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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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Theatre Royal, Drury Lane 02:54 on 18th January Twitter

Hi @Camdram! Theatre Royal, Drury Lane wants you to buy tickets for Three Men in the Van of Life.


Theatre Royal, Drury Lane 03:09 on 17th January Twitter

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


Theatre Royal, Drury Lane 04:44 on 15th January Twitter

Hi @Camdram! Theatre Royal, Drury Lane is excited to announce Who's Afraid of Panto.


Theatre Royal, Drury Lane 02:59 on 14th January Twitter

Theatre Royal, Drury Lane wants you to buy tickets for Angels in St John's.


Theatre Royal, Drury Lane 15:17 on 10th January Twitter

Hi @Camdram! Theatre Royal, Drury Lane is excited to announce Much Ado About Addenbrooke's.


Theatre Royal, Drury Lane 14:43 on 7th January Twitter

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


Theatre Royal, Drury Lane 09:40 on 2nd January Twitter

Hi @Camdram! Theatre Royal, Drury Lane is excited to announce The Merchant of Panto.


Theatre Royal, Drury Lane 11:59 on 1st January Twitter

Theatre Royal, Drury Lane wants you to buy tickets for The End of the Van of Life.


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Past shows

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