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.
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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
A luminous roller-coaster ride of colour, spectacle and fantastical happenings, Sam Mendes’s stage version of Roald Dahl’s adored children’s book is still as entertaining as ever, two years and a couple of casts down the line. And though a lot of that...West End Until Saturday January 7 2017Read more
The award-winning musical theatre actress and singer pays tribute to her favourite songwriters: Burt Bacharach, Leonard Cohen, Elton John, Lennon and McCartney and all the rest. With a 50-year career under her belt and plenty of West End classics up her...Pop Sunday December 18 2016Read more
A major revival for the classic American backstage musical about a dictatorial theatre director attempting to mount a massive production at the height of the Great Depression. It follows ingenue Peggy Sawyer, who gets more than she bargained for when...Musicals Monday March 20 2017 - Saturday July 22 2017Read more
Jim Kerr and co return to play bombastic, thunderous, synth-heavy classics like '(Don't You) Forget About Me' and 'Alive and Kicking'. The highlight, though, is always be their gleaming, sophisticated early material, which brilliantly trod the line between...Saturday May 27 2017 - Sunday June 4 2017Read more
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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!
Such a beautiful theatre... Inside is amazing, and the staff are extremely helpful and kind.. Would definitely recommend this theatre to anyone!!