Theatre Royal Drury Lane

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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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