Theatre Royal Drury Lane

Theatre , Musicals Covent Garden
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Theatre Royal Drury Lane

The grande dame of London theatre has been open since 1663

The Theatre Royal Drury Lane is the grande dame of London theatres. Its site has been in constant use as a playhouse since the 1600s and despite various incarnations (usually necessitated by a fire burning down the previous one), its purpose hasn't changed much since. The Theatre Royal Drury Lane is a people’s theatre that stages blockbuster musicals for the masses, with Sam Mendes's 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' the most recent long-term occupant to follow in the likes of 'My Fair Lady' and 'Miss Saigon.

Prior to 'Charlie's opening, the venue was given a lavish restoration job and probably now looks as good as it ever has – something you can ascertain for yourself with the hour-long 'Through the Stage Door' tour, which takes place six days a week. As Theatre Royal Drury Lane is a working theatre, the content may vary. Comfortable clothing and footwear is recommended as there are stairs on this walking tour.

Venue name: Theatre Royal Drury Lane
Address: Catherine St
Transport: Tube: Covent Gdn
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June P

While trying to find the famous Drury Lane Theatre one day (I'm an ex-pat), I wandered to the most beautiful view I had found so far in London. People need to stop and really observe the wonderful street scenes of the West End. I hope my photo will remind Londoners and tourists alike that this city is fabulous!

Marco D

It was an incredible transportation to the sweet land of Willy Wonka and his marvellous Chocolate Factory. The entrance to the Theatre Royal Drury Lane was vibrant and full of candy, how delightful. The architectural designs within the theatre are immensely fascinating. The lines and the structure are exquisite. It's all in the details, if you pay close attention. It is located in a very stylish and classy part of London. Probably my only criticism would be the seating for the show. They are far too small and I feel slightly squashed sitting next to other people. But overall it was a great experience and the show will be truly missed. #TOTastemaker Lots of love MD.

Zoe F

I had a wonderful visit to Theatre Royal Drury Lane recently to see Charlie and The Chocolate Factory!

Though to be honest as far as theatre's go this one doesn’t look like much from the outside (in my personal opinion), as soon as you step inside it’s like being transported back in time – meaning that in a good way! Its oozes the class, elegance and intricacy you’d expect from a theatre dating back to the 1600s but manging to be clean, comfortable and definitely still more than fit for purpose nowadays thanks to its good upkeep.

Staff were helpful and polite, even offering us a complimentary upgrade from 4th price band balcony tickets to front row stalls as the balconies were closed when we went – this was of course very much appreciated and made our experience all the more special (almost forgetting the rest of the audience were behind us!).

The stage was a good size, big enough to accommodate to incredible special effects and set designs, all of which really did really set the scene for what was a spectacular show. The performance itself was captivating and thoroughly entertaining the whole way through, I enjoyed every minute and didn’t want it to end! I urge anyone contemplating going to see it to go sooner rather than later, as for anyone who doesn’t already know this show is in its final year in London. Also, don’t be put off by thinking it will be like a pantomime with an audience full of kids – obviously though it does appeal to those with children, there were plenty of adults like us simply there to enjoy the show. I could go on and on but I have reviewed Charlie and The Chocolate Factory separately so will leave it there as far as the show itself goes goes…

I look forward to whatever 2017 has to bring for Theatre Royal Drury Lane and hope to be back again soon!

George A

Such a beautiful theatre... Inside is amazing, and the staff are extremely helpful and kind.. Would definitely recommend this theatre to anyone!!