Theatre Royal, Drury Lane

About

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 the 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 RingsMy Fair Lady held the record as the theatre's longest run for many years but Cameron Mackintosh’s record breaking production of Miss Saigon, at ten years, is the current record holder. After Shrek the Musical the latest family spectacular show is Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory directed by Sam Mendes.

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Detail from Ben-Hur show programme

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1663

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Charles II granted a charter to Thomas Killigrew allowing the first of four theatres on the current site.

Charles II granted a charter to Thomas Killigrew allowing the first of four theatres on the current site.

1812

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Current Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, designed by Benjamin Dean Wyatt was built.

Current Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, designed by Benjamin Dean Wyatt was built.

1902

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Spectacular effects in the staging of Ben Hur include a sinking galleon and a chariot race with real horses.

Spectacular effects in the staging of Ben Hur include a sinking galleon and a chariot race with real horses.

1931

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Noel Coward’s Cavalcade was a huge success with on stage recreations of historical scenes including Queen Victoria’s funeral and the relief of Mafeking.

Noel Coward’s Cavalcade was a huge success with on stage recreations of historical scenes including Queen Victoria’s funeral and the relief of Mafeking.

1935

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Glamorous Night, written by and starring Ivor Novello, saved the theatre from bankruptcy.

Glamorous Night, written by and starring Ivor Novello, saved the theatre from bankruptcy.

1939

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During the Second World War Drury Lane was the headquarters of the Entertainment National Services Association (E.N.S.A.).

During the Second World War Drury Lane was the headquarters of the Entertainment National Services Association (E.N.S.A.).

1947

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Oklahoma! is the first of four consecutive Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals to open at Drury Lane.

Oklahoma! is the first of four consecutive Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals to open at Drury Lane.

1958

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My Fair Lady began a five and a half year run.

My Fair Lady began a five and a half year run.

1989

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Cameron Mackintosh’s Miss Saigon began a ten year run making it the longest running show in Drury Lane history.

Cameron Mackintosh’s Miss Saigon began a ten year run making it the longest running show in Drury Lane history.

2009

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Cameron Mackintosh’s revival of Oliver! starred Rowan Atkinson and Jodie Prenger

Cameron Mackintosh’s revival of Oliver! starred Rowan Atkinson and Jodie Prenger

2013

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Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory opened.

Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory opened.
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