater, it was as impressive as the Musical, 42nd Street. The architecture, the opulence, the grandeur. Just an amazing place.

Thank landlockedNE
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We booked on line for the musical '42nd Street' one hour prior to the performance with no problems (tickets collected from ticket office in the foyer 10 mins before curtain raising - cutting it a bit fine). This theatre is larger than many of the...More

Thank Gaijin-tanuki
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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
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Alan K
Can I take a smallish size rucksack/backpack into the Theatre?
12 June 2017|
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Response from Jan P | Reviewed this property |
Yes there is a cloakroom to leave it in, and security will probably check it due to heightened security in London.
gary m
Where is best place near theatre for nice mid range pre show meal
29 May 2017|
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Response from longfellow57 | Reviewed this property |
"Balthazar" serves great food at a reasonable price and the service is very good. It is close to the theatre and also Covent garden.
Does anyone know if the theatre has a cloakroom as I will have a trolley bag with me ??
25 May 2017|
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Response from RHTaylor1972 | Reviewed this property |
There is a cloakroom within the theatre and items cost £1 to put away throughout the show.