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Theatre Royal Drury Lane

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About Theatre Royal Drury Lane

Theatre Royal, Drury Lane – also known simply as Drury Lane – is the oldest theatre in London, and easily one of the most historic. The current theatre was built in 1812 but the site had previously been home to theatrical venues since 1663, with three separate reconstructions due to fires. In the early history of the theatre, it was one of the only venues in London that was legally allowed to play “legitimate” dramas, which referred to non-musical, spoken works. In an ironic turn, Drury Lane is now known for its acclaimed musical theatre productions, hosting several long-running musicals throughout the twentieth century. Theatre Royal, Drury Lane has been associated with some of the best productions of musical theatre in the recent history of the West End, and is fittingly owned by the iconic musical theatre composer Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber. Webber is not the only major name to be connected to Drury Lane; the venue was once owned by David Garrick and always had performers of historical importance on its stage, including Nell Gwyn, Ivor Novello, and Joseph Grimaldi, who served as the resident Clown of the theatre. The venue has never wavered in its reputation for high quality-productions and is still renowned today as a pillar of West End theatre.
  • Fun Facts About Theatre Royal, Drury Lane
  • Perhaps due to its lengthy history, Drury Lane has been referred to as one of the most haunted theatres in the world. Cast and crew members believe it is good luck for the production if one of the theatre’s ghosts appears during rehearsals. The venue was even featured on the television programme “Most Haunted” in 2002.
  • Theatre Royal, Drury Lane has two royal boxes in the auditorium, the only theatre in London to have this feature.
  • The auditorium, lobby, and public areas of the venue have been meticulously restored to ensure they appear the same as they did 200 years ago when the theatre opened.
Notable Shows and Performances: More recently Theatre Royal, Drury Lane was home to the West End premieres of famous musicals such as “A Chorus Line” and “Miss Saigon,” as well as both the West End premiere and revival of “42nd Street."
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Transportation & Parking

Masterpark - Chinatown, Newport Place. If you’re driving into the West End to see a show, take advantage of Q-Park's Theatreland Parking Scheme saving 50% off off-street car parking charges for up to 24 hours. To qualify, simply present your Q-Park car park ticket for validation at our box office and the car park machine will automatically charge you half price. For details of locations and prices please visit Q-Park's website. Bus Routes: 24, 29 or 176 to Covent Garden.
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