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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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42ND STREET - your dancing feet will ache if you miss this

In the words of Craig Revel Horwood - FAB - U - LOUS. It was a delight to the eyes, ears and the feet which could not stop tapping away to the music. For me one of the... read more

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Borehamwood, United Kingdom
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In the words of Craig Revel Horwood - FAB - U - LOUS. It was a delight to the eyes, ears and the feet which could not stop tapping away to the music. For me one of the highlights was the mirrored synchronized swimming scene to"Keep young and beautiful" - just stunning, plus the glamourous "we're in the money" and... More 

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Kent, United Kingdom
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Went to see 42nd Street last night for my partners birthday, what a great show from start to finish, a must see, this was also our 1st visit to the theatre, and its beautiful

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North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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Wow! What a prodiction. Glamour, glitz, brilliant music, choreography, dancing. Gives a strong injection of 'feel good' - a must see

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42nd Street fabulous show perfect theatre for the show. Good seats we had row L in front of the boxes. Could do with more toilets up there but when one was blocked it was fixed very quick. Very friendly staff and great atmosphere all round

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What a great show this is, highly recommend. Tapping at its best great cast and fantastic venue. Music uplifting and toe tapping, Clare Halse and Sheena Eastern were superb. Well worth the money.

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Saw this last night. Firstly o was on crutches and the staff couldn't have been more helpful from giving me priority entry, seat while we waited for the doors to open and then let us in first to a oid the crowds. Thank you Warren, the show is second to none and I have seen plenty over the last 6... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Excellent version of an old Broadway classic. The performers were first rate in terms of the tap dancing, singing and dancing. The arrangements were visially spectacular with use of a large drop down mirror for Busby Berkley effects, and direction of the dancing. The costumes were stunningly colourful. One of the best shows I have seen in London. Very helpful... More 

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We recently went to the preview of this show. The show is fantastic the theatre was great and very accommodating. Should you wish to visit arrive early to take in the opulence of the hotel.

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The best Musical stage show we have ever seen ! Great music, a wonderful cast and a high energy performance by over fifty dancers - all expert "tappers." We were treated to more than twenty show-stopping, glitzy numbers, and deafening standing ovations. This was an amazing, never to be forgotten experience in a wonderful, historic theatre. Wow !

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Fantastic dancing, choreography ,great singing and tunes ,a joy to experience and a credit to the performers . All in a beautiful ,elegant theatre.

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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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