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Theatre Royal Drury Lane

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Covent Garden
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Address: Catherine Street | Covent Garden, London WC2B 5JF, England
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+44 844 412 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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This theatre is London's most historic theatre. The fourth theatre to be built on this site since 1663. It is the only Theatre Royal to still have its Royal Charter, signed by... read more

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London, United Kingdom
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This theatre is London's most historic theatre. The fourth theatre to be built on this site since 1663. It is the only Theatre Royal to still have its Royal Charter, signed by King Charles II. It's a beautiful building both front of house and backstage. The auditorium is one of the largest in London, as is its stage. Seeing any... More 

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Royal Theather or best know as Theatre Royal Drury Lane, because of the street name, located in Covent Garden, London. Dazzling and glamorous!!!

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Welwyn Garden City, United Kingdom
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Saw 42nd Street recently and had a really good experience with even enough ladies loos! Good comfortable seating, nobody eating during the performance, plenty of loos, even better, lots of aisles so nobody was in the middle of long long rows, great place.

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

First time at this Theatre. Wow, what a venue for a great show. The history of this fabulous Theatre is well worth reading up on. The seats are spacious and comfy. Sound and acoustics superb. We were in the Royal Circle. Great view of the stage. Expensive but well worth it. The show itself was off the scale. The whole... More 

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

What an amazing show! We thoroughly enjoyed watching the spectacle which was 42nd Street. It claims to be the biggest cast on the biggest stage in London and certainly seemed like that to us. The co-ordination of the dancers was impressive, costumes and sets were great and the overall show is spectacular; I can absolutely recommend.

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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

For sheer pizzazz this show has it all I urge you to go to see it. The songs dance and acting were brilliant it was well worth the money . Sometimes the cheesy lines were surprisingly good

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Padiham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lovely theatre, lovely staff and wow what a show!! We were sat in the Royal Circle seats H19 & H20, the view was unrestricted and there was plenty of leg room (I'm 6ft tall)

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I booked this tour which was for an hour. We were shown around the royal room, the circle seating, down to the tunnels, under the stage and were given commentary and history throughout which was interesting. The tour was as advertised but overall I was disappointed as we didn't get to see on stage, in the wings or any of... More 

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Arbroath, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful theatre, truly breath-taking. We sat in the Royal Circle, row E right in the middle to see 42nd Street and had perfect views. Tattinger terrace at the Saloon Bar was lovely overlooking the street. Comfortable seats for a theatre and I am fairly sure it was the most leg room we have had.

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We really enjoyed the show with Sheena Easton and the excellent ensemble. Tap dancing, incredible dances, talented cast, marvellous music, costumes and songs. My fault completely I booked seats in the stalls row W. Do not book stalls from P back otherwise your view will be obscured. See the photo. I loved the musical and would not hesitate to recommend... More 

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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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