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Theatre Royal Drury Lane archive listings (2024)

London's oldest theatre still in use. The first theatre on this site was built in 1662 and opened as the Theatre Royal in 1663. Destroyed by fire in 1672 and re-designed by Sir Christopher Wren re-opening in 1674. Forced to close in 1676 as Dorset Garden was more popular. By 1682 London could only support one theatre and a combined company re-occupied Drury Lane. In 1791 the theatre closed and was re-built to a design by Holland, re-opening in 1794. It burned down in 1809. A new theatre opened in 1812 designed by Wyatt and closed in 1878 (bankruptcy). The theatre re-opened in 1879 and has been open ever since, it closed briefly in 1939 but re-opened as the HQ of ENSA, despite being bombed in 1940. The theatre has a lot of history! One odd tradition, on Twelfth Night each year a large cake is given to the actors at the theatre courtesy of a Robert Baddeley, who died in 1794 … 1996 marked the 200th anniversary. 2245 seats. Backstage Tours are available (approx 90 minutes), information on 020 7240 5357. Prior to the opening of The Witches of Eastwick, the auditorium of the Theatre Royal was architecturally remodelled, giving it a new seating configuration. The previous capacity of 2,245 seats was reduced to 1,650 to maximise intimacy. Society of London Theatre member. Jan 2019 - Shut for 20 months to undergo a £45 million renovation project.
Archive for 2024
2 Jul 24Anton Du Beke and Giovanni Pernice - Together
Dance or ballet :: Tour/Production (T01985976847) => this performance (L01125193795)
25 Jun 24Uncanny: I Know What I Saw
Play :: Tour/Production (T1313130358) => this performance (L1239581184)
24 Jun 24Lea Salonga - Stage, Screen & Everything in Between
Concert :: Tour/Production (T053216088) => this performance (L2076824051)
17 Jun 24Alfie Boe
Concert :: Tour/Production (T1437136068) => this performance (L01313358106)
14 May 24Dionne Warwick - Don't Make Me Over
Concert :: Tour/Production (T01219156955) => this performance (L110074587)
29 Apr 24
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30 Apr 24
Pippin - In Concert
Musical :: Tour/Production (T0430671589) => this performance (L391649218)
8 Apr 24
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9 Apr 24
Your Lie in April - In Concert
Musical :: Tour/Production (T1719012398) => this performance (L0556648960)
25 Mar 24
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26 Mar 24
Wild About You - In Concert
Musical :: Tour/Production (T843419084) => this performance (L714112494)
27 Feb 24Rick Wakeman - The Return of the Caped Crusader
Concert :: Tour/Production (T01620042224) => this performance (L1612464849)
5 Feb 24Ghost Story Live
Talk :: Performance (L1631955822)
15 Jan 24
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16 Jan 24
Alan Cumming - Alan Cumming in Not Acting His Age
Cabaret :: Tour/Production (T01943998323) => this performance (L01782335940)

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27 Aug 21 to 8 Sep 24
Frozen - Musical
15 Jul 24
Brandi Carlile - Concert
16 Jul 24
Layton and Nikita Live - Dance or ballet
5 Aug 24 to 6 Aug 24
Something Rotten! - In Concert - Musical
12 Aug 24
Bernadette Peters - Concert
19 Aug 24 to 20 Aug 24
Oklahoma! - In Concert - Musical
6 Oct 24
Il Volo - Concert
12 Oct 24
Guenther Steiner - An Evening with ... - Talk
13 Oct 24
Jon Ronson - Jon Ronson's Psychopath Night 2024 - One person show
23 Oct 24
No Such Thing as a Fish - Thundernerds - Performance
26 Oct 24
Ronny Chieng - The Hate It or Love It Tour - Comedy

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News: Frozen coming to UK
19Mar19: Disney's Frozen coming Autumn 2020
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