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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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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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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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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... read more

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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 2 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 3 days ago NEW 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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Bedford
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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 6 days ago NEW

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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What a great show - a real old fashioned Broadway blockbuster. The huge stage at Drury Lane was filled with fabulous dancers in amazing costumes from start to finish - if you love tap dancing this is a must see, but even if you just enjoy a brilliant musical you will love it. Fantastic from the first tap to the... More 

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42nd Street isn't the usual theatre production we'd normally see, but this was outstanding! We were blown away by everything: the staging, the cast, the production, the music and the dancing. Wow!

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Windsor, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I visited the Theatre Royal for the matinee on Wednesday 12th April and to put the last things first, my friend and I have nothing but praise for the performance of ALL of the cast of 42nd Street as it was absolute entertainment from start to finish. We are planning to go and see it all over again. The excellent... More 

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we booked our tickets very last minute when we arrived i asked a member of staff how to get to the balcony they noticed that one of our party had a walking stick and was not very mobile they went and got a supervisor who managed to change our seats for which we were very grateful and it meant we... 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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