The Theatre Royal, Drury Lane has been entertaining audiences since 1663. Aptly named the Theatre Royal this venue has been graced by each and every monarch since the theatre’s 1922 restoration, boasting two royal boxes as well as history that includes the first hearing of both the National Anthem, as well as Rule Britannia.
Past and present productions at The Theatre Royal
Today the Theatre Royal is a must stop theatre venue amongst the London theatre run and with both an illustrious history of hit shows, as well as an always busy schedule of up and coming productions it’s little wonder why.
Current production include the newly playing and particularly well received stage version of the Children’s classic Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, directed by theatre veteran Sam Mendes; the critically acclaimed show of dance-floor, post-punk band ABC, and finally the star studded international celebration of dance, Dance Power 2015.
Previous productions of the Theatre Royal of notable significance include:
- Theatre composer, actor and legend Ivor Novello’s major successes: Glamorous Night (1935), Careless Rapture (1936), Crest of the Wave (1937) and The Dancing Years (1939).
-My Fair Lady (1958-63)
-The Pirates of Penzance (1982)
-The Witches of Eastwick (2000), the League of Gentlemen (2001)
-Anything Goes (2003)
-The Producers (2004)
-The Lord of the Rings (2007)
-Shrek the Musical (2011)
What’s the best way to reach the theatre?
MThe two closest underground stations are Covent Gardens (which is found on the Piccadilly line and is a half a mile, five walk from the Theatre) and Holborn (which can be accessed via the Central and Piccadilly lines and is around a three quarter of a mile, seven minute away from the theatre).
The following buses will all take you in and around Catherine Street: 1, 4, 11, 13, 15, 23, 26, 59, 68, 76, 91, 139, 168, 171, 176, 188, 243, 341, and 521.
The Theatre Royal benefits from nearby Santander bike docking stations on Wellington Street, Strand and Tavistock Street, Covent Garden, which are each a mere five minutes’ walk away from the theatre.
Where are the best places to eat near Drury Lane?
Chez Antoinette, Unit 30 the Market Building, London WC2 E8RE
This morning to night venue serves up the very finest of French cuisine within a relaxed atmosphere.
Union Jacks, Covent Garden, 5 North Hall, London WC2E 8RA
Unions Jacks’ on-trend dining experience is perfect for those looking for an informal eatery serving up the most delicious of burgers and sumptuous of steaks.
21 the Market, Covent Garden Piazza, London WC2E8RD
21 the Market is a decidedly upmarket pizzeria which is home to some of the finest of foods within the Covent Garden area.
I want to make a weekend of it, where can I stay?
Amba Hotel Charing Cross, the Strand, London WC2N 5HX, England (Formerly Charing Cross Hotel)
Recently refurbished, the Amba Hotel balances all the modern expectations from a hotel room, such as WiFi, mini bars, in room tablets and an Espresso® machine, all provided with a touch of traditional luxury.
Albion House Hotel, 29 Argyle Square, King's Cross, London WC1H8AL
The Albion House Hotel is perfect for those looking for value for money, clean functional rooms and a rather excellent breakfast to start the day off right.
Covent Garden Hotel, 10 Monmouth Street, London WC2H 9HB
Beautifully boutique and most definitely within the luxurious hotel realms the Covent Garden Hotel has earned every star of its five star rating.
What nearby sights and attractions should I also visit?
Apple Market, James St., Covent Garden, London
Apple Market is a must visit for all shopaholics and features a wonderfully diverse collection of shops and traders.
Sandeman’s NEW London Tours, Covent Garden, Between the Apple Store and Laduree., London WC2E 8RF
Take a tour around our great capital city with industry leading Sandeman’s tours.
National Portrait Gallery, St. Martin's Place, London WC2H 0HE
A must stop for culture vultures and art lovers.