Theatre Royal Drury Lane

 
 
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Catherine Street, Covent Garden, London WC2B 5JF 
 
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Theatre Royal Drury LaneLondon's oldest theatre is also its most spectacular, with a palatial auditorium that is among the most impressive in the world. The first theatre on this site was built in 1662 on the orders of Charles II. It has been rebuilt a number of times since then, but the current auditorium incorporates many elements from as long ago as 1820. As a result, this vision in cream and gold possesses an elegance unmatched in the West End. Its broad staircases, its chandeliered salon, its statuary and panels speak of an older, more glamorous theatrical age. The performance history here is the history of popular theatre in Britain. From Nell Gwynne's debut, when Charles II fell in love with the 15-year-old actress, through the great Colley Cibber, to a three decade stint by David Garrick, London's greatest stars have appeared beneath the Theatre Royal's gorgeously decorated arch. Noel Coward's Cavalcade (1931), with a 250-strong chorus, brought audiences to their feet every night, before Ivor Novello took the theatre up to the Second World War with a series of shows which he scored, wrote and starred in. After the war, the Theatre Royal blazed a trail into the modern world of long-running musicals, with a series of hits including Oklahoma, South Pacific, 42nd Street and Miss Saigon, which ran for 4,236 performances.

 

Theatre Royal Drury Lane events

 
Seasons Of Love: A Modern Irish Love StorySeasons Of Love: A Modern Irish Love StoryGareth Walker directs and choreographs a multimedia valentine to love lost and rekindled including the exuberance of an Irish wedding, with songs by Mark Leddy.1st March 2015Sunday 1st March 2015 Where:
Theatre Royal Drury Lane,   Catherine Street      WC2B 5JF
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Seasons Of Love: A Modern Irish Love Story
event > Theatre > Dramas
DATES  Sunday 1st March 2015 - 7pm
Gareth Walker directs and choreographs a multimedia valentine to love lost and rekindled including the exuberance of an Irish wedding, with songs by Mark Leddy.
LuluLuluThe feisty Scottish singer and actress, best known for Shout, her Eurovision-winning song Boom Bang-a-Bang and her collaboration with Take That on Relight My Fire.17th May 2015Sunday 17th May 2015 Where:
Theatre Royal Drury Lane,   Catherine Street      WC2B 5JF
Category: event
 
Lulu
event > Concerts > Rock & Pop - Retro Pop
DATES  Sunday 17th May 2015 - 7pm
The feisty Scottish singer and actress, best known for Shout, her Eurovision-winning song Boom Bang-a-Bang and her collaboration with Take That on Relight My Fire.
 

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LondonTown.com - Theatre Royal Drury Lane Location Map

 
 
 
Underground Stations

Underground Stations

 
Covent Garden Tube Station
 
3 minutes walk
 
Holborn Tube Station
 
6 minutes walk
 
Railway Stations

Railway Stations

 
Charing Cross Railway Station
 
8 minutes walk
 
City Thameslink Station
 
14 minutes walk
 
 
Car Parks

Car Parks

 
Drury Lane NCP
 
4 minutes walk
 
Upper St Martins Lane NCP
 
6 minutes walk
 
 
 
 

Further articles featuring Theatre Royal Drury Lane on LondonTown.com

 
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Near Theatre Royal Drury Lane
The Waldorf Hilton Hotel London
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel   from £142  22% off
Aldwych, WC2B | 1 minute from Theatre Royal Drury Lane
Positioned between the City's Square Mile and the thriving West End, this grand, Edwardian Hilton hotel welcomes guests with a patisserie and champagne bar in the ... More
 
 
 
ME London
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel   from £191  25% off
336-337 The Strand, WC2R | 2 minutes from Theatre Royal Drury Lane
A luxurious 5-star hotel situated right in the heart of the city, ME London offers guests a lavish accommodation experience. Floor-to-ceiling windows provide the impeccable guestrooms ... More
 
 
 
Strand Palace Hotel London
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £68  22% off
372 Strand, WC2R | 3 minutes from Theatre Royal Drury Lane
This West End Art Deco hotel right on the Strand and next to Covent Garden is in a fantastic location for accessing central London and theatreland. ... More
 
 
 
 
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Alternative Theatres nearest Theatre Royal Drury Lane

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Fortune Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
Russell Street, Covent Garden, London WC2B | 1 minute from Theatre Royal Drury Lane
The first theatre built after World War I is an astonishing piece of architecture. Built in 1922-4, it preceded the arrival of the Art Deco and ... More
 
 
 
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Aldwych Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
Aldwych, Covent Garden, London WC2B4LD | 2 minutes from Theatre Royal Drury Lane
With the Waldorf Hotel sandwiched inbetween them, the Aldwych and Strand theatres were originally built to work as a pair. The Aldwych is probably most noted for ... More
 
 
 
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Novello Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
Aldwych, Covent Garden, London WC2B | 2 minutes from Theatre Royal Drury Lane
Built in 1905 to form a pair with the near-identical Aldwych Theatre, the Novello Theatre (formerly known as the Strand Theatre) is one of London's more ... More
 
 
 
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Near Theatre Royal Drury Lane
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Top Secret Comedy Club @ The Africa Centre
London > Entertainment > Live Music
170 Drury Lane, Covent Garden, London WC2B | 4 minutes from Theatre Royal Drury Lane
This new Covent Garden alternative to the West End tourist traps has welcomed the likes of filthy San Franciscan Scott Capurro and TV favourite Andi Osho. ... More
 
 
 
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The Funny Side of Covent Garden (Upstairs at The George)
London > Entertainment > Comedy Clubs
213 Strand, Holborn, London WC2R | 6 minutes from Theatre Royal Drury Lane
The Funny Side comedy group runs comedy clubs in three locations in London, including the flagship Covent Garden venue above The George pub which puts on ... More
 
 
 
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Vue West End
London > Entertainment > Cinemas
3 Cranbourn Street, Leicester Square, Soho, London WC2H | 8 minutes from Theatre Royal Drury Lane
Vue West End is located on the north east side of London's Leicester Square. The nine screen cinema shows all the latest releases and has played ... More
 
 
 
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Near Theatre Royal Drury Lane
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War Horse
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 28th March 2009 to 14th February 2015
New London Theatre, Drury Lane, Covent Garden, London WC2B | 4 minutes from Theatre Royal Drury Lane
This moving adaptation of Michael Morpurgo's World War I epic War Horse gets a West End transfer to the New London Theatre after two critically acclaimed ...More
 
 
 
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Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, A Musical Thriller
London > Events > Concerts  Dates: 30th March to 12th April 2015
London Coliseum - English National Opera (ENO), St Martin's Lane, WC2N | 6 minutes from Theatre Royal Drury Lane
Emma Thompson returns to the London stage for the first time in 25 years to play Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet ...More
 
 
 
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Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 17th December 2014 to 9th May 2015
Playhouse Theatre, Northumberland Avenue, WC2N | 9 minutes from Theatre Royal Drury Lane
Olivier-Award winner Tamsin Greig (Episodes, Green Wing, Jumpy, God of Carnage), who made her name as Debbie Aldridge in Radio 4's The Archers, makes her musical ...More
 
 
 
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The best museums, galleries, attractions near Theatre Royal Drury Lane
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London Film Museum Covent Garden
London > Attractions > Museums
45 Wellington Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E | 1 minute from Theatre Royal Drury Lane
The London Film Museum, located on the site of the Theatre Museum in the original Flower Cellars in the heart of Covent Garden, is the second ... More
 
 
 
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London Transport Museum
London > Attractions > Museums
Covent Garden Piazza, Covent Garden, London WC2E | 1 minute from Theatre Royal Drury Lane
After a two-year, £22 million refurbishment the London Transport Museum reopened on 22 November 2007 revealing more exhibition space than before. The museum travels back through ... More
 
 
 
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Courtauld Institute Gallery
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Covent Garden, London WC2R | 4 minutes from Theatre Royal Drury Lane
Manet's 'Bar at the Folies-Bergeres', Van Gogh's 'Self-Portrait with a Bandaged Ear' and Renoir's 'La Loge' are just a few of the celebrated artworks displayed at ... More
 
 
 
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Shopping near Theatre Royal Drury Lane

The best shops and markets near Theatre Royal Drury Lane
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Hope and Greenwood
London > Shopping > Food and Drink Shops
1 Russell Street, Covent Garden, London WC2B | Same location as Theatre Royal Drury Lane
Excellent ice cream in the summer and a delicious-looking Christmas window in the winter are the kind of thing that make this candy shop a special ... More
 
 
 
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The Albion Emporium
London > Shopping > Food and Drink Shops
38 Tavistock Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E | 1 minute from Theatre Royal Drury Lane
As British as a bacon buttie, buying your groceries at The Albion Emporium is like getting first dibs on Mrs Beeton's pantry. A bastion of Britishness, ... More
 
 
 
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Primrose Bakery
London > Shopping > Food and Drink Shops
42 Tavistock Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E | 1 minute from Theatre Royal Drury Lane
If cupcakes are you cup of tea then head to the Covent Garden outlet of Primrose Bakery, a family owned enterprise which makes the most scrumptious ... More
 
 
 
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Restaurants near Theatre Royal Drury Lane

What are the best dining options near Theatre Royal Drury Lane London?
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Good Godfrey's - Waldorf
London > Restaurants > Modern European restaurants
22 Aldwych, WC2B | 1 minute from Theatre Royal Drury Lane
Nestled within the world famous Waldorf Hilton, Good Godfrey's offers charming 1920s nostalgia. Bold cocktail concoctions and sumptuous light meals are served in this gentlemen's club-style ... More
 
 
 
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Augustus Harris
London > Restaurants > Italian restaurants
33 Catherine Street, WC2B | 1 minute from Theatre Royal Drury Lane
Augustus Harris opens late October 2013. Keeping good company on Catherine Street, Augustus Harris is just down the road from Mishkins and Salt Yard Group's Opera ... More
 
 
 
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Opera Tavern
London > Restaurants > Spanish restaurants
23 Catherine Street, Covent Garden, London WC2B | 1 minute from Theatre Royal Drury Lane
The team behind two of London's most successful Spanish restaurants, Salt Yard and Dehesa, have taken over the Opera Tavern in Drury Lane, Covent Garden, and ... More
 
 
 
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Education near Theatre Royal Drury Lane

Near Theatre Royal Drury Lane
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English [Out There!]
London > Education > English Language Courses
10 Coptic Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1A | 8 minutes from Theatre Royal Drury Lane
English [Out There!] takes a very hands-on approach to learning English. The course places an emphasis on using what you have learned. Students are taken out ... More
 
 
 
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The Method Studio
London > Education > Universities and Colleges
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, Holborn, London WC1R | 9 minutes from Theatre Royal Drury Lane
Learn to act by becoming the person you are portraying. Think yourself into the role... eat what they would eat, weigh what they would weigh, behave ... More
 
 
 
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Career Energy
London > Education > Careers Services
4-6 Staple Inn, Holborn, London WC1V | 10 minutes from Theatre Royal Drury Lane
Situated in the heart of London, Career Energy – formed in March 2002 - offers comprehensive advice on careers, career change and job searching. They’ll analyse ... More
 
 
 
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Leisure near Theatre Royal Drury Lane

Theatre Royal Drury Lane gyms, sporting activities, health & beauty and fitness.
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The Sanctuary
London > Leisure > Fitness
12 Floral Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E | 3 minutes from Theatre Royal Drury Lane
This day spa exclusively for women is a total pampering experience from the minute you step through the door. Located in bustling Covent Garden you'll soon ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
The Hospital Club
London > Leisure > Arts Centres
24 Endell Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 5 minutes from Theatre Royal Drury Lane
Before it was a hip private members' club designed specifically for the creative industries - complete with bar and dining rooms, cinema, TV and recording studios ... More
 
 
 
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Thai Square Spa
London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
25 Shelton Street, 40 Earlham Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 5 minutes from Theatre Royal Drury Lane
Let the Thai Square Spa transport you to the shores of Asia with their traditional Thai spa treatment rooms, smack bang in the centre of Covent ... More
 
 
 
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Pubs near Theatre Royal Drury Lane

The best pubs near London Theatre Royal Drury Lane.
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
The Marquess of Anglesey
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
39 Bow Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E | 1 minute from Theatre Royal Drury Lane
Gastropub ... More
 
 
 
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Philomena's Irish Bar
London > Nightlife > Pubs
40 Great Queen Street, WC2B | 3 minutes from Theatre Royal Drury Lane
Philomena's is an Irish themed bar and sports cafe on Great Queen Street, just two minutes walk from Covent Garden tube station. A great place to ... More
 
 
 
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Lamb & Flag
London > Nightlife > Pubs
33 Rose Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E | 5 minutes from Theatre Royal Drury Lane
One of the oldest pubs in London, the Lamb & Flag was once known as the Bucket of Blood, thanks to the bare-knuckle fights held here. ... More
 
 
 
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Nightlife near Theatre Royal Drury Lane

Theatre Royal Drury Lane clubs, bars, cabaret nights, casinos and interesting nightlife.
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
The Lobby Bar at One Aldwych
London > Nightlife > Bars
1 Aldwych, Covent Garden, London WC2B | 2 minutes from Theatre Royal Drury Lane
Named one of the top five hotel bars in the world by the Sunday Telegraph, the Lobby Bar at the chic One Aldwych hotel is renowned ... More
 
 
 
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Lowlander Beer Cafe
London > Nightlife > Bars
36 Drury Lane, Covent Garden, London WC2B | 3 minutes from Theatre Royal Drury Lane
The reputation of the Benelux breweries precedes them and this themed bar captures the flair of Dutch cafe culture too. The impressive row of shiny silver ... More
 
 
 
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Detroit Bar
London > Nightlife > Bars
35 Earlham Street, Covent Garden, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 5 minutes from Theatre Royal Drury Lane
Covent Garden "style" bar serving cocktails and a chilled out, trendy vibe. Considered to be one of London’s original “style” or “concept” bars, despite being on the ... More
 
 
 
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Meeting venue hire near Theatre Royal Drury Lane

Where to have your meeting, conference, exhibition, private dining or training course near Theatre Royal Drury Lane.
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Silver Fleet - Woods River Cruises
London > Business > Venue Hire
Somerset House South Wing Strand, Covent Garden, London WC2R | 4 minutes from Theatre Royal Drury Lane
Enjoy a luxury cruise on the Silver Fleet. Departing from the Savoy Pier and cruising along the Thames. A classy way to see the Thames.... More
 
 
 
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Somerset House
London > Business > Venue Hire
Somerset House, Strand, Covent Garden, London WC2R | 4 minutes from Theatre Royal Drury Lane
Somerset House, once the site of a spectacular Tudor palace, now includes a magnificent 18th century art gallery housing celebrated collections belonging to the Courtauld Institute Gallery, ... More
 
 
 
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Royal College of Surgeons
London > Business > Venue Hire
35-43 Lincoln's Inn Fields, Holborn, London WC2A | 5 minutes from Theatre Royal Drury Lane
The Royal College of Surgeons is not only an institute at the forefront of surgical education and training, but its outstanding rooms provide the perfect space ... More
 
 
 
 

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Insights: The Royal Ballet In Class
Sporting Events | Until 29th January 2015 

Linbury Studio Theatre 3 minutes walk from Theatre Royal Drury Lane

See the dancers in their morning class....More

Atsuko Kawakami
Concerts | On 29th January 2015 

London School Of Economics 3 minutes walk from Theatre Royal Drury Lane

The pianist performs Albeniz's Iberia Suite and Ravel's Alborada Del Gracioso, plus works by Scarlatti and Prokofiev....More

Materiality And Computer Art: Lecture
Exhibitions | On 29th January 2015 

London School Of Economics 3 minutes walk from Theatre Royal Drury Lane

Professor Boden explores philosophical issues surrounding art....More

Better Growth, Better Climate: Cities And The New Climate Economy: Panel Discussion
Exhibitions | On 29th January 2015 

London School Of Economics 3 minutes walk from Theatre Royal Drury Lane

With Graham Floater, Phillipp Rode, Dimitri Zenghelis and Chair Fran Tonkiss....More

Club Tropicana
Clubbing and Nightlife | On 29th January 2015 

Guanabara 4 minutes walk from Theatre Royal Drury Lane

Latin vibes provided by dancers, percussion and DJs, featuring the Gladys Cavalcante Spectacular, Basil and DJ Bruno playing Latin, soul ...More

Re-Moulded: Listen/Here: Tour
Tours | On 29th January 2015 

Somerset House 4 minutes walk from Theatre Royal Drury Lane

A tour of the building with a series of immersive performances of music....More

Psoy Korolenko: "My Uncle"
Music | On 29th January 2015 

Pushkin House 7 minutes walk from Theatre Royal Drury Lane

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The OppO Foundation Charity Dinner
Exhibitions | On 29th January 2015 

The Hippodrome 8 minutes walk from Theatre Royal Drury Lane

Enjoy a three-course dinner followed by guitar instruction from Lola's Underground Casino and a live performance by the RAF Squadronaires....More

Mozart: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik By Candlelight
Concerts | On 29th January 2015 

St Martin-in-the-Fields 8 minutes walk from Theatre Royal Drury Lane

An atmospheric concert performed by the London Gala Orchestra....More

Toby Stewarts' Monsters On A Leash
Concerts | On 29th January 2015 

The Spice Of Life 8 minutes walk from Theatre Royal Drury Lane

Soul and funk from the North American band now based in London....More

 

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Half Moon Young People's Theatre

A half term theatre treat for children aged between 3 and 7, Norwich Puppet Theatre presents a humorous and irresistible ...More

 
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Mark Rylance, Sophie Okonedo, Gina McKee and Meera Syal speak the words of people who have made huge sacrifices (sometimes ...More

 
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Exhibitions | 20th February 2015 - 22nd February 2015 

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Expert speakers including nutritionist and author, Annabel Karmel MBE, breast-feeding guru, Clare Byam-Cook and sleep expert Jo Tantum will be ...More

 
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Opened End of January 2015 

Hakkasan and Wagamama founder Alan Yau opens 'Chinese gastropub' Duck & Rice on the Soho street famous ...More

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Opens 3rd February 2015 

Nick Lloyd Webber (son of Andrew) has created his first original score for the stage for this musical version of ...More

 
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