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Theatre Royal, Drury Lane

The Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, commonly known as Drury Lane, is a West End theatre in Covent Garden, in the London borough of Westminster. The building faces Catherine Street and backs onto Drury Lane. The current building is the most recent in a line of four theatres which were built at the same location, the earliest of which dates back to 1663, making it the oldest theatre site in London. For its first two centuries, Drury Lane could "reasonably have claimed to be London's leading theatre". For most of that time, it was one of a handful of patent theatres, granted monopoly rights to the production of "legitimate" drama in London.
The first theatre on the site was built at the behest of Thomas Killigrew in the early years of the English Restoration. Initially known as "Theatre Royal in Bridges Street", its proprietors hired a number of prominent actors who performed at the theatre on a regular basis, including Nell Gwyn and Charles Hart. In 1672 the theatre caught fire and Killigrew built a larger theatre on the same plot, designed by Sir Christopher Wren; renamed the "Theatre Royal in Drury Lane," it opened in 1674. This building lasted nearly 120 years, under the leaderships of Colley Cibber, David Garrick and Richard Brinsley Sheridan, the last of whom employed Joseph Grimaldi as the theatre's resident Clown.

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              News

              Theatre Royal, Drury Lane 10:05 on 30th August Twitter

              Theatre Royal, Drury Lane has some great news! We're performing Surviving Week 5.


              Theatre Royal, Drury Lane 21:37 on 26th August Twitter

              Theatre Royal, Drury Lane wants you to buy tickets for Much Ado About Philosophy.


              Theatre Royal, Drury Lane 11:38 on 26th August Twitter

              Hi @Camdram! Theatre Royal, Drury Lane has a really very long post. Rehersals are well underway for our very exciting new show. We're sure you'll want to hear all about it, and maybe come see it! So anyway our latest show is Waiting for Panto.


              Theatre Royal, Drury Lane 05:40 on 22nd August Twitter

              Hi @Camdram! Theatre Royal, Drury Lane has a really very long post. Rehersals are well underway for our very exciting new show. We're sure you'll want to hear all about it, and maybe come see it! So anyway our latest show is Angels in Addenbrooke's.


              Theatre Royal, Drury Lane 01:21 on 20th August Twitter

              Theatre Royal, Drury Lane wants you to buy tickets for Much Ado About Oxford.


              Theatre Royal, Drury Lane 15:40 on 15th August Twitter

              Theatre Royal, Drury Lane has a really very long post. Rehersals are well underway for our very exciting new show. We're sure you'll want to hear all about it, and maybe come see it! So anyway our latest show is The Merchant of Philosophy.


              Theatre Royal, Drury Lane 16:31 on 10th August Twitter

              Hi @Camdram! Theatre Royal, Drury Lane has a really very long post. Rehersals are well underway for our very exciting new show. We're sure you'll want to hear all about it, and maybe come see it! So anyway our latest show is The End of Week 5.


              Theatre Royal, Drury Lane 09:26 on 8th August Twitter

              Theatre Royal, Drury Lane has some great news! We're performing A Streetcar Named Philosophy.


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