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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 4 days ago via mobile

OMG I am almost lost for words. This show was simply awesome. The quality of the production, the dancing, especially the tap was sublime. The singing was singing also exceptional. A fabulous show you MUST see!

Thank GFwarrior
Reviewed 5 days ago

Previously visited for Charlie and The Chocolate Factory and thought what a lovely little theatre this was then. We sat in the stalls on a full Saturday night and whilst I didn't think the show was a particularly memorable one, the theatre experience certainly was.

Thank SmartDamo
Reviewed 6 days ago

A great evening,brilliant dancing,great singing and entheusiastic cast.If you go to the balcony you have quite a few stairs to climb.The costumes are great and the story is quite easy to follow.There is a bar

Thank davidteeHampshire
Reviewed 1 week ago

Wow! What a show...from curtain up to the final bow, unbelievable energy, extraordinary talent a feel good extravaganza that will leave you smiling, singing and maybe even tapping all the way home - don't miss it!

Thank jenny l
Reviewed 1 week ago

Enjoyable evening with mind blowing energetic performance by entire cast. Fantastic dancing and singing. Royal Circle D seats view ok, though had to sit forward in seat to peer over heads infront. Very real disappointment and let down was a technical failure moments before the...More

1  Thank Suzan M
Reviewed 1 week ago

A group of 60 of us thoroughly enjoyed 42nd street. The sets were superb, the costumes magnificent, the acoustics impressive and the songs familiar and memorable. The cast all seemed to be enjoying themselves and that is always a very good sign. we had good...More

Thank Beverly O
Reviewed 1 week ago

I was here with family to see 42nd Street. The foyer is very grand. With lots of statues and stairs. We ordered drinks for the interval at the bar. When the break came they were easy to find, and actually there! (We have had problems...More

Thank Caryl C
Reviewed 1 week ago

42nd Street is well worth seeing really enjoyed it. The theatre is interesting unusual auditorium well worth a visit. View was a bit restricted by a large man in front of me and the seats are not vey comfortable but that is true of most...More

Thank td2traveller
Reviewed 1 week ago

The following review is for a seat location in Theatre Royal Drury Lane. I attended a performance of 42nd Street on 5th February 2018 and sat in Stalls Row K Seat 29. The seat seemed lower compared with those in newer theatres which is advantageous...More

Thank Will T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a show.... glitz, glamour and wonderful music and dancing. A really great performance by all the cast. I booked this show last minute as we had changed plans for our evening and am so glad we went. A real throwback to the 30's scene...More

Thank Blackie2716
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30 January 2018|
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Response from Eva P | Reviewed this property |
It’s 2.5 hours including an interval.
Jan C
22 December 2017|
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Response from Martie227 | Reviewed this property |
Check the web site for the theatre and you will see that you should make yourself known to the manager who will arrange for you to enter from a side door directly into the stalls area. You should also ask about when you are... More
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22 December 2017|
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Not that I saw !