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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.

Get involved with shows at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane:

Theatre Royal, Drury Lane 05:51 on 29th March Twitter

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Theatre Royal, Drury Lane 23:12 on 28th March Facebook

Hi @Camdram! Theatre Royal, Drury Lane is excited to announce Pirates of Week 5.


Theatre Royal, Drury Lane 19:59 on 25th March Facebook

Hi @Camdram! Theatre Royal, Drury Lane wants you to buy tickets for Angels in Philosophy.


Theatre Royal, Drury Lane 10:45 on 23rd March Twitter

Hi @Camdram! Theatre Royal, Drury Lane is excited to announce The End of the Van of Life.


Theatre Royal, Drury Lane 11:45 on 21st March Facebook

Hi @Camdram! Theatre Royal, Drury Lane wants you to buy tickets for Surviving Cindies.


Theatre Royal, Drury Lane 19:18 on 15th March Facebook

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


Theatre Royal, Drury Lane 15:47 on 12th March Facebook

Theatre Royal, Drury Lane has some great news! We're performing Angels in Addenbrooke's.


Theatre Royal, Drury Lane 20:54 on 11th March Facebook

Hi @Camdram! Theatre Royal, Drury Lane has some great news! We're performing Much Ado About Philosophy.


Theatre Royal, Drury Lane 11:50 on 10th March Facebook

Hi @Camdram! Theatre Royal, Drury Lane has some great news! We're performing The End of St John's.


Shows

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Past shows

See all the shows that have been performed here at the venue history page.